Although mindfulness is a practice which has been used around the world for thousands of years it’s only recently that it’s come into more common practice as a way to deal with emotional and stressful situations.
It may seem conflicting to have apps and online platforms for spirituality but they can actually be extremely useful in helping us organise our time and focus, and invest in our wellbeing. Integrating modern technology whilst nourishing our spiritual needs means we can get the optimum out of our hectic and modern day lives.
Our Favourite Online Platforms:
Lauren Ash – Black Girl In Om
Lauren Ash is a Chicago based yoga and meditation teacher, creative writer, podcast host and digital magazine editor who spreads inspiration through her a holistic wellness hub for marginalised communities, Black Girl in Om.
The online platform aims to “create space for women of colour to breathe easily” through their podcasts and online publication – Om. Om explores mind, body, sense and self through enlivening stories about overcoming adversity, lifting one another up and living your truth.
They even have a podcast which you can check out here.
Alexandra Roxo – Moon Club
Alexandra is a transformational coach, healer, writer and director who writes beautiful accounts of sexual, spiritual and shamanic awakening. She co-founded Moon Club with Ruby Warrington, which is a “monthly moon ritual subscription and group mentorship program for modern mysticism, healing and community”, essentially an online group focusing on internal growth and well-being, emotional wellness, spiritual practice and creating community aligned with the cycles of the moon.
Your phone can make your life better and easier in so many ways, connecting you with people you love and helping you work on the go. However, your phone also works against you. It distracts you from your family, friends and even yourself.
Our Top 6 Favourite Apps:
An app that allows you to track your screen time, and can lock you off your phone if you choose to do so. This facilitates mindfulness which leads to clarity, peace and a feeling of wellbeing. Their motto is “Less phone. More life”. They also claim to give you back that time. Through short daily exercises provided through Moment coach, they help you use your phone in a healthy way so that you can be present for the parts of life that matter most.
Self described as one of the first “gyms of the mind”, headspace helps you get out of your own head with an intro course to meditation. Paid subscriptions allow subject-specific sessions that can help improve focus, reduce stress, relieve anxiety and exercise mindful awareness. The voice behind the tutorials is Andy Puddicombe, who was ordained in his 20s as a buddhist monk and has written three books about mindfulness – who better to zone off to….
Beautifully designed product of the creative studio, Mindfulness Everywhere, it’s director – Rohan Gunatillake has become an expert in what he calls ‘urban meditation’, using sights smells and sounds as prompts for mindfulness. The app includes more than 11 hours of guided meditations for modern life scenarios, from feeling stressed to can’t sleep or ‘difficult emotions’.
Whether you’re a master or still trying to figure out how to cross your legs, this app offers a broad range of exercise which allow you to experience ready made classes or even assemble your own. It has unique features like smart-link and pose blocks which make it simple, intuitive and fast to use. You can even choose your level, duration, focus and follow teachers commentary – it’s a yes from us.
An amazing spiritual app which over 4800 guided meditations filtered down by length, topic and experience level. There’s chantings, mantras, natural sounds and a playlist with new meditation featured every day.
A pretty sweet app that’s on a bid to make the world a better place with “kindness challenges” that you can do every day. It’s a totally free app developed out of the kindness of the developers heart, he makes no money out of it!! The feature includes a list of kindnesses you can perform every day, audio exercises to help you build compassion and the ability to document and revisit your progress.