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In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much,

want too much, and forget about the joy of just Being.

Eckhart Tolle

Beyond the colorfully plated posts of the #eatclean trend, more and more individuals (yours truly included) are looking to find wellness by taking a road very much less traveled these days in our ever-so-social society: the route from within.

Mindfulness has thus stepped out into an even brighter spotlight, and it's bringing along its age-old friend, meditation. Cultivating awareness is easier said than done, but doing so--plus combining this technique with meditation--can really improve quality of life. Some benefits of meditation may include:

  • an improved immune system

  • heightened capability to focus

  • enhanced creativity

  • reduced negativity/boost in mood

  • decrease in high blood pressure

  • less anxiety

...and the list goes on and on, as does the number of daily searches for the topic.

On the road, at the office, and often times en casa, it can be somewhat of a project to find some quiet time to yourself. If you're looking to get started, one of the best mediation apps for guided or self-guided meditation is the Calm App developed by

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Meditating can be intimidating, especially if you're new to the practice, but once you enter the website, you'll get a full-screen taste of what the app offers. (Open it now as you read this...seriously!) Ideal for beginners, it lets you choose from 7 guided meditations, 10 nature scenes and sounds to select, and 2 to 20-minute sessions, or start with a 2-minute guided meditation and work your way up to twenty minutes.

Going mobile means being able to take it with you wherever you are (Ojo: WiFi necessary!), but I like to keep the app open--or a separate tab if I'm tinkering around on the computer--to listen and maintain focus.

The company has raised a whopping $578K for funding to continue guiding users towards a relaxing meditatation session or a more soundful sleep. While the app is free, opt for the $10 annual package if you want access to 50 premium guided meditations.

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Set yourself a reminder: all it takes is FIVE minutes a day to reap the benefits of meditation. Think of it as dedicating time to take care of yourself; the bonus is that you'll eventually discover a more aware and insightful YOU.

I'd love to hear opinions, experiences, and practice recommendations in the comments below!