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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 February 15, 2019

                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                    Joe’s Goals

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                      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                      Daytum

                        Daytum

                        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                        Excel or Numbers

                          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                          Evernote

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                            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                            Access or Bento

                              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                              Conclusion

                              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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