Zen/Relaxing apps?

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  1. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

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    Lately I find myself more and more stressed. I've been going to the chiropractor for the past couple weeks and it seems to be helping. I was wondering if there's any applications that focus on relaxing you or teach you how to relax better. I don't care if it's a paid or free app. I just need help. :) Thanks.
     
  2. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    Well, according to Lukeee's girlfriend, the vibrating app should do the trick ;)
     
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  4. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    Sorry :( I'm sure someone else will be able to give you a real answer.
     
  5. rigodamdiculous macrumors newbie

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    Search "Ambiscience" in the app store.
    There's no teaching but they might be what you're looking for in terms of a relaxation aid.
    Ambiance is also very good, but focuses more on looped sound effects.


     
  6. braddick macrumors 68040

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    I love, Garden of Zen. The sounds are perfect. The only flaw is you can't shut the screen off and still have the music play so I find myself dimming the screen completely while playing it.

    My second favorite is, Relax Trax by AmbiScience (I don't have iTunes open right now, so I may be off a bit on the developer).

    I believe many of the zen like ambient apps are on sale today- or at least I noticed about a half dozen were- from $1.99 to 99c.
     
  7. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    Zen Bound is a very fun and some say relaxing game...
     
  8. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    Relax was good I thought. It had various videos of things like waves crashing on the beach or mountain streams. The waves crashing on a night beach was always soothing for me...

    Or you could go the harder route, learn how to meditate via one of Stephdn Bodian's apps (author of 'Meditation For Dummies'). Meditation is a bit of a learning curve, but the benefits to stress reduction and improved concentration are real.
     
  9. herbs macrumors newbie

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    You can try one of our snowglobe apps. Most people found them very relaxing and I by myself use them sometimes to relax too. Currently we have 2 free versions (well to be honest, both have a little ad inside to earn some cents per day) so you can try them out without spending 1 buck on something you might don't like: iHanami free
    Autumn free

    there are also 2 demo videos of our snowglobe engine available on youtube:
    Autumn and Winter

    Some people complain about the performance which directly depends on your device (3GS vs. 1st gen) and the number of flakes you have set. So if you have a slower device, maybe use less flakes to get it run fluently.

    Of course you can also buy our ad-free versions if you like, but I just want to make clear that I didn't intend to post an annoying ad of our apps. I really think it might help you to become more relaxed!

    good luck! :)
    herbs
     
  10. braddick macrumors 68040

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    Your new iCrossOut puzzle looks interesting too.
     
  11. herbs macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! Actually the background of iCrossOut is very relaxing too :). A lite version is currently in review and should hit the store in less than 1 week *hopefully*, but I think my colleague who does all the pricing stuff will then go back to the regular price for the full version.
     
  12. Randman macrumors 65816

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    Get Peggle or Space Invaders: Infinity instead. Relaxing and engaging at the same time and worth the actually money.

    Or get Kindle for iPhone and get some books to read. Deepak Chopra, for example.
     
  13. ozzyman500 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I bought Pure Meditations app last night. Seems to be pretty good so far.

    Thanks I'll give one of those a shot!

    I have Peggle and it's an amazing game. I'll give Kindle a shot, do you just get books from iTunes?

    Also about Zen Bound, how do you know when you've finished a level? I've given it several tries and can't finish a level.

    Thanks for everyone's replies!
     
  14. padma macrumors newbie

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    I'll 2nd the nod for Zen Bound, it's a very fun yet slow and relaxing game.

    If you're into meditation, Zazen Suite isn't bad.
     
  15. terryfish169 macrumors newbie

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    Zen Bound is a really relaxing game until you get to the last puzzle of the second tree (I forgot the names sorry, haven't played it for a while because of this level). I gets really frustrating to reach 3 blossoms (100%) on that level. There is already a sequel to this btw, you might want to check that one out.
     
  16. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

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    May I suggest not to use any app or iPhone for achieving relaxation? Just try to do it with no input from the outside, it's more difficult but in the end it's the only real peacefulness you can get in my opinion.
     
  17. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    I'd agree, but I'd still use my iPhone as a timer for meditations. Samadhi or Vipassana meditations both create calm spaces in your life, once you've gotten over simply reacting to boredom, urgent impulses, etc. Vipassana would be like watching feelings of irritation, boredom, etc from the distance like a third person rather than being right in the current of those feelings.
     
  18. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking exactly of Vipassana when I wrote my post, peculiar. Are you a practitioner?

    Is there any particular timer app you feel recommending for sitting sessions? Thanks.
     
  19. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, I've read a lot on it, and I've tried zen meditation which is kind of somewhere between Vipassana and Samadhi meditations. I usually only meditate when I'm stressed right out and lacking sleep. I feel a lot calmer and have a little more energy during and after meditation.

    [app]Zen Timer[/app] is great!
     
  20. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you - I was looking for something like that.
     
  21. dnw1987 macrumors member

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    Hey all! May I suggest trying Music Healing? it's the best relaxing app to me and it has a visual slideshow to go with it! And it also has the timer and a wake up feature, great for putting babies to sleep and everything!
     
  22. machead33 macrumors newbie

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    Meditation apps

    I am sometimes amazed how the iPhone apps have reached into every conceivable area of my life. Used to be all about gaming and productivity, but as a long time meditator I wanted to make something creative that was different from all the usual timers and bells that were out there.

    My friend and I made an app called Flowing Meditations where you can place seeds of time and musical breaks into a river to make different meditations, (that can also be saved for future uses).

    Would love your feedback, especially if it helps you get in to daily meditation practice. :eek:

    Here is the link to Flowing Meditations app:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flowingmeditations/id428852964?mt=8&ls=1

    Machead33:apple:
     

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