Let’s admit it: we are always in a hurry. We get up early, leave for work, and when we are done with our daily dose of nine-to-five and have also attended to a variety of everyday matters, most of us have neither the time nor the energy to devote to reaching a higher level of mindfulness. The world we are living in is also making matters worse as the abundance of information that pollutes our mind via social media is getting exceedingly hard to tune out unless you are living on an inhabited island, which, since you are reading this, we sincerely doubt. Finding your peace of mind is essential to mental health, to being able to live in the moment and experience all the wonders of life, to making better decisions, to being the best version of yourself, and last not least to treating yourself and others kind. The most well-trodden – and dare we say easiest – path leading to mental balance is the path of meditation. To assist you on your journey – and to motivate you to start out on that journey –, we’ve put together a compilation of the best mediation apps the iOS platform has to offer. Namaste!
Buddhify – Modern Mindfulness for Busy Lives
Buddhify is a multifaceted meditation app containing more than 80 audio-guided meditation tracks tailor-made for different parts of your day and for a wide variety of activities including traveling, eating, taking a break from work, being online, and walking with the city. Buddhify also helps you deal with difficult situations such as feeling stressed, pain and illness, and not being able to sleep. The length of Buddhify’s mediation sessions range from 5 to 30 minutes, and thanks to the app’s detailed statistics, you can constantly keep track of your progress.
Omvana – Meditation for Everyone
Omvana delivers the best meditation sessions straight to your iPhone courtesy of the world’s most lauded meditation experts to increase your quality of life and aid you in reaching a higher level of mindfulness. Omvana offers guided meditation sessions for basically all aspects of your life, with the duration of these sessions ranging from a mere 3 minutes to as much as 1 hour. Omvana comes equipped with an integrated HealthKit feature, which detects your stress level and does everything to keep you calm. Omvana also contains pieces of priceless advice from some of the best meditation experts in the world covering crucial topics such as spiritual growth, wealth and abundance, focus, sleep, and of course mindfulness.
Calm: Meditation Techniques for Stress Reduction
Calm.com’s dedicated app focuses on two major areas instrumental to mental health and a balanced life: stress reduction and better sleep. To reach the aforementioned goals, Calm employs three meditation programs. The first consists of three guided meditation plans of varying lengths (7 Days of Calm’, ’21 Days of Calm’, ‘7 Days of Sleep’), the second option is made up of unguided meditation sessions, while the third one offers 25 guided meditations tailor-made for different situations.
Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness
This guided meditation app boasts a beautifully simple and immensely cute design, adding a lovable twist to your daily peace-of-mind-seeking sessions. Headspace is a subscription-based app offering monthly and yearly options ($12.99 and $94.99, respectively), but has a charge-free basic program, “Take10”, with ten 10-minute meditation exercises. Headspace comes equipped with a personalized progress page to track how far you’ve gotten on the path leading to mindfulness, rewards for regularly using the app, and meditation reminders so that you’ll never forget taking a much-needed break from the madness raging around you.
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Insight Timer – Meditation App
With a community of over 1.4 million regular meditators, Insight Timer – Meditation App is the most popular free meditation app for iPhone – and also one of the best, which is evidenced by its appearance on Time Magazine’s Top 50 Apps of 2016 list. Insight Timer makes priceless contributions to your mental and physical health by helping you deal with stress and anxiety, supporting you in getting through recovery and addictions, improving your sleep, and aiding you in achieving higher levels of self-love and compassion so that you can be at peace with yourself and others. By the numbers, Insight Timer is highly impressive: 3,500 free guided meditations of varying lengths and goals, 500 free meditation music tracks to add more ambience to your session, 900 knowledgeable meditation teachers, 22 meditation playlists, and 4,000 online discussion groups and local meet-ups in case you need some guidance or assistance. As you’d expect based on its name, Insight Timer comes equipped with a meditation timer featuring personalizable presets, calming background sounds, 8 different activities with session extension, and powerful stats and milestones so that you can keep track of your progress.