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Free Guided Meditation Tool

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guided meditationHave you been wanting to get into meditation but didn’t know where to start? There’s an app for that!

Former monk-turned-meditation-guru Andy Puddicombe wants everyone to learn the power of meditation, and his Headspace project is all about helping people learn how to meditate. His Headspace app for iPhone or Android is a powerful tool for anyone looking to learn the basics of meditation and start a regular practice.

If you’re not familiar with Puddicombe, check out his inspiring TED Talk above about the power of taking 10 minutes to meditate each day. Or, as he calls it “doing nothing.”

I just started using the app recently, and I’m already loving it! The basic program is a series of ten ten-minute meditation practices, which you go through in order. Each day builds on the previous day’s practice. After that, there are a couple hundred other meditations that you can try in any order that you like, though the additional programs are not free.

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Before you do your first meditation, he also walks you through a short series of videos to help you get in the right headspace for your practice. He emphasizes that meditation is a skill, and that you shouldn’t force it. One of the things I’m digging most about this program is that he frequently reminds you that it’s OK if your mind wanders and it’s OK to have conscious thoughts while you’re meditating. The key is noticing when that happens and observing those things without letting them effect you.

I also love the tone of the program. There is no new-agey music, creepy whispering narrator, or strange sound- or voice-effects. He just calmly walks you through each day’s exercise. If you prefer more of a new-age spin on meditation, this app might not be for you.

To give you an idea of what you can expect, check out Day 1 of the ten-part series on the next page!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Moyan_Brenn

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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8:05AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

All this time later, I see not responses to those who, like me, only have a pc, no "devices" that use apps.

3:41AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Excellent introduction - for beginners!

7:44PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Is there anything I can download on my PC? No smartphone, no tablet - just regular PC. Have always wanted to get started with meditation but not certain where or how to start. Would love to find something for my PC. Thank you for this story.

8:51AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Is there an alternate way to access the material? I don't have a smartphone. Mine's dumb, but meets my mobile needs without paying ridiculous and unnecessary amounts. Saying "There's an app for that", however, leaves me out.

8:20AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Excellent! Thank you!

6:31AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

I've been looking for an app to help me in my daily meditations, I have been doing it on my own for a few years now, but it's been increasingly difficult to focus. Thank you!!

6:22PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Really bad bad bad news! No caption or no subtitle. This message becomes worthless?

12:27PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you

11:07AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Thanks for that.

7:18AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Thanks for the info...

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