Free Meditation App

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There is a new Free Meditation App (currently available on iOS) from HealthyMinds Innovations (HMI) that hopes to help calm your anxiety surrounding COVID-19 and everyday personal or professional stresses. Unlike other apps that require a subscription, the Healthy Minds Program is available by donation, driven by a mission to translate science into tools to cultivate and measure well-being.

The HealthyMinds Program App teaches you how the mind can be trained to be more focused, calm and resilient through meditation training. It’s available for anyone to use as a day-to-day tool navigating life in school, the workplace, or even relationships with friends, family or significant others. In the App you can choose from traditional sitting meditations or active on-the-go meditations when you’re walking, taking the subway, or even driving. Plus, you can choose how much time you have, from 5 – 30 minutes. There are also meditations for dealing with specific stresses like COVID-19, working remotely, or going back to school.

The Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and their non-profit, HMI, are both led by Neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson. He’s spent years researching the science of wellbeing. Dr. Cortland Dahl joined his team and used his PHD thesis to create a framework of four pillars to scientifically train the mind; called ACIP (Awareness, Connection, Insight, Purpose) around which the app is centered. Visit https://hminnovations.org/ for more information.

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