I recently wrote a (scientifically-backed) article on how to meditate. It wrapped around the topic of flow state – a state of being which is ideal for the ultimate creativity, productivity, focus, and deep enjoyment in work. The name that athletes give it is ‘the zone‘, but I believe that ‘the zone‘ relates more with the mental aspects of life than with the physical.
So, even while writing this article, I sit in ‘the zone‘. When I walk around in a marketplace with one of my friends, I live in ‘the zone’ (not because I chase productivity in that case, but because the zone is simply a state of mind where you enjoy the task at hand, deeply and completely).
Keanu Reeves actually got himself temporarily ordained in the Tibetan Himalayas and practiced Meditation. He talked with Buddhist priests.
He reeks of an aura of calm. He speaks every word, with calm. I believe he has brought his learnings from Buddhism and he has carried them with himself ever since he returned from the Himalayas.
The meditation practice in the previous article encompassed a practice where one sits down to relax their body, internally, to gain an ability to enter into the flow at will. The science and the philosophy behind the practice is covered in the article I wrote before this one, along with a video example of an athlete in a state of flow. The detailed how-to on the practice is also in the same article. You can read it here. In this article, I list the best meditation apps, which I believe could help you in the same practice.
Why Use these Best Meditation Apps?
The uses of these best meditation apps I will list range from the simplest, such as serving as an alarm, to the more elaborate, such as in guided meditation apps. I support you in doing whatever it is that you need to do, to get into a habit of being able to get present at will and being able to relax at will.
One massive word of caution that I would like to insert in my article is this: do not get lost in these best meditation apps so much so that you forget the very purpose of meditation apps. Your objective is to get to know your own internal landscape and your body and to get to know how to relax it. Make sure that the meditation apps help you in this purpose. You do not need more distractions.
I order my list according to what I believe will aid you in connecting with yourself more.
Here is the list of the best meditation apps.
Ranking the 10 Best Meditation Apps:
10. For Relaxing, Use Meditation and Relaxation (Free with optional in-app purchases)
This app focuses on relaxing you. The article that is linked in this page was all about relaxing you to get into ‘the zone’. I believe relaxation is essential. Everything in this meditation app, from the voice used in the guided meditations to the interface the app works in, is aimed at relaxing you. With this level of consistency and dedication, you can trust that the developers knew what it was that they wanted to create.
Features of Meditation and Relaxation App:
- This is one of the best meditation apps, and the 4.8 stars review on Google Play reflect this.
- It provides different meditation programs for various purposes
- Meditation sessions of varying length.
- There are 7-day programs, each specifically-build for stress relief, self-esteem, focus, and so on
9. For the Practical Person, Simple Habit (Free with optional in-app purchases)
The focus of this app is on being practical for the person who does not have the willingness or the extra time to dedicate themselves to meditation. The app makes the process easy to get into, and it is as functional as it could be.
Features of Simple Habit App:
- The type of people who do not like to get into the how-tos before heading to untangle a knot will love this. You learn as you go.
- Its meditation teachers include the best in the world, from experts at Google to former monks
- Guided meditations for specific problems
- A progress tracker is included
8. For a beautiful sleep, Calm (Free with optional in-app purchases)
A calm you is a better you. Being calm can help you in tackling problems in life with more thought, and so, you can take more responsibility for your life. The app is an editor’s choice amongst the best meditation apps on play store, which testifies its quality. It focuses on calming you down.
Features of Calm App:
- 100+ sleep stories
- Variety of topics for guided meditations
- 7 and 21-day programs for both beginner and advanced users.
7. For Simplicity, Breethe (Free with optional in-app purchases)
It is one of the best meditation apps because it has numerous features and is still keeping itself simple. I will let a couple of quotes explain.
“Super-easy guided meditations that even the most spirituality-averse person can get into.” People Magazine
“For those busiest amongst us, this is a great app for you.” Harper’s Bazaar
Features of Breethe App:
- The app has hours of carefully selected music, and nature sounds for you to relax, focus, meditate and sleep
- Short meditations for limited time windows
- Alarm clock and a morning meditation
6. For a Truly Free App, Insight Timer (Free with optional in-app purchases)
Also, an essential aspect of the Insight Timer is that the app is “truly free,” making it one of the best meditation apps. Unlike the other mindfulness apps which pose as being “free,” theirs does not lock you out after a trial period.
