Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts.
With regular practice of meditation:
- anxiety decreases;
- emotional stability improves;
- problems become smaller;
- gain clarity and peace of mind;
- intuition develops;
- happiness increases;
- creativity increases.
Guided meditation apps can be a perfect introduction to the meditation practice because they require nothing except a comfortable and quiet space and a few minutes of your time.
List of 14 Meditation Apps:
Note – the apps are not ranked in any way, but see the list below if you’re looking for something in particular
Buddhify is an app perfect for those who are ready to incorporate meditation into their entire day. The new version includes many guided meditations that target every aspect of your life.
You can use the app and follow along with whatever you may be doing, anywhere you are, whether you’re at your exercising, desk working, trying to get to sleep, feeling stressed at work, waiting in line at the grocery store or bank, or just taking a quick break.
Other than guided meditation, Buddhify lets you meditate by yourself without allowing a guide in the process.
- good price;
- content is user-friendly;
- available for IOS and Android;
- the app creator is an expert in urban meditation;
- introduces “urban meditation” by offering more than 80 guided meditations.
- most of the app contents do not rotate if mobile devices are rotated;
- user statistics and rating scales are unavailable on the Android platform.
Meditation Timer Pro is a simple to use the app for monitoring the practicing meditations. The app also features default sessions as well as meditation sessions that you can customize as your own.
- it has plenty of choice in bell sounds;
- low in cost.
- visuals could be more interesting.
Take a Break!, developed by Mary and Richard Maddux, is an app perfectly designed to break up a stressful day by periodically making a quiet vibration on your phone, alerting you that it’s time to walk away from your current activity and take a brief break.
Sattva is a meditation app that encourages both experienced and beginner individuals to continue practicing daily meditation.
Insight Timer was created as a meditation app and provides peaceful and relaxing yet empowering sound of Tibetan singing bowls. Also, it gives you access to 750 meditation music tracks.
Furthermore, this app is available on your Android or iPhone, and includes additional resources to help you enjoy and track meditation sessions. The app also allows adding friends, direct messages, and joining groups based on meditation and locations interests.
This app has 7 Steps of Calm available free to anyone, and move into more advanced programs customized to your needs.
Using different sound themes (like the gentle animal sounds of a rainforest, the patter of rain, and the crackle of a fireplace), the app transports you to a calmer place while you focus on your well-being.
This app guides you toward deeper, slower breathing by helping you count your exhalations and inhalations according to a fixed ratio.
#8 Smiling Mind
This app was created in Australia and is aimed at helping young people de-stress and stay calm. Smiling Mind comes preloaded with Mindfulness 101 with easy meditation sessions that remind you to think of the positivity in your life or to pay attention to your breath.
Omvana is essentially the iTunes of guided meditation apps, offering up a library of recordings that aim everything from decreasing stress and anxiety to revitalizing your sex life to shedding those last five pounds or improving your sleep patterns.
Omvana is based on the Silva Method of meditation (considered the most practiced meditation program in the United States). More importantly, Omvana comes loaded with a few free meditations that you can turn on whenever you have time.
It is a universal app and it can be downloaded on iPod touch, iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad.
Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk aiming to make meditation accessible to everyone. Users who tried the app for 10 days showed improvement in mood and fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Meditation beginners can start with the free Headspace’s Take10 program. Everything else requires a paid subscription.
Prices start at $12.95 a month and go up to $95.88 a year or $419.95 for unlimited lifetime access. However, for every subscription purchased, Headspace app donates one to a person in need.
Ensō is a sleek and elegant meditation timer and bell. This app offers enough features to lend ceremony to daily practice without tethering you to your phone.
#12 MINDBODY Connect
This app helps you find a nearby meditation group or local places holding meditation sessions. MINDBODY Connect has a user-friendly design and incorporates Google maps functionality to help you find your way to inner peace.
Created by Sounds True, Mindfulness Training App gives a major publisher of meditation books and it combines a lot of the best features from all the others on this list. A unique characteristic is a clock showing only a circle of dots that slowly move around to 360 degrees.
If you are looking for a simple yet powerful meditation app for practicing mindfulness, The Mindfulness App is for you. It provides you a five day guided meditation practice to keep you in sync with what you wish to accomplish.
Furthermore, the app also allows you to set GPS reminders telling you to meditate when you enter a specific location.