Five Minute Zen

From pissed to blissed in no time flat

Welcome to Five Minute Zen. The mission is simple – to assist busy beings who may be preoccupied or overwhelmed while on their journey to balance, bliss and a healthy meal now and again. Whether you’re looking to reduce stress, alleviate sorrow, find balance or improve the quality of your life through self care, we’re here to assist. Come on in, relax and find tips, tricks, recipes and so much more.

So 'Appy Together

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Isn’t it time to let technology lift you up instead of drag you down? Without doubt, technology plays a major role in our busy lives today. Sometimes it connects us to the ones we love; sometimes it tears us away. It may be time you turned the tables and used technology to connect with yourself. Here are a few of the apps that have made my life better:

Gratitude Journal by Happy Tapper Lifestyle

This gratitude journal was my gateway drug to the great world of spiritual apps and I’m still just as enamored with it today as I was when I started using it a year or so. It’s super easy to use – tap the day and type. It numbers your entries for the day – I list at least three things I’m grateful for in my life that day. If you’re visual, you’ll love the option to add pictures. And to top it all off, you get to rate the day on a five star system and close your session with a poignant quote. If you don’t have it, I recommend you get it...now. Go ahead. I’ll wait. You can download it and use in less than five minutes. Nice!

GPS for the Soul by the Huffington Post

This app is great for those who want to meditate, but struggle with the actual implementation. It starts off by prompting you to monitor your emotional state by measuring your pulse with the built in sensor. It then assesses and leads you to your guided meditation choices with breathing pacers. With one, two and five minute guides, you’re good to go, even on a quick bathroom break or as you throw your exhausted self in bed at night. There’s also a social component if you’re looking to share or seeking support.

Stress Free by Deepak Chopra

This app features lovely graphics, poignant quotes and a step-by-step process to reduce stress while uncovering your passions and true calling.

Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra

If you want to take stretches or exercise to go, this is your very portable package with a practice area and beginner, intermediate and advanced guidance on balance, flexibility, strength and body awareness.

Audible by Audible

I always have an uplifting book ready to go for a road trip.

Of course, I believe the Happy Hours app has a place in my spiritual awareness line up as well an occasional game here and there (I’m a tad old school -  a lover of Scrabble).

Alright, it’s your turn. What’s your favorite Zen-inducing app?