Meditation Monday

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Are you having difficulty finding a tranquil moment on you own? Check out my top 3 apps that encourage calm and meditation.

#1

The Mindfulness App

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Meditation beginners and gurus alike will find lots of options with The Mindfulness App. A five-day guided practice and introduction to mindfulness helps you get started, and timed guided or silent meditations from 3 to 30 minutes will suit your busy lifestyle. The app also offers personalized meditation options, reminders to keep you mindful throughout the day, and statistics to track in your meditation journal.

#2

Headspace

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Find calmness, wellness, and balance in your life with this app’s guided meditation and mindfulness techniques for daytime use. Before bed, try any of its 10 new sleep music tracks or 16 nature soundscapes. The app builds personalized plans based on a little input from you, so you can learn the essentials of meditation and build from there.

#3

Calm

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 5 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

This award-winning app has calming exercises, breathing techniques to help you relax, and even a Calm Kids section with meditations for kids between 3 and 17. The new Sleep Stories section features a great mix of voice talent — you may recognize actors Matthew McConaughey or Jerome Flynn — to lull you to sleep. A recent update to the Calm app makes for a mindful experience through the Apple Watch, with three new breathing exercises, a mindful walking meditation, and calming exercises you can all access right from your watch.

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