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How to break free from the Rat Race and find Meditation Apps

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We all know it is best to get away from our hectic lives on a regular basis. It is hard to do.

I personally love to go to yoga classes, take walks, read a good book, or have quiet talks with friends.
But what if you are caught in the middle of a hectic day, how can you find some needed break to clear you mind and relax?

There are a number of Android and IPhone apps available that you can use to help you anywhere and anytime. These “free” (or low cost) apps will help “free” you to take a break and meditate. Here are a few app good options to check out:

Time-out, Free IPhone
This app helps you remember to take breaks. Time-out reminds you to take a 10-minute break every 50 minutes, and a 10-second tiny break, meaning take a big breathe, look away or recenter yourself.

Take a Break, Free Android and IPhone
In the middle of a busy day; sometimes you just need to take a break! This app is designed to help you do just that. It offers two meditation sessions: one is 7 minutes, and the other is 13.

Get some head space, Free Android and IPhone
Being proficient at meditation requires practice and dedication. This app can help you with both. Use the guided meditation programs to help you focus, relieve stress, and even fall asleep faster.

Breathe to Relax, Free Android and IPhone
When you were upset or mad as a child, you may have been told to breathe deeply and count to 10. Breathing is a powerful tool over your mind and body, so the same idea may help you deal with stress and anxiety as an adult.

Mindfulness Meditation, Free Android
Created by Stephan Bodian, author of the book “Meditation for Dummies.” This app is designed to introduce beginners to the basics of meditating through an eight-week program. Voice-guided sessions range from 5 to 40 minutes.

Calm.com, free on calm.com and free IPhone.
Do you enjoy the sounds of nature? The ocean roar, the brooks streaming, the snow falling? Guided sessions range from 2 to 30 minutes. Sneak in your meditation between meetings, or sit down for a longer session when you have the time. Let the relaxing sounds and picturesque nature scenes transport you to a natural state to find bliss.

Breathe to Relax, Free Android and IPhone
When you were upset or mad as a child, you may have been told to breathe deeply and count to 10. Breathing is a powerful tool over your mind and body, so the same idea may help you deal with stress and anxiety as an adult.

Omvana, Free IPhone
What’s relaxing and calming to one person may be aggravating and irritating to another. That’s why Omvana lets you customize your meditation sessions with the sounds, noises, and quotes that inspire and relax you.

Eckhart Tolle’s Music, Free streaming on Spotify.com
This is “Music to Quiet the Mind,” a collection of his favorite pieces. I find listening to his voice all by itself very relaxing, very serene and relaxing.

Chopra Center Meditation Podcast, Free on iTunes
Deepak Chopra’s center for wellbeing including numerous inspiring talks, meditations, for reducing stress, healing, relaxation and more. You can listen to this anywhere you go, on public transportation, walking, or just at home.

Movement for Spiritual Awareness, online meditation, Free on msia.org
This movement was founded by John-Rodger. It is a 12-lesson online course on meditation and spiritual exercises for beginners. It offers several tools (step-by-step, journaling, mantras) to help you “deep dive” into your own sense of well-being

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