One year into my new life in Boston, I continue to find the joys and struggles of commuting to be a wonderful opportunity to practice mindfulness and stress reduction techniques. Although unplugging is an important part of mindfulness in our overly plugged-in culture, technology, if used wisely, can be a big help in maintaining mindfulness. The Imantra App is a great example of a modern mindfulness tool. It was brought to my attention when one of my individual therapy clients told me that she recites the rosary on an app she downloaded to her Iphone (here’s an example of a rosary App). “What a lovely idea,” I thought, and if they have an Irosary there must be an Imala. A quick search brought me to Imantra. Imantra lets you choose a chant – be it Buddhist, Hindu, or Kundalini, and discretely follow it with your earbuds on your way to work. The pre-recorded chants really seem to go right through you. I could really feel my nervous system reorganizing itself as I listened. The folks who made Imantra are also responsible for the Peace Alarm Clock – one of my very first Apps. Their products are wonderful. This is my endorsement-free review.
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We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!