The Mindfulness App
The app launches with a five-day introduction to mindfulness, but there is also a range of guided and silent timed sessions to choose from, ranging between 3 to 30 minutes. It’s arguably one of the most user friendly meditation apps with a simple interface, therefore a great one if you’re new to your mindfulness journey. The simple interface makes it very easy to find what you want and save your favourites for next time. If you choose to go with a premium subscription, you’ll have access to an additional 200+ guided meditations and courses by some of the world’s most influential teachers.
What we love about it: The mindfulness reminders called ‘Mindful Notices’ are a great way re-center during your day, while the daily reminders and statistics help you stay focused on your practice and keep up-to-date with your progress. We also love that The Mindfulness App integrates with the Health App and syncs your meditation practice time.
Free to download (optional subscription $9.99/month, $59.99/year), iOS/Android
Practicing Meditation with Apps or with a Group?
At Mindful Momentum we are a big fans of finding ways to support regular, ‘daily-ish’ meditation. Apps are one of the tools we have to help us out. Challenges or drawbacks with app usage are similar to other wellness tools, like fitbits and gym subscriptions: We can lull ourselves into a sense that we are taking meaningful action just because we signed up for a membership or bought a gadget. Research shows that the majority of app subscribers abandon or do not use the app at all within three months of signing up. Apps can be skillfully incorporated into our daily routine when there is also a commitment to get together with a like minded community one in a while. There is research showing the benefits of App use for mediation, but there is also research advocating the benefits of being in the same room, with other live human bodies having a sense of belonging and feeling a sense of social support.
More and more, daily life requires us to deal with an overwhelming amount of digital input. This can contribute to a greater sense of isolation and disconnection. In person contact, and healthy face-to-face conversation supports wellbeing and mental health as much as practicing meditation does. Meeting with others to practice meditation and share ideas about how it applies to life, can help to keep up the motivation. This is a lot like having gym or sports buddy. It is worthwhile to consider finding or creating a meditation practice group to support and keep up the momentum of your meditation app use. If you are interested in meeting online, live with real people who are part of our growing Mindful Momentum community, consider signing up for one of the live discussion groups.