Regardless of whether you are an experienced meditator, or you are only at the beginning of the path to heightened awareness, you might want to have some external help handy. Believe it or not, but even practiced spiritual seekers need some guidance in their practice from time to time. Or even just some subtle music to help calm their thought and set them up for the day.
Today I want to introduce you to two apps that changed my life and made my practise easier and deeper and helped me stay on track through the lazier days.
This app may not come as a surprise to you. Praised over and over in media and by its users, Headspace has everything to get you started: it is easy to use, encouraging, entertaining and shows you just as much as you need to know. It offers to guide you through the whole path to your spiritual opening from the very start, leading you through easy to follow steps.
It also has this unique feature of being detached from the religious side of meditation, which appears to be a barrier for many people.
Started by Andy Puddicombe, who grew up as an ordinary English kid but left that life to become a Buddhist monk in his early twenties. Eventually he spent 10 years in Asia as an ordained monk. Upon coming back to lay person’s reality, Andy decided that his goal in life was to make “meditation and mindfulness accessible, relevant and beneficial to as many people as possible”. And so, together with Richard Pierson, he created an app that would do just that: explain mindfulness to people as accessibly as possible.
- Insight Timer
An app gathering over 15 million registered meditators around the world, 24 thousand recorded meditations to be accessed for free and comprehensive courses from leading spiritual gurus and other likeminded professionals at your fingertip. But Insight Timer is not only a bottomless well of guided meditations – you will find there also mantras and chanting, music for any type of mind exercise or even binaural sounds.
To keep you motivated in your practice, Insight Timer has a milestone system that tracks your daily, weekly and monthly progress and awards you with stars in different colours depending on the level of your achievement. To strengthen the feel of community, other users can send each other their ‘Thank you for meditating with me’ message., if they meditated in the same time as you.
One of my favourite series there is Peacebeam brought to the public by peacebeam.com. With their 5-minute daily guided meditations, calming, inspiring voice and unique way of looking at life, they can provide really special start to my day.
To help your meditation even more, I would like to share a tip that occurred to be especially helpful for me in my 10 years of practicing mindfulness that. You might discover very strong and unreasonable, to your conscious brain, resistance to sitting in for your daily meditation. That might happen especially once you’re involved in your practice, you thought you gained that mindfulness momentum and for this reason might seem even more daunting and discouraging. As a Buddhist monk in Thailand explained to me: it is your mind’s doing and you shall not listen to its advice.
The truth is: your mind hates being still. You have probably experienced that when you started being more mindful and aware, when you tried to meditate and then… all those random thoughts that don’t make any sense! This is your mind’s planned action to keep you occupied, it will reach for any weapon just to keep you inside this spiral of thoughts.
How to combat the resilience then? When you wake up in the morning, don’t ask yourself: ‘Should I meditate today?’, ‘Do I want to stay mindful?’ but just do it. You don’t ask yourself if you feel like having your breakfast in the morning, you just have it as a part of routine, correct? Do the same with the meditation – pencil the right time for it in your day and stick to it, regardless of your feeling around it. You will feel the benefits!
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