Meditation isn’t easy so I get pretty excited when I can find something that helps out. I was reading in 8 Minute Meditation that you should use a timer so that you don’t have to keep checking the time. It’s one distraction you can take out of the picture. This struck a chord with me because I tend to watch the clock a lot and then let my time slide a bit when I feel like I haven’t done a good enough job. When I use a timer, I can just wait until the bell rings and stop with no judgement about how “good” or “bad” the meditation was. After all, there is no such thing as a bad meditation. The important part is that you do it at all.
When I meditate in a group or class setting, I really like the bell sound. Like Pavlov’s dog, I can settle right in when I hear that sound. I found a timer for 10, 20 and 30 minutes on my favorite podcast, Zencast. The only downside to this timer is that it is at the very beginning of the list of podcasts. So, to find it each day, I have to scroll past over 250 podcasts to get to it. Hmmm, I wonder if there is an app for that?
Sure enough, I found a few apps for meditation timers and settled on one that I thought had the most features including choice of bell sound which I felt was important. Insight Timer made by Spotlight Six is the perfect app. For $1.99, it gives you the choice of 1, 2 or 3 ending bells, seven different bell sounds and a nice feature that lets you specify the delay before the starting bell rings, giving you the right amount of time to settle in before you start. I also appreciate the log feature. I don’t use this feature to criticize myself for not doing it right. Rather, I have found that I often get more out of my meditation than I thought. And, I have found that happens even though I inevitably plan out something in my sitting time.
With this app, it is so nice to have someone ring the bell for you and to have that beautiful sound of a tibetan singing bowl without the cost of purchasing one.
~ Jillian Avey, purelifemeditation.com