I love nothing better than a bit of downtime to just sit and be. I don’t need to be doing anything, I just enjoy sitting and staring off into the distance. But the problem I have is that I can’t turn off my mind, my thoughts are always racing, even stupid and insignificant ones. For me, I need meditation for beginners, guided meditation to tame my mind and help me focus.
Omvana – Free on Android and iOS
The thing I love about this meditation app is the extensive list of categories it has from which you can select a specific meditation track. The list is huge but a few categories include stress relief, success, relationships, weight loss and sleep. This app is like a personal coach, it provides encouragement, helps you relax and is perfect for beginners. If you’d prefer to just have background music to relax to, it has that too.
Headspace – Free on Android and iOS
I’m really looking forward to exploring this app some more. I’ve only purchased the free version so far but love the fact that it starts off with a ‘Take 10 for Free’ program to get you started. For me, this app is like a fitness app for the mind. You can track your progress such as the total number of sessions you’ve undertaken, total time meditating, you can see how many other ‘Headspacers’ are meditating at any particular time, you can add ‘buddies’, you can see your ‘run’ streak and you can set your own targets.
Anxiety Free: iCan Hypnosis – Free on iOS
I remember that before I listened to this app I was really apprehensive as to it’s title but the good old voice of Donald, a Scottish man with the most calming voice around, really did the trick. He will take you on a journey, he’ll make you feel as light as a feather and wanting to listen to the app over and over again. I’ve been missing Donald, ever since swapping over to Android I haven’t been able to listen to him because his app is unfortunately only on iOS.
Insight Timer – Free on Android and iOS
Have you ever read the book by Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now? Well Eckhart Tolle is one of the teachers offering guided meditation on this app. When you login to the app there is a huge list of teachers and their guided meditations. This app tracks the days you meditate as well as the days with at least one meditation session. You can set a daily meditation reminder, join groups and if you would prefer to meditate in silence or to music, you can set a timer when the sound of authentic Tibetan singing bowls chiming when the timer goes off.
I can’t quite figure out which one is my favourite as they all have different aspects about them that make them just a little different. I’m a big fan of Buddhist teachings and so really enjoy the Insight Timer for these types of meditations and I really like the fact that the Omvana app branches out into many categories depending on what it is you’re after.