Sit down. Shut-up. Focus. That is my anchor. It sums up my meditation method. Along the way I’ve had instruction, read, pondered, but I always come back to “Sit down — Shut-up — Focus.” The Insight Timer for iOS and Android supports this style of meditation and many other ways.
A guiding belief is to follow one way for months or years. But I have no master, guru, leading me along a path. Right? Wrong? I don’t know. The app offers many prospectives.
Zen masters, healers, the orthodox of many beliefs all espouse forms of meditation. The outcomes range, enlightenment, see differently, live now, thwart cancer…. People dance, walk, sit quiet, chant, pray unceasingly, others master sword or bow.
The different practices promise a better life. What that is differs from one proponent to another.
My practice is to sit quietly and breathe. One tool I use is the insight timer app. It is feature rich with music, instruction, and a customizable timer.
I use the timer the most. Features include forums, music/ambient noise, and guided meditation.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices
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Audio Player Clips From Insight Timer
You can set the timer the way you find effective. Choose the opening & closing bells or none. Set the time. If you want, add background noise.
You can use the interval bell. The number and occurrence are under your control. The interval bell… the wake up bell sounds to remind me to pay attention. … following your breath… or ….
Below, under cost you see free. True but the in-app purchases give more options in bell types and sounds.
Guided Meditation and Talks
Find six thousand + guided meditations representing many traditions and teachers. Over 900 teacher talks are available.
I have used this app for years. For sitting meditation any timer could be used. A kitchen wind-up can serve well. Having a timer relieved my impulse to check the time.
Try the free version. I use the premium version. I enjoy using different sounding bells and clacks of wood.
Price Free but…
Bell collection $2.99
Offline Pack $2.99
Calm collection $1.99
Inspire collection $1.99