I use apps for my meditation. I love Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Day Meditation challenges, especially with the journal questions they provide each day. My favorite one of those (and I’ve tried almost all of them) is the Miraculous Relationships one. I love doing it every few months and seeing what I wrote in those journal entries four years ago.
I also use the Stop, Breathe & Think app, which is really fun because they “gamify” meditation and give you stickers the longer you meditate without missing a day. My top score is 74 days in a row. My favorite meditation is called “Lion Mind Meditation,” and a second favorite is the “Alternating Breaths” meditation where you press your right nostril down and breathe through your left nostril, then you let go and hold down your left nostril to breathe out though your right nostril. Then you breathe in through your right nostril, exhale through your left, and the whole process starts over again. It’s deceptively simple, and yet brings big rewards because the nature of it forces you to slow down, and having something to do with your hands and your breath really helps you stop thinking.
I also practice Byron Katie’s The Work which is a type of meditation that has helped every aspect of my life. I also like Carolyn Elliot’s meditations “Existential Kink” and “Deepest Fear Inventory”. They have a witchy (or straight up witch) vibe that can be very refreshing in a sea of holier-than-thou meditation practitioners. Currently I’m obsessed with School of Life Design’s mindfulness journal “Monthly Manifestation Manual” and combining that with the exercises I do in my book. School of Life Design is run by two lesbians in Cleveland and they are so darn charming and mindful.