"Secular" mindfulness apps?

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KiwiNFLFan
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"Secular" mindfulness apps?

Post by KiwiNFLFan » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:36 am

What do you as Buddhists think about using a secular mindfulness app/recording (in addition to your regular meditation practice, of course)? I was put on to one called Headspace by a psychology student I was seeing last year (before I became interested in Buddhism). I am currently practicing breath meditation as recommended by the lama of the Buddhist centre that I currently attend, but I was wondering about trying this as well. What do you think?

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Re: "Secular" mindfulness apps?

Post by PuerAzaelis » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:54 pm

As long as you become more irritated you are probably on the right track whatever you're doing.

Maybe it would be more useful to rest attention in the desire to subscribe to this app.

And nobody in all of Oz. No Wizard that there is or was.

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Re: "Secular" mindfulness apps?

Post by Bum » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:20 am

I was really never a fan of guided meditations. They are not allowing me to focus my attention to breath. I know you can choose your meditation object, but I prefer it to be my breath, not some other person's voice.

Also, in my own opinion, Headspace is overpriced for what it's offering and I find that most of the users are basically in need of a 'quick meditation fix' - 10 minutes a day is better than no minutes at all, but there are days when 10 minutes are enough for me just to calm down, additional 10 is winding down my monkey mind, and few minutes more are the bliss :twothumbsup:

(so someone saying 10 minutes is all you need, nah, you need as much as you need...)

As for using tech to help you with meditation, I am all fine with that. I am Insight Timer user (hundreds of free guided meditations tracks, you should check that out first), but since my phone broke and I'm back to primordial Android version :rolling: , I am now using Meditation Helper which is really bare, stripped down meditation timer that does its job perfectly.

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Re: "Secular" mindfulness apps?

Post by tomschwarz » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:58 pm

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:54 pm
As long as you become more irritated you are probably on the right track whatever you're doing.
So true... ...so i am sitting in this two day idiot Training in connection with my work. ...then they start talking about something like the mind or the body, total bs. ...so i think about my realization from last night reading a Sutra, sit up straight, shoulders back, mind empty, and imagine my heart morph out and surround my body, as red-caring-flesh-cubes/chunks emminate caring consideration for all those around....
i dedicate this post to your happiness, the causes of your happiness, the absence of your suffering the causes of the absence of your suffering that we may not have too much attachment nor aversion. SAMAYAMANUPALAYA

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