Hack Your Mental Wellbeing With A Phone:
In this video, The Scene & Wired’s App Pack try to soothe your frazzled nerves with a few lines of machine-code to give your human-code a digital hug.
Unfortunately, the list seems to only include Mindfulness meditation apps.
I’d love to be wrong about that, because there are benefits to Both types.
Mindfulness is usually better for happiness. The more Wandering, less-focused type is usually better for Creativity & Insight.
But however the little algorithms can simplify it, the better.
What was once obscure & difficult is now becoming no further than a questionnaire & a few taps away…
Meditation Very-Likely Makes You Healthier & Easier Is Better:
Because as we’ve noted before, Meditation is great stuff and just might make you healthier. -It certainly does change a few things about you; like the expression of a few thousand genes for a start!
Hopefully personal-innovations like these apps & other devices like the Thync smartphone-driven relaxer will help bring some peace to more people out there in what seems like an increasingly harried and stressful world.
It’s also be great if they lowered the bar, because before this all we had was a little white noise app & pure Kung-Fu Concentration. Back in the day, we had to meditate up hill, -in the snow, -both ways, I tell you!…
Anyway, without any further delay, Here’s their list:
*Simplifies meditation for novices.
*Has 10 10-minute Guided Meditations
*You can track your progress.
*You have to Subscribe for more
*Can be Tailored to your mood, or things you’d like to fix.
2) Stop, Breathe & Think
*Winner of the 2015 Webby People’s Voice Award for Health & Fitness
*Asks you questions to check your physical, mental & emotional states.
*Offers guided meditation based on those answers.
*Tracking of meditation-type, # of Checkins, Time meditating & more.
*3 Modes: Mindfuless, Yoga, or Search Inside Yourself Practice.
*Areas Of Focus, like: Essentials, Health, Work, Relationships & Sleep.
*Both Video & Audio practice.
*23 Days of Guided Meditations.
*9 Yoga sessions.
*6 Different Trainers.
*Some Progress Tracking.
4) Meditation Timer & Log [not just, “Meditation” as the voiceover says]
*Much simpler than the others, probably only for people who don’t need training or guidance.
*Choice of Startup sound, In-Session Atmospheric sound/Background noise & Ending sound.
*Sessions end w/ an inspirational Quote.
*Time, # Sessions, & Calendar tracking.
5) GPS For The Soul
*Calming Music & Mantras based on state you’re in.
*Attempts to be sort-of like an +/- instant zen.
*Note: Upon examination, Reviews for current version a lot more negative than previous. Shortened, broken, missing features.
*Also: Huffington Post, so probably Evil.
6) MINDBODY– Book Fitness Classes and Beauty Services
*Locates closest Yoga & Meditation centers near you.
*Lets you Book an Appointment.
*Enters Appointments right to your Schedule.
*Some Reviews available.
*Available local Deals & Specials displayed.
*Storable Favorite Locations.
*Can Sync Exercise Data with FitBit.
*Awkwardly-named [not to be confused with MINDBODY Express, which appears to be the business-owner backend App]
Video, “Meditation Apps to Help You Stay Sane” by The Scene & Wired App Pack
Photo, “Meditation”, by Felipe ( Aladim) Hadler
• Source: Wired’s App Pack