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Premeditation: Your Guide to the Latest in Apps for Meditation

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It’s a GR8 time to be alive, friends. Directions, traffic information, ETA, and music selection are just a few things forever changed by apps that have redefined the way we do something as simple as driving. At times, it seems as though there isn’t one aspect of society that technology has not waived its magic wand of convenience over.

Meditation, thankfully and miraculously, is one of those aspects. It may be strange to think an ancient practice can be improved by technology. This leaves us wondering: where in our right minds do we start? How can we know which apps for meditation would work for us?

Determine what space meditation currently occupies in your life. Do you need to make room? What kind of role would you like meditation to play in your life? Are you open to monetary investment? Do you prefer various approaches or quick and simple?

Here are key feats of meditation’s top apps at the moment.

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List of recommended meditation apps to download

For the Sleepy Meditator

Calm

$: Free with optional premium upgrades

Premium: $69.99/year

  • Course based
  • Editor’s Choice awardee
  • Calm Kids section
  • Sleep stories
  • Breathing bubble visualization
  • Guided/unguided meditations
  • Variety of music selections

For the Distracted Meditator

Headspace

$: Free with optional premium upgrades

Premium: $95.88/year (monthly available)

  • Intuitive and sleek
  • Animations to illustrate concepts
  • Practice and performance-based
  • Mini and short meditation options
  • Guided and unguided meditations

The Mindfulness App

$: Free with optional premium upgrades

Premium: 1 month for $9.99 or 12 months for $59.99

  • Silent meditations
  • Mindfulness reminders
  • Stats to track meditation
  • Guided and unguided meditations
  • Theory-based

For the Simple Meditator

Buddhify

$: Paid, $30/year

  • Guided and solo meditations
  • Child meditation
  • Every-day life situation centered
  • Customizable experience
  • Solo timer for meditation
  • Sharing capabilities
  • Community meditation

For the Formal Meditator

Sattva

$: Free with optional premium upgrades

Premium: Lifetime subscription $399.99

  • Guided meditations
  • Curated playlists
  • Meditation timer, tracker, and stats
  • Vedic principles
  • Chants, mantras, and Sanskrit scholars

For the Skeptical Meditator

10% Happier

$: Free with optional premium upgrades

Annual membership: $99.99 (more monthly rates available)

  • Geared toward meditation skeptics
  • 360 approach to happiness as a whole
  • One-minute meditations
  • Accessible meditation “coaches”
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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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