There are many meditation apps out there to help you get your practice going. If you feel like you should be able to “go it alone” but somehow you just never get around to it, an app is your friend/gentle task master. Recently I was introduced to one, Insight Timer, through a new friend in Paris. Natasa is also a recent transplant from Madison, WI by way of France, Germany, Serbia … I’m sure I’m missing other places, but you get the picture. Natasa knows about moving and the process of settling in. (Or, shall we call it the agony and the ecstasy!) She has been so incredibly cool to my family – inviting us places and introducing us to her new “tribe” here. One member of the new tribe is Nicho, an Aussie who teamed up with his brother to make Insight Timer an app that goes beyond facilitating meditation — they’re building a vibrant community.
The app lets you know how many people are using the app at that moment, the different downloads members have listened to, and whether they like them or not. Love the interface. It’s all super accessible and easy, with many sessions and instructors to choose from, or you can simply select music that fits your present mood. Most recently, I found myself listening to a great singer chanting (“Wahe Guru!) along to what seemed like mild house music. Perfect. What might you find?