Some companies try to use a meditation mobile app to solve the problems of stress. While mobile apps can help, they are no substitute for a skilled teacher who can customize the practice, provide feedback, help with personal reflection and a group context for people to cultivate the skill of mindfulness and interact with other people. Moreover, apps focus on meditation, while a skilled teacher will show how mindfulness is used in daily life. Mobile apps don’t personalize the practice and only promise engagement, where engagement is what we do. Finally, apps do not answer the hundreds of questions people normally have about mindfulness and meditation.
Mobile apps are best used as a supplement to a live class, which is the way we use mobiles apps in our teaching.
The business models of meditation mobile apps count success when people are hooked and dependent on the app. Our business model counts success when people are free of the app.