A few days ago, I wrote about what helps me to create the right condition to establish a sustainable mindfulness practice. As this is hard, it is good to get help. If you don’t have a friend who is constantly nudging you to practice, you need some other little helpers which can support you with your practice.
I know there are countless mindfulness apps out there. And I don’t know them all. I know that many use the Headspace app. I don’t use it, but I heard only positive reviews. I have the book Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe. His TED talk drew me even more into mindfulness and meditation. I like the book a lot and read in it from time to time. If the app comes only close to his methods and thoughts in the book, you cannot do something wrong in trying out the app.
But you might ask why I don’t use the app? Well, the first reason is that I found out that I can better meditate without a guided meditation, just sitting in silence. However, I do have a mindfulness app on my phone.
In the very first article about mindfulness on my blog, I wrote about a company called Potential Project. It is also the company who educated me to be a mindfulness coach for the company I am working at. If you type in Potential Project, you will find the app. The icon looks like a yellow circle.
I like the simplicity of the app. They will add more offerings to the app in July, but already now you have several guided focus and awareness meditations. Moreover, they also have a timer for silent meditations. That is what I use for my own practice and when I practice together with my colleagues.
What I also like is that you can answer a short questionnaire (3 questions, selecting a box on a scale from one to five) before each meditation. They also show you your answers and you can track changes over time. You can also track your own progress on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Furthermore, they provide some reading material. I can also set a daily training reminder and a reminder for mindful moments. Those mindful moments are reminders (you hear a bell sound) to pause for a short moment and to practice mindfulness for a minute. I set it to start at 8 AM in the morning and to end at 8 PM in the evening and I’ll get a reminder every hour. You can also set specific goals.
If you are looking for a little helper to keep strengthen your practice, try out one of those apps =).