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Selecting a Meditation App

Selecting a Meditation App

Whether you’re just beginning to explore meditation or have practiced for years, there are a plethora* of apps to support your journey. While community meditation is awesome, sometimes you just need ten minutes of alone time to find calm with the assistance of an app. 

There are so many meditation apps. I am not going to rank them. Instead, I would like to give you some tips for selecting the right app for you. 

Things to look for when selecting a meditation app:

Sound of the voice. This is my number one. If the teacher’s voice does not resonate with me, I cannot connect to the meditation. You may have to sample several meditations until you find a voice that allows you to drift into a meditative state. (Is it weird that I love a British accent?)
 
Music or no music. This is purely a preference, but you may want to try meditating with and with out sound. Traditional seated meditation is silent. But it’s a good idea to have the option for soothing background noise (e.g., music, chimes, nature, white noise, etc.) when you need it.
 
Variety. This may seem obvious but the key to maintaining a practice is variety. You should look for an app that has variations by length and benefit. Perhaps you need assistance falling asleep. Or, perhaps you would like to meditate on gratitude or purpose. Maybe guided meditation isn’t your thing and you just want to learn more about the benefits of meditation and take a virtual class.
 
Ease of use. Can you easily and quickly find a track that you like? Can you find it again if you need it? Can you organize your tracks? Can you select tracks based on your moods/needs? If the app is too clunky, you likely won’t return to it.
 
Cost. I am putting this on the list only because it’s a consideration but I do not think it should prevent you from selecting the right app for you. There are tons of FREE resources and apps for meditation that can be just as beneficial as the subscription versions.

 

There are no right or wrong ways to practice meditation, but the benefits are undeniable. Most of the apps are free to try, and try you shall! Poke around and see what works for you.

Meditation and mindfulness apps** to consider: 

* Tell me you don’t always think of the quote from Three Amigos when you hear the word plethora? “Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora.”

** I do not receive any compensation for recommending these apps.

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