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What are meditation apps?

Meditation apps deliver meditations to your smart phone. This review will look at two powerful apps, the Cups of Consciousness app and the Headspace app.

How these meditation apps work?

Cups of Consciousness

The Cups of Consciousness meditation app is free and is downloadable from iTunes and Google Play. To use the app, you must purchase a subscription to the Cups of Consciousness. The subscriptions includes daily mediations delivered to the app. It also includes access to Aleya’s Tall Cups of Consciousness, a live webinar held every three weeks for an hour of deep meditations and protocols.

Every week day, Aleya records and uploads a new meditation. You may access the meditation through the app or simply open the file that is emailed to you.


The Headspace app offers a free two week trial, then requires a subscription. The subscription gives you access to the Headspace library of meditations. Unlike the Cups of Consciousness, you have to choose which meditation you wish to listen to. The library of meditations is quite broad and diverse.

Who is behind each of these meditation apps?

Cups of Consciousness

meditation appAleya Dao is a sound healer, spiritual teacher, and a doctor of oriental medicine. In 2001, she had an awakening experience that showed her the nature of the Universe. In 2009, she began recording the Cups of Consciousness daily mediations. Today, there are over 2,000 mediations in her online library.

Aleya has written 1 book, published by New World Library, and has produced 9 sound healing CDs, distributed by Sounds True.

She records and produces her meditations, her Tall Cups of Consciousness webinars, and maintains a private practice. She and her husband make their home on 10 acres in the central Sierra Nevada foothills south of Yosemite National Park.




meditation appAndy Puddicombe is a meditation and mindfulness expert. In his early twenties, midway through a university degree in Sports Science, Andy decided to travel to the Himalayas to study meditation. It was the beginning of a ten year journey which took him around the world. Eventually, Andy was ordained as as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Northern India.

His transition back to lay life in 2004 culminated in a degree in Circus Arts. Today, he is the voice of Headspace.

Andy is a sought-after speaker and the author of 2 books.

He lives in Venice, California with his wife and son.




What is the main difference between these meditation apps?

Cups of Consciousness

The Cups of Consciousness meditations balance and stabilize your energy fields. This produces immediate calm and serenity. Over time, you become more grounded, centered, and empowered.

Aleya uses energy protocols and sound healing in her meditations. You do not have know mantras or sit in silence. In fact, most subscribers listen to the daily Cups of Consciousness while preparing for their day. Whether in the bathroom or having a first cup of tea or coffee, the Cups of Consciousness meditations require no special effort.

The average meditation is 7-10 minutes long.

In addition, Aleya’s Tall Cups of Consciousness is a live hour-long video session of balancing and stabilizing your energy fields. The Tall Cups occur once every three weeks and are included in the subscription.



The Headspace meditations are traditional vispassna or mindfulness meditations. There are meditations for every imaginable situation and condition.

Traditional meditation requires that you sit in a quiet place and focus on your inner world. You learn over time to release attachment to superficial thoughts. You learn to observe yourself from a “meta” place above you.

The advantage Headspace provides is access to a large library of different traditional meditations from which you can choose. And, you do not have to sit in some special pose. These are modern meditations created for busy, modern people.

Headspace offers meditations as short as 10 minutes in length. Most mediations are longer.

Are these apps effective?

Cups of Consciousness

The Cups of Consciousness meditations are effective for people who are empathically or energetically sensitive. They are effective for people who are attuned to new age spirituality. They are effective in clearing what used to be called psychological blocks and triggers. The Cups of Consciousness meditations work for people who want more energetic grounding, want a deeper connection to their divine line, and who are interested in spiritual practice.


The Headspace meditations are effective for finding inner calm and peace. As a result, the Headspace meditations work at a more cognitive, mental level, rather than an energetic level. They are universally effective for anyone desiring greater mental focus and a relaxed frame of reference.

What are the benefits of these apps?

Cups of Consciousness

The Cups of Consciousness meditation app  teaches you how to link into your divine line, clear away energetic aspects that do not belong to you, call in the power of your Guides, and make requests of the higher realms. You experience profound safety and calmness inside yourself. You experience old emotional triggers releasing. You feel a divine connection to your Higher Self.


The Headspace meditation app teaches you how to calm your monkey mind. That’s the constant chattering that goes on inside your head. As you learn to quiet the monkeys, you experience life from a place of calm equanimity.

Which is best for you?

Use the Cups of Consciousness meditation app if you are on a spiritual path, you want deal with your empathic or energetic sensitivity, and you want to connect with your divine self.

Use Headspace if you want to master your thoughts, remain calm, and stay focused in your mental clarity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row]