August 15, 2020
Meditation is an unmissable wellness practice. If you are looking to reduce your stress level, get clarity on your goals or have a happier outlook on events in your life, there is a good chance all the advice you will find on these subjects will have meditation as one of their recommendations.
With all good market trends, comes an array of tools and services offered by innovative companies that will help beginners and more experienced alike. Let’s have a look at a few popular solutions currently on the market.
Beginners might need some guided practices and prompts to help them start on their meditation journey. As a consequence, mobile apps on the subject have been booming in the last few years. The most popular ones are Headspace, Calm or Mind. They all offer various recorded meditations and help you track your progress. They are favored by people who like to keep accountability of what they do and be supported while having the freedom to choose the time and place to meditate as they like.
Then comes the meditation studios. These are places where you can do group meditations on a regular basis. It is like a gym subscription where you exercise your mind instead of your body. These places create a sense of community and allow to meet and connect with like-minded people. You can find meditation studios in major cities across the world. Medicha in Tokyo is a particularly interesting concept as they propose meditation as an immersive experiment.
For those who need a complete disconnection with the world and a deeper immersion in the practice, there are retreats. They can take many forms, from silent minimalist retreats, to luxurious ones. For instance, the Alaska Stillpoint Lodge offers retreats that focus on guided reflection and rejuvenation as well as a digital detox where you can request limited or no access to phone, TV, and Wi-Fi in your cabin to really experience the true meaning of a silent meditation.
Meditation is becoming a common practice in our modern society and if it can be done alone in the privacy of your home, there is a big trend on group meditations and retreats as people are looking, now more than ever, to connect with each other.