Use Your Smartphone to Meditate

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    Mar 11, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    For most of us, smartphones can seem more a constant source of stress than a path to serenity. But more and more people are using their Androids and iPhones to find inner peace.

    Dozens of apps have sprung up in recent years promising to train users in various forms of stress-melting meditation. Many promote a popular approach adapted from Buddhist meditation that is known as mindfulness — or “mindfulness meditation” — the nonjudgmental observation of one’s breath, presence and thoughts.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/seeking-serenity-on-a-screen/?ref=health
  • starboard5

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    Mar 12, 2014 12:48 AM GMT
    I have an app called Equanimity. It's a simple timer I use for meditation and yoga sessions.
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    Mar 12, 2014 4:47 PM GMT
    There IS an app for almost everything!



    Ohmmmmmmmmm........
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    Mar 16, 2014 1:15 AM GMT
    I love meditation! Painting is almost like meditation. Quiet, focused and think about nothing but focusing on the painting. I always tell myself to take one step at a time and worry about now and think things through in a positive way instead of a stressful way, I get things done quicker and I am more active and happier. I love meditation for the reason of feeling peaceful. I love opening my eyes and feeling the weight lift afterwards.
  • 1lonelyroad

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    Mar 18, 2014 7:43 PM GMT
    I've used a couple different apps for specific purposes.
    Bi-neural beats (iBrainwave), some guided meditations on youtube(Piers Cross), ChantBuddy and so on for everything from getting to sleep to de-stressing and breathing practices.

    In person guided meditation and having a competent and qualified guide can be very beneficial for working through certain problems and analyzing but is more on the border of psychoanalysis.

    Have any of you experienced sensory deprivation tanks?
  • Amira

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    Mar 19, 2014 1:06 AM GMT
    Nice, most likely will download one of these.
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    Mar 20, 2014 12:30 PM GMT
    1lonelyroad said

    In person guided meditation and having a competent and qualified guide can be very beneficial...

    Have any of you experienced sensory deprivation tanks?


    I'd like to share that not all individuals can tune in to the same type of meditation, and that's fine. As I had worked at a rehab, I got to experience guided instructions from the specialist. It was quite an experience which surpassed self-instruction. When I substituted for him while he was on vacation, I couldn't lead the patients using his mindfulness techniques because I personally couldn't get into the zone with them, so I did my visualization techniques instead. Many non-Asians at the rehab preferred the non-Buddhist method maybe because they could relate to them more.

    I did have an opportunity to be in a sensory deprivation tank, floating on salted water. It had an eerie-like tomb atmosphere, and I did 'hear' my heartbeat loudly and see vivid colors in my mind. I'm so glad to have experienced it and grateful to my Phenomenology prof for having arranged that! You guys should try it when you can!
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    Mar 20, 2014 3:02 PM GMT
    I installed the Headspace app on my phone and the guided meditations are 'okay' but nothing really amazing.

    Much prefer the CD I got with this book

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    It's interesting- they encourage you to mindfulness meditations on the go but much prefer to do them at home.
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    May 20, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    I just started "officially" meditating a few weeks ago, with the help of some friends who also practice it daily.

    It only took a few times to realize that I've actually been meditating for years and didn't even know it...like when I'm riding my bike off-road on a trail or working out in my home gym, clearing my mind of all inner thoughts, and focusing only on the here and now with a higher sense of awareness. It's exactly the same thing, just in a different setting.
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    May 24, 2014 1:06 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidFor most of us, smartphones can seem more a constant source of stress than a path to serenity. But more and more people are using their Androids and iPhones to find inner peace.

    Dozens of apps have sprung up in recent years promising to train users in various forms of stress-melting meditation. Many promote a popular approach adapted from Buddhist meditation that is known as mindfulness — or “mindfulness meditation” — the nonjudgmental observation of one’s breath, presence and thoughts.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/seeking-serenity-on-a-screen/?ref=health


    You don't need an app. What did the Buddha have? A bodi tree.
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:49 PM GMT
    I just went to my first group meditation meeting a few days ago, and the group leader used his smartphone for it. I instantly thought of this thread and LOL'd inside. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    Thank you! RJ is great!
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    Jul 01, 2014 4:36 AM GMT
    Isn't the whole point of meditation to get AWAY from things like electronics?
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    Jul 10, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
    Ajjax saidIsn't the whole point of meditation to get AWAY from things like electronics?
    It depends on which kind of meditation you're doing. There are several.
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    Jan 09, 2015 7:47 AM GMT
    Is anyone in here psychic or a good chi user if anyone does hmu
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    Aug 04, 2015 1:35 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI just started "officially" meditating a few weeks ago, with the help of some friends who also practice it daily.

    It only took a few times to realize that I've actually been meditating for years and didn't even know it...like when I'm riding my bike off-road on a trail or working out in my home gym, clearing my mind of all inner thoughts, and focusing only on the here and now with a higher sense of awareness. It's exactly the same thing, just in a different setting.


    This is something many people don't realize. Meditation is something people can and do all the time in many different situations. Massage can be a form of meditation. I generally blow peoples mind when I get in that zone and start to loose touch with reality in a way. I remember watching a documentary years ago where they likened medieval sword making to meditation.
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    Aug 05, 2015 12:33 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidI just started "officially" meditating a few weeks ago, with the help of some friends who also practice it daily.

    It only took a few times to realize that I've actually been meditating for years and didn't even know it...like when I'm riding my bike off-road on a trail or working out in my home gym, clearing my mind of all inner thoughts, and focusing only on the here and now with a higher sense of awareness. It's exactly the same thing, just in a different setting.


    This is something many people don't realize. Meditation is something people can and do all the time in many different situations. Massage can be a form of meditation. I generally blow peoples mind when I get in that zone and start to loose touch with reality in a way. I remember watching a documentary years ago where they likened medieval sword making to meditation.
    I actually stopped "officially" meditating since that post, but still meditate naturally doing the same things (riding off-road, working out, etc).
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    Aug 22, 2015 9:34 PM GMT
    I wish they would invent an App, that makes your phone vibrate violently. I would have a better use for this App. Just a thought.
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    Aug 25, 2015 2:28 AM GMT
    Domino_dancer saidI wish they would invent an App, that makes your phone vibrate violently. I would have a better use for this App. Just a thought.
    They do make a wrist band that vibrates to phone calls, texts, and emails (bluetooths with your phone). Just get one of those, get a second phone, and call yourself whenever you need some "ASSistance." icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 14, 2015 12:55 PM GMT
    Meditation can be done anywhere using anything lol. Using an app seems to me to defeat the purpose of clearing the mind and/or conscious contact with a higher power. I especially like walking at night.
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    Nov 18, 2015 6:37 AM GMT
    How to Pick a Meditation App

    NYT: A number of new meditation apps promise a journey to mindfulness, but with so many different options, it’s tough to know what to look for.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/14/how-to-pick-a-meditation-app/?ref=health
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    Nov 22, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
    I use several--Walking Meditations, Relax & Rest, iSleep Easy, At Ease, Attunement, Breathe & Relax, Simply Being, etc. I use them in connection with my post-grad studies (not as part of the post-grad curriculum but as one of the many supplemental aids that are available for mindfulness and somatic exercises).
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    Dec 03, 2015 1:34 PM GMT
    I like guided meditations or positive affirmations with slow music or nature sound. There's an app called Affirmation, its the best! icon_smile.gif
  • johnlesyd

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    Dec 04, 2015 2:09 AM GMT
    New to meditation

    I just set my timer for 25 mins

    And after a few weeks i know when to be alert before the alarm.