Just like athletes train their bodies with exercise, you can strengthen your mind through meditation. Many meditation practices are out there, just like many different exercises exist for exercising your physical body. Are you overwhelmed by all the options, or even don’t know where to start? This guide can help you find your starting place by providing a list of guided meditation apps that can help you get started on your meditative journey!
As the name would suggest, this app emphasizes simplicity and peace with a clean, easy-to-use interface and guided meditations coached by various voices to fit your desires. It is available for free on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store, with a five-star rating on each. There are a handful of subscription-free meditations, so you can get a feel for the app, but you can purchase a monthly subscription for ten dollars a month to have access to the full library of rich meditations.
If you’re looking for more of the scientific benefits of meditation than the spiritual benefits, Trixie is the app for you! Available for free on both iOS and Android, Trixie has both guided meditations like many other apps. But the cool thing about Trixie is that it comes with a virtual assistant that will consider the time you have, your moods, and your meditation patterns and then recommend a meditation plan that will work best for you and your lifestyle!
Aura, an app that is also available for free on Android and iOS, has a variety of features that are a common thread in mindfulness apps, like traditionally guided meditations. Other cool aspects to Aura are the personalized reflections based on science that the app provides you, the gratitude tracker feature, and the option to listen to both guided and unguided meditations. Aura has a rating of 4.9 stars on the iTunes store, with nearly four thousand people reviewing it, making it a genuinely well-liked place to begin your meditation journey.
Need background noise for your unguided meditation, or have problems falling asleep? WhiteNoise, available for free in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store, offers over 40 pre-recorded loops of familiar, calming sounds, like rain, the forest, or the sounds of waves crashing on the beach. You can listen to an individual track or mix and match records to create your custom blend of meditation sounds. WhiteNoise also offers you the option to record your very own sounds, so that you can have total control over your meditation experience.
If you’re looking to invest in your meditative future, try SimplyBeing. Available for $1.99 on iTunes and Google Play, this app offers a variety of tracks aimed to help you center yourself. Examples include guided meditations of various lengths, nature sounds, or even free, self-guided reflections. Although this app is more minimal compared to some of the pricier alternatives, it is an excellent, low-stakes place to start.
Billed as the most extensive library of guided meditations, Omvana offers a variety of tracks to help you find yourself. Although the app is free for both Apple and Android devices, some of the tracks are behind a paywall. The app includes guided and unguided meditations, nature sounds, and breathing exercises, as well as self-hypnosis options, which have little to no science backing them.
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