It might seem counterintuitive to use tech to help with your meditation or mindfulness practice, but, surprisingly, these apps almost feel analog in the way they simply help you set up the conditions to go inward.
Insight Timer offers several different ways to create and maintain your mindfulness or meditation practice including sleep-inducing meditations and recorded courses on subjects ranging from releasing self-limiting beliefs to finding joy. You can also create customized meditation timers with the sounds of crystal bowls or gongs to mark time passed. To top it off, detailed charts and a count of consecutive meditation days and milestones will help you stay on track and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Created by ashtanga yogi and author Eddie Stern in collaboration with Deepak Chopra, and featuring sounds by Moby, this app is all about taking time to reprogram and hone in on your breathing. If you've read Stern's book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How it Can Transform Your Life, you know that one of the main takeaways is that deep, diaphragmatic breaths can help down-regulate our nervous system and enable a state of rest. Using the app is simple - choose a breath rate and a visual cue to help elongate and control your breath while listening to soothing sounds.
Just as its name suggests, this app offers quick meditations for daily practice. After setting up a scheduled meditation time and choosing your meditation goal - options include increasing happiness and feeling less tired - you're ready to sit down for a five-minute meditation. The app was made with busy people in mind and is great for anyone looking to begin a short, daily practice.