Tune out by plugging in.
As a mindfulness consultant, lawyer, yoga teacher, social entrepreneur and longtime lover of my bevy of Apple products, I am always on the lookout for the latest apps that enhance the productivity, creativity and bliss factors of my life and work. And as mindfulness becomes a hot topic in the innovation space, more and more software that combines cutting-edge technology with modern mindfulness is available, melding plugging in with unplugging. So for your yogic pleasure, here are four simple tools I enjoy:
GPS For the Soul:
GPS for the Soul (free for iPhone, iPad and Android) is the Huffington Post’s answer to combining technology and stress reduction, a great passion of Arianna Huffington’s, as she is on the vanguard of the “Digital Health Revolution.” If you do nothing else, this app tells you once a day to check in with yourself. Often, that daily check-in is enough to remind me to take a deep breath, relax and refocus. GPS for the Soul also has a built-in sensor to gauge your emotional state, which is another useful tool for tuning into your stress levels, especially if you are into activity tracking technology trends, AKA “quantifying the self,” but are not quite willing to commit to around-the-clock monitoring and wearable tracking gear.
Flynn Coleman is a mindfulness consultant, lawyer, yoga teacher, and the founder of SAMYA Practice, an innovative social enterprise that designs mindfulness seminars for organizations and individuals seeking balance and transformation. SAMYA also gives back to local and global communities through its OM for OM initiative. Visit us to learn more about SAMYA Practice or to design your own seminar. Connect with Flynn on Twitter or Facebook.
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