Former Associate editor Margret Aldrich on the hunt for happiness, community, and how humans thrive
My iPhone is telling me to take a deep breath. Thanks to a new application called The Mindfulness App, those of us who remember to check our email 87 times a day but forget to take a moment to center ourselves can be prompted to enjoy a peaceful moment.
The Mindfulness App, available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, is designed to help users meditate and offers several customizable features: You can set notifications that gently alert you when it’s time to meditate. You can choose how many minutes you want to devote to meditation—3, 5, 15, or 30. You can select what you want to hear while you meditate—a guiding voice or silence interspersed with bell tones. Or, according to the app description, you can set your phone to call you now and then “to check whether you really are there.”
The application comes from MindApps, a Swedish company lead by mindfulness and yoga teachers Martin Wikfalk and Magnus Fridh. While it can seem counterintuitive to combine technology and spiritual balance, it may be just what the busiest among us need. “The Mindfulness App is a tool for increasing your awareness in life,” Wikfalk and Fridh say in a press release. “It helps you with the most difficult aspect of mindfulness practice—namely to remember to be mindful.”
The developers also report that The Mindfulness App is the fourth most popular iPhone app in their home country of Sweden—ranking right between two versions of Angry Birds.
Image courtesy of Mind Apps.