Andy Puddicombe, is a registered clinical mindfulness consultant, and a former Buddhist monk. He is the author of Get Some Headspace and is the founder of Headspace, a project that aims to make meditation accessible and easy-to-learn.
During his recent TeD talk, he speaks about how modern life is all about being entwined in a web of frenzied activity, experimenting with ways to stay busy, full of to do lists, etc., allowing very little or no time for our mind to just stand still, and do NOTHING. We spent almost half of our lives filling our minds with reminiscent thoughts about lost opportunities, anxious thoughts about the future, et al, all of which transcends into nothing but elevated stress and frustration, about how much we still need to get done.
Meditation conjures up stereotypical notions of incense sticks, sitting cross legged, your eyes closed, mantras being chanted. According to Andy it’s a far cry from that. Meditation is not about calmness, silence, or being devoid of thought, but filling our mind with what we feel about ourselves. Through meditation, we can quiten the mind to be able to be a silent bystander of our thoughts without being judgmental.
Andy feels that 10 minutes of meditation every day will provide you the appreciation and understanding for the present moment, not being lost in thought, not being distracted, not being overwhelmed by difficult emotions, but instead learning how to be in the here and now, how to be mindful to the present moment.