After years of restless monkey mind attempts, I’ve finally cemented a daily meditation habit I wouldn’t want to live without. I owe it all to the free Insight Timer Meditation app.
I wrote about my trial of several meditation apps here. Insight Timer meditations quickly won me over and my app stats show that in the past 12 months I’ve done 412 meditation sessions! I’m kind of a stats geek and not wanting the counter to return to zero is what initially motivated me to keep going. Now I do it because I love the new voice in my head that helps me to be a nicer person to myself and others.
I love to wake up in the morning to ‘beditate’ without even getting out from under the cozy covers.
The best thing about Insight Timer meditations are the vast choice of guided recordings of varying lengths and themes. Rather than one voice – there are males and females in many accents and styles, with or without background music. It’s like reading a few pages from an inspiring personal growth book every single day and becoming a better version of me with each short session. I’m doing a lot less future tripping and past looping as I learn to live more in the present moment.
There’s also a unique sense of community. When you complete a meditation it shows you a map of how many other people were meditating with you all over the world. That number keeps increasing as more people are discovering the app.
I’ve started a Project Me for Busy Mothers group within the app where we share our favourite meditations – there are hundreds of us there now. Come and join in by going to ‘Groups’ then searching for Project Me for Busy Mothers.
Here’s my compiled list of specific meditations that target the emotions we often feel as mothers. Anger, frustration, self-doubt, anxiety, low moods. I’ve also included some wonderful guided visualisations to help you to manifest your dreams and goals.
It was super challenging to narrow it down to 10, but doing the research (or shall I say me-search!) was fun. I do love my ‘job’. Here are the ones that have made the final cut and the reasons why I love them.
My Top 10 Insight Timer Meditations for Busy Mothers
Five Minutes of Self-Compassion by Lisa Abramson. (Which is actually only 4 mins, 15 seconds) If you’re beating yourself up about something like shouting at your child or not handling a situation well, this meditation reminds you that everyone finds it tough some days and to forgive yourself. Simple affirmations give you a positive pep talk so you can re-group and start again. Lock yourself in the bathroom for 4 short minutes. It’ll save a bad moment from spiraling into a bad day.
Morning Meditation by Bethany Auriel-Hagen (6 mins) When I can barely lift my head off of the pillow, I press play on this one. Stretching and breathing for a few short minutes infuses me with positive energy which I then pour onto my kids. No more mean mama at breakfast! If you’re still twiddling on social media on your phone in the mornings – stop that right now and tap the Insight Timer app instead. It’s a much better way to kick-start your day.
Just for Today by Tom Evans (10 mins) A perfect one for beginners. How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of it. Sit or lie down, breathe and soak in Tom’s simple guidance about gratitude, random acts of kindness, and letting go. I used Tom’s meditation Getting In The Zone a lot as I was writing my book to get me into a super focused state of mind. He’s the only man to have joined our Project Me group in the app! We all love his meditations.
SOS for Anxiety by Mary Maddux. (12 mins) This quickly took my stress and anxiety levels from sky-high to neutral. I did it just before my husband got home from work and it single handedly saved our Friday night – and possibly our entire weekend. Mary has 17 meditations in this app on topics ranging from anger, stress, patience, loneliness, and sleep meditations for adults and children.
Releasing Frustration by David Gandleman (14 mins) is perfect if you’re in an energy draining situation, such as feeling angry with your child, partner, boss, or frustrated about something not going the way you want it to. David has a light-hearted, charming approach to his guided meditations that’ll make you smile. He teaches us how to understand ourselves better so we can learn, grow and fully let go. I love David’s many recordings, including I Can’t Sleep Meditation and Getting Up On The Wrong Side of The Bed.
Soul Gardening: Begin to Cultivate a Life You Love (12 mins) This one is in complete alignment with what I teach in my online goal setting program. Think of a goal or dream you’d love to come true. Start with ‘I AM’, write down your goal in the present tense as if it’s already your reality, really FEEL how it will be, create a vision board of pictures that support your goal. Use a notebook immediately following this meditation to capture your thoughts. I love it!
Positive Outcomes Meditation (15 mins) What is it that you want? Does it feel confusing and out of reach – or are you excited about it? This meditation encourages you to explore one positive outcome you desire and to fully visualise it coming to life. You’ll experience what it will feel like if it worked out just the way you want it to. I’m a big believer in the power of visualisation and this meditation takes you by the hand and makes it easy for you to do. Have a notebook handy to capture the ideas that will flow to you afterwards about what steps you can take to have that beautiful outcome you desire.
Discovering Your Intrinsic Self by Sarah Blondin (12 mins). All of Sarah’s meditations are like having a gorgeous poem read out loud to yourself by your own higher soul. Simply close your eyes and absorb the truth in her words. This one especially speaks to those who’re feeling deeply low as she inspires you to practice gentle kindness to yourself. Explore all of Sarah’s beautiful offerings as at least one of them will speak to you personally. Our Soul’s Expansion is for anyone going through a tough time. It’s incredibly soothing and hopeful.
The True Nature of Awareness by Eckhart Tolle. (12 mins) As a fan of Eckhart and his books, his quirkiness puts a silly smile on my face. This meditation has the ability to put me into a state of present state awareness incredibly fast. There is no background music and plenty of moments of silence – all of which could be an invitation for my monkey mind to kick to into gear, yet I’m hypnotized within the first minute. I love how playfully gentle my thoughts are afterwards.
Midday “All Is Well” Meditation by Angela Kontgen (5 mins) This will help you hit the re-set button if you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed as the day progresses. I did this one in the car outside of school to get me back into a loving, connected state when I collected my kids in the afternoon. She knows how to breathe you back down into calmness. Breathing is always the solution. There’s another called Quickie Reset by Bex Urban to restore calm and peace in five minutes.
Check out the playlist of meditations for mothers, including for during pregnancy and breastfeeding. I’ve even spotted one for morning sickness and another for headaches! Metta for Moms by Renee Bond (9 mins) is a sweet mama ‘time-out’ for making space in our hearts for our children and ourselves. Either sitting or lying down, repeat these gentle affirmations to yourself. Embrace your challenges alongside your joys.
There are plenty of Insight Timer meditations specifically for children and teenagers too. A child who grows up with a mother who meditates with and without them would understand it as a way of life. What an amazing gift for both of you.
How to find and use the app:
- Go to wherever you download any app on your smartphone. Search for Insight Timer Meditations and download. It’s FREE and always will be.
- Set up your profile (keep it simple in the beginning so this doesn’t hold you up.)
- Join the Project Me for Busy Mothers group and say hi! I’ll love to see you there.
How can you remember to use the app when it’s not a habit yet? TOP TIP: Park the app on the homepage of your smartphone. Move your social media apps to the second page. Resist the temptation to go into autopilot and get caught up in a mindless time suck. Use the stats in Insight Timer and set yourself a consecutive-days goal!
Pssst… Ever have those days you wish you could fly off to a yoga retreat to get away from it all? Well now you can! Check out details of the upcoming 4-night Project Me Retreat for mothers!
Please use the social media share buttons here to spread the word about Insight Timer. In the comments below, let us know if you’ve got a meditation habit already and how it’s benefiting you. If you’re not meditating yet, share your thoughts and let me know if you have any questions. Peace & love to you, busy mamas. Kelly xx
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