Travel is unparalleled in its ability to drive stress out of your life, at least for brief intervals of time. What would be really superb, though, is if we could carry forward that stress-free state into our mundane schedules. Well, this time around as you prepare for your next long weekend getaway, spend a while researching a good meditation app that can get you started on your route to a calmer, happier existence. Because there’s no better place to start driving negativity from your headspace than the open road, the tranquil coast, or the sun-kissed hillside! So without further ado, here’s our list of 5 meditation apps that will help you find Zen on your next trip:
A free meditation app for iPhones and iPads, Calm combines soothing music with well-organised sessions that guide you seamlessly from basic breathing exercises to deeper meditative states. Users have the option of customising their experience by choosing their favourite background scenes and relaxing sounds. The available options range from beaches to meadows to rain, each of which can be synced with Kip Mazuy’s music. Calm is a simple, intuitive app with nothing more to it than a sequence of 7 sessions, gradually increasing in duration from 2 to 20 minutes. Perfect for beginners, and those who would like a little introduction to meditation before they can feel comfortable enough to commit to more involved, paid exercises.
10 minutes of meditation every day is all you need for a fulfilling life, no matter what you do professionally. This is the core hypothesis upon which Headspace has been founded. Headspace aims to make meditation accessible to everybody with a smartphone. Former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe’s 10-minute sessions are delivered in an easy, conversational manner, with hardly any jargon or ‘hippy talk’. Available for free download on Apple iOS and Android devices, Headspace later costs just $7.99 dollars a month (for a yearly subscription). The app comes with an endorsement from Emma Watson, and has quickly attained a huge fan following.
This app, available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, asks for payment upfront, but is well worth the couple of bucks that you spend on it. Once you pay, there are no other in-app purchases to be dealt with, and what you have on your phone is a handy collection of meditation tracks, each tailored for a specific purpose. Themes that the tracks are crafted for include work breaks, difficulty sleeping, general stress, feeling too emotional, and so on. Discover your favourite tracks during your trip, so you can continue with the process once you’re back at work again.
- The Mindfulness App
A handy app with an elaborate database of meditation tracks, The Mindfulness App offers a mix of free and paid sessions. The free library gets you a feel of how the tracks are designed, both with and without narration, and lets you choose which of the premium tracks you would like to buy. The entire premium library is available for one-time purchase at a discounted price as well. Meditation tracks on this app range in duration from 3 to 30 minutes, and can be organised into custom playlists, complete with reminders and ready-reference statistics.
- Insight Timer
This app merits a place here on account of its massive selection of meditation tracks. The perfect medium through which to find your Zen, Insight Timer is the closest thing to the guarantee of a successful meditation session. After all, there are thousands exercises here to choose from, and hundreds of meditation teachers and narrators you can follow. You can even choose the sounds that you would like each session to end with, as well as the ambient sounds you would like to hear in the background. All this for free, and right there on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Use the time and space that your next trip will bring you, to head towards becoming more relaxed, mindful and worry-free. With so many great meditation apps to choose from, you can never be too far away from finding Zen!
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.