Can Technology Help (or Hurt) Your Meditation Practice?

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There are thousands of high-tech devices and apps flooding the meditation market today. From immersive tech isolation pods to apps that help focus your mind, an estimated $1.2 billion business has amassed to support consumers who aspire to live a more mindful life.

According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 18 million people had some form of meditation practice in 2012, and that number has more than tripled in the six years since.

Whether in major corporations, retreat centers or local libraries, many are promoting mindfulness and meditation as ways to discover life goals, set intentions and live in the moment.

Some are suggesting the aid of technology in this pursuit. But is it all snake oil? Or, can you actually use tech to find your Zen?

I spoke to Steven Leonard, a meditation leader at the famed Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusettes to find out.

Read more of my story over at Forbes, here.

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Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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