This year, my meditation practice has been quite a journey. About 4 months ago, I wrote a post and shared with you my past experiences with meditation and how I felt after meditation for 10 minutes for 40 days in a row, check it out here. Since then, it is incredible how this practice has incorporated itself into my mornings or evenings. I have been meditating for over 80 days straight and feel amazing. However, it is not about the amount of days you dedicate to meditation, the most important I think, is how you can apply what you learn during these meditations to your every day life. The other day, I was feeling so impatient with people around me, and I remember sitting in the car, closing my eyes and taking a deep inhale and an even deeper exhale. Meditation teaches you to notice your feelings and the patterns in your mind, which is beneficial for you, and those around you.
So, today, I decided to share 3 meditation applications that helped make my practice varied, interesting, challenging, and helpful.
- Headspace. This application helped kick start my meditation practice before going to Nepal and Bhutan. I did the free trial and decided to pay and sign up for the year. The app offers so many different meditations, from anger to sleep to patience. It was a great way to start and learn about the mind and how to use methods like noting or visualisation.
- Neo-Travel your mind. Created by Dawn Mauricio, this newly launched app brings you to magical places around the world like the Sahara, the Himalayas, and Hawaii. Any traveler will LOVE this app: you travel to different destinations, monasteries, islands on your map, your travel journal includes quotes and places you have been, and you get to write or draw your post-meditation feelings and thoughts. Free, with additional add-ons ($). Use it with headphones to enjoy the amazing sounds!
- Mindbliss. Mindbliss, created in Montreal, offers a wider range of meditation techniques than the other two apps. I love being guided by different people and styles. The daily meditations are always free, and you have access to several sessions for free as well.
Do you use any of these apps? Share your feedback 🙂