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"GPS for the Soul": Do We Need a Mobile Roadmap?

Yesterday, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post announced a new mobile health application, projected to launch this June:


I'm delighted to announce that HuffPost, along with a great team of partners, is at work on an app we call "GPS for the Soul," projected to launch in June. The philosophy behind it is based on two truths about human beings. First, that we all have within us a centered place of wisdom, harmony, and balance. This truth is embraced by a vast range of the world's religions ("The Kingdom of Heaven is within") and philosophies. And whether or not we believe in the existence of the soul, we've all experienced times in which we're fully connected with ourselves. "Give me a place to stand and I will move the world," said the Greek mathematician Archimedes. It's a great way of saying that when we come from that centered place within ourselves, nothing is impossible. The second truth is that we're all going to veer away from that place, again and again and again. That's the nature of life. In fact, we may be off-course more often than we are on-course.


Huffington goes on to emphasize that a major contributor to being off-course is the 24/7 nature of the Internet. Yes, the Internet makes it easy to get information, but maybe it’s become too easy. Yes, mobile email makes it convenient to stay connected to our jobs, but might make it too hard to later disconnect. Huffington reasons that if we disconnect from the constant information flow, we’ll be more likely to enjoy our jobs and our lives.

“GPS for the Soul” will instantly read several measures of the users stress level, all with a swipe of your smartphone's sensor. With this understanding, the app will then provide something to help reduce your stress level: a breathing exercise, an inspiration photo, a poem, a piece of music or a combination of all.

But, what does it mean that in our over-connected world, we need a mobile application to help manage our stress levels? Personally, if I’m trying to decompress and get away from the non-stop information flow the last thing I want to do is pick up my phone again. While this app is supposed to manage stress, I know that I wouldn't be able to resist following up my brief meditation with a quick glance at my email. And, well, at that point I think I'd have to start the whole cycle over again.

Do you think “GPS for the Soul” will help with overall health and wellbeing? When the application is released in June, will you download it?

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