I Couldn’t Stay Present… So I Developed an App!

Elephant App

I’m not a rock star app developer…. Or even a guy who wants to build the next ‘unicorn’ business.  I’m just an ordinary bloke with an ordinary job who wanted to do the extra-ordinary – live my life in the present moment.

 

Sounds simple, huh?  But as anyone who’s interested in meditation and mindfulness will tell you, staying anchored in the ‘now’ is anything but…

 

Here’s how my typical day would unravel.  I get up nice and early, have a cuppa and meditate.  The house is silent, I’m hearing the birds outside, noticing the colour the sun casts over the clouds as it rises and I am so chilled I’m virtually zen-incarnate.  Inside my head my thoughts are few and far between.  This is the scene that plays out as I leave the house, make my way to the subway and even lingers as I walk towards the office.

 

But then it all goes horribly wrong.

 

No sooner have I stepped foot into the office, my mind is racing.  Emails, phone calls and colleagues are pulling my attention in 100 different directions.  My daily calendar reminder to meditate gets pushed out the way so that other, seemingly more important meetings can take its place.  Suddenly it’s 6.30pm and my lofty plans for a mindful, meditative day are lying in tatters, along with my sanity!  Sound familiar?  Thought so…

 

I undertook a survey recently to find out what the biggest reason people fail to keep their healthy habits is, and the majority of respondents (45%) said that modern life was the biggest factor in their failure.  From social media to emails to smartphones, our days are littered with distractions – and considering it takes anything from three weeks to nine months of regular practice to form a new habit, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that distractions + stress = failed healthy habits.

 

Something needs to change.

Elephant The Habit Reminder App

 

It was after one particularly distracted day in the office that I decided modern technology could offer a solution.  “Surely there must be an app that I can use with my phone or smartwatch that will simply nudge me to practice mindfulness throughout my day?” I thought.  Well, it turns out there wasn’t.  It’s such a simple and powerful way to boost presence-power that I was sure someone else would have built this app, but I found nothing.  Nada. Zip.  So I thought I’d have a go – I’ve got a mate whose cousin is a coder and could do it for cheap so why not?!

 

Elephant App (elephants never forget – get it?!) is a simple, easy-to-use app that lets you pick a healthy habit you want to achieve, choose how many times you want reminding to practice the habit, and during which times of the day, and sends you little vibrating reminders to practice your habit.  Simple right?  And the best bit – it really does work!

 

My favourite habit is to practice mindfulness, so as I walk around the office, I get an occasional vibrating alert sent straight to my watch that reminds me to, ‘Be present’.  I don’t have to open the app, or enter anything in – I simply get present and carry on with my day.  The more I practice, the more second nature it becomes and I can honestly say that my days are more mindful, productive and peaceful as a result.

 

Other people are using Elephant to remind them to drink more water during the day; others are remembering to sit up straight as they work, while others are using it to remember to practice gratitude.  If it’s a healthy habit that requires repetition and practice, then Elephant App can help.

 

So here’s my challenge to you: Choose a healthy new habit today that requires repetition and practice, and download Elephant App so you’ve got your own virtual helper on-hand to nudge you in the right direction throughout the day.  And then let me know how it works for you (you can email me via the app)!

 

Happy habit-setting, and here’s to a mindful and meditative year ahead!

 

 

BIOG:

Ricky Cooper is the creator of Elephant App – the habit reminder app.  You can find out more about Elephant App at:

www.elephantapp.com

www.facebook.com/elephantapp

@elephantapp

To download the app from iTunes, visit: http://apple.co/2kYqdOf

To download the app from Google Play, visit: http://bit.ly/2hH9qDD

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Meditation For Better Sleep

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Meditation For Better Sleep

 

One of the most accessible ways to come into the present moment, center yourself, and think about the bigger picture is through meditation. It can be quite challenging since it is hard to sit without fidgeting and focusing on doing literally nothing.

Meditation has some amazing effects even when practised for just a few minutes a day. The numerous health benefits of regular meditation include reducing your overall stress and lowering your heart rate. If you would like to explore meditation practice, you should consider the beginner-level meditations below.

Meditation For Better Sleep

It is important to find a comfortable, quiet place to settle down and sit still with your eyes closed. It can be either at home or at work. Then try experimenting with one or all of the five meditations below guaranteed to help you relax and sleep better.

 

  1. Counting

 

Start counting backwards from 100 and restart each time you lose track. You should not attach to forgetting your place; just start over and continue counting down. Don’t forget that there’s no right or wrong since it is all about meditation.

 

  1. Visualization

 

Concentrate on just one colour, place, face, etc. Let your mind clear and focus on just one image. A peaceful green field.  A partner’s face. A cookie. You get the drift. Take note of how this makes you feel.

 

  1. Mantra

 

Have a personal mantra like, “I am grateful for…” To paraphrase the Buddha: A word that brings peace is better than a thousand hollow words. Repeat your mantra silently and allow the mind to clear as you focus on just one phrase.

 

  1. Pranayama and Square Breathing

 

Practice pranayama or yoga breathing is also known as the “life force” everyone refers to a breath. Inhale then exhale using only the nostrils and cultivate your Ujjayi breath, which is a common Pranayama practice. Allow the air to drag over the back of the throat to create a low, ocean-like sound on your exhale and inhale. After getting warmed up, move on to square breathing: inhale for 4 counts, hold for 2 counts, and exhale for 4 counts. Repeat the cycle for 2 to 3 minutes.

 

  1. Alternate Nostril Breathing

 

Maintain your Ujjayi breath and then incorporate alternate nostril breathing into your Pranayama practice. Use your right finger to close your left nostril. Inhale for 4 counts using only the right nostril, hold for 2 counts while closing the right nostril using your thumb, and exhale for 4 counts through only the left nostril. Finally, repeat the cycle for 2 to 3 minutes.

 

It can be a great idea to incorporate several minutes of meditation to all your yoga classes. After the final exhale as others are gently blinking their eyes open and come back into the room, you should pause for a moment to notice their peaceful faces and smiles.

 

Meditation can really help with rest as can a new mattress, check out these mattress reviews to ensure you get the best possible sleep.

 

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