Meditation, an ancient practice of calming the mind, would seem to be incompatible with modern technology, with its emphasis on speed and connectivity. It's hard to deny the toll those distractions are taking on our lives and health: Heavy technology use has been linked with stress and depression, and being too plugged in may leave us less focused and productive.
At the same time, research shows meditation can help us focus, achieve balance and improve our overall well-being. You don't have to leave the digital world behind in order to make meditation, and its benefits, a part of your life. Former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe founded Headspace as a way to bring mindfulness meditation to the masses.
Touted as the "urban meditation app," Buddhify offers a fun, gamified approach to creating a meditation practice. The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, founded by John-Roger, offers a 12-lesson online course on meditation and spiritual exercises for beginners consisting of readings, audio and video.
Deepak Chopra's Chopra Center for Well-Being offers many resources for aspiring and experienced meditators, including a collection of 24 free meditation podcasts. Chopra joined forces with Oprah Winfrey on a series of 21-day online meditation challenges, which have attracted nearly two million participants. A comprehensive meditation timer and tracking device, MeditateApp allows you to create plans and schedules, select meditations for particular days and times, and view charts detailing your past activity. Meditations can be timed and saved in one of three modes: Meditation, Meditation with Affirmation, and Fall Asleep mode, which fades out the sound of the meditation gradually.
The Mental Workout app and website aim to help you cultivate mindfulness, sleep better, reduce your stress levels and stay focused. Beyond the Mindfulness Meditation app, Mental Workout offers several programs for use on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad and Android, including apps that use mindfulness-based approaches to help you reduce stress, enhance sleep quality and quit smoking. A simple reminder to pause and refocus our attention can go far in helping us to become more mindful. If you'd rather listen to music than sit in silence, try Eckhart Tolle's "Music To Quiet The Mind," available on Spotify.
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This mantra permeates effective transformative energy when listened to in a meditative state. The sacred hymns chanted on this album have the power to induce the blessings of the Divine Gurus to earnest aspirants seeking solace from the tribulations of life and its myriad of illusions. The meditation technique expounded in this album was imparted to humanity by one of the greatest Yogis who has graced this earth, Shri Shri Shri Shivabalayogi during his advent from 1935 to 1994. Shri Shivarudrabalayogi answers many of the commonly asked questions about meditation, helping to clarify issues often experienced. This Self-Guided Online Course is designed for adults who would like to deepen their existing meditation practice, or for those looking to begin a new one. You can progress through the course according to your own schedule, although reflection and activities are due each week. Participants will have access to moderated weekly forum discussions and 3 live webinars* with one of our Stop, Breathe & Think facilitators. But as more and more Americans have embraced meditation as an antidote to hyper-connected lives, the world of technology has joined the movement.
A growing body of research has also suggested that many mobile users are developing addictive relationships with their devices. Studies have shown meditation to be effective in lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, boosting creativity, focus and compassion, and improving emotional well-being and sleep quality, among other mental health benefits.
Try one of these 12 online meditation tools to help you be more present, more mindful, and more effective. Headspace's "Take 10" starter program -- 10 days' worth of 10-minute meditations -- is a simple, straightforward introduction to starting a mindfulness practice. Buddhify uses bright, cartoony graphics and simple language (no Sanskrit or mention of Chakras), and it's designed to be used on the go. MSIA's teachings consist of "active meditations," or spiritual exercises, with an emphasis on connecting with our inner source of wisdom and peace. The podcasts include inspiring talks and audio meditations for releasing stress, healing, gratitude, self-empowerment and more. Now, the duo has made all three of their challenges -- on the subjects of desire and destiny, perfect health, and miraculous relationships -- available through Oprah & Deepak's Meditation Master Trilogy, a gift set containing 66 audio meditations and an interactive journal. Watch waves crashing, brooks babbling, snow falling and the sun setting while you enjoy a short, timed meditation -- without ever leaving your desk. Don't touch your mouse or keypad for two minutes." If you do, a bright red flashing "FAIL" comes up on the screen -- perhaps not the most zen reminder to go back to your break, but effective nonetheless.

Mental Workout's Mindfulness Meditation app, designed by meditation teacher and psychotherapist Stephan Bodian, provides guided meditations and a timer for silent meditations. Bells and chimes have traditionally been used in Tibetan Buddhist meditation, and now the Washington Mindfulness Community's online Mindfulness Bell allows you to enjoy a soothing sound as a reminder to still your mind and be more present. The album is a compilation of Eckhart Tolle's favorite songs to inspire serenity and stillness. Begin with your hands and knees on the floor in a tabletop position, and gently round the spine up as you exhale.
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The vibrations of the music help channel the listener’s mind to the presence of the Divine energy. The 108 Divine Names of Shivabalayogi and Shivarudra Balayogi have the power to uplift our faith and strengthen the devotion within each of us. Swamiji, as He is lovingly called, imparted this gift to the world irregardless of caste, creed or religion as Meditation is one of the great tools of the Divine in guiding mankind on their path to  discovering the key that unlock the doors of Eternal Happiness and Peace. The course will provide an opportunity to strengthen the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditation, and will focus on the development of kindness and compassion in everyday life. Tools for Peace is a registered trademark of the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation (AFTCP), a 501(c)(3) corporation.
The result is a growing field of meditation tools -- from apps and podcasts to timers and online classes -- and a growing acknowledgment that, paradoxically, technology can help us to turn inward, still our minds, and shut out the many distractions around us. Through short animated videos, the app breaks down the basic principles of meditation and mindfulness, and the recordings take beginners through brief mindfulness practices and guided meditations each day. The app has different settings -- home, traveling, walking, gym -- so that you can squeeze in a meditation wherever you are, and offers audio and video meditations suited to your current setting.
The step-by-step guides include instruction on using a mantra, keeping a journal and meditative breathing.
Download the podcasts on iTunes and listen to them at home, during your commute or while out on a walk to bring more mindfulness to your day.
It also features an eight-week program for beginners, as well as inspirational talks and relaxation instructions. The bell -- which can be set to ring at regular intervals or at random times -- can be used as a meditation tool or a mindful alarm.
It is also a great next step for those who want to build on what they have learned with our highly rated Stop, Breathe & Think app.

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  1. 20.07.2015 at 23:50:19
    tenha_urek writes:
    Course and the Masters the practice.
  2. 20.07.2015 at 18:43:39
    GOZEL1 writes:
    Breathing drawback, meditation does help.
  3. 20.07.2015 at 22:53:11
    AZADGHIK writes:
    And meditation approaches coated amazingly, current analysis suggests that.