Given the plethora of mindfulness and meditation apps promising to help combat anxiety, sharpen your focus, and more — we present the most highly rated. We downloaded some of the most popular, educational, and easy-to-use mindfulness apps that are available for free.
Do you ever see the number 1 repeat throughout your day? When it’s 11:11 am or pm, this app will remind you to connect with your inner consciousness. Breathe 11:11 signals users to take a deep breath, make a heartfelt wish, and connect with others. The often mysterious numerical sequence has a few sources of meaning. Some numerologists believe that events linked to the time 11:11 appear more often than can be explained by chance or coincidence. This belief is related to the concept of synchronicity. Others claim that seeing 11:11 on a clock is an auspicious sign. Psychics and Spiritualists like Doreen Virtue believe that your angels or guides are sending messages through numerical patterns and sequences.
She posits that the most common way that angels communicate with humans is through the universal languages of numbers and music.
The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras was the first to establish that numbers hold vibrational properties. He taught that the entire universe is mathematically precise.
Essentially, Virtue explains, Angel Numbers are “a shorthand code between you and your angels. In the case of 1’s, they represent the post of an energy gateway. The more 1s you see, the stronger the path is.”
1, 11, 111, and 1111 in Angel Numbers all mean: “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts are manifesting instantly into form. Focus only on your desires and not upon your fears.”
With a 4+ star review on iTunes, ChantBuddy turns your iPhone/iPad into a loyal mobile chanting companion. For those unfamiliar, the practice of chanting Nam Myo Renge Kyo – belief in the simultaneity of cause and effect through sound – is a mantra cited from the Lotus Sutra. This app helps track daimoku progress (assiduous and sincere prayer) and helps motivate you to chant more to achieve your personal goals and absolute happiness.
Every day, morning and night, practitioners can chant using three different speeds and recite the two chapters of the Lotus Sutra on attaining Buddhahood. Users can get access to daily words of encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda, the president of a lay Buddhism organization founded to create long-standing peace throughout 192 countries and territories worldwide.
Other features include:
▸ Time (stopwatch) and chanting log
▸ Share your chanting time with others
▸ Connect via Text, e-mail, Twitter & Facebook
▸ Gongyo Liturgy Text + Silent Prayers
▸ Links to Buddhism online resources
Guided meditation for everyone at all levels. Help train your mind for a healthier and happier life. You can choose your challenges – sleeplessness, confidence issues and more. There are exercises to add mindfulness to everyday tasks and dozens of packs to choose from. You can select different time increments for each exercise.
Think of it as spiritual training and exercise. Headspace is like a personal trainer to help strengthen and grow your connection to your calmer, higher self.
The Take10 series is free – it comes with 10 daily guided meditations. With a regular subscription, you get access to hundreds and can also record your own.
Headspace comes with trackers, reminders and a timer.