Mindfulness at the Computer is a mindfulness application for people spending many hours in front of the computer

The application helps you remember to be mindful of your breathing and body while sitting at the computer, and helps you concentrate on your inhaling and exhaling when you need a breathing pause

License: Mindfulness at the Computer is free/libre software, licensed under the GPLv3


Our breath is the bridge connecting our body and our mind. Returning to our breathing, and following it all the way through from the beginning to the end with awareness, brings body and mind back together, and reminds us of the miracle of the present moment. Awareness of our in-breath and our out-breath calms us down and brings peace back to our body.

— Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book How to Connect

Read more about mindfulness here


Install with pip pip install mindfulness-at-the-computer or download package from sourceforge

More detailed instructions are available here


  • Receive notifications to remember to be mindful of breathing
  • Interactive graphics to help you follow the in- and out-breath
    • Breathe with text help (“Breathing in I know I am breathing in”) and write your own texts

You can find screenshots of the application here

Help using the application

When you first start the application a welcome dialog is displayed. This dialog has several pages describing how the application can be used. The dialog can be opened again from the help menu (from the systray icon)


I have used Mindfulness at computer app, and I love it. It helps me be more aware and calm.


There are many brilliant aspects to the app, but one of my favourite is how unintrusive it is - this is a particularly impressive feat for an app whose specific purpose is to intrude (or supportively interrupt, to put it a bit better). I find you’ve achieved an excellent balance between calling attention and being discrete.


You have created a really awesome app, especially for programmers like us stuck on our screens all day! I’ve already recommended it to a bunch of my friends who are also consumed by their computers all day.

-William, codingforimpact.org

Humane Tech

Our project is part of the list Awesome Humane Tech, a group that works with “Promoting Solutions that Improve Wellbeing, Freedom and Society”

You can find our application in the mindfulness section

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Project Status and News

This application is now in beta; users or developers are welcome to participate

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Mindfulness at the Computer is made by SunyataZero and others. Detailed credits can be found in the “Help” -> “About” menu in the application settings window