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Mindful : August 2019
CRAZE OR CRAZY APPS FOR CRAVINGS, FERTILITY, AND MORE HELP FOR “EVERYDAY ADDICTIONS” Coping with cravings is one of the stickiest aspects of fighting addiction, but a new suite of apps may help. Digital therapeutics company Mind- Sciences has launched three extensively researched and tested apps for habit change. Helping users understand and unhook from the brain’s harmful habit loops, the DrJud apps offer interventions for what neuroscientist (and mindfulness expert) Judson Brewer, the eponymous DrJud and founder of MindSciences, calls “everyday addictions”: anxiety, emotional eating, and smoking. ABORIGINAL MINDFULNESS Traditional women healers in South Australia par t- nered with developers from nonprofit Smiling Mind to produce an app that draws on both Aboriginal wisdom and Western psychology to bolster mental health in Indigenous communities. The app offers guided practices and songs in three local lan- guages: Kriol, Ngaanyatjarra, and Pitjantjatjara. MEDITATION FOR MOMS-TO-BE For yoga teacher—and now mom—Chrissy Carter, meditating helped her move through her grief after losing her first pregnancy. With understanding and compas- sion around fer tility strug- gles, Carter crafted Fer tility Meditations—hosted by the Meditation Studio app—to help others find peace on their unpredictable journeys to motherhood. CALM REACHES “UNICORN” STATUS Earlier this year, Calm was the first mindfulness app company to skyrocket to a $1 billion value, thereby becom- ing, in business-speak, a “unicorn.” (Hey, we’re not say- ing mindfulness is magic, but it sure is making waves.) JEDI MINDFUL TRICK If sparring like a Jedi Knight is your calling, well, there’s a school for that: Sabre Mas- ters, in Leicester- shire, UK. Instruc- tors start class with a mindfulness practice—though it’s less about using the Force and more about attention to safety. LASER FOCUS Flag Tag AZ, a laser tag center in Flagstaff, Arizona, recently hosted a meditation- and-laser-tag workshop. The battle included “meditation micro- hits” along with teacher-led mind- fulness sessions. IN THE TETRIS ZONE According to research, when worry creeps up on you, try playing Tet- ris: a study found the tile-matching game may help to ease anxiety. Par ticipants who played Tetris at regular speed— rather than pain- fully slow or fast games—reached a “flow” state, which allowed them to relax while waiting for test results. 14 mindful August 2019 top of mind