COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work. We are now working, parenting and spending all of our time at home; everything is so intermingled that you never have the opportunity to shut off. On a good day before the pandemic I had a monkey mind with endless chatter running through my head. Can you imagine what it’s like now??
As mentioned in my earlier post, I’ve tried to develop a meditation practice many times in the past and all I ever seem to accomplish in my session is thinking about my to-do list or wondering what the kids are getting up to. This time around I’m trying out meditation apps to give my mind something to focus on and keep that monkey mind from bouncing all over the place.
I’ve tried out a couple of meditation apps on my phone and I thought it would be good to share them with you – just in case you want to give meditation a try.
Headspace was created by Andy Puddicombe, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk. His story is pretty interesting and I learned about him when he was on Russell Brands podcast – Under the Skin.
This app is fantastic for newbies and simple to navigate. You can get started with the Basics sessions if you’ve never tried meditation before. This is a paid app which offers a free trial and that’s what I took advantage of.
Overall my feeling about this app is that it’s quite basic. I would recommend this if you’re less into the woo-woo side of meditation and don’t want music, and that’s why I don’t love it – I enjoy the spiritual experience. If you are interested in getting started with a practice check out their website and blog which has loads of information.
This app is free with over 45,000 guided meditations and there is a paid Member’s Plus component that gives you access to courses and offline listening. The design isn’t as straightforward as other apps like Headspace, and it can be a little confusing — especially if you’re a beginner — figuring out the best meditation to pick. Luckily you can narrow down your choices by filtering the meditations by most popular and staff picks.
I’ve actually used this app on and off for years because I really enjoy one of their Yoga Nidra sleep meditations – works like a charm when my brain is going!
This past week I decided to give their free trial a try so that I could check out Sarah Blondin’s 10-day course – Coming Home to Yourself – and I LOVE it. The course is about 13 minutes per day and it’s teaching me how to re-connect with myself. Each morning I wake up, take a sip of water, and get on my pillow – it’s been such a grounding experience thus far.
Overall, I’m digging the Insight Timer app because of the variety of meditation topics to chose from (gratitude, Kundalini, sleep, meditation for parents). I also really like how it tracks my stats and keeps me motivated to not skip a day.
There you have it! These are the apps I’ve tried so far. I’m going to try a couple more over the next few weeks and will add my review on them here soon.
Now I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below, share your thoughts on the mediation apps or practices you’ve tried. I’d love to know what you’d recommend.