This app has something for everyone. There are even options to pick your meditation based on how long you’d like to spend meditating or the types of sounds you’d rather hear. There are a bunch of other resources within the app including workshops, podcast discussions, and access to the teachers.
Insight Timer has over 3,000 meditations and 25 languages! Of course, with most apps, there are options for paid upgrades, but the free version has met all of my needs and I recommend it to anyone, beginner or otherwise. Insight Timer is available in Android and iOS stores.
Another great app is Aura. This app provides 3 to 20 minute daily meditations and is equipped with tools to help you track your mood. The app also has nature sounds, short stories, life coaching, music, and a gratitude journal. This app is also available in Android and iOS stores.
Podcasts are a great way to hear about the experiences of others and to also find teachers and speakers that you relate to. Some of these podcasts lead conversations surrounding holistic health, self-care, and the science and benefits of meditation, while others focus solely on guided meditations. Some of my favorite podcasts centered on this discussion are Black Girl In Om and Meditation Oasis.
No surprise here.
YouTube has everything you’d ever need, so there’s no way wellness discussions, tips, and guided meditations would be exceptions. With a search, you can find all types of meditation tools. This includes but is not limited to sound baths, music, guides, and tips).
With all of these free and low-cost options, there are plenty of reasons to try adding a few minutes of meditation to your daily routine. In order to really get the hang of it, you should practice every day, even if it’s only 2-5 minutes.
The consistency will not only help you get into the habit, but it will also actualize the holistic experience that meditation is known to deliver. Get comfortable and focus on slow, deep breathing to slow the heart rate, relax and increase concentration.