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.
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.
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.
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?