How To Use Your Cell Phone To Relax & Stay Zen

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If your like me, there are times when despite all attempts at maintaining your state of calm you become overwhelmed.  It is in these instances when one must remain present and not let his mind or emotions control his actions.

So how can you do it if your not a zen master?  With the help of technology of course.

It’s almost an oxymoron of sorts.  Using technology to keep your life simple but it CAN work.

To be a help and not a hindrance, the technology needs to be simple to use, accessible and of course well designed.

I have put together this list of my favorite “ZEN” mobile phone applications to help keep you present when the world around you becomes chaotic.

Enjoy!

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1. Awareness by Ronit Herzfeld

This might be my favorite app out of all of them.  This little gem will randomly interrupt your day and ask you what you are feeling.  After you respond, you are taken through a brief exercise to bring you back into the present.  After the exercise you have the option of recording exactly what you were doing in that moment.  These responses aggregate and over the course of a day, week, month can provide valuable insight into what is potentially stressing you and and what makes you happy.  A great app and well worth the $3.99

2. Relax Melodies Premium

A great app designed around creating a Zen environment to help you concentrate, relax and even sleep.  They have a selection of over 35 relaxing sounds and melodies that you can play and even mix together to form your perfect sound environment.  It also has a great little subliminal addition in the form of  “Binaural Beats” which are different low frequency beats that place your brain in certain states like concentration, sleep, deep sleep, dream sleep and so on, very cool.  It also has a sleep function and an alarm so you can fall asleep and awake to your preselected sounds.  Great App, check it out.

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3. iZen Garden

It has been said that the hardest thing in the world to do is simplify one’s life.  I find that often to be true and sometimes creating a simple distracting and creating or simply “do-ing” something very simple is a great way to create that simplicity even if just for a short period of time.  The iZen garden app allows you to create literally endless traditional Japanese rock gardens, know for their calming properties.  Adjust your rocks, place your stones, add wildlife..etc you can customize anything you want.  You can even send your newly created Zen garden to someone after your done using their share function.  A well designed app, easy to use, beautifully done, simple and a great distraction from everyday life.

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4. iFish Pond

Another great Zen distraction that has been practiced for thousands of years is watching Koi fish in a tranquil pond.  Well, now you can do it on your phone with the iFish Pond appliction.  YOu get to control the number and type of fish, the look of the pond and even surrounding animals and weather pattern.  Simple, easy to use and another great way to relax your mind and bring yourself into the present moment.

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So those are my 2011 choices for the best ZEN mobile apps to keep you relaxed and happy in your everyday life.

Leave a comment below if you used or have any additional questions about these apps and get out there and

Relax.Smile.Breathe and Go Slowly.

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