Mindfulness. There's an app for that.

When first learning mindfulness, people often have a hard time figuring out how to include it in their already busy lives. Mindfulness helps us live in each moment fully and live more meaningful lives. With the creation of downloadable applications, we can use our cell phone to help us live more mindfully. Here is a list of 3 phone apps you can download to practice mindfulness:

Mindfulness Bell: You can set this app to ring periodically throughout the day. It will remind you to take a few moments to just notice the moment, notice what you are doing in the moment, and notice what state of mind you are in.  It a simple app that helps you take a moment to pause and check in with yourself. The creators have also added settings which make it easier to use the bell in quiet settings. You can put the bell on vibrate or turn the volume really low.
For more information on this app, visit the sites below:
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.googlecode.mindbell&hl=en
iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindfulness-bell/id380816407?mt=8

Buddhify: Buddhify teaches you meditation practices while on the go. You can select your location/activity (home, gym, traveling, walking, etc.) and what type of meditation you want to do. The app will then play an audio guided meditation designed specifically for that location or activity. This app also has an assessment tool to help you check in with yourself throughout the day and rate your happiness and mental experience. The creators of this app state that buddhify is for individuals who have always wanted to try meditation but never got around to it. It can also help individuals who are new to meditation and mindfulness practices. There is also a setting on the app that allows you to practice meditation with someone else.

For more information on this app, visit http://buddhify.com/.

Mindful Eating: This app was created by Dr. Susan Albers, who is a psychologist and mindful eating expert. Mindful eating is an approach that involves bringing your full attention to the process of eating by using your five senses to explore food and by examining your thoughts and feelings around food and eating. This app can help you learn to identify your internal hunger and fullness cues to determine when your body needs food and when it is satiated.  This app has 6 features to help you practice mindful eating:
    1) Hunger Scale
    2) Mindful Food Diary
    3) Calendar
    4) Hunger Scale Graph
    5) Chime to remind you to eat mindfully
    6) News & Events

For more information on this app, visit: http://eatingmindfully.com/?tools=mindful-eating-app-new

Also posted at JLafontCounseling.com and Austin Mindfulness Center.

Special thanks to Jondell Lafont for providing this guest blog!  - Chelsea