I’m currently reviewing some iPhone apps that guide and assist with the goal of being more mindful. There are many free ones available and some that are worth a try. The ones I’m currently trying are
This App is described as,
…an app to help you retrain your mind to live more fully in the moment. The Now accomplishes this using a technique called continuous mindfulness training. This process works by using periodic cues. In this case, free iPhone push notifications with an audible chime and relevant message, to remind you to be fully focused on the present. The ultimate goal being to make mindfulness essentially continuous.
Savor a song in a new way. Listen to lyrics that you’ve never carefully focused on before.Close your eyes immediately. Break your current thought process and remember what your primary goals were for the day.
The main complaint users had was that it was not continuous, only lasting 21 days. The main compliment was that they liked the action oriented reminder to help them focus throughout a busy day.
With this app, you can ‘get Zen moments delivered daily … timeless words of wisdom delivered straight to your mobile for a moment of reflection wherever you go.’
It comes with 50 quotes and provides 4 additional quote packs at a $0.99. You can bookmark your favorite quotes to refer to at any time or share any one of the quotes via twitter, facebook, mail, message. It also provides a copy button to transfer a quote anywhere. The look is very nice with beautiful graphics and readable display. Reviewers have given it a 3 star rating with most complaints addressing the loss of the favorite quotes from a previous version.
From their description,
We use a crutch process well call “Observe.”When you notice yourself thinking (when you become aware of using Mind) end the thought with an expression – use your thumb to tap. The gong will vibrate and sound for several seconds. During this time, the sound/sensation will provide you a physical texture upon which to focus your attention. Hear, touch and in that feeling, let go of the thought entirely.
It has a 3.5 star rating with only 7 reviewers who give it a thumbs up. For those that like to have something to do with their hands, this would be a handy tool.
Omvana offers two types of tracks, vocal tracks with inspirational speeches, poetry, hypnosis tracks, personal growth talks and guided meditations. And ambient sounds which include sounds of nature, meditation sounds, relaxation tracks and even advanced binaural beats designed to relax your brain hemispheres.MIX any vocal track with any ambient sound to create your own unique meditation experience. Take an inspiring speech or poem and turn it into a meditation by combining it with binaural beats. Or take any of our world class personal growth tracks and customize them for meditation, sleep, hypnosis, relaxed listening or more by replacing the default ambient sound with anything you choose.
“The Life Purpose App” provides a powerful (and formerly secret) method to clarify each reader’s life path and purpose, including the core challenges and strengths you were born to address. Each of us is unique (just as no tree is exactly like any other). But just as redwoods that are different from birches or oaks, each of us is born with a different “frequency” or pattern we are here to fulfill. Anyone who has perused the book will enthusiastically testify to its accuracy and accessibility. Understanding your own life path — to reaffirm, clarify and focus your strengths and address your challenges — can be extremely validating and liberating. Equally so, understanding the challenges and gifts of your parents, children, and others can change relationships and lives.
The lite version is only worthwhile as a way to explore whether you would like to spend $9.99 to purchase the complete app.
Looking for insight? Facing a crisis? Or simply needing support? Find the guidance and inspiration that will help you live a happier and more fulfilled life. Discover the best strategy to help you meet life’s challenges and overcome difficulties. Access your inner wisdom and realise your spiritual potential.This free iPhone app shows you how to use your intuition to find answers to specific questions and receive daily readings. Get instant insight into the root cause of a problem. Discover optimum self-help strategies to support you.
Total Awake is an ultimate app for people interested in mindfulness and meditation training. Total Awake provides many kinds of meditation training such as Breathing Meditation (Anapanasati), Moving Meditation and Walking Meditation (Jong Grom). Moreover, Many special alarm features make you mindful all day long…
For mindfulness training, the precept and merit features are not necessary. The mindfulness tools are very nice, especially the feature of customizing your own alarm sounds which include gradual increases in sound.
