If you are still feeling slightly skeptical about this whole meditation thing or thinking that meditation is ‘good for everyone else’, but not really for me, here is an App to check out!

10% Happier is an App developed for the meditation skeptic who is unsure of the whole idea of meditating and perhaps even thinking it is some ‘hippy dippy namaste practice’ that isn’t for them. Based on a book of the same name by Dan Harris, the 10% Happier App features a diverse group of teachers, including scientists and traditional meditation teachers, and a growing library of instructional videos and audio meditation. Topics include sleep, anxiety, stress and becoming more productive. 10 % Happier prides itself on its ‘no b**s***’ approach. It still discusses serious emotional issues, but does it with a sense of humour and relatability and few of the trappings that have historically turned a lot of people away from meditation.

 

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The Aura App focusses on shifting people out of spaces of stress and anxiety and brings them into a place of grounding and happiness using soothing sounds and guided meditations. The App encourages and prompts you to meditate whenever you have a few spare minutes. You can choose sessions that last for 3, 7, or 10 minutes, allowing you to easily de-stress over short periods of time, like your lunch break. Fans of Aura like it for its daily meditations, life coaching, nature sounds, stories and music, which are all personalized based on the mood you select when you open the app. Similar to Insight Timer, there is an option to track your moods and review patterns in how you feel. In addition, with the premium subscription, Aura offers captivating short stories that provide an escape from the daily grind and a gratitude journal helps you remember how far you have come in your meditation practice.

Cost:

The App is free to download for iOS here

Annual – first 7-days for free with no commitment and you can cancel at any time within those 7 days. Afterwards the cost is $59.99 / year

A meditation app perhaps not quite as well known as the previous three is buddhify. This app is renowned for encouraging users to fit meditations into their daily routines. To accomplish this, the attractively designed and user-friendly app provides guided meditation exercises targeting different situations in your daily routine, such as ‘being online’, ‘at home’, ‘pain & illness’ and many more. For each situation, the user can choose from 3-6 exercises that vary in length ranging from 4 minutes up to 30 minutes. As an additional feature, buddhify includes a solo meditation timer with no meditation guidance. If you are a more experienced meditator, this allows you sit in silence and be assured that the app will let you know when your time for meditating is up. Like other apps, buddhify allows you to follow your meditation progress over time using a personal meditation tracker. If this is your first time or are relatively new to meditating, buddhify does NOT offer training or a familiarization path, like some of the other apps out there. However, it does offer hundreds of specific meditations led by a multitude of teachers, targeted at your moment to moment emotions and experiences. Buddify is a perfect meditation app to fit into the busy modern lifestyle of those already acquainted with mindfulness and who have previous knowledge of meditating.

Cost:

Initial purchase of the app is $6.99 CAD. There is now an option to deepen your meditation with a buddhify Membership, offering a range of features and benefits designed to help you get more out of your meditation with a focus on depth, learning and community.

Annual – $30 USD / year

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Insight Timer is another heavy hitter when it comes to the meditation app space. This app allows you the freedom to pick and choose your meditation journey depending on how much time you intend to meditate, what style meditation you’re in the mood for or to just set a timer and sit in a meditative state without guidance. Insight timer prides itself on having the largest free library of guided meditations, with the most experienced mindfulness teachers contributing to various meditation categories. If you choose Insight Timer as your ‘go-to’ meditation app, you will find topics on reducing anxiety and stress, increasing loving kindness, mindful body scans, and various sleep meditations and sleep music. In addition, you can track and chart your meditation progress and earn badges that keep you coming back for more.

Cost:

It is free to download the app. With an Insight Timer Member Plus subscription, you can take your practice to the next level by unlocking with hundreds Insight Courses from the world’s best teachers, curate personal meditation collections to enjoy privately or share with friends, have access of offline listening, high quality audio and use Insight Timer’s advanced Audio Player.

Annual – first 30-day free trial with no commitment and you can cancel at any time within those 30 days. Afterwards, the cost is $60 USD / year, with 50% of all income on the site being shared with Insight Timer teachers.

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Another big name when it comes to meditation apps is Calm. This is a great app if you are feeling a little pickier about what you want to listen to for your meditation practice. This app provides meditations ranging in time from 3 to 25 minutes with topics from Improving Performance to Building Self Esteem; from Better Sleep to Reducing Anxiety; from Increasing Happiness to Developing Gratitude. This app has a lot to offer, including excellent sleep sounds, an entire library of Sleep Stories, nature sounds, breathing exercises and an original Daily Calm. However, to get access to these 100 plus guided meditations, exclusive music and life-changing Calm Masterclasses taught by world-renowned experts, you will have to sign up for the monthly or yearly membership. With so many options on the Calm App, as a Premium member, you really get a chance to choose your focus and it opens up a wide variety of the meditations available on the app.

Cost:

It is free to download the app. With a Basic Calm membership, you will have limited access to content. With a Calm subscription, you will receive unlimited access to content, soothing sleep stories, exclusive music, calming nature sounds, new content every week, an original Daily Calm meditation every day, 100+ guided meditations on anxiety, stress, sleep and more and life-changing Calm Masterclasses taught by world-renowned experts. You can also cancel at any time.

Annual – first week free with no commitment and you can cancel at any time within those 7 days. Afterwards, the cost is $69.99 USD / year

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Headspace is one of the most well-known meditation apps.  It offers a wide variety of meditations and the App creators and contributors are really focused on the journey of meditating. From fully guided meditations to mini-meditations, sleep sounds to SOS meditations for emergencies, Headspace is easy to navigate and welcoming for any age. Speaking of any age, Headspace has also created mediations for kids, complete with animations to help the practice of meditating be better understood. If you choose Headspace, your journey could include a 30-day meditation pack focusing specifically on anxiety or 2-minute quick ‘S-O-S’ Sessions designed to help you in moments of high anxiety or stress.  If you are new to meditating or are looking for an App that won’t overwhelm you with endless options, Headspace is a great app for you! It is simple to use, easy to navigate and has straight forward meditation options.

Cost:

It is free to download the app. With Headspace Plus, you will receive a full Library with themed courses, a new meditation every day, sleep sounds and bedtime exercises.

Annual – first 2 weeks free and then $69.99 / year

Monthly – first week free and then $12.99 / month

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