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8 Best Meditation Apps That Guide Your Way To Meditation

8 Best Meditation Apps That Guide Your Way To Meditation

Feeling tired and stressed? Me too. We are living in an era where we are constantly being stimulated by stressors. With the aid of social media, this problem has become even worse because we overwhelm ourselves with a non-stop flood of information.

We want to stay connected, stay current. We fear of missing out on events and not being in the know. Because of this we spend so much of our time and energy trying to catch up that we end up getting ahead of ourselves. While constantly being on the go, we forget to nurture ourselves and take the time to be mindful and present.

The concept of being mindful seems easy enough to grasp, but not so easy to achieve. You can learn more about meditation by checking out this Lifehack article to learn how to be at peace: Meditation for Beginners. But sometimes you just can’t get your mind to quiet down. There’s no way to beat that nagging need to stay connected.

What if I told you that there was a way to do both?

Although advanced technology has made inner peace more difficult to achieve, there are now Apps that can help you to stay focused and calm your mind.

1. 10% Happier

10% Happier is perfect for those who are just starting out and learning the ins and outs of meditation. It provides easy to follow explanations of the various aspects of mediation, along with video discussion and interviews with Dan Harris, the founder of the company and NY Times best-selling author. The app also provides information from various notable practitioners and teachers.

    You can download this App free on iTunes with an in-app purchase!

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    2. Headspace: Guided Meditation

    Headspace will teach you all of the essentials that you need to lead a happier life. The goal of the app is to help you to stay focused and compassionate. It will help you to maintain a healthier lifestyle, as well as healthier connections with people.

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      You can download this App free with an in-app purchase!

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      3. Stop, Breath & Think

      This convenient app has a quick and easy check-in tool that will help you to find the perfect session for you at that exact moment. You can tailor-make you experience based on where you are located, as well as your current head-space. The main aim of the app is to connect members to their surroundings.

        You can get this app free with an in-app purchase of a Meditation Course!

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        4. Room to Breathe Meditation

        Room to breathe helps you to regulate your thoughts to stay focused. It provides a number of exercises to help you to relieve stress and tension as well. This app is perfect for beginners who want to start meditating.

          You can have this app for only $0.99!

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          5. Buddhify

          Listen to the sounds of relaxation. Buddify has over 80 custom guided meditation tracks to help you find the perfect exercise for your situation. The tracks are designed for 15 locations such as “going to sleep.” The app includes a solo meditation timer as well as a community stats and a Q&A section.

            You can have this app for only $2.99!

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            6. Walking Meditation

            Different from tradition sitting meditations, this app provides walking meditation experiences for people who find it hard to sit. Walking meditation is also great for people who don’t mind sitting meditation, because it brings their practice to the outdoors. It will help you to train your mind so that you can meditate wherever you are.

              You can get the app for just $1.99!

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              7. Calm

              Step out of your chaotic day to day life and have a moment’s peace. This app uniquely displays scenic visuals and serene nature sounds to help you to find your happy place.

                You can try it free with a 7 day trial, or subscribe for an advanced “21 Days of Calm” course.

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                8. The Mindfulness App

                Do you love keeping track of your progress? Then this app is perfect for you. It keeps statistical records of your progress on your meditation journey. This app is packed with cool features such as a 5-day guided meditation practice, meditation reminders, personalized meditation offers, and timers to help keep you on track.

                    This app is free to try, but offers way more benefits with a subscription. The Premium section offers 200+ guided meditation courses from some of the world’s most influential teachers.

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                    Last Updated on July 23, 2019

                    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                    In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                    Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                    How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                    • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                    • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                    • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                    • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                    • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                    • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                    When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                    1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                    Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                    2. Find What Inspires You

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                    Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                    On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                    3. Give Yourself a Break

                    When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                    Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                    4. Shake up Your Routines

                    Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                    Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                    When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                    5. Start with a Small Step

                    Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                    Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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                    Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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