Got Patience? There’s an App for That!

Rin Tin Zen

I’ve been meditating off and on since 2008 but recently committed to making it a daily habit.  A month into this new behavior I can already feel the benefits of meditating 15 minutes twice daily: more patience. The good news is that neuroscientific studies show meditation also lowers blood pressure and helps combat illness, depression, and insomnia.

In experimenting with various forms of meditation, variety keeps me motivated. Meditation is simple and easy to learn, but it takes time, patience and practice.  Here are some ways to kickstart your meditation using your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch:

1.    Mindfulness Meditation: Well worth the $1.99,  these meditations are written and narrated by Stephan Bodian, a respected teacher and author of Meditation for Dummies.  Using mindfulness-based techniques for stress-reduction, this app provides 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40-minute guided meditations.  There’s an audio guide on the basics of meditation, a checklist for optimal practice, and 10-minute deep relaxation exercise to prepare for meditation or to unwind at the end of a stressful day.

2.    Yoga Nidhra Lite:  According to Yoga Journal, nidhra or “yogic sleep” is an ancient practice for creating full-body relaxation and deep meditative states of consciousness. This free app offers nidhra meditation by Madhav, a yoga teacher trained in the Satyananda/Bihar tradition.  It’s another way to vary your practice because you can do it right before falling asleep.

I’ll be posting more as my practice strengthens.  Whether you’re just starting to meditate or have been doing it for years, I’d love to hear from you!

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