It’s funny that appless meditation has been utilized for thousands of years with profound effect, yet for some reason the “modern” man requires – nay, seeks! – apps and gadgets to do what is (or should be) a natural function. Whatever gets you on the bandwagon, I guess.
I’ve done my share of reading (and n=1 research/experimentation) on the matter and the bottom line is that meditation, esp. focused attention meditation, creates a very low-stressed mind (and where the mind goes, the body follows). Studies have found that meditators with many decades of practice (up to 40 years) have the same brain function outside of mediation that beginners display whilst in meditative practice. In other words, they are living meditation 24/7.
It’s also been said that it takes the brain about 20 minutes to register and ‘cement’ new input, so practice focused meditation (e.g. your breath) each and every for a minimum of 20 minutes…for a minimum of 20 years(!) and you’ll be the most chill masters racer on the start line.
As for the OPs question of “self-transformation content”…I would say that almost all of it is constructed to prey upon the notion that as a person, you are somehow lacking in a very substantial way in one or more facets of your life. It’s not so much self-transformation for the consumer as it is bank account transformation for the producer. AKA, most of it is worthless.
Apart from getting too deep into that, transformation of any kind requires energy and some processes require an immense amount of energy (e.g. self-transformation). Just take a look at what is required to transform into a better bike rider – thousands of hours just on training, let alone hundreds of more hours spent on research, forums, maintenance, travel, extra sleep, meal prep, etc., and the thousands of dollars spent on equipment, travel, food, supplements, testing, training junk, etc. Carried over many years…that’s a LOT of energy. Most people dealing with the average modern life cannot provide sufficient energy required to transform.
Now, if you’re considering ‘self-transforming’ into a “better” person (whatever that means), it’s a rather daunting mental exercise to consider expending the same degree of resources over such long period of time in order to reach a desired (advertised?) state of betterment. Anyone prepared to take on a 30-year mediation practice to achieve a constant state of serenity?
There may be a few authentic gems here and there, but almost all self-transformation can be had for free if we simply adhere to a few simple guidelines which have been around, again, for thousands of years. Or, simply take at what you did to become a better bike rider, and apply the same principles. Ergo, no Tony Robbins required.