In a bad mood but not sure
why? New Smartphone apps provide short guided meditations designed to help
users return to a positive state of mind.
Stop, Breathe & Think,
a free iPhone app, prompts people to check how they are feeling mentally,
emotionally and physically and will recommend three guided meditations of between
five and 10 minutes long.
"We wanted to give
people a friendly and accessible tool to develop these skills – something they
could easily integrate into their daily routine," said Jamie Price,
executive director of Tools for Peace, a California-based non-profit which
developed the app.
It aims to help people feel
more grounded, calmer and happier, he added, and to recognise emotions and
impulses and to react positively.
Sense of being positively connected
meditations are meant to be a support, to help you deal with whatever is going
on from the perspective of kindness and compassion, and with a greater sense of
being positively connected," Price said in an interview.
Read: What is meditation?
It includes 15 guided
meditations based on Tibetan teachings. Users can track their progress,
including how long they have meditated and how settled they feel every day.
Canadian singer k.d. lang,
who serves on the group's board, said she used the app as a reset button for
"Our goal is that
after using this app people learn how to become calm, and approach their
everyday life from the perspective of kindness and compassion," she said.
Similar app currently available
A similar free app called
Headspace, which is available for iPhone and Android, also teaches meditation
and provides a free ten-day programme that leads users through short guided
It also features specialised
meditations to improve sleep or reduce stress or other problems, as well as
paid programmes. Users can track their progress day-by-day in a dashboard and set
Studies have shown the
positive benefits of meditation, including research published in the Journal of
the American Medical Association which found that it may be helpful for
reducing anxiety and depression.
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