~~ 2021 Pick: Best Meditation Apps - Wirecutter by New York Times ~~
Your path to well-being. Powered by science.
Backed by four decades of research from world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson and his team at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin - Madison & Healthy Minds Innovations, the Healthy Minds Program trains your mind through meditation and podcast-style lessons to develop skills - to gain focus, reduce stress, and maintain positive social connections.
Through hundreds of hours of guided meditations developed directly from the scientific understanding of the mind, podcast-style teachings, and progress tracking features, you can change your mind to manage stress, from family to the workplace and beyond.
Featuring our proprietary Awareness, Connection, Insight, and Purpose, Well-being Framework, the Healthy Minds Program is a holistic, all-encompassing meditation app that offers the best of both guided meditations and opportunities to learn. You’ll learn simple skills to enhance personal well-being, build healthy relationships, and improve communication, performance, and creativity.
The ground-breaking Healthy Minds Program App uses neuroscience, contemplative traditions, and skill-based learning methods to help you develop the skills for a healthy mind.
What makes us unique
Developed from Science:
While many mediation apps can claim the scientific benefits of mediation, our practices are developed directly out of neuroscientific research. You’ll also hear from the world’s foremost neuroscientists about concepts like neuroplasticity and how to train your mind;
Made for Busy Lives:
Our app features active meditation practices that you can fit into your busy lifestyle. Don’t have time to sit for 20 minutes? Put on an active practice and train your mind while you fold the laundry;
Guided by Measurement:
Thanks to pioneering scientific research, the Healthy Minds Program offers the first mobile assessments of mental and emotional well-being. Learn about your current level of well-being and contribute to cutting edge research on the science of well-being. Also integrates with Apple Health to track your mindful minutes;
Goes Beyond Mindfulness:
Emotional and Physical well-being is a skill that can be taught. Our app is based on a comprehensive framework for well-being and goes beyond mindfulness as one of these skills.
-Awareness: Be Present
-Connection: Feel Connected
-Insight: Get Curious
-Purpose: Stay Motivated
Driven by Mission and Supported by Donation:
The Healthy Minds Program is made possible by our donors in support of a vision of a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. 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.
Bring the Healthy Minds Program to your workplace:
Along with the app, the Healthy Minds @Work offering includes team building exercises, meditations for coping with common stress triggers in the office, and habit formation techniques to ensure the program sticks with you long after completion. To learn more, visit hminnovations.org.
Integrates with Apple Health:
Track your mindful minutes
We fixed an issue so that audio now automatically resumes after temporary push notification interruptions.
Ratings and Reviews
I’m deeply grateful to have found Healthy Minds. With every other recommended app out of my budget, I wasn’t sure how I would go about learning to meditate—a practice I knew I needed to begin for my mental, spiritual and physical health. The curriculum is perfectly paced for a beginner, it carries a wonderful balance of instruction and practice, and the teachings are data-backed and fulfilling. I am about halfway through and already plan to start over and include my tween and teens in order to introduce mindfulness to them at an earlier age than I’ve discovered it. Thank you to the developers for putting so much thought, research and heart into this app. And thank you for making it accessible.
A note: I wish specific lessons/practices were easier to find after listening the first time. Accessing a catalog of previously listened to sessions would be very helpful in giving myself additional practice and for sharing with others.
Presentations too fast, poorly organized content
The concepts behind this app are important and probably ground-breaking, but it is so frustrating to use, I will be deleting it. First, it's close to impossible to return to specific meditations or learning sessions that you may find helpful, unless you take the time to back out of the lesson, then note and memorize how it is "mapped", like on a PC. Or is the assumption that users will become proficient at or memorize these sessions after only one hearing? (I think there is ample evidence in the literature to illustrate that memorization is not a good strategy for learning.) Second, one of the main presenters consistently speaks too fast, like a radio newscaster with a limited time slot or a student rushing through a class presentation that he just wants to be over. The speed at which the lessons are presented is so nerve wracking, it's a relief when the principal investigator makes cameo audio appearances, as both his tone and presentation speed are easy to settle into, enhancing comprehension. Finally, meditations meant to prepare for sleep are no different in tone or speed to other meditations-definitely not relaxing. I will be deleting this app and instead, read the primary research.
Developer Response ,
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Perfect For Those New To Meditation
As a fairly long term meditator, much of what I’ve seen in the app thus far isn’t new to me. With that said, meditation itself doesn’t change dramatically and I always welcome fresh voices for instruction.
But that’s not why I’m writing the review. I often have people ask for guidance and advice with regards to meditation and, given the general busy-ness of life itself, being available for them as often as I’d like isn’t always possible. I’ve wanted an app that guides people in stages, gradually, without inadvertently throwing a newcomer off the meditative deep end. There are so many meditation apps out there and I find them useful because I know what I’m looking for, but as soon as I recommend them to newbies they get lost in the smorgasbord of meditations available. It can be daunting and discouraging. Healthy Minds changes the game.
With what I’ve seen this far, I’m confident this is what I’ve been looking for. That app paces itself in what practices it introduces. It keeps it simple. Newcomers aren’t going to accidentally stumble into a meditation that sounds really cool (like “charnal ground contemplation”) and find themselves in over their heads. I also like the fact that the app addresses the multifaceted approach to mindfulness and meditation, being inclusive of what we’d typically term heart practices.
I will proceed through the program for awhile and then begin recommending it to others. Thanks a lot.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for the kind review! We hope you are well.
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