It seems that we have now reached a level of familiarity and acceptance about mindfulness that the conversations have shifted from whether it’s helpful to practice mindfulness to how people are practicing mindfulness. And using a meditation app has become a very common practice.
Here are some good reasons to use a mindfulness app:
What can be gained from an in-person or live virtual mindfulness group that is not available to us when using an app?
Results of a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology conclude that the therapeutic effect of teachers, other participants and the social environment of the class may have a larger influence on outcomes than the amount of meditation practice.
As a trained MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) instructor, I highly value the group process that emerges during the 8-week program. Similar benefits arise during other structured mindfulness programs led by an instructor.
Here are some benefits from a group setting led by an experienced instructor: