Introducing Awaken, a Totally New Kind of Meditation App

Awaken: A Totally New Kind of Meditation App

A meditation app that brings mindfulness practice that more completely into the moments of our lives: the fire and chaos, the peace and tranquility, and everything in between.

Brooklyn, NY: Guided by a who’s who of meditation teachers on the forefront of Buddhism and social change – Greg Snyder (co-founder and head teacher of the Brooklyn Zen Center), Rev. angel Kyodo williams, and Lama Rod Owens (co-authors of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation), the book that has taken the Buddhist world and Black Lives Matter movement by storm) – Awaken Meditation has launched a prototype of an iPhone app, available for download on the iOS store. The company, started by entrepreneur Ravi Mishra and artist Susan Stainman (both meditation teachers as well), is in the midst of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, offering discounted memberships to raise funds for a fully featured app for both iOS and Android.

In a time when politics is at a fevered pitch and anger is rampant, Awaken offers a surprising form of resistance: Meditation, explains Ravi Mishra. Not meditation in the way pop culture has appropriated it – as a form of escapism and stress relief – but actual mindfulness practice that brings us more completely into the moments of our lives: the fire and chaos, the peace and tranquility, and everything in between.

Awaken teaches meditation through a series of audio-guided practices, which draw from classic mindfulness philosophy and focus on contemplating real life: Work, relationships, habits, and especially culture and politics – with a focus on unearthing our inner wisdom and applying it to our lives. The app features a social media approach to mindfulness practice, ending each session with a journal prompt and a newsfeed of responses. Recent meditations have examined the following, just to name a few:


  • Gender roles and unconscious bias
  • Relationships in the context of impermanence
  • Habit formation

There are a lot of meditation apps out there – and none of them are talking about culture and politics, about undoing racism and sexism, and about the impact that all these systems have on our minds and hearts. “Awaken offers a method of meditation…

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