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.
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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.
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