Evolving Mobile Meditation

Before we launched Anamaya last year, we recognised that existing meditation apps had some serious flaws; with our first release, we went a long way toward remedying them.

Since then, we have learned that people using meditation apps are now looking for so much more. They have grown more sophisticated, more knowledgeable. The old app offerings, which largely introduced the basics of meditation for relaxation or other temporary benefits, were no longer sufficient. Guided by feedback from our community, we have evolved the concept of what a mobile meditation app can be.

We knew that we could offer what the community was requesting and, with our experience at the Anamaya clinic in London, that we could do it properly. The first step was to assemble a group of suitable experts to offer a series of sessions in Anamaya’s new self-development modules.

This was no simple task.

We formed a small group within Anamaya to define the parameters and areas we should cover. We eventually decided on an initial suite of modules that would not only cover problems, not only address the negative, but that would also promote the positive. We wanted to speak to not only the anguish of loss, but the joy of accomplishment and fulfilment.

And we decided that there were areas that do not usually fall within self-development materials, but were very important: there is so much misinformation about diet, we felt the need to set the record straight with sound, scientific nutrition advice. And we also wanted to address that sleeping giant that so many ignore and then fall prey to — addiction.

And then, we set about the task of finding suitable contributors. The therapies we provide at the Anamaya Centre in London provided an immediate pool of experts — Veronica and Suncica joined to offer two together; Julia was enthusiastic about Self-Acceptance; Lynda jumped in with joy — for myself, I was delighted to be in such company. But we wanted a more global perspective, we searched all over: from Cape Town to London, from Sydney to Kathmandu.

Introducing our Experts

We knew of Jim O'Connor, a highly qualified Clinical Psychotherapist in Sydney, whose wonderfully practical approach has earned him a burgeoning training practice amongst international banking and finance sector there. Jim and I spoke, and then we met in Sydney’s botanical gardens, in the shadow of the Opera House, and we chatted about his contributing a module.

We approached Lizzy Hawker, of London, Switzerland and Kathmandu — a true citizen of the world. I had worked with Lizzy before — aside from her stunning achievements in ultra-running, I have always been taken with her extraordinary powers of concentration. I had read the galley proofs of her new book Runner, and I knew that Lizzy would produce a wonderfully motivating module.

Unashamedly, we signed up my sister, a journalist who 20 years ago could not run around the block, and who is now known as the ‘Doyenne of Southern African Trail Running.’ Literally fresh from setting a new record on an extraordinary 64-hour run at an altitude of 3,000 meters (9,842 feet), she agreed to contribute. Like Lizzy, Linda knows about ‘getting it done’. Neither Lizzy nor Linda talk about running; they talk about life.

Robin Lefever is the Head of Treatments and CEO of Promis, a prestigious rehab centre operating in London and rural Kent, England. Promis and Anamaya are mutual points of referral for clients — in fact, the Anamaya app is prescribed as part of the in-house treatment at Promis Clinics. A long discussion with Robin about parameters laid the groundwork for his module on Addiction.

The team was assembled. We can’t wait for you to meet them.