The iPhone is infinitely useful and there are a few apps that play a big part in my morning meditation practice.
Here are three I use most often and how I use them.
Meditator – Meditation Timer by Simple Touch Software. - This app is my mainstay. It lets me set a chime to ring at timed intervals throughout my meditation which is great because I usually like to do different types of breathing and focus on different things during my meditation. You can select the chime you like from a bell to a bowl ringing. At it can keep going until you stop – great for short or really long meditations.
Mindfulness by Mental Workout. - This is a guided meditation app which let’s you set the duration of your meditation between 5 and 40 minutes – perfect for the beginner that wants to build up the length of time they sit. The instructor, Steve Bodian, is a well known expert and has a calming voice as he keeps you focused on your breathing and keeping your mind quiet. The developer MentalWorkout has several other apps to increase happiness and reduce stress.
Mindwave2 by Jakub Koter - this app has a ton of isochronic audio files for different moods. If you’ve never played around with isochronic tones, they are tones that stimulate the brain and help induce certain mind states (fascinating stuff, I could write a whole post on this). I use this as a way to relax my mind and induce a theta state during my meditation. Way cool!
Also just received an advance copy of Brian Johnson’s (of PhilosopherNotes fame) soon to be released Blissitations which mixes binaural beats and guided meditation. Excited to check them out and will report.
Please let me know if there are others I should check out. Love experimenting!
UPDATE MAY 23, 2011: I had the pleasure of checking out another meditation app called Flowing Meditations. With this app you can build your meditations using different sounds and mantras for different segments of your meditation. I would prefer to see the app allow for longer meditations and the transitions in the first version weren’t as smooth as I would like, but overall a good concept for a meditation app and worth checking out. Flowing Meditations.