Try Meditation Apps
Have trouble staying focused while trying to meditate on your own? California-based meditation apps such as Calm and Headspace can be your saviors when it comes to keeping your practice on track. Both of these apps are a form of “guided meditation,” which means there’s a narrator who leads you through the practice—similar to how a fitness instructor would guide you through a workout. While Headspace and Calm take different approaches to guided meditation, both apps are very popular and effective.
Headspace follows more of a “meditation-made-simple” approach, making sure all guided meditations are led in a digestible way. For example, Headspace often uses cars as metaphors for thoughts, saying the thoughts racing through your mind are akin to cars coming and going through a busy street. To make things even more approachable, the app offers meditation tutorials in the format of short animations that make meditation easy to understand and dare I say, cute. The majority of the meditations follow the same structure, beginning with a unique lesson about mindfulness to get you in the zone before focusing on your breath.
Headspace offers daily meditations as well as meditation courses that cover everything from coping with anxiety to dealing with change. Only have three minutes? You can adjust any meditation on the app to how much time you have, allowing you to fit mindfulness into your busy schedule. Nighttime meditations and sounds are also included and create the perfect prequel to a sound night’s rest.
Calm has many similarities to Headspace, providing daily meditations, meditation tutorials, and nighttime meditations. The main difference between the two meditation apps? Calm is much less simplistic than Headspace, given the diverse selection of meditations included. Calm also provides more variation to experiences by incorporating meditation sounds for an additional calming sensation.
Calm even has guided meditation sessions led by various experts and public figures; you can understand the basics of meditation with meditation teacher and author Jeff Warren or learn how to train your mind with basketball star LeBron James.