Riding with my son, mindful of the beauty all around us, mindful of this special moment with my boy who’s growing fast

The best mindfulness app for me

There’s certainly no shortage of apps for meditation, which are often branded “mindfulness” apps. However, mindfulness is very different to meditation. The beauty of mindfulness is that you can practice it anytime, anywhere, while doing anything.

I was looking for an app that taught me about mindfulness and helped me practice it every day. There really wasn’t anything like that, so I decided to create the app I wanted.

The paradox of mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a massive global phenomena. That’s awesome. Of all the things the world needs, mindfulness deserves to be top of the list.

Even though it’s sweeping the planet, most people struggle to understand what mindfulness is. In theory, it’s extremely simple: being aware.

In fact, it seems ridiculously simple. Being aware happens naturally and automatically, we don’t need to practice it, right?

It turns out, most of the time we’re shockingly unaware of what’s happening in the moment. When you stop and think about it, most the time our heads are filled with things that have happened in the past, or worries of the future. The thing we do least is: observe what’s happening right now and nothing else.

That’s mindfulness. Simple in theory, but the paradox is: it’s not as easy as it sounds. Being aware actually takes practice.

By comparison, and at the risk of oversimplifying, meditation is the practice of being still and being mindful for an extended period of time. The major difference, and the real beauty of mindfulness, is the ability to do it anytime, anywhere, while doing anything.

What’s so great about being mindful?

The vast majority of our stress and anxiety in life is caused by worrying about the future or getting upset about the past.

Living in the present moment, being aware and focused on what’s happening right now, is actually a more effective way of creating a better future while also letting go of the past. When we’re mindful we’re in the zone, we’re in harmony with life, we’re in a flow state.

Being mindful, doesn’t mean you should never think about the past or plan for the future. That’s neither realistic, nor desirable. We need to reflect and we need to plan. But we also need to be mindful, and that’s something we hardly ever do.

Great, but doesn’t an app defeat the purpose of mindfulness?

We use books to learn about mindfulness. We use journals to practice mindfulness. An app, done well, is basically just a book and a journal that you always have with you.

And that’s the basic concept behind the Serendipity app.

It’s a mindfulness journal that teaches you about mindfulness and helps you practice it every day.

I really wanted an app like that. But first I had to make it.