The best app for trying different types of meditation – Insight Timer

I tried the gamut of meditation apps, and as a beginner my favorites were Headspace and Calm for their easy to digest introduction to mindfulness meditation. Through both apps' introductory content I was able to sustain a meditation habit for about 20 consecutive days on each one. I was able to see a positive difference. Calm $12.99/month; $4.99/mo for annual subscription of $59.88; or $299 lifetimeHeadspace $12.99/month; $7.99/mo for annual subscription of $95.88; or $399 lifetimeInsight Timer $5/month paid annually Both apps are highly rated and popular, but soon their linear approach, limited offerings and voice acting got boring, and that’s when I found Insight Timer. (I am not affiliated in any way to this app except as a user). … [Read more...]

Book Review: Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success

I'm fortunate for my background where good enough is simply not enough, and to constantly aim high. Working in foreign aid and development has opened my eyes to poverty and the reasons behind it, perpetuating it, situations that unintentionally(?) encourage it. When most peoples' realities means that the basic aim of survival is aiming high, it's difficult to keep occasional bouts of disillusionment and apathy at bay. To keep upbeat, I seek out the occasional motivational book from the meager selections of used bookstores in Phnom Penh.While the motivational messages (e.g. productivity, financing/ investing, self-help) tend to be regurgitated and re-packaged by points of view in different books, the nuggets of advice are useful reading for … [Read more...]