Meditation apps are all the rage these days, if you believe recent stories in The New Yorker and Wired. To quote from a recent Wired magazine story, across Silicon Valley, “quiet contemplation is seen as the new caffeine, the fuel that allegedly unlocks productivity and creative bursts.” But meditation is not just for business personnel; it’s for everyone. What follows are some of the best apps, as ranked (taken as the average) by Huffington Post, Fortune and Forbes magazine.
The gold standard of modern meditation (mindfulness) apps. If you read the story in the New Yorker, Headspace was prominently featured. And for good reason. It works. And it’s very, very cool.
Co-founded by two Brits, Andy Puddicombe and Richard Pierson, Headspace is packaged as ‘meditation for modern living’ and the fundamental idea is that it will help de-stress you and improve your mood.
Mindfulness & meditation for wherever you are. Super convenient and beautifully designed to fit your lifestyle, buddhify is the best value meditation app around with no hidden charges. With over 11 hours of custom meditations for 15 different parts of your day including traveling, being online, taking a work break and going to sleep, buddhify will help you de-stress, sleep better and bring more awareness and compassion to all parts of your life.
– Over 80 custom guided audio meditation tracks - Tracks are designed for 15 locations inc: going to sleep - Tracks range from 5 – 30minutes - Solo meditation timer - Together section with community stats and Q&A
And all for the price of a cup of coffee with no hidden extra charges.
The Mindfulness App is straightforward and simple. Guided meditation sessions can span from 3 to 30 minutes.
Having someone — in this case, a calming voice from the app — guide you through your meditation session can help you find calm more quickly. With this app, you can pick a session length, choose to have a guide or not, and even add soothing, natural sounds to the end of your meditation session.
One of the most beautiful parts of meditating in meditation centers is the ambiance and environment you can enjoy. In part, the Meditate app helps you experience that in the comfort of your own home or office—thanks to the sounds of pre-recorded Tibetan singing bowls.
Guided sessions range from 2 to 30 minutes. Sneak in your meditation between meetings, or sit down for a longer session when you have the time. Let the relaxing sounds and picturesque nature scenes transport you — if only for a moment — to a place of Zen.
When you were upset or mad as a child, you may have been told to breathe deeply and count to 10. Breathing is a powerful tool over your mind and body, so the same idea may help you deal with stress and anxiety as an adult. Let the Breathe2Relax app guide you through breathing sessions. You’ll be more relaxed, have less anger, and find a better mood.
With a daily reminder, this app is designed to help you remain accountable to your meditation practice. It also provides enlightening quotes you can use to guide your meditation. The app’s meditation levels help you progress by challenging you with longer sessions.
This app contains thousands of audio tracks, beats, and sounds that you can blend together in the app’s mixing board. If a stranger’s voice is unsettling, you can even record your own voice and use it to guide your meditation sessions instead. This app is fully customizable to help you create a more relaxing, enjoyable meditation experience.
In the middle of a busy day, sometimes you just need to take a break! This app is designed to help you do just that. It offers two meditation sessions: one is 7 minutes, and the other is 13.
Fall into a deep sleep with soothing sounds from the Relax Melodies app. Gentle tunes and relaxing sounds help lull you to sleep. Use the app’s original tracks or make your own. You can customize your sleeping soundtrack, name it, and save it for future use. The app even provides relaxing images of scenery and nature to help calm your brain and drift off into slumber.
If you’re a meditator on the move, MINDBODY helps you connect with local studios and centers offering meditation centers. Whether you’re home and have a favorite or traveling and need to find one to visit for a session or two, this app can help.
If you’ve ever used the excuse that you can’t meditate because you don’t have the space, Buddhify 2 proves you wrong. This app comes with 14 location and activity settings that can help you meditate at any point and in almost any place during the day.
Brilliant idea. Hey, news flash: Kids need meditation like busy adults! If you have kids of your own (or your friends do) you already know that there is a large amount of stress in kid’s lives these days with overstimulation from electronic devices, tons of homework and busy schedules. Having kids stop and meditate can help calm and soothe them. This app has a structured meditation program for kids of different age groups with a set of calming music.
This intuitively designed and supremely accessible app puts learning front and center, and includes a Basics page that explains some of the science behind meditation. Included are 15 no-nonsense guided meditations that focus on a single concept, like Equanimity. Best of all is the Check In screen that asks you to pinpoint your current mood and emotions, then recommends three different meditations based on your answers. A progress page tracks the time you spend meditating, your most frequent emotions, and your “Weekly Settledness” score. Best of all, the app is the work of Tools for Peace, a nonprofit that teaches kids kindness and compassion through school programs and camps.
With beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and a dynamic worldwide meditation community, Insight Timer is the fun, connected way to support your meditation practice. Now with free guided meditations by Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn and many more. If you’re new to meditation, you’ll find introductory guided mediations and a supportive community to help you get started. If you’re an experienced meditator, you’ll feel right at home with our beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and guided meditations by experienced teachers that you know and respect.
With this app, you can listen to sessions that will help you relax, sleep better, overcome fears and phobias and boost your confidence. By helping you modify your thoughts and emotions, the I Can Be Free app will allow you to make immediate adjustments to how you perceive and deal with situations, so that you can start living the life you want to live. A free relaxation session is embedded with the download. Furthermore, 3 fixed sessions and 2 sessions of your own choice can be obtained by signing up as a user and interacting with the app. BTW, the I Can Be Free site includes 12 variations that you might also consider.
The Meditations for Manifesting app by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is an indispensable audio introduction of two primary meditation sounds for both the morning and evening. Through his explanations and instructions, Dyer will teach simple meditations that will establish a calming mode of thought and self reflection in your mind. Having this app on your iPhone or iPod Touch is a great way to carry Wayne Dyer’s soothing meditations with you at all times.
Serene Mind is a meditation guide to help turn one’s focus from the outside world back to their breath. Focusing on an expanding and contracting ball, calibrated to your own breathing rate helps the user to slow down their mind and achieve a state of deep sleep or relaxation. We suggest that the user plays soft ambient music or white noise from their iPod or any music app while using this one. There is a log to help track your progress and see how your pulse and breathing rate will slow over time. We have included a simple sleep timer if you wish to use this application to fall asleep.
If you are finding it difficult to meditate this could be the program for you. Whether you have just a few minutes or half an hour, this audio-based, guided meditation adapts to you. Experience serenity when needed each day by listening to a favorite passage from the Big Book (Second Edition), beautifully voiced for you within a flexible duration, guided meditation that fits into your time constraints. You set the length of time for your practice;
Windy is a white noise app which utilizes stereoscopic 3D audio to drown out the noise around you.
Relax Melodies Seasons helps you to easily combine ambient sounds and relaxing melodies (from all four seasons) to create your own and personal relaxing session. Let your mind travel to any season of the year to enjoy back the feeling of a warm day at the beach, a calm spring morning, a peaceful October rain or even a cold winter day.
You can enjoy the benefits of meditation as you walk with the Meditation Oasis® Walking Meditations app. Walking meditation can be just as profound as sitting meditation. It brings the meditative experience into daily activity.
Therapeutic breathing benefits your brain and mood, and can actually help decrease your heart rate and lower high blood pressure. Breathing Zone offers detailed instructions and a Breathing Analyzer to measure your breathing rate.
Inner Balance helps you understand your moods, alter your reactions to stress, and manifest a more positive attitude. By plugging the special HeartMath Sensor onto your phone and inserting the ear piece into your ear, the app captures your heart rate and paces your breathing to calm stress and anxiety. You can also track your progress, journal your accomplishments, and share your insights with others.
For some, the best way to relax is to watch aquatic life. But unless you have a fish tank at home, it’s unlikely you have access to this calming scene and, even if you do, you can’t take your fish tank everywhere with you. Marine Aquarium, a paid iOS app, works on both iPhones and iPads and allows you to select which fish you would like to see and adjust the light settings for ambiance. If you’re in kind of a funk and white noise and mind mapping apps just aren’t doing it for you, watching aquatic life could be a good alternative.
Created in collaboration with a licensed clinical psychologist, this app utilizes a diagnostic questionnaire to assess stress and anxiety levels, and tailor a customized therapy program that includes instructional videos and workbook exercises.
This app offers an esoteric coloring of mandalas for all ages and genders. For anyone who wants to find inner peace and discover the positive loving energy that sleeps inside every sentient being. You can also just doodle along with a freewheeling mind and discover your hidden artistry and harmony. Send your art to friends as a token of personal healing.
This is a wonderful tool for any pregnant woman and her partner who want to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound changes of body and mind during pregnancy and for the life-changing experience of childbirth ahead. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation, you can learn a way to more fully live the moments of joy and manage the inevitable stresses of this transformative time as well as cultivate lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.
The app helps you to build a meditation habit with guided meditations, a beautiful timer, a worldwide community and a way to keep a record of how much you meditate all in the one place. ZenFriend is simple, beautiful and easy to use.