Fitting “formal” meditation practice (one where you set a specific time to focus on some aspect of present moment experience-such as the breath-over and over again) into our daily lives can be a challenge. Luckily for us, there are several Mobile Apps that can assist us with this. Now, you can easily “sneak in” some formal practice when you are on a break at work or waiting for an appointment. While some people do prefer to meditate unguided, many new meditators (and experienced meditators alike) find it easier to use a guide. We have listed a few options that you can try below:
While it is important to make time for “formal” meditation practice, this is not the only, nor is it the most important, way that we practice mindfulness.
“Formal” mediation practice is like going to the gym. It is a necessary practice that supports us (and makes us stronger) in being more present in our daily lives.
The truth is, that we can practice mindfulness during the undertaking of any human activity – walking, eating, brushing our teeth, listening to others. This “informal” practice is equally valuable and can be accomplished in just seconds or minutes a day.
As long as we are living, our breath is always available to us and can be used as an anchor to the present moment. Similarly, checking in with our bodies, thoughts and emotions (as an observer) is a great way to practice mindfulness. Being mindful just means being present and aware in the living of our busy, and often very messy, lives.