Mindful meditation is becoming an increasingly popular tool, one that people use to manage both their emotional and mental health. The practice is, in essence, the art of not reacting—the art of finding inner stillness through the use of externalstillness. It’s taking the time to close your eyes, turn your focus inward, and put all of your energy into just breathing.
It’s an incredibly simple practice that doesn’t take much time at all, and it is incredibly helpful. In a study published in Clinical Psychology Review, researchers at Boston University and Harvard Medical School found that the technique helps alleviate anxiety and allows individuals to better cope with stressful situations. Similarly, in a study from Frontiers in Psychology, researchers found that individuals who meditate have more gray matter volume in their brains than those that do not.
Yet, only 18 million Americans report their participation. Unfortunately, the reality for many overworked Americans is that relaxation is a luxury. Indeed, 92 % of the country still hasn’t caught onto the trend. It’s a surprising statistic considering the fact that meditation has been proven to increase concentration, decrease anxiety, and even help to preserve the aging brain.
FINDING THE TIME
Over the last few years, there have been a variety of apps that have aimed to close the gap between people who make time for meditation and the people who don’t know how to fit it into their lives. And while many of the apps that have hit the market have effective qualities, few are as impressive and progressive as Aura Premium—the app created by meditation teachers and therapists that actually gets to know you, so it can help you better.
The AI-infused app is programmed to take post-session feedback information and use it to become a dynamic tool that assists with your mental health. Each time you use the app, it creates more pathways for you to get better at finding your zen.
And while anyone who’s into mindful meditation will appreciate the app for its relaxation enhancers, it’s most appealing for people who are new to meditation and need guidance. All users need is three minutes a day to practice, though you can also choose 7 and 10-minute meditation durations as well.
The app is mostly geared towards helping its users get into a better headspace through exercises, breathing routines, and key spoken words—though it also has the ability to track user’s moods to help them see patterns and form connections.
Aura is essentially like having a portable guide in your pocket. And it’s been so successful in helping its users find inner peace, it was rated the best new app for February 2017 with thousands of nearly perfect ratings. For $59.99 on StackSocial, you can get a lifetime subscription to the app and start your journey to better mental health.