In my kids’ doctor’s office, they have one section of the waiting room that has relaxing music, peaceful images on a flat panel TV, filtered air, and a small waterfall. Depending on my day to that point, I find the area either relaxing or snoozy. That is one element of ‘The Peace App’, and it’s for a good cause.
Type of app: Simulation game
Platform/where to buy: iPad; available in the iTunes App Store
Developer: Minerva Endeavors, inc
The Island: Castaway 2 has loads of content, including:
– A huge, colorful island to explore
– Over 300 intriguing quests to complete
– 16 original and engaging characters
– 28 rarities to collect for Professor Langst
– 11 unique recipes to master
– Dozens of vegetables, herbs and fruits to grow
– Fascinating storyline and stunning artwork
I have always said that one thing I love about running in the early morning is the peacefulness and introspection it offers. Only the natural sounds and smells and creatures out and about with me, allowing me to focus on my run and clearing my head.
It was that reason that made me love The Peace App. This week I was working furiously to complete the report for one experiment so we could start the follow-up, and I took my iPad and put it into ‘intentional thought’ mode on the Peace app, with nature sounds and scenes. That helped me relax and focus in a way that piping music into my headphones wouldn’t allow.
To get started, you choose the Activities tab, then your Method, Sound, Time and Imagery and Start. Methods include Yoga, Meditation, Intentional Thought, Prayer, and Movement. Each one has sounds and imagery matched to it, but you can mix and match as you wish. Simple. There is enough variety to allow you to not get bored, but not so much that it is overwhelming.
Beyond your own relaxation, you get to share this with the world. The Community tab expands your peaceful intentions with a global network of users, allowing you to communicate and share, creating virtual meet-ups and discussions. You can also share things and bring in friends to enjoy the app.
The developers (http://www.thepeaceapp.com/about.php) are giving back to the community as well – they are donating 10% of the sales to non-profits that teach mindfulness, yoga, and meditation to vets with PTSD and soon to be released prisoners, helping to reduce conflict and bring the peace efforts full circle. They started with the Give Back Yoga Foundation.
Ease of use/Overall performance: The Peace app doesn’t spoil things by being tricky or difficult. The app is laid out simply with large, clearly labeled buttons to help you navigate. Choosing your setup is easy, as is joining the community and discovering friends.
Would use again/recommend?: Definitely! As I said I found it highly relaxing and centering during a stressful moment. And the ability to share with others and give back makes this an app you can buy and feel good about.
Suggested changes/wish list for updates: Nothing
Source: Publisher provided review code