Following on from the previous post, about some of the more-or-less spiritual things I’ve found that help me induce pleasant states of mind (states previous associated with religious phenomena)…
I put together a simple iPhone app. Called Calmer, with the help of my wife.
It is vaguely game like, but isn’t a game. It was designed in the midst of our family crisis, to help calm down. To take stock, to slow, to focus and to distract the mind from spinning wheels of worry.
To use the app, you trace shapes with your finger, slowly. When you complete a shape, the app will describe a little more about what you’re doing, building into a set of interesting things to think about. There is enough challenge to engage your brain, but not so much it becomes a puzzle to worry about.
As you make the shape, the app uses one of my blended white noise mixes to mask language production and calm you down.
I know I designed it exactly for my very personal preferences, but I do find myself ‘playing’ with it quite regularly.
If you have an iPhone, and want to give it a whirl, let me know what you think.