Handheld, Mobile Enlightenment
Even the most edited lives can be packed with stress. Work, family, ubiquitous technology and all the other stressors of modern life can make us feel like we’re floating in a sea of anxiety. And while many of us have the best of intentions to remedy this feeling with regular meditation, the opportunity to put butt to mat or chair and get present often alludes us. Meanwhile, most of us are seldom without our smartphones. An app called Buddhify 2 does the unthinkable: marrying our desire to be more mindful with our constant clutching of cell phone.
The mobile app features a wheel with various categories of guided meditations, e.g. one for connecting after being online or one to use after waking up. Each category has various types and times for the meditation. There is a solo feature for a general, self-guided mediation. The app also allows users to track their state, time and various other metrics for tracking progression toward Buddhahood (watch video for more details).
We’re not sure if a Buddha would use a mobile app on the path to enlightenment, but we suspect he or she would not object to it–anything, app or otherwise, used with the right intention, can be the right tool for achieving bliss. Moreover, many of us need all the help we can get, battery-powered or otherwise.