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There is no excuse not to practice meditation.
Meditation is one of the simplest health habits you can start this year. It doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes every day. You can do it anywhere. Sharon Salzberg, the author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation says:
Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.
The best thing is that a simple app on your mobile device can guide you through meditation sessions. No Zen master required. Make it a part of your morning routine.
Start Strong With Your Meditation Practice
There is a bevy of meditation apps for all devices and we have covered a few of them. Let’s look at Timeless which promises a minimal interface with high-quality instruction. It is available for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Unlike many meditation apps, it is trying to bring together a community of fellow meditators who can help you stay accountable with daily doses of inspiration.
If you like simplicity, then the almost bare interface of Timeless should get your vote. The guided lessons will take you through the basics of meditation with a soothing voice. Sessions are tailored for someone who has very little time to anyone who can give it a solid chunk in a day. You can customize the timer as you start to fit your practice in your day.
The basic lessons are free but do subscribe to unlock the advanced lessons. The instructions are step-by-step and designed to gradually ease you into the habit. For instance, couple of free lessons will teach you posture and breath. The important technique of progressive muscle relaxation will put you in a Zen like state.
Lessons down the path are meant to deepen the relaxation techniques. A meditation guide will always tailor the session to your personal goals. Timeless is no different. A lineup of guided meditation sessions focus on emotional wellness while another array is for better sleep.
Come out of the sessions with a pleasant gong. The free lessons on the app could be your mini-step into a life experiment. The app will record your progress and the community might help you push it further. Take the next step if you feel the calm was worth it.
Download — Timeless for iOS (Free, Subscription)
It’s Easy to Get Started
Any new habit is easy to start. But always difficult to sustain if you don’t see immediate benefits. Meditation gives you immediate feedback with a sense of wellness.
Have you tried any form of guided meditation? Tell us if you failed or succeeded to maintain the habit — and of course, the benefits!
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