Do you use an app for meditation? I have only tried two, and the second one, the Calm App, was something I loved so much I never tried another one. After trying it out for a week I paid for the monthly subscription, which if you buy it for a year, comes out to $3.33 per month.
The main reason I wanted to try this app is because it has a 7 day program for reducing anxiety. I have no idea how we became a world full of anxious people, but we really are. I'm really so done with anxiety and fear and I am doing everything in my power these days to refuse to believe this is it. I refuse to believe I just have to have anxiety.
The Calm App has helped me with its 7 day meditation series on anxiety, but its also helped me because I love knowing I have this tool right at my hands that I can carry with me. Anytime I need it I can plug in my headphones and listen to the calming sounds, the daily meditations, or just have an open ended meditation with bells. This feels like it has given me so much power back over my feelings, and feeling empowered is a huge step in reducing and eventually eliminating anxiety.
The 7 days of reducing anxiety is part of the paid services of the app. If you want to try it for free you can download the app and use several features without paying. The 7 days of Calm, Body Scan, Loving-Kindness and Forgiveness meditations are free, as well as the timed and open ended with bells meditations. I have used the Forgiveness meditations myself, and I love them, and you can try them for free! The Calm scenes are beautiful and relaxing just in themselves, and you can download and use as many of them as you like.
Below are some screen grabs from my phone. There is something about having this app on my phone that has truly increased my experiences with mindfulness and being present. I suppose it's like when you have a gym membership. You're more likely to be proactive when you've made a commitment to the thing you desire. To learn more about Calm and download the app visit their website, Calm.com.