About Awareness Now
Awareness Now is an app for remaining aware and conscious all the day. It assists in this practice by reminding you frequently to stay aware. Note that staying aware is not the same as being alert and awake. You need to be relaxed and peaceful when the reminder goes off, it does not mean that its time to panic ;). It means that if your mind has wandered off in habitual mechanical thoughts and actions, its time to shine the light of consciousness on it. Nothing more needs to be done. However, the mind may self-correct itself or long term changes in it may happen.
To start the reminders, press the Swan button. The app should remain active when in background or while the phone is sleeping. Press it again to stop.
Settings: You can set a schedule for the reminders, their frequency and randomness in frequency. The randomness is there to prevent the mind from getting habitual of reminders. If they happen at exact times, the mind learns to ignore them eventually. If it disturbs your sleep, and if you are not experimenting with lucid dreams etc, you can turn if off for the night automatically every night by sliding the option button for the same.
You can set the kind of sound, alert tone and whether it speaks it loud from the settings.
Edit Reminders: You can surely add your own reminders, which makes the app really useful. Let's say your mind got wounded recently and is spewing out hate or anger non-stop, you can add a custom message to remind yourself to forgive or not to do that over and over.
You can change the built in messages or you can delete some by clearing out that line. If it is needed, you can get back the default reminders by checking the Reset checkbox. Your stuff is not saved when you reset, so be careful.
Note that the reminders are picked up randomly and they may not happen at the exact same sequence you entered.
Demo Mode: Since it can take a while for all the reminders to sound, you can enter a demo mode from the menu option, so that the reminders are shown every 15 secs. Its a good way to check if its still working or how it sounds like. Stopping it will clear the demo mode.
Please set the voice/language/locale/volume etc from the usual Android settings in the phone.
This app is open source and free. Please share :)
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