In their own words, “Most meditation apps say they’re free but the reality is quite different; once the starter pack finishes they quickly lock you out. We offer the largest free library of guided meditations on earth and the world’s most loved meditation Timer, for free.”
Features of Insight Timer App:
- Its meditations can be selected by the amount of time you have
- Most extensive library of free guided meditations
- “Truly free”
5. To be more present, The Mindfulness App (Free with optional in-app purchases)
Mindfulness is the simple practice of being able to be with exactly what you are experiencing, wholly, without wanting to change what you are experiencing. It could include being able to be mindful of the food that you eat (which has been said to help in losing weight and which I have personally tested and experienced), or, it could include fully experiencing your breath and the feelings on your skin during a short walk on a windy day.
If this app can help you be able to be mindful in your daily life, it would be fantastic for you.
Features of The Mindfulness App:
- Allows you to create customizable meditations with a guided introduction, bells and nature sounds
- 5-day course for teaching mindfulness
- Statistics to track progress
4. For the overall experience, Headspace (Free with optional in-app purchases)
Headspace is perhaps the most popular mindfulness app on this list. It is included in every best meditation apps list. There is a reason for that, and that is the quality that headspace brings forward.
Headspace was developed by sports scientist-turned-Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe.
Features of HeadSpace App:
- The themes range widely, from meditation for sleep to physical health
- Easy to start with
- Teaches you how to breathe and be mindful
3. For slowing down, Stop, Breathe & Think (Free with optional in-app purchases)
I love everything about this premise. Also, this idea is something that I apply in my own life.
The toll that a human has to pay for living a lifestyle which is designed for Superman is exhaustion and burn-out. It’s beautiful to be human. It’s also beautiful to understand that we need a few moments every day to gather ourselves back in, either to look at the bigger picture at play or to catch a breath and relax. To let ourselves rebuild.
Features of Stop, Breathe & Think:
- Useful to check in with yourself
- Reminds you to give yourself space
- Morning meditations
- Helps with handling anxiety
2. For the pure on-the-go app, Buddhify ($4.99 for iPhone, $2.99 for Android)
The meditations on Buddhify are categorized to fit into simple acts in your daily life. There is a meditation app for when you have a walk, one for when you take a break to drink some water, and so on.
The beauty is in how one does not need to create a separate space in their life solely, as the other mindfulness apps ask. Buddhify enables you to meditate while you live your life. It lets meditation be a part of it.
Features of Buddhify App:
- It’s an excellent mindfulness app and one to try.
- On-the-go meditations
- Different mindfulness meditations to practice during various tasks, such as walking, working, eating, or more
- Meditations for everyone
1. For the best, in my personal opinion, the pre-installed alarm clock on your phone (Free)
- a) Anti-climaxes are humorous and I love a laugh
- b) I really believe the simple alarm clock is the king/queen the best meditation apps
I will give my reason. And, my reason directly links with something I said earlier. I will rewrite now, “Your purpose is to get to know your own internal landscape and your body and to get to know how to relax it. Make sure that the app helps you in this purpose. You do not need more distractions.”
The purpose is to get to know yourself more, internally. So, you do not really need an external voice to meditate. You do not need rainforest music.
Now, I hear you say, “Does Arpit hate rainforest sounds?”
I say, “No, I love rainforest sounds. I say that you do not need it and the fancy mindfulness apps to get to know yourself internally.”
So, in this king/queen of the best meditation apps, you simply feed in an alarm for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, and sit down and be with yourself. That’s it.
All you need to know yourself internally is your own consciousness. You just look at yourself, internally, and just relax when you need to relax. Love, when you need to love.
For me, that is all meditation is. It is not about who uses the best meditation apps.
Does this mean I am against someone using all the mindfulness apps listed above?
No. If that were the case, I wouldn’t have written this list of mindfulness apps. My last entry in this list of best meditation apps was simply to remind you what meditation is about.
Use meditation apps to reach this goal if you want to. Use no meditation apps to reach this goal if you want to.
You are the one who decides for yourself. I am just a man with a list and a message.
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