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12 iPhone Apps for Meditation

12 iPhone Apps for Meditation

You might have built up the habit of meditation and relaxation and made it fit into your daily schedule, but when you are traveling or work gets too busy, you might still be cutting it out.

Meditation might be one of the first things you omit from your busy schedule when you are running from one meeting in city A to another conference in country B. You’ll rest, relax and recharge your mental and spiritual batteries afterwards, right? With a planning that might go from 8 am to 10 pm, there is simply no time to meditate.

Well, think again—if you want to enjoy mental clarity and be your best, most grounded self during those important meetings away from your regular workplace, then you will need your meditation during those very days. More than ever, you need to tap into that deeper level and take full advantage of the benefits of meditation.

Ideally, you wake up in your hotel room extra early in the morning to squeeze in at least 10 minutes of meditation, but when you are constantly rushing from one place to the other, you still don’t have an excuse to just drop the meditation. Instead, you can use apps on your iPhone to convert some of your transit time (cab ride, waiting time in an airport terminal… anywhere goes!) in your little meditation retreat, your point of centering and balance in the midst of all business and chaos. Using some of your lunch break time to refresh you mind, perhaps combined with some walking meditation, is another lovely way to create order and space in your mind again.

A wide range of apps are available to bring you your relaxation wherever, whenever. You can choose a guided breathing exercise, a complete guided meditation that uses binaural beats to bring you into the right level of mind more quickly, or simply some sounds of nature or white noise that can help you block out distractions so that you can turn your attention inward.

Simply take your headphones, close your eyes and let these apps guide you—whether you are on an airplane, on your commute, or in a hotel bedroom:

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1. Pranayama

Universal Breathing 1

    This app helps you focus on your breathing by helping you count your inhalations and exhalations according to a fixed ratio. This app is minimalist, but uses different sounds to identify the right times for inhaling and exhaling.

    2. Spiritual healing

    Burt Goldman, the American monk, guides you into your soul or into a healing meditation. He uses a three-to-one countdown to help you go deep within.

    3. Silva Relax

    Deep Relaxation

      Laura Silva, from the Silva method, guides you through a long or short centering exercise. Very powerful!

      4. Take a Break

      Lovely short guided relaxation meditations, that are perfect for your lunch break. Find a quiet, comfortable place and let this app help you to refresh your mind.

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      5. Relaxation

      Another guided meditation that rejuvenates you. This meditation is particularly helpful in the evening. After a busy day of meetings, you might find it difficult to unwind and relax your mind so that you can achieve deep sleep.

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        6. Pocket retreat

        Zen-inspired guided breathing meditations, also including suggestions for when you decide taking your own meditation retreat.

        7. Wisdom

        Meditation 4

          A meditation to help you tap into your inner wisdom—recommended for the difficult days at work, or whenever you need to connect inwards.

          8. Zazen (Lite)

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          Zazen Meditation

            A great mindfulness bell and timer app for those who may prefer not to use guided meditations. It’s a good idea to combine this app with a meditation in which you simply focus on your breathing.

            9. Relax Lite

            relax lite

              A guided body scan that will help you slide into slumber in no time.

              10. eSleepLite

              esleep

                Designed as a sleep app, you can use these background noises to block outside disturbances when you want to have some quiet peace of mind while being on the go.

                11. Naturespace

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                Naturespace

                  Naturespace brings you into a beautiful imaginary scenery by using special holographic sound technology.

                  12. Omvana

                  Omvana

                    Omvana is probably the most extensive meditation app out there. You can mix and match voices ( narrating guided instructions) with background sounds.

                    Try out some these apps, and you’ll see that they can give you that little bit of extra zen when you need it the most!

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                    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                    10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                    10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                    The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                    Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                    Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                    In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                    1. Cal Calendar

                      Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                      The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                      Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                      Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                      What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                      Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                      Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                      Available for iOS and Android

                      2. Google Calendar

                        Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                        Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                        Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                        The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                        Available for iOS and Android

                        3. Jorte Calendar

                          Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                          The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                          Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                          For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                          A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                          Available for iOS and Android

                          4. Business Calendar

                            Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                            The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                            You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                            The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                            Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                            Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                            Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                            A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                            Available for Android

                            5. Calendar

                              Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                              A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                              Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                              Available for Desktop, and iOS

                              6. aCalendar

                                aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                Available for Android

                                7. DigiCal Calendar

                                  DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                  With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                  Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                  The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                  Available for Android

                                  8. SolCalendar

                                    SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                    The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                    Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                    Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                    Available for Android

                                    9. Today Calendar

                                      Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                      The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                      If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                      Available for Android

                                      10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                        Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                        Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                        The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                        This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                        If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                        At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                        Available for Android

                                        Our Verdict

                                        Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                        Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                        Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                        The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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