AWElife was created to help people collaborate, connect and share resources to create an Abundant, Well & Enlightened world. With this app, you can become a member of AWElife, connect with amazing, dynamic and conscious people, share your value and views, find collaborators and resources you need. As well, you can get conscious news, media and information on topic like environment, ecology, renewable energy, wellness, social justice and personal development.
With the explosion of apps, there are many options out there to help keep you on track with your goals and focused on maintaining a positive state of mind. Since our minds are constantly wandering off, any tool which supports baby steps toward a more mindful existence are very helpful. An app tool called Reporter built by Friends of the Web has features which enable you to query your mood and/or mindfulness level at specified intervals during the day. For instance, you can set the number of times you are queried per day, which determines the frequency your attention is brought back to your goal. This tools is described as
“…an all-purpose life-tracking app that relies on random samples to gather information and build understanding.”
You can create your own questions to bring your attention to your progress on staying positive and present. The questions can be formatted as multiple choice, yes/no, notes, tokens, etc. for quick answers. Examples of some questions you might ask yourself are,
The Reporter app keeps track of your answers over time so you can visually see your progress. Below is a screenshot of sample data on moods using multiple choice. The icons are from the Emoji series.
Use the app as a mindfulness reminder. Use it as a positive state of mind reminder. When the alerts come in, answer the questions and take a few moments to bring yourself into the here and now. Raptitude.com has an example of paying attention to Now when you receive a reminder:
When you open a door, drop your train of thought outright (you can pick it up again shortly) and watch your hand grasp the doorknob. Pull the door open with purpose and patience. Feel its weight. Watch as a new scene is revealed. Feel the new air of the room you are entering. Listen to the sound of the first room give way to the sound of the new room. Feel this transition with undivided attention.
Absorb your environment so that you are aware of what you are immersed in and how you are interacting with it. You can include a question tracking the number of minutes you were able to spend being mindful after each Reporter session.
Also known as a Rampage of Appreciation, beginning your day with 10 minutes of non-stop appreciation for what is in your life right now gets you off to a great start of your day. The trick is to elevate your mood, then do your thinking or talking. If you look to something outside of yourself to pick you up, you are not doing an inspired act. First come the good thoughts, then comes inspiration to take you through a more enjoyable day. If you run through what you love in your head while feeling your enjoyment of those things, you center yourself into a good feeling place. An example might be thinking about how warm and cozy the bed is in the morning and taking time to just feel the enjoyment of being warm and cozy. Writing a list of things that make you smile and keeping it with you throughout the day is a way to provide yourself with a handy pick me up tool you can turn to whenever your mood is dropping. It’s okay to feel in a positive mood when you are surrounded by others who are down. It takes a sense of confidence in yourself to not conform to the moods and attitudes of others around you, but you are worth it.
I believe the concept of looking after oneself despite others’ current mindset is one of the hardest things for people to do. It is human nature to care about others and have empathy for them, but others benefit more from your uplifting mood than from you matching a negative mood. Keeping yourself centered in the midst of chaos is a daunting task. Believe in yourself. You cannot expect anyone else to believe in you until you believe in yourself. People will flock to those who radiate positivity and benefit from that positivity more than empathy. Just as you can start a crowd laughing by laughing yourself, a positive mood can be infectious. Make a habit of appreciation by practicing daily – it will be a tool that integrates seamlessly into your life.
There are many iPhone/iPad app tools that enable you to make lists and track progress. They range from calendar apps to list apps. Some examples are the Day One Calendar App, TapList and the default Notes and Reminder Apps that come with the phone. A future post will cover some apps in more detail that enable you to more easily consciously manage your mood and thoughts.
I’ve recently upgraded to an iPhone after sticking with the basic Sprint model for 9 years. While exploring apps, I came across Happier. This is a app that enables people to share moments that make them smile by contributing to a social gratitude journal. You can upload photos or any token of your happy moment to share or comment on others’ moments. The goal with this app is to share appreciation for moments in your life. It’s a great tool for implementation of rampages of appreciation.