There are so many great mindfulness and meditation apps out there, I love Insight Timer, Calm, Smiling Minds but my absolute favourite and the one that got me to further my experience and seek a qualification in meditation is Headspace.
When following any guided meditations or mindfulness exercise, it is really important for you to feel at ease with the voice and everyone has different preferences, so what works for one, may not work for another. I have been ‘turned off’ by some of the voices in exercises I have tried in the past, but I absolutely adore Andy’s voice. I was once trying to follow a body scan led by a very nice lady but all I could think of was an old British kids TV presenter and I was expecting marching bands, donkeys and clowns to enter my room so I didn’t really get in the zone! So find what works for you – “you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince!!!”
We can pay attention to what we smell, touch, taste,hear or see. Whenever we bring awareness to what we are experiencing with our senses, we are being mindful. When we do this simple act, our minds calm down and we shift our focus away from our emotions and thoughts. Instead of worrying about the future or the past, we focus your mind and reduce the brain chatter. It’s simple and very powerful.