Best Apps for Your Inner Journey

The Delightful Confluence of Technology and Inner Work

Is there an useful confluence of technology and meditation? Can the world of social media and apps help or hinder our quest for inner peace and more gratitude in our life? As a non “digital native” and someone over 40, the use of technology does not always occur to me as the first place to look for support in my inner journey. Having said that here is my list of apps that I have found useful for my meditation,  gratitude practice and help with sleep.
Rest assured, I have not abandoned my favorite way of journaling with old fashioned pen and paper. I have a journal at my bedside for dream notes and noting things I have appreciation for the day. I still journal every morning with pen and my current paper journal in hand.

Gratitude Apps – A Grateful Heart is a Happy Heart
My Gratitude Journal – Set this happy little monk to remind you to write. I like these features: The reminder prompt, the ability to post pictures with your entries, choose your list style and font, share with friends on social media or privately with your own group. I write a minimum of 10 things I am grateful for every morning. It is fun to look back and see what you have written.
My Gratitude Journal – $2.99 – (original version was free, new improved version with this small fee.
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

My Gratitude Journal

 Meditation App – A Little Help, Fun, Community and Inspiration
Insight Timer – FREE – There is so much to like about this app. Pick your begin and end gong sound, set your timer and reminder, pick the background music, invite your friends to join you, join an in app community, see who is meditating in your home town and around the world. Need some help with meditating? Pick from thousands of guided meditations covering hundreds of interest areas. I enjoy seeing and thanking those in my area for meditating with me.

Insight Timer – Bells

Sleep Sounds for Sweet Dreams
Sleep Pillow and Relax Melodies – Two apps that allow you to mix nature sounds and music to create your own custom blend of sounds to lull you to sleep. Sleep Pillow keeps the FREE app simple with a few sound choices. The in-app purchase has hundreds of sounds to choose from. I kept it simple, avoiding overwhelm, and use the FREE one. Relax Melodies has easy to use slide bars to create your special mix of sweet dream sounds. It’s fun to play with to create a set of mixes for every sleep need.

Relax Melodies

These are just a few of the many apps that are available to assist and guide us in meditation, gratitude and sleep. Which apps do you find useful for your inner work?


Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine Harris is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Littleton, Colorado. Her specialty is embracing all of you: body, mind, and spirit in the therapy process. She has extensive post-graduate training in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy, a body-centered form of counseling. Contact her about your life’s adventures, misadventures, and desire for a more vibrant life. Email: [email protected] Phone: 720-727-2500.


  1. Karen McNichol on May 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I have been using Insight Timer every day since you recommended it to me. It has been so helpful for all things related to meditation and has such a wide range of content — for everyone from the absolute beginner to advanced. Thank you so much!

    • Christine J. Harris on May 24, 2018 at 10:01 am

      I am glad you are enjoying Karen. It is rich with content and it is so fun to use. Never thought I would find a techno app that makes look forward to meditating even more.

  2. Brenda Bomgardner on May 23, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Christine, My new favorite is Calm with meditation, music and bedtime stories for adults. I lookf forward to trying the Sleep and Dreams app.

    Also, I love your images in this post. Cool.

    • Christine J. Harris on May 24, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Thanks for sharing Brenda! I can’t wait to try Calm. Bedtime stories for adults? Who knew? How cool is that!!

  3. Dianne Presley, LCSW, BC-TMH on June 27, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Great suggestions, Christine! I’d also add the Day One Journal app. It lets you put in pictures and print our a book of a memorable time you experienced. Thanks so much for the insight and expertise.

    • Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T. on July 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you Dianne. I forgot about the Day One Journal app. I didn’t know it had a feature for printing a book of great times. I like it when we can go back into our files and celebrate a special moment we had.

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