(Android and iPhone, FREE) - Calm evolved out of Calm.com, a free web app where users could select background scenery and sounds (sunny seaside with crashing waves is one selection), set a timer, and chill out for a few minutes. Now, in app form, Calm consists of a “7 Steps to Calm” guide as well as its seaside offerings.Headspace
(Android and iPhone, FREE) - Spearheaded by meditation teacher Andy Puddicombe, this app provides ten-minute meditation sessions, with the first ten days available free of charge. Insight Timer
(Android and iPhone, FREE) - A meditation timer that doubles as a mindfulness guide. Users can share their meditation times with their friends and check in on others users meditating in the area. Also, guided meditations from well-known teachers like Sharon Salzberg
, Jack Kornfield, and Mindful’s mental health blogger Elisha Goldstein
(iphone, FREE) - Created by Sounds True, a major publisher of meditation books, audio and other media, this app gives you a taste of teachings from key mindfulness instructors, including Jon Kabat-Zinn
, the pioneer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach
, and others. If you’re new to meditation, this app is a great opportunity to get a more intimate understanding of what it’s all about.Stop, Breathe & Think
(Android and iPhone, FREE) - This app offers a solid sampling of the basics of meditation, featuring a range of exercises at varying lengths (mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness meditation, the body scan practice), ideal for short practices.