Much has been written about the disconnect created by our constant ability to receive information. More than ever, carving out a space for ourselves to experience full presence while living with ready access to distraction is important for our well-being.
Technology can also be a tool to help with mindfulness. For example, we can learn about mindfulness practices, set alarms to remind us to practice, and record our experiences.
My goal with this series is to share mobile apps that I have found especially useful in cultivating mindfulness practices. I believe that harnessing the power of our handheld distraction devices has the potential to integrate mindfulness into our already overfull lives. Or, as a friend aptly noted, bring balance to the force.
Today’s app is, called:
by Troels Bech Hansen
Version 1.0.0 on iPhone
Mindfulness Clock is set up for customizable silent meditation sessions and reminders to meditate. It is a free app that has no ads, and so far, no annoying pop-ups to rate or do anything for the developers. It has a clean, simple interface with woodgrain background and buttons.
It eloquently does what it touts, reminds you about sessions whenever you want and times your meditation sessions. It’s nothing special, but you can’t go wrong with this basic app.
However, what I use it for is the customizable reminders. You can set multiple, customized reminders to pop up on your homescreen on one day or multiple days and at various times. So, if you have a mantra that you are practicing or want a nudge to focus on mindfulness, these alerts are and excellent and non-intrusive way of getting on track.
As you can see, I have reminders set here saying some of my current favorite mantras to bring my focus on mindfulness:
I want to respond from my heart.
I will take no action until I find my center.
Today will be ridiculously amazing (for Monday morning!)
I have them strategically scheduled for times during the week when I know my patience or energy (or my kids’) is most likely to be sliding. These positive reminders help me focus on connecting with myself and those around me. Sometimes, they get me off my phone if I’m mindlessly checking it.
Consider adding this app to your device, between Candy Crush and Twitter, won’t you?
Do you have a mindfulness app that you recommend or one that you would like me to review? Please let me know in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.
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(Since I’m writing most of these late at night, in bed, while tandem nursing twins, I’m choosing to concentrate on writing rather than proof-reading or editing. Please forgive the extra typos and non-nonsensical grammar. Thank you.)