Technology is a part of our world today, and some people find it difficult to go without their devices for more than thirty to sixty minutes. It may be a disease but being part of a generation that created a lot of these technologies, I find that it can be used in many areas of our lives to benefit us and help us grow spiritually. Connecting to social media for global causes and charitable events, or to teach other around us in our communities is just two ways we can use our mobile devices in our spiritual path. Even Baba Ram Das is on twitter!
One way to use our mobile devices and particularly iPads and iPhones, is to download apps that can help us stay connected to our inner work even when we are not at home or location we expand our practice. Here are three free iPad/iPhone apps I found that can help you meditate at work, at home, and when traveling. No, not when you are driving or operating heavy machinery!
Take a Break!
This is a great app to use at work during your lunch break or for those that work late and long hours. Published by Meditation Oasis, it’s simple to use choosing one of the two meditations and either music or sounds. The voice is not annoying and will help you relax at work. The first meditation is about 7 minutes long and the second one is 13 minutes long. I always keep a yoga mat at my office in case I want to take a break from my busy day and relax and meditation. So the mat came in handy when I tried out this app at work during my lunch hour.
This app has over 25 different guided meditations! Only one is free, but it’s great for beginners or advanced students. Guided visualizations and meditations are great for those of us who have a hard time quieting the mind. A guided meditation at a studio can cost a student about $35 per session. This app is free and you can use it at home or when you are traveling at your hotel.
This is 27 minute guided meditation. Meditation 4 Inner Wisdom is great for home use when you have the time, perhaps between doing your usual chores around the house. I enjoyed using it right before going to bed each night, especially on those nights when I have a lot on my mind.
Whether you are at home or at work in your office, these apps can help you stay focused on your spiritual practice when away from your special meditation spot. Share with us other apps that you found helpful to continue to grow in your spiritual path or tips to meditate while away from home.
By Lina Gonzalez, a vegan environmentalist raw foodist tech yogini. She loves books, music, the beach, writing, and all things purple! She’s a certified yoga teacher and blogs about the Alkaline lifestyle at her personal blog.
Photo By rubyblossom.