Tune-In Tuesday Tips: Mindfulness and Mindfulness Apps / by Paluna Santamaria

mindful (adjective)
- being conscious or aware of something

Tune-in can be considered a mindful approach to eating. By tracking your food intake you are consciously and mindfully putting food into your body. We require our clients to use certain tools as a way of gathering information. The information can be anything from how your body responds to certain foods to how life stresses affect your choices. 

Mindfulness extends to all areas of your life and can be applied to any activity. Meditation is the act of practicing mindfulness. You do this by taking the time to simply “be”.

In the busy and fast paced world that we live in, let’s look at a few meditation apps that can help organize and facilitate a routine meditation practice. A few apps that travel where you go and offer options to fit into your schedule when you can.

 

Calm.com

 

This is one of the most well-known and recognized meditation apps. It offers a variety of different scenes and soundscapes you can choose depending on your mood. You can choose a guided meditation or solo mode for the days you just want to do a timed sit. As with any app there are several free programs that you can follow, but also some paid ones as well.  

 

 

 

Buddhify

 

This app offers a pie chart of multiple options for guided focus and intention during meditation, it uses nice bright colors which make it attractive and clear, and allows you to connect to a community of folks to ask questions and share inspirational tips. This app will let you track your stats for days in a row or minutes that you sat. This is a nice- straight forward meditation tool.

 

Headspace

 

This app offers a cute Adventure style layout which helps to make meditation fun. It has bright colors and super cute cartoon characters. It offer options for sitting: SOS quick meditation, On-The – Go Topics, and Classic timed meditations. This app is subscriber based which unlocks more options for you and involves creating an account or logging in through Facebook. A meditation app with a little cute design twist.

 

All of that being said. If you’re without battery on your phone or you find yourself off the grid, you can always just sit and meditation without any guides. Practise a repeated mantra or count your inhales and exhales to rejoin the present moment.

 

What is your fave meditation app? What tips would you give to anyone just starting out?

calm.com

calm.com

buddhify

buddhify

headspace

headspace