Simply Being Review – Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence
Category: Health and Fitness
Simply Being is a voice-guided meditation app that features length, music and sound options to help users customize their sessions. Compatibility: Universal Updated: Jan 07, 2013 Price: $0.99 Size: 89.4 MB Seller: Meditation Oasis If it wasn’t for iOS devices and mediation apps, I’d have to stock up on a collection of meditation CDs to […]
Simply Being is a voice-guided meditation app that features length, music and sound options to help users customize their sessions.
Updated: Jan 07, 2013
Size: 89.4 MB
Seller: Meditation Oasis
If it wasn’t for iOS devices and mediation apps, I’d have to stock up on a collection of meditation CDs to help me get a good night’s sleep. Meditation is not only great for sleeping, but it also helps to reduce stress and ease the mind. There are plenty of mediation apps, but not many that provide users with unique features to customize their sessions.
Simply Being is a guided meditation app for relaxation and presence. It features voice-guided sessions with music and length options.
Before getting started, the app recommends putting the iOS device on Airplane mode so users aren’t interrupted. There’s only one screen to get familiar with in order to use the app. Simply tap the top bar to select voice with music or voice with nature sounds. Users can then tap the bottom bar to select between four different meditation lengths: 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes.
There are currently three different nature sounds to enjoy: ocean, rain and stream. I preferred to use the background music as I found it to be more soothing. Users can choose to increase or decrease the voice or music and nature volume before pressing play or during the session if one seems to loud. The best feature is that it works in the background so users can play a slide show of their favorite images or browse another app while they listen.
Simply Being comes with instructions and tips to help make the experience better. I found it to be fairly relaxing and enjoyed the different customization options. While it works great at first, there are still a few improvements that could make the app even better. For instance, the woman’s voice is soothing but she doesn’t offer enough positive affirmations or variations so the meditation sessions can get repetitive. Additionally the app could use more music and nature sound options for those who don’t want to listen to the guided voice.
Overall, Simply Being is off to a great start. It’s functional, calming and really helps to clear the mind. It’s less than one dollar price tag also makes the app cheap and affordable for many. I wouldn’t recommend it as the only go-to meditation app on the home screen, but it is one that I’d add to a collection to help vary meditation routines.
App Store Description:
RECOMMENDED BY THE NY TIMES, SELF MAGAZINE, YOGA JOURNAL, the HUFFINGTON POST and more. Meditate easily with this elegantly simple App. Enjoy the deep relaxation, stress relief and benefits of meditation without prior experience. The Meditation Oasis® Simply Being app has been developed by Richard and Mary Maddux, creators of the popular Meditation Oasis® podcast. It allows you to choose from 4 meditation times and gives you to option to listen to the guided meditation with or without music or nature sounds. You can also listen to the music or nature sounds alone.
“Let the voice-guided Simply Being app talk you through a relaxing 5- to 20-minute meditation session. ‘Other apps offer pretty nature sounds but no instruction, which left me bored,’ a tester said. ‘With the voice guidance, five minutes of meditation flew by.’” Self Magazine, April 2011
“Very relaxing and a good way to fall asleep.”
“…the best guided meditation I have ever found.”
“Extremely soothing music…”
“My stress level has dropped, I have more patience, and I am more relaxed before going to bed.”
With this App you can:
- Meditate easily as you are voice-guided step by step
- Choose a meditation length of 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes
- Listen to the meditation with or without music/nature sounds
- Read instructions to support and enhance your meditation
- Listen to music or nature sounds alone
- Choose how long the music/nature sounds will continue after the meditation ends
- Relax deeply and experience the present moment completely
- Enjoy the benefits of meditation easily
- Links to support on the Meditation Oasis website
The Simply Being meditation is useful for beginners and experienced meditators alike.
Created by Mary Maddux, MS, HTP and Richard Maddux, best known for their popular Meditation Oasis podcast and and CDs.
Mary and Richard bring over 30 years of meditation practice and teaching to the creation of their guided meditations and music. In addition to teaching meditation, Mary has worked in both conventional and alternative settings as a counselor and healing arts practitioner. Richard has played and composed music all of his life. His music is composed especially for meditation, relaxation and healing.