Another free app for the smartphone that gives you access to mindfulness and relaxation scripts and exercises for you to practice. Some of the scripts are relatively short around 3 minutes and other are a little longer 7-8 minutes. You can’t fast forward through the scripts to a part you like so if you are using the app you need to make the time for the script you like. There are a few programs in the adult section on scanning, breathing, listening and daily mediation and mindfulness. The scripts are all narrated by the same person and like any script you need to be able to let the voice blend into the background and if you can’t do that then skip this app and look for another one with similar content but a different voice over.
Before each of the scripts you are asked to review a set of emotions and use a slider to reflect where on the spectrum you fit. You get to do this again after the session as well. Whilst this is a nice feature it doesn’t appear to save the data so you can’t compare each sitting only the current time period. This is kind of fitting given the focus of this app is only on the present moment rather than the past or future. It does however let you set reminders for the future, not for today though. So if you did a script this morning and wanted to remind yourself to do another one tonight you are out of luck.
After you complete the script and the evaluation depending on the direction and change in your slider responses you will earn achievements. There are achievements for the script type, number of minutes spent in meditation, how many times a week you do it, and a number of other ones.
In addition to the programs there are also some additional scripts under the collaborations icon. There are three organisations at this stage, one of which is Cricket Australia. These three organisations have developed some specific scripts tailored to specific areas but available to everyone who has the app. IBM have created one called “The Brain Break” and one focussed on stress management which may appeal to students studying.
The app interacts well with social media sites and there are options to share your progress and achievements on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
What’s good about it: The scripts are short in duration and there are a number already available and others can be added in the future.
What’s not so good: The scripts are all in the same voice which means if you don’t like the voice you better find another app.