For a long time, I have watched meditation apps come and go. I feel the apps have crossed a threshold of quality and reliability such that it’s ok to pony up some cash for what I see. Two have served quite well, 10% Happier: Meditation for Skeptics and Headspace.
10% Happier: Meditation for Skeptics
The content is fascinating, top notch and designed as a two week course. The daily video and meditations are short enough and thus bite sized for the busy person.
They hit on topics I care about deeply and didn’t see anywhere else. Specifically, I wanted to know if meditating would keep me from hitting goals I want to go for. I wanted to know if I would become complacent. They answer that question head-on and many other pragmatic topics. One can also replay the videos as often as desired.
Good value for the money. It’s a Change Collective two week course one takes through their iPhone. Besides the Q & A sessions between Dan Harris and a highly respected meditation expert Joseph Goldstein, it comes with guided meditations and even a personal coach who sends you TXT messages.
The TXT messages come in two flavors, canned and personal. Both serve well. It’s especially nice to have someone who can respond to your individual questions or an experience you want to share. Also, there is something nice about how easy it is to just send a TXT as opposed to sending emails back and forth.
This app also served as an introduction to the Change Collective world in general which I have so far found satisfying.
There are some really well done videos such as this Blue Sky animation that is shown right in the app as you progress through the steps.
Other Noteworthy Items:
- The mobile application gives you a sense of progress and accomplishment.
- The mobile app also shows how many are meditating right now using Headspace. Whenever I look, the number is in the thousands such as 9480. Yes, that’s a real number from the app.
- There’s a download manager in the mobile application which I found very useful.
- You can try it for free and then subscribe to the later packs. I subscribed. It’s worth it.
- There are many other items that are great about it. I highly recommend checking out their How It Works webpage.
“Which One Should I Choose?”
Ah. Good question. Since I started with Headspace, I found the 10% Happier app to be supplementary, complimentary and essential to getting answers to some questions I have had. If I had never tried either, I would suggest starting with the 10% Happier: Meditation for Skeptics and then do the Headspace app. However, the choice is yours and you will come out ahead if you choose at least one.
Although there are many meditation related apps out there, the best ones I know about are the two I covered in this article. Is there a fantastic one that I should try? Please feel free to leave a comment to share what you know or to just say hi. Good luck on your journey and be well!