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You don’t have to be stressed, tired, overworked, or overwhelmed. The Calm Mind breathing meditation app is an easy way to relax and re-energise your everyday life.


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The Calm Mind app encourages you to focus your attention on the present moment by counting your breaths. It is based on the core function of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practice of focusing the mind 100% on what is happening right now – in this very instant.(1)

 

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Changing numbers and an accompanying voice-over are timed to match your natural breathing pace. If at any time the session feels too fast or too slow, you simply recalibrate the rate until you are comfortable.

 

It takes approximately one minute to complete one session of counting from 1 to 9 and back to 1. It takes only a couple of minutes to complete the cycle of three sessions. Therefore, it will take on average seven minutes to complete your daily practice.

 

The sequence of changing images, harmonious music, and a relaxing voice help guide your attention to being fully absorbed in the meditation process. The more often you practise the easier it becomes and the sooner you will feel the benefits. What's more, you can use the app anywhere.

 

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What is mindfulness meditation?


When you sit quietly experiencing the moment – not thinking, but observing and feeling – you experience all that is happening now. This relaxes you on a deep level. You become calmer, happier, less stressed, less anxious, and less worried. This is the practice of mindfulness meditation.(2)

Much of the time we live in our thoughts. We don’t notice what is actually happening around us. We think about the past and the future, good things and bad things, happy things and sad things, but always thinking about things. This takes us away from being present with our selves.

In your head, out of your mind

The relentlessly fast-paced life that many of us face each day can lead to familiar complaints: “I'm finding it too hard to get everything done that I need to get done,” or just, “I can't cope.” How so?

Quite simply, too much thinking leads to conflicting stresses between the body and the mind. Excessive sensory input places too many pressures on the brain leading it to easily become overloaded and inefficient.(3) Without “time out” we often end up feeling exhausted. But that does not mean we should just “switch off.” Far from it.

Mindfulness meditation is not about “emptying your mind” or becoming vacuous. It is the complete opposite. It is about becoming more alert, clear-headed, and aware – but without the worries and anxieties.

Neural networks and mindfulness meditation

Science confirms that many parts of the brain can physically change over time. One feature of this neuroplasticity is the creation of new neural networks through the regular practise of particular mental activities. The brain can literally change itself through its own actions. And this is where mindfulness meditation comes into its own.(4) The more you practise the stronger your new neural networks and pathways will become. You will move from being anxious, worried, and sad to being calm, relaxed, and happy. Your appreciation of life will grow.(5)

21st century mind

Once upon a time we were encouraged to “turn on, tune in, drop out.” Mindfulness mediation goes in a different direction and much, much further. Its simple technique is older, wiser, suitable for all ages, and completely free.

Download the Calm Mind app now and discover how far you can go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How the App looks

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Calibrate breathe

 

How does the app work with the brain?

 

Settings

Breathing to your breath time.

Practice where you wish.

 

Reviews

A collection of reviews from our wonderful users!

  • Diana

    Simple and effective

    I was a little hesitant to begin with as to whether this would help me. After 2 weeks of practicing, I absolutley love the app and would recommend it to anyone wanting to calm their mind and become more mindful.

  • James

    Simple and effective

    After hearing about mindfulness and trying to find away to get started, I was recommended this app. It simple, effective and a great way to keep your mind focus and away from thoughts.

  • Anton

    Great!

    This is a really good app and would recommend it to any one wanting to be more mindful throughtout their day.

  • Mary

    Wow Simple and effective

    As the others have mentioned it reeally does help you become moreaware of your actions and thoughts. It helped me recognise my axioty rising and to deal with it in a control calm manner.

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Reference


(1) Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Kabat on June 5, 1944) is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of science. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, called Mindfulness-based stress reduction, is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Kabat-Zinn

(2) Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention on Psychological Well-being and Quality of Life: Is Increased Mindfulness Indeed the Mechanism? Ivan Nyklíček, PhD, and Karlijn F Kuijpers, MA

Results: Repeated measures multiple analysis of variance (MANCOVAs) showed that, compared with the control group, the intervention resulted in significantly stronger reductions of perceived stress and vital exhaustion and stronger elevations of positive affect quality of life as well as mindfulness the group effects on perceived stress and quality of life were reduced to nonsignificance.

Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine, June 2008, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 331-340

(3) Imaging Brain Fatigue from Sustained Mental Workload: An ASL Perfusion Study of the Time-On-Task Effect. Julian Lim, Wen-chau Wu, Jiongjiong Wang, John A Detre, David F Dinges, and Hengyi Rao

Abstract: During sustained periods of a taxing cognitive workload, humans typically display time-on-task (TOT) effects, in which performance gets steadily worse over the period of task engagement. Arterial spin labeling (ASL) perfusion functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used in this study to investigate the neural correlates of TOT effects in a group of 15 subjects as they performed a 20-minute continuous psychomotor vigilance test (PVT). Subjects displayed significant TOT effects, as seen in progressively slower reaction times and significantly increased mental fatigue ratings after the task. Perfusion data showed that the PVT activates a right lateralized fronto-parietal attentional network in addition to the basal ganglia and sensorimotor cortices. The fronto-parietal network was less active during post-task rest compared to pre-task rest, and regional CBF decrease in this network correlated with performance decline. These results demonstrate the persistent effects of cognitive fatigue in the fronto-parietal network after a period of heavy mental work and indicate the critical role of this attentional network in mediating TOT effects. Furthermore, resting regional CBF in the thalamus and right middle frontal gyrus prior to task onset was predictive of subjects' subsequent performance decline, suggesting that resting CBF quantified by ASL perfusion fMRI may be a useful indicator of performance potential and a marker of the level of fatigue in the neural attentional system.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.n Calm Mind ih.gov/pubmed/19925871

(4) Impact of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training on intrinsic brain connectivity. Kilpatrick LA, Suyenobu BY, Smith SR, Bueller JA, Goodman T, Creswell JD, Tillisch K, Mayer EA, Naliboff BD

Abstract: The beneficial effects of mindful awareness and mindfulness meditation training on physical and psychological health are thought to be mediated in part through changes in underlying brain processes. Functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI) allows identification of functional networks in the brain. It has been used to examine state-dependent activity and is well suited for studying states such as meditation. We applied fcMRI to determine if Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training is effective in altering intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs). Healthy women were randomly assigned to participate in an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training course or an 8-week waiting period. After 8 weeks, fMRI data (1.5T) was acquired while subjects rested with eyes closed, with the instruction to pay attention to the sounds of the scanner environment. Group independent component analysis was performed to investigate training-related changes in functional connectivity. Significant MBSR-related differences in functional connectivity were found mainly in auditory/salience and medial visual networks. Relative to findings in the control group, MBSR subjects showed (1) increased functional connectivity within auditory and visual networks, (2) increased functional connectivity between auditory cortex and areas associated with attentional and self-referential processes, (3) stronger anticorrelation between auditory and visual cortex, and (4) stronger anticorrelation between visual cortex and areas associated with attentional and selfreferential processes. These findings suggest that 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation training alters intrinsic functional connectivity in ways that may reflect a more consistent attentional focus, enhanced sensory processing, and reflective awareness of sensory experience.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21334442

(5) A simple scientific view divides the brain into three main areas:

Reptilian brain – concerned with survival and reproduction
Limbic system – concerned with memory and emotions
Prefrontal cortex – concerned with thinking and planning

The mindfulness counting app trains your mind to focus on your breath for short periods of time. During these sessions you cannot think about anything in the past or future. This is because your conscious mind can only focus on one thing at a time. When you focus on your breath, you relax and regulate the brain functions of the prefrontal cortex that connect with two parts of the limbic system: the hippocampus and the amygdala. The hippocampus deals with long-term memory, and the amygdala deals with emotions – including fear, stress, and anxiety.

Long-term memory can easily fuel emotions that are not appropriate to what is actually happening in the outside world. Because the mind often searches the past to explain present situations, the limbic system can instantly switch on feelings of fear where there is no need to be fearful; or feelings of anxiety when there is no need to be anxious. Mindfulness meditation switches off inappropriate negative feelings by bringing your mind to the present moment – to what is actually happening in the real world, right now.

 

 

 

 

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