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July 28, 2020

The Mindfulness Role of “Voice”

Given that I’ve been blogging about voice assistants – including hearables & wearables – for some time over on, I would be remiss if I didn’t note the impact that voice has made in the mindfulness space. Here’s a collection of random thoughts:

– Mindfulness companies have made a big bet on voice, none bigger than Headspace (a meditation app with over 60 million users)
– There’s all sorts of free guided meditations available on Alexa and Google Assistant (this article talks about some of those)
– Personally, I like “Real Simple Relax” on Alexa for guided meditations.
– Don’t forget the role of wearables here. My good friend, Victor Dristas, notes that Apple Watch’s breathing app can provide reminders during the day to pause & breath intentionally.

It feels strange to talk about mindfulness in the same breathe as technology since our screens often are a barrier to being fully present – but technology can be used to our advantage for just about any purpose…