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Meditation Helper Pro

Meditation Helper Pro

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This is the professional version of Meditation Helper. Try out the free version first to see if you like it.

The professional version has all the features of the free version plus:

The ability to choose your own bell sound, or use any alert ringtone on your phone.
Better sitting log, including total meditation time and indication of chains.
Automatic backups so that you never lose any data.

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The first time Meditation Helper Pro runs it checks to see if it can import data from the free version. It is possible to run this import process manually from the settings menu, assuming you have the latest Meditation Helper free version installed.

You can also import data from the free version by manually backing it up, then restoring it from the settings menu on Meditation Helper Pro. Backing it up on the free version writes the data to a file. Restoring it on Meditation Helper Pro reads from the same file. This is a bit more awkward, and is the reason I wrote the auto-import functionality.

As ever, if you have any problems please email support@multiordinal.com.
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The app allows you to set a target for the length of time you want to meditate each day. It includes a widget that displays the number of consecutive days you have hit the target. It is thus useful not only as a timer, but also as a tool to help motivate you to meditate regularly.

The widget is my implementation of Jerry Seinfeld's productivity secret (http://lifehacker.com/281626/jerry-seinfelds-productivity-secret):

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"He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don't feel like it.

He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here's how it works.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

"Don't break the chain," he said again for emphasis."
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The chain in this case is the number of consecutive days that you have hit your meditation target. The widget displays both the current chain, and the longest ever chain. Having this on my home screen motivates me to meditate every day. Your mileage may vary.

The bell sound in the app is by Jan McLaughlin at http://janmclaughlin.tv/.

Tags: meditation helper.

Recently changed in this version

Fixed issue which meant end bell sometimes didn't ring if it clashed with an interval bell.


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Comments and ratings for Meditation Helper Pro
  • (78 stars)

    by Mary Alice Madaris on 05/06/2014

    I love it's simplicity and noninvasive nature (it doesn't tell you how to meditate)! I only wish other apps would include a daily chain feature like this one so I would remember to walk every day & not want to break the cycle! Bought the pro version to support the developer.

  • (78 stars)

    by Chris Gagné on 19/05/2014

    Simple and effective. I am up to nearly 60 days and don't want to break the chain. I supported the author by getting the pro version... You should too. :-)

  • (78 stars)

    by Matt Kalinowski on 18/05/2014

    This app does everything you want it to do and nothing you don't. The chains are extremely helpful for building a habit and the home-screen widget displaying your current and all-time longest chains for meditation practice have been the single most effective tool to form my habit. Thank you for such a great and useful app :-)

  • (78 stars)

    by James Stewart on 18/04/2014

    This is a great app and I use it on both my phone and my tablet. I have 1 wish and a suggestion for the app maker: Wish: Cloud syncing between devices. Sometimes I use my phone, sometimes I use my tablet. Wish they both kept the same log. Suggestions: Drop the Buddhist wheel icon and find another, more secular one. There are professionals doing good work to bring meditation practices like mindfu

  • (78 stars)

    by Parcs Holman on 30/03/2014

    Simple but with all the features I need. Great concept and well implemented. Thank you so much.

  • (78 stars)

    by Caspar Addyman on 29/03/2014

    An excellent app that is unobtrusive and has all the features I need. I particularly like the widget with the "don't break the chain" counter of consecutive days sitting.

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    by John Oleksowicz on 15/03/2014

    I would've paid for this even if it didn't have any more features than the free version. This is a wonderful meditation app. Thank you so much for all the thoughtful work you have put into it!