Why Meditation? (And 5 Meditation Apps)

What does Meditation have to do with preventing early Diabetes/Heart Disease and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Well, meditation is a “broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion,love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness”.

Here are just some of the benefits:

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That’s right! Meditation helps reverse heart disease and overeating by reducing feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, and confusion. Recently, I’ve been trying out the exercise and so far, it’s been very helpful at finding a sense of calm after a long day.

Here are some apps to get you started:

 

#1 Calm

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“The name says it all. Meditation, music, nature scenes all designed for you to get your relaxation on. Over 50 guided meditations for a variety of goals from sleep to focus. App is free. Premium content comes at a fee.”

#2 Headspace

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“An introduction to meditation featuring a 10 session 10 minute class, progress reports, a buddy system, reminders and rewards. App with introductory features is free. Premium subscription comes at a fee.”

#3 Sattva

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“This app is one of the most comprehensive and advanced meditation apps out there. It’s relatively new but already has celebrities like Hollywood actor Harry Cook tweeting about it. It offers a wide variety of guided meditations by experts in the field, includes a meditation timer, a heart rate monitor, a mood tracker, challenges and trophies to help you keep track of your goals and an insights engine so you can track meditation’s impact on your well-being. App is free.”

#4 The Mindfulness App

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“Features guided meditations by a number of meditation teachers. Also features reminders and timers. App comes at a fee.”

#5 Buddhify

“Over 80 guided meditations that help you achieve your goals: sleep, working through difficult emotions, productivity, etc. App provides a timer, a tracker and meditations for different circumstances (e.g. while you are commuting). App comes at a fee.”

I have only been meditating for a week, and I am already sensing some of its benefits. Thus far, Calm has been my favorite Meditation app. Like or comment below if you want to hear more about my progress and experimentation with meditation. 

*All sources cited via hyperlinks^

~Written by Ruby Liu 
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