The App that Taught Me to Meditate

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Starting Credit Card Debt (01.01.19): $126,310.77
Current Credit Card Debt: $109,570.87
Total Paid Off: $16,739.90
Income Going to Savings: 2%

I don’t know about you guys, but being in debt stresses me out! For the longest time I wasn’t good at dealing with stress, but now I’ve found that if I tackle it on four distinct fronts, I can stay ahead of it for the most part. My 4 fronts of attack are:

  1. Getting the right amount of sleep.
  2. Exercising at least 5 days a week.
  3. Eating healthy foods.
  4. Meditating.

Today I’d like to focus on items #4 in that list and specifically on the app that taught me how to meditate.

When I started meditating a little over a year ago, it wasn’t to find spiritual awakening or to transcend to a different plane of spiritual existence. To be totally honest, I was skeptical to say the least. One day I was on Instagram, and I saw this nice little post someone had shared about taking the time to calm your mind. It was tied to an app, and for some reason it piqued my interest…

I clicked the link and was taken to an app simply called “Calm.” It did (and still does) have a monthly charge of $5.00, but there was a free trial, and so I figured I’d give it a shot. I had been hearing lots of podcasts of late that touted the mental and physical benefits of meditation and I figured they (and thousands of years of similar experiences) couldn’t all be full of bologna, so I jumped in.

The app is really nice. It presents you with a “background” that you can choose that might be a babbling brook or a breezy meadow. Not only are these moving images, but they are also accompanied by the sounds you would expect to hear in your chosen setting. Birds chirp, brooks babble, and waves gently wash ashore.

From here you select your meditation session, and believe me when I say that there is something for everyone. If you are like I was and you’ve never tried meditation, there are sessions for absolute beginners. Sessions lengths are also highly flexible, with some being only a couple of minutes and others being over an hour.

The main force behind the app, Tamara Levitt, has a fantastic voice and is not overly weird about meditation. Oh come on… you know what I mean. We have all met that one meditation person who takes things a bit too far and finds a way to weave crystals and chakra into every damn conversation they can.

See… now I’m getting worked up. Let me get back to the app.

Tamara is exactly what you want. She is calming and clear, she guides you through sessions at just the right pace, and she’s got lots of techniques to keep your mind from wandering too often.

Calm has a large library of sessions, and it also features a “Daily Calm” session that takes you through a brand new concept every single day. It’s also got nice bedtime stories that will draw your mind’s attention just enough to pull your thoughts away from stressful daily junk, but at the same time not distract it too much so that you can gently fall asleep.

I was not a believer in meditation at all, but now I use it at least 5 times a week, and usually 7. Calm is a fantastic app that works for beginners as well as those familiar with the practice. I still use the app every single time I meditate, usually while blowing out some lavender from my diffuser, and it helps me through my entire day. Absolutely worth checking out!

You can find more information on Calm and try it for free at http://www.calm.com.

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