First Look at Buddhify
I read on, I think, LifeHacker about a new app called Buddhify and since the price was right, about $2.99 I decided to buy it and give it a go. I’ve meditated in the past, here and there in little bursts and have had a surprisingly easy way of letting go. I have to admit that I haven’t done it in a very long time and like any machine that goes too long on one path, eventually I feel all hot and dry. It’s not the pleasant meaning of hot, but a more parched and wearing-down kind of hot. So this morning I was listening to A Way With Words podcast mostly because it was in my Podcaster playlist. I paused the program and after finishing a portion of my regular morning tasks here at work I decided to open up Buddhify and give it a whirl.
I used the first program which for me was a clairity meditation that concentrated on hearing. The program is lead either with a male voice or a female voice, that is a feature I really do appreciate. Whenever I can have the option, I prefer the male voice, what a surprise. The app is written by and produced by a company in Britain so the accent follows along. I find it easy and comforting, it’s different enough to be novel and keep my attention but not jarring enough to shake me out of my meditation. I chose my first one from the home set, which you can do if you are sitting somewhere with your eyes closed. This is something that I can do relatively easily at work, as long as it doesn’t last too long and people get the wrong idea that somehow I’m napping on the job, which I am not. During the meditation I found it very easy to follow along and about three-quarters of the way through this short program I actually felt my consciousness change. It felt a fair bit like physically falling, but my body hadn’t changed state at all. Really the best way I can relate it in words was that I slipped into a really relaxed and comfortable state. It’s very much like the quietness that overcomes me in the ledge right before and right after sleep comes over me. There is this area, where I can be fully awake and aware and control myself but the “agitated mind” hasn’t woken up yet. I don’t form plans, worry, or dwell on thoughts in this state and I value that feeling. This of course would make everyone who enjoys meditation smile as I am sure they understand perfectly what I am trying to describe.
As I continue using Buddhify, which I wholly intend to do I will keep on writing down my experiences and blogging about them. If you have an iOS device, I really recommend that you plunk down the cash and buy this program. It actually does something you don’t expect and that novelty should be treasured. That you can get it for so little a price is very surprising. So far I’d rate Buddhify a 5 out of 5.