Of all the apps we’ve put out so far, Ear Spy is the most popular–but Dive Into Silence is my favourite.
I’ve been meditating for a few years. I love doing it. In this busy life, it’s so hard to justify setting aside time to sit in silence. But this may be the most important time of the entire day. When I don’t meditate for a few weeks, I can feel it. I get easily stressed and unhappy, so I try to keep it up.
When I started to meditate, I read everything on the subject. I read about mantras and focusing on breathing (the two main methods of meditating). I sat in silence trying to quiet the little voice. I would worry about whether I did it right. There seemed to be so many rules. Some said to use a timer, others said to use your internal clock. Some listen to music, some insist on silence. In the end, I realised that meditation is entirely personal. Only you can determine if it is working. And “working” is a relative term.
There are many meditation timers on the Android market, so I hesitated to create one. But, I was not happy with many that exist. First, they all look so ugly. If I’m taking the hard-fought-for time for myself, why would I want to click open an ugly app? Second, they are all steeped in the mysticism of meditation–with images of buddha or Tibettan bowls or lotus flowers. I just want a peaceful timer.
When we created Dive Into Silence I asked our developer, Ketan, to include a white noise background. I prefer to meditate in silence, but sometimes that is not possible. In very noisy situations, it helps to have a continuous white noise in your headphones to drown out the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Ketan released Dive Into Silence last week. I love it.
A few days ago, we added a new feature to the pro version. In addition to a white noise background, you also have the option of selecting your own mp3 track to play. So, you can listen to whatever helps you slip away (be it Vivaldi, running water sounds, or Guns N’ Roses–to each his own) and the track will replay for the exact length of your meditation. I’ve tried it out and, although I was reluctant to include it at first, find it to be a wonderful feature.
If you meditate, or want to start, take a look at Dive Into Silence. The app is very simple, but I think it is beautiful.