As we recently shared with you, physicians and cardiologists have begun recommending that mind-quieting, body-calming practice known as meditation. Kudos. It’s a refreshing shift from reach-first-for-the-prescription-pad medicine. But, where does a Buddha newbie-slash-wannabe whose doctor has suggested two daily meditations, each lasting anywhere from five to 20 minutes each, begin? Glad you asked. Simply download app, pop in earbuds and–presto!–instant omnification. No matter your clatter–screeching subway to blaring household television–you can insta-meditate anytime, anywhere.

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Consider this meditation app a guru in your pocket. Actually it’s more like a swarm of gurus, take your pick. With it,  easily search, find and play thousands of inspirational sounds, guided meditations, even motivational speeches geared to support your relaxation, sleeping and napping endeavors. You can also cue so-called “personal growth tracks” from the spiritually-hip Gabby Bernstein to  mind-programming Goddess Laura Silva. What’s cool? Add beats and vocals to the mix and create your own meditation soundtrack. Rock the om, Babies.

App in a nutshell: Tap into a lush meditation library and cue your reason for being. *Free (includes eight tracks); pay extra for additional tracks

It’s for you if…You want to get an idea of what’s available in terms of types of meditations, themes, and movers-and-shakers in the modern spiritualists realm

Tech: iOS 5 or later

 Apple Rating: 4+

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Calm

Reduce stress. Up the calm factor. No cash required. Yes, we thought you may like to sign up for that. The app, a.k.a. your new invisible Buddha, guides you through a meditation (or relaxation exercise) lasting the length of time of your choice — two, 10 or 20 minutes. What’s fun? The choose-your-own inspiration step allows you to combine a nature’s-own soundtrack — enter chirping crickets and placid drizzling rain–along with soothing video of wow-moment scenes — you know, sunsets and other standard inspiration fare. In a word, we like-y. Just be mindful not to fall asleep-y.

App in a nutshell: Say hello to your new personal Buddha, kinda like a personal trainer, only way cooler *Free

It’s for you if…You like being guided through meditation and relaxation exercises with the added perks of selecting your bells-and-whistles, literally

Tech: iOS 5 or later

Apple Rating: 4+

Calm

Could apps help You stick with meditation?