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High school gym wasn’t my favorite class, but it gave me a break from the books. I was especially happy on the days we did what I know now is called progressive muscle relaxation. I didn’t know what it was called then, I was super happy for the time to relax though. We’d all pile into the wrestling room, pick out a spot on the soft mat, and stretch out. The gym teacher would hit the lights and turn on a recording. I don’t remember if it was a man or woman’s voice but they would guide us on how to relax first starting with our toes – tightening them, holding, then releasing and working our way through various body parts. It was incredibly relaxing and I looked forward to it. I’ve done some meditation as part of yoga since then, but never jumped head on into meditating partly because I didn’t think I could actually quiet this busy brain of mine and mostly because I just didn’t know how… until along came the OMG I Can Meditate app.
I was hesitant at first because when I say my mind is busy, I mean it. I’m physically always on the go and my brain is busier than that. I’m just a thinker. I think of to-do lists, recipes, blog post ideas, work, family, the past, the future. And when my brain doesn’t have anything specific to think of, it starts sorting through random thoughts like “why is a nose called a nose”? I’ve just always had a busy mind and meditation is meant to calm the busyness and focus on self reflection. There are a lot of benefits to meditation though including reducing stress, decreasing depression symptoms, and enhancing the quality of sleep among others. The OMG I Can Meditate app is meant to teach you how to meditate, but offers many features for seasoned meditators as well.
After downloading the meditation app – currently available on iOS – I briefly and easily set up an account and I was on my way. I was worried that I’d find the speaker’s voice annoying. It’s hard to relax if you do, but after choosing to start with the OMG Daily Meditations, I found Lynne Goldberg’s – the app’s personal meditation coach – voice gentle and soothing, but firm on instruction. The daily meditation program starts with the 7 Day Challenge where Lynne introduces herself and the program. She makes a point to remind people that they don’t need special skills to meditate but it does take practice. I was then able to choose how long I could devote to the first session, either 12, 14, or 16 minutes. You can do this with each daily meditation. I like that, some days I might have more or less time to devote to me. There are a full twelve weeks of the daily meditation program each with a different theme such as Are you Where your Body is, Meeting of the Mind, and Taming of the Mind. I haven’t made it through the entire course, but I can tell that it is definitely fantastic in exploring the various aspects of meditation. I particularly liked the reminders to bring myself back into the moment as my mind would tend to start being busy again and the reminders helped me focus on what I was doing. It’s great for mindfulness as well.
Aside from the daily meditations, the OMG I Can Meditate app has so much more. There are missions such as taking a learning how to take a conscious breath with the goal to “take you out of thinking and into the present moment”. When you’re truly focusing on your breathing, it’s hard to think on anything else. This is powerful! When you master the mission you’re on, new missions are made available. The OMG I Can Meditate app includes specialty meditations such as relationship and family, health and wellness, stress and anxiety, life situations and more. There’s even a kids section in age brackets 6-9, 10-13, and 14-17 for those that want to learn how to meditate. The app also includes meditations to be first thing in the morning to start your day off with focus and intention or those that calm you down at night. I love that it offers a self-practice section where you can meditate on your own either to silence, music, or nature sounds. I’ve always found nature sounds to be incredibly relaxing and I can use the skills I’ve learned with the guided meditation to practice on my own. When I meditate I envision being in my most favorite places, like a warm beach near the ocean.
The OMG I Can Meditate app can be downloaded on iOS, there is a free version that allows you to explore the program with limited content and a premium version which includes the full program. The upgrade is priced at $12.99 monthly with an auto-renew feature or customers can choose to pay annually at $7.50 per month or $5.00 per month if you pay for two years. I would recommend giving the OMG I Can Meditate app for anybody needing some “me” time or those wanting to learn to meditate. It’s also great for those that know how to meditate, but need some structure or reminders to take personal time.
Do you meditate? If so, how, when and where?
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