Meditation? There’s an app for that.

Via Clare Polencheck
on Jul 22, 2011
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Welcome friends, please check that your smart-phone is turned ON for meditation practice.

Check out these free meditation and mindfulness apps to aid your practices.

Zazen Lite -Zen Meditation Timer & Mindfulness Bell By Nathan Hangen

  • This app has a meditation timer you can set to any amount at 5 minute intervals. There are two “sound” choices, both decently pleasant. Also included is a mindfulness bell that can be set to intervals of up to 1 hour, or to play at specific times. Quite user friendly!

Insight Timer Lite – Meditation Timer By Spotlight Six Software

  • My personal favorite timer has by far (IMO) the best sound (kangse or woodblock tones). Again, user friendly with options to set practice intervals.

myMeditation Lite By BLT Helps

  • The free version of this app is fairly restricted. The time intervals are limited to 3, 11, or 33 minutes. This app offers a different layout for a meditation session, including a time interval for pranayama.

Daily Zen Enlightenment By FS Digital

  • Quick! Inspiring Buddhist quotes are a touch-pad away with this free app offering a daily quote and access to “past” and “random” Buddhist passages. Ads at the top.

The Five-Minute Christian Meditation By White Buffalo Solutions

  • This little app presents short meditation instructions and 4 Biblical based outlines to follow. The website offers more meditation categories to encourage your practice and prayer.

WCCM App By Adriano Massi

InsightLA By MarketingProfs, LLC

  • A generous offering from California based meditation center, InsightLA. This app features a super user-friendly timer, as well as news and events from the center, and a collection of meditation and mindfulness focused audio, including Dharma talks.

Wisdom Quotes By Matias Lanzi

  • Another quote quick fix app! Good collection, easy and pleasant interface. “What you seek is seeking you.” -Rumi

SotoTimer By Erwin van Hunen

  • Another timer with a few different options. Various sessions can be defined, and there is a vibration alternative to sound. I found this one a little confusing, but may be applicable to someone’s practice.

Have another spiritually related app that you like? Share below in the comments!

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About Clare Polencheck

Clare L. Polencheck is a yoga instructor who strives to live and write from a Christian-Yogic spiritual perspective, and is humbled to share tidbits of her lessons as a teacher of asana, a student of her students, and a pupil of Universe. Learning to go with God’s flow is her dharma code.


15 Responses to “Meditation? There’s an app for that.”

  1. while you're at it, use your gizmo to spread the word about small projects like this:

    and try to remember that practicing with others may be less pleasant for many than practicing with a gizmo (ahem), but it does lead to better all-round development and a healthier life.

  2. Matthew says:

    I messed around with some of these until recently I had the realization-

    Phones have an alarm/timer on them. Choose any time and sound as an ending. (I have a tibetan singing bowl mp3 on my phone… I use that as the end sound). This way, you don't have to download an app that asks permission to spy on your info so they can sell it to marketers.

    Enlightenment + privacy. Win/win.

  3. tanya lee markul says:

    Nice Clare! I don't have a smart phone, but if I did, this could be fun!

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  6. Emily Perry says:

    So many to choose from— thanks for the great post!

  7. yogiclarebear says:

    nice matthew. but fiuring that out takes away from wasting time on the app store! 😉 😉

  8. yogiclarebear says:

    thanks tanya!

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  14. drsachdev says:

    Wow!!these days there is an app literally for every thing..downloaded this app now..will check it out now..