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:
In The Flow
by Digital 4×4
Version I demo: 1.1 on iPhone
Cost: Free, no ads
In The Flow is a an app that uses the positive psychology of flow to help harness emotions and development. The concept of flow is similar to being fully present in the moment. If you can focus on your goals or motivations in a non-judgmental practice, it allows you to step away from anxiety or stress.
Being in the flow is an important part of mindfulness in action. Rather than withdrawing the senses, you train the mind on single point focus while being totally aware of your surroundings.
Motivation theory, such as that put forward by Kelly McGonigal, places self-compassion and self-forgiveness directly in the center of what you want to realize for yourself. The In The Flow app allows you to explicitly state what you want and track how often you are successful at bringing them about.
The app brilliantly supports every type of learning style by allowing you to use a photo, song or video to be displayed on your goal screen. It builds positive associations whenever you need the reinforcement.
In addition to seeing how often you are mindfully practicing, the app also offers links to tips that are related to the goals you’ve set. I set up some example goals for running, parenting, and writing. The tips that came up were useful to help me focus.
The app allows for social sharing so you can get positive reinforcement along the way from your friends or allow them to join you in achieving your respective flows. Whether you call it single point focus, mindfulness in action or being in the flow, this app can be an excellent positive reinforcement to creating contentment in the present moment.
If you try this app, I’d enjoy hearing how you use it in the comments.
Consider adding this app to your device, between Candy Crush and Twitter to bring a little mindfulness into your device, 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.
- Mindfulness: There’s An App For That, Part 1 (touchstonez.com)
- All Mindfulness Technology Posts on TouchstoneZ.com
- Mindfulness: There’s An App For That, Part 2 (touchstonez.com)
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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 formatting, proof-reading, researching or editing as much as I’d like. Please forgive the extra typos and non-nonsensical grammar. Thank you.)