In today’s times having mindfulness is the key to happiness and health. With so much competition, greed and stress the only solution left in this time is a peaceful mind that is ready to take decisions and a body that supports it. A lot of people choose different options to attain a healthy and positive mind but mostly turn to meditation. It is proved that 5- 15 minutes of meditation daily can rejuvenate the brain cells and improve stress levels. It has also been a very effective tool to cure depression and anxiety. But for beginners, it turns out to be a task to able to concentrate for long or having trouble finding the right way. But we forgot that this is the 21st century and today we have an application for everything. To save people time and effort a few apps are designed for people to learn how to meditate and grow.
Here are 6 best apps if you are a beginner or a regular trying to work out different ways:
Probably the best app for beginners, it provides sets of 10-minute meditation daily to set into a routine. The meditations are talked through, explaining everything for the benefit of the beginner. It can be used offline as well which adds to its usefulness. It offers various options to try and choose from that also includes better sleep, mini-exercising routines and energizing meditation techniques. The beginner’s tab is free but for higher options, you will have to upgrade to the premium version.
First of all, it is a free application that has simple and easy instructions to follow. It gives you various options to choose from and hence, you can select the one you are looking for. There are options for good sleep, step-by-step calming techniques, lowering anxiety levels and a wide range of tracks to a guided meditation. There is an option for CALM music as well that you can unlock after switching to premium, which is a paid upgrade.
As the name suggests, this app focuses on the most basic technique of meditation: breathing. The app is designed around the benefits of monitoring your breath and using it to manage stress and anger. It is a very good app for beginners as it takes you from the very fundamental of meditation, i.e, concentrating on your breath.
- Insight Timer
With a huge library of content, Insight Timer is a community-based meditation app, where you don’t meditate alone but share the energy with fellow meditators, all around the world. It is a good way to feel oneness and make your meditative journey an experience to be shared with many. The app gives you an option to choose from teachers with whom you want to do your practice and once you have chosen the one you can choose for music and sounds, whatever works for you.
Omvana works a bit differently than the other apps and instead of asking you to focus on your breath or different parts of the body it deals with the memories and instances of life. It helps you focus on different parts of your life. It can help people deal with a past memory or a reason for depression and on the other hand, it can help project a better future. The app offers an extensive range of meditations to try by recording your mood.
- Meditation Studio
Meditation studio is as simple as it sounds. It starts you off with a beginner’s course and with a variety of teachers from all around the world it takes you to the next level with simplistic ways and techniques. If you don’t want to get confused between choosing options and techniques, this is your app for guided meditation and once you cross the beginner’s stage you can opt for unguided meditation as well.
Meditation is an ancient technique and it is suggested to practice it in guidance of a professional for inner peace. But in these times, apps can prove as helpful as visiting a meditation studio in person. Just be honest to yourself and your practice, follow the rules and look for positivity and peace. As they say, you get what you seek!
Shivani Mehra is a budding author and a hopeless poet, a learning enthusiast and a dreamer who believes her dreams come true through writing.