Meditation is sometimes associated with a variety of religious and non-religious traditions. In the Christian tradition, it has been used back to the earliest centuries of the church by monastic communities as a way to reflect on scripture more deeply, listen for God's direction and contemplate the mysteries of faith and life. Time for quiet reflection, even apart from a specific religious intent, can center us and bring calm and insight in the midst of our busy lives and help our mind, emotions and soul become more grounded. For people of faith, we trust that God is at work in and around us throughout our lives and can be present with us in these times of silence and reflection. All of the apps below offer some free resources while others require a paid subscription.
a. Ritual app
We all face a variety of wellbeing needs — Ritual offers a full spectrum of practices that can help. There are an incredible range of practices that can help to boost and sustain your wellbeing – and they can be found in secular, spiritual or religious forms. Practices work for you when they meet your wellbeing needs and resonate with your identity and beliefs. That’s why Ritual doesn’t focus on just one type of practice, like mindfulness meditation. Instead, we share a diverse range of wellbeing practices and then help you find what works for you.
b. Hallow app
This Catholic-based app is a great way to incorporate prayer and meditation into a busy schedule, noted to cross denominations because of its variety of prayer types. The "Daily Conversation" and "Daily Gospel" are free and accessible to anyone regardless of background. These use an ancient Christian approach to reflection on scripture called Lectio Divina. Find whatever connects with you in this app.
This app reflects a different piety and faith tradition from Hallow. Explore some of the guided meditations and prayers and see if this is a fit for you. Experiences include Bible and sleep meditations meant
for reflection and bringing you closer to God, while preparing your mind for better
d. Calm app
Calm is a popular, non-religious meditation app. If you're simply seeking time for reflection and quiet, this may be for you.