This meditation exercise is an excellent introduction to meditation techniques.

  • Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
  • Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
  • Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.

If you’re struggling with meditation on your own, then fear not. Here are 7 apps to help you jump start your practice.

  1.  Headspace

“Your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind”

Headspace will teach you basics of meditations, provided you surrender 10 minutes of your day.

  1.  Omvana

Omvana is basically the iTunes of guided meditation apps, offering a library of recording that target everything from decreasing stress to shedding kilos.

  1.  Insight Timer 

This app offers guided meditations by teachers like Eckhart Tolle. If you wish to mediate in silent, Insight Timer will time your sessions and wake you to the sound of an authentic Tibetan singing bowl.

  1.  Dharma Seed

This app is well – suited for the more spiritually inclined.

  1.  Meditation Experience

This is the companion of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 Meditation Experience, it aims to make meditation accessible and enjoyable.

  1.  The Mindfulness App

This app allows you to create your own guided meditations, customising how long and what type you want to do that day. 

  1.  Buddhify

Very user friendly, this is for those who are looking to get something specific from guided meditation. The app contains custom recordings for “going to sleep”, “feeling stressed”, “travel” etc.