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Time Flies & Meditation Apps

November 21, 2018

 

Four -almost five- months flew right past.  The blog series on meditation dropped so far down the to-do list that I contemplated deleting the entire blog and slinking away with my blogging tail between my legs.  My inner critic ran frantic circles in my head telling me how inept I was and that surely anyone who ever signed up for my blog updates must have unsubscribed by now. 

 

Thankfully, I have learned to hear that voice for what it is…my safety instinct kicking in and trying to protect me from some imagined worst-case scenario.  I quiet this voice by saying, “I hear your concern, crazy, little perfectionist dude.  It’s ok.  I got this.  I am going to write anyway.” 

 

If you and I have coached before, this will sound very familiar (see? I told you I practice this stuff, too).  If you are reading this, and haven’t coached with me yet, I can tell you that the voice of self-doubt and self-criticism is a loud-mouth that can be quieted…with practice.  I urge you to hit me up if you want to know more about this.  Right now, though, I want to get back to the whole meditation thing…

 

If you read the previous two posts, I hope you have begun to see that meditation is not rocket science.  It is a way to train the mind to stop running amok with endless to-do’s, far-fetched fears, and general thought shenanigans that increase the stress hormones.  But I understand if you are reading this and still feel like you could make it to the moon faster than you could learn to meditate. 

 

We live in a world where there is an app for everything.  Maybe you’ve heard there are meditation apps out there.  Maybe you have even downloaded a couple of them.  Or maybe not.  What good are they if you just don’t have time, right?  You have a very good point and we can address the whole time thing in another post.  But most meditation apps I’ve encountered have a timing feature where you can quiet your mind one minute at a time.  Most of them have short “how-to” lessons that are 10 minutes or less.  They have meditations for all kinds of things:  walking, stress, love, forgiveness, anger, leadership, you name it. 

 

Type “meditation apps” in your favorite internet browser or wherever you get apps and look to see if something strikes your curiosity enough to try it.  I use a few different ones because I like variety in my meditation practice.  I like Calm, Meditation Studio, Head Space, Smiling Mind and Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Mediation Experience.  I have used all of them and found that each has its own ‘flavor.’  The first one I ever tried was Calm and I enjoy its daily 10-minute meditations.  The others are all wonderful, too.

 

If you have specific questions about meditation, meditation apps, or the inner critic, let me know by posting a question below or emailing me.  I will post a bit more about meditation in the weeks to come.  I have learned that meditation is beneficial around the holidays when we find ourselves with family and friends that push our buttons. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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