Meditation is supposed to be calming, freeing and uplifting. For me, it has always been frustrating, uncomfortable and elusive. I mean, how does one just shut off their brain and find calm?? I want to be calm and free, don’t you? At the same time, when I try to meditate, my mind runs in circles, my body always wants to leap up and follow said circles, and then everything just falls to hell. Ultimately I would wind up all anxiety filled and needing to calm down even more than when I’d started.
So I started to think about it. The way I see it, meditation is a sensory process. I, personally, am very sensitive to sound. So I decided to seek out a few apps on my trusty old phone to help me out. Here’s what I tried and how they worked for me.
The great thing about this app is that it lets you create your own sound combinations. You like wind,birds and a stream? Just a few taps on your phone and you can drift away to your happy place. Or perhaps you prefer to relax to the sounds of a thunderstorm at night alongside a crackling camp fire. No, problem, you can do that too. There’s even a handy timer on there for you at no charge.
For me, this app was a wonderful aid to relaxation and calm, but it never got me to the state of meditation I was seeking. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful app.
This app allows you to pick your meditation goal. From simple mindful breathing (great for a quick relaxation and centering), to engaging your senses this app has a setting for you. There’s even a setting for dealing with change, and who couldn’t use something like that?
One quick note, you can set each track to loop, but you can not set up a playlist. So when the track is over, it ends and you’ll have to open your eyes and start the next one if you want to continue.
This app is straight up new age music. Three hours of new age music, to be exact. It’s the kind of thing you’d hear while getting a massage. There’s a timer, which is handy and a few different images you can choose from, though I close my eyes to meditate, so I didn’t see the point (pun intended).
There are so many options with this app. There are over twenty chants to choose from. I, personally, went with the initial and simplest chant. In fact, I chanted 159 times and didn’t even know it. Yes, with this app you chant along. I suppose you do not have to, but that’s what worked for me. There’s also an explanation of each chant, what it means, how to do it and other pertinent information. If you are afraid of looking silly, this one might not be for you. For me, it was the most successful. It gave me a 17 minute long meditation that was actually calming and restorative. Success!
So if you think you can’t meditate, why not give these a try? You might just find your inner hippie. I mean, if Don Draper can do it, so can we, right?