Meditation is taking over Wall Street and Silicon Valley — here’s how to start a daily habit

With the resources readily available now, it’s the perfect time to learn how to meditate.
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  • Over the last several years, meditation has surged in popularity in Wall Street and Silicon Valley.
  • Even though it’s trendy, it’s still a scientifically proven way to alleviate stress.
  • Apps like Headspace are useful for learning the basics.
  • To develop a habit, it’s important to set aside as little as five minutes in your daily routine.
  • Going into a meditative state involves being a passive observer of thoughts, not attempting to force them to disappear.


At this point, it’s nearly impossible to escape the buzzwords “mindfulness” and “meditation.”

Silicon Valley executives like Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey are going on Buddhist meditation retreats, high-end spas in big cities are installing “meditation pods,” meditation app Headspace has raised $75 million, and each year hundreds of Wall Streeters are following Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio’s lead and paying almost $1,000 to learn Transcendental Meditation.

In a recent interview for Business Insider’s podcast “Success! How I Did It,” bestselling author Tim Ferriss said that nearly all of the 140 successful people he included in his latest book, “Tribe of Mentors,” had some sort of mindfulness or meditation habit.

Like any wellness trend among the wealthy and powerful, the popularity of meditation may fade, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss the practice. There is now decades of research backed by organizations like the US federal agency the National Institutes of Health that have linked regular meditation to physical changes in the brain. These can result in improved focus and emotional control, which in turn yields lowered blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.

And from personal experience, we can tell you that making meditation a regular habit is, at the very least, a practical way to relieve stress.

Meditation is a skill like anything else, and it takes practice. But it also may be easier than you think. You can start today with just a few steps.

Pick which kind of meditation you want to practice.

Pick which kind of meditation you want to practice.Mike Nudelman/Business Insider

The most popular forms of meditation in the US are derived from ancient Hindu and Buddhist practices that began in India and spread through Asia.

As Suhag Shukla, director of the Hindu American Foundation, explained to us in a 2016 interview, practicing secularized versions of these ancient techniques is not sacrilegious. The practice should instead be seen as a healthy exercise for body and mind.

Beginners should consider mindfulness or Zazen meditation, where breathing is the focal point, or TM, where a meaningless mantra repeated internally is the focal point.

It’s worth noting that it’s best to learn from a teacher, but that if you want to dabble you can do so on your own and without spending any money.

Try a smartphone app like Headspace.

Try a smartphone app like Headspace.Headspace

There are many quality guided meditation apps available for both Android and iOS, and they serve as great introductions to the practice.

We particularly like Headspace, which offers a variety of guided mindfulness meditations tailored toward specific topics like the alleviation of anxiety or the promotion of creativity.

If you’d like to try many different types of guided meditations or find one tailored to your faith, you can check out Insight Timer.

NOTE: This article was written by Richard Feloni, and was published on Business Insider. You can read the full article HERE.

5 Amazing Meditation Apps You Need to Try

Boosting your mindfulness is one of the key results of meditation, but there are 5 amazing meditation apps you need to try.

Most folks use their mobile phones for everything, and luckily, there are now apps available for the practice of meditation. It’s awesome that such apps exist, and furthermore, it’s amazing that these apps are able to help pull you out of the doldrums of the digital world although they are digital.

If you don’t want to use these apps then turn your phone off. You don’t need any distractions. However, if you aren’t at home where you can get alone and concentrate on meditation, you may want to use these apps.

While the practice of meditation is good for anyone, there are many different ways to meditate. How you choose to meditate is solely up to you, and it’s all about what you’re comfortable with.

Today, I’m going to give you a quick look at these meditation apps and how they can help you practice meditation in a more simple but effective fashion anywhere in the world.

Meditation Apps You’ll Want to Try

If you want to be mindful of your practice of meditation, you’ll enjoy researching these applications and the benefits they offer. Here are 5 meditation apps you’ll want to check out.

  1. Headspace. This is a great app for those who are using Android, and it’s also compatible with the iPhone. Headspace has been endorsed by researcher Emma Watson, and it’s an app that makes meditation appear to be less “mystical”. There are exercises that are considered guided meditation by some and they are good for ten minutes a day. You’ll also be able to benefit from the starter pack upon your initial download because it allows you to try them for free. You may opt for the yearly membership at just under 75 pounds per year, or you can pay monthly for just under 10 pounds per month.
  2. Buddhify. The name of this app says it all, as it relates to a state of mindfulness just as Buddha taught. There is an iPhone app as well as one that is compatible for Android, and this mindfulness meditation app is designed to bring mindfulness and meditation together for everyday use. You can choose how to use the app, whether it’s for sleep, focus, stress reduction, and more.
  3. MINDBODY Connect. This particular app is super helpful for those who are seeking out yoga studios as well as massage therapists, and it can help you keep track of your goals as well as your schedule. This app lives up to its name in that it helps you connect the function of your mind with your body. You can also use this with a Fitbit as well. If you want everything in one place, this is the meditation app for you.
  4. Relax Melodies. Ah, so you want to go to sleep eh? This app is ideal for helping you sleep because you get the melodies that are associated with meditation for sleep. Meditation is helpful for rest and relaxation, and if yours pertains to problems with sleep, you can use this app to help you get to sleep faster and help you wake up feeling more refreshed and well-rested. This app is free.
  5. Smiling Mind. If you’re looking for an app that can help you to increase your sense of overall well-being, and one that can help you to increase your personal happiness, this is the app for you. This app is offered by a non-profit organization, and the app is free. You can select various apps within Smiling Mind, and this in turn, will allow you to select it by age group. This app makes meditation super easy and something you’ll look forward to every day.

There is no right or wrong way for you to meditate, and keep in mind that you’re needs are unique. You will have different goals in mind than your neighbor and that is okay.

Whether you want to focus on reducing stress or sleeping better, meditation can be a great way to get your mind and body reconnected and operating like a well-oiled machine.

These meditation apps are great to try, and there are still others out there that you’ll want to research for yourself.

 

 

James

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