Best Mindfulness And Meditation Apps

Best Mindfulness And Meditation Apps

Whether you are a pro at meditation or you are just starting out, a regular meditation practice is now within everyone's reach. Note for those new to Meditation, it does not involve going off to the mountains, becoming celibate or renouncing your families. New schools of taught have made meditation and mindfulness techniques accessible to everyone. We spend most of the day on our smart phones, so why not try out some of the best mindfulness and meditation apps?

There are several benefits of using meditation apps. Here are some benefits that come with these apps.

  • Ease of access- you can practice anytime and anywhere at the click your smartphone button
  • Streamlined routine
  • Automated reminders- several apps pop up regular reminder, which you can block if you find them annoying
  • Most apps are free
  • A user interface that makes it easy to understand
  • Within the bounds of our busy life
  • Millennial friendly
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Though these apps can't take the place of a mentor or a real life meditation coach, they can surely help the likes of the busy modern man or woman. There is a lot that today's modern mindfulness and meditation apps can do. Who doesn't need to slip in some peace, tranquility and breath into their lives? The stores on both Android and iOS are filled with these apps. Some have guided meditations, some have modules, themes and several have music.

Here is a list of best mindfulness and meditation apps that will help you dive into the world of serenity.

 

Free Apps:

 

1. Stop, Breathe & Think

: Available for iOS and Android. (Free with in-app purchases)

They say mindfulness is tough to achieve and even tougher to know. This is where the Stop, Breathe & Think comes into the action. It is one app that starts from a basic level. It gets you acquainted with mindfulness at first and then takes you deeper. It has soothing sounds and themes like Connect with your body and also has a meditation timer to keep track of your meditation. You will also find a progress page that will help you analyze your progress. You can keep a record of the emotions before and after every session as well. It features almost 30 free sessions that will get you into the mood.

2. Calm

: Available for iOS and Android (Free with in-app purchases)

Calm is a meditation app that does as it says. It calms you down as soon as you open the app. The relaxing sound of falling rain greets you when you open the app. There are options to change the music as well to other soothing sound like the crackling fireplace or “celestial white noise”. It has 7 day and 21-day programs for beginners and advanced users respectively. With guided meditation sessions in lengths of 3-30 minutes, you can choose the perfect time duration to calm down. The soothing sleep stories and open-ended meditation are some of the best features of the app. It will take you to a different world as soon as you start using the app. You can also keep track of your progress with this user-friendly app. While it has some great things to offer in the free version and comes without any ads, you can still opt for the paid version to enjoy interesting sessions like “Emergency Calm”.

3. Omvana

: Available for iOS and Android (Free with in-app purchases)

It is one of those free apps which are evolving gradually and at a good pace. Omvana is an app by Mindvalley that relies heavily on images for the task at hand. The app believes in the wonders of customized personal growth. It allows the user to mix and customize each meditation the way that will suit you. It features a wide variety of high-quality audio tracks, ambient sounds, binaural beats, and narrated guides. The narration is the best part about the app. It has narrated lessons by inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Proctor. With powerful narration, sounds and imagery, it will become your go-to app once you start using. You can also expand your personal library from the “Omvana Store” available within the app.

4. Headspace

: Available for iOS and Android (Free with in-app purchases)

Headspace is app for those who like the simpler things in life. The lack of time has led us to a stage of being unmindful at the first place. Now here is an app that makes the best use of the time voids we get in a day. With several themes like commuting that allows you to take short meditation trips during the transit. The app offers you to set your own time limit which is great for the times when you are cramped in time. The latest version of the app features super-short mini meditation and a personal timeline on your profile. These features will help you keep track of your meditation process. Moreover, it has got animations which enhances the overall feel of the app.

5. Aura

: Available for iOS and Android (Free with in-app purchases)

If you are someone who can barely spend time for meditation, but really want to, Aura is the perfect app for you. A simple premise of the app is the best part about it. It will provide you a new, personalized, 3-minute meditation everyday. It's co-founder stresses on the point that the teachers at Aura are constantly recording so that you won't find a lesson repeated ever. Not just the short meditations, but it also has a plethora of other features like the gratitude journal and mindful breather. It will also help you track your mood which will let you know what makes you feel good and you can work on that. It has some beautiful sounds of nature which will send you into the world of relaxation. For short and straight-to-the-point app, Aura is the best that one can find.

6. Meditation experience by Deepak Chopra and Oprah

: Available for iOS and Android (Free with in-app purchases)

Deepak and Oprah release a new 21 day meditation series, that are based on mantra meditation, every few months. With ever new series launch, over the 21 days, they provide each day’s meditation for free for around 2 days- both on their website and through their app. For more details, see our review of the Deepak and Oprah Meditation series here.

 

Paid Apps:

 

7. Meditation Studio

: Available for iOS and Android (Paid)

The Meditation Studio is an app which is highly rated in the play store and app store and a look into the app will make you agree with the ratings. It was listed in the “10 best apps of the year 2016” by Apple Inc. and the simple user interface has to be credited for the same. The motto of the app is “The mind is complicated, but meditation doesn't have to be” which they bring out in their app with ease. It has over 200 guided meditations, provided by some of the leading meditation experts. It is the app for people who like the help of a mentor in meditation and mindfulness. With real life experts helping you in meditation essentials, uncovering happiness, and changing habits, you can easily transform your smartphone into a gadget of peace.

8. Buddhify

: Available for iOS and Android. (Paid)

This app by Mindfulness Everywhere is one of the most downloaded apps on both the operating systems. Though Buddhify is a paid app, you will not feel bad about shedding in the money as it completely worth it. You will find over 11 hours of custom meditations for various parts of your day like traveling, being online, going to sleep etc.. It will help you de-stress, sleep better and bring more awareness to your life. With over 80 custom guided audio meditation tracks and a solo meditation timer, the ratings of this app look justified. It also has a together section to keep you in sync with the community stats.

These are some of the best mindfulness and meditation apps we found. There is so much to meditation and smartphones that will make the busy modern man or even the empty mind find peace and happiness or even productivity, if that is what you are looking for. With a plethora of options available to calm you down and take you into a relaxed state of mind, your smartphone can evolve into an even smarter phone. Download any of these apps and get the best of both the worlds at the same time.

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