Close your eyes. Stop what you’re doing, let go of your worries and simply be in the present moment without judgment. Now breathe. And relax. Do you like that feeling?It’s called mindfulness, and peace-seekers are paying hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars to go on mindfulness retreats. And I don’t blame them. With all the tragedy and turmoil in the world today, we need peace and quiet now more than ever.Mindfulness retreat or not, it’s hard to get away from the noise inside our heads. Even our sleep is affected by mental chatter. I’d pay a fortune for a good night’s sleep. Not a cough syrup knock-me-out, real sleep. It’s no wonder that depression, anxiety, addiction and mental complications are on the rise. We have become distracted, worried, way too busy and above all, unable to get to the root of the problem. And are desperate to heal.Well, I’ve got great news. There’s an app for that. The path to inner peace may be within your grasp. You don’t have to escape to the Himalayan Mountains and become a monk. You don’t need to destroy your cellphone in the garbage disposal.No, as a matter of fact, grab that phone and get ready for the latest meditation apps. Calming the mind is now a marketing campaign, and these apps are all the rage. Truth be known, meditation has been around for eons. It began as an elite spiritual discipline but since the beatniks got ahold of it in the late 1950s, meditation has morphed into a self-help cure.Now I don’t want to burst your bubble, but meditation does not lead directly to happiness. Enlightened masters will tell you that meditation brings about awareness, which eventually leads to compassion for others, acceptance of all things and eventually, mindfulness.Just like choosing a mental health professional or spiritual guide, choosing the right meditation app is super important. Because of meditation’s spiritual roots, a lot of the newer ones have a Buddhist philosophy attached to them.The apps in this article do not condone a particular religion one way or another. There may be a hint of it, but not super obvious. They’re more neutral for those of us who just want to calm down, sleep, heal, live in the moment, and just chill for a while. Here’s an overview of the apps I discuss in the podcast.
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