How do you talk to yourself? I don’t necessarily mean out-loud as you’re walking down the street, I mean what is the tone of your inner dialogue, the chatter that you experience in your day-to-day life? Are you calm, forgiving and kind? Or are you demanding, impatient and judgmental?

Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of Headspace

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Presence: Living Life Skillfully

“Living skillfully can mean having the presence of mind to restrain yourself when you sense you are about to say or do something you’ll later regret. It can also mean having the strength and stability of awareness to respond sensitively to difficult situations rather than reacting impulsively. So living skillfully requires a certain amount of discriminating wisdom.

Unfortunately, wisdom can’t be learned from books or magazine articles, no matter how profound the writing. Instead it arises from an experienced understanding of life, which meditation can help to enhance. Just as we saw that compassion and acceptance are analogous to the blue sky, so too can we experience simple presence. Wisdom isn’t something you can “do” or “make happen” - it’s there in all of us. By becoming more familiar with that space within ourselves and trusting our own instincts more fully, we can learn to apply this quality of discriminating wisdom in everyday life and begin to live more skillfully in the world.’

- Andy Puddicombe, 10 Tips for Living More Mindfully, from the Summer 2012 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Kindness: Toward Both Yourself and Others

‘When you’re kind to someone else, it feels good. It’s not rocket science. It feels good to you and it feels good to them. It makes for a very happy, peaceful mind. But while you’re about it, how about showing yourself some of that kindness, especially in the challenging process of learning to be mindful? We live in a world with such high expectations that we can often be critical of our own progress in learning something new.

Fortunately, mediation has a strange way of of bringing out the kindness in people, and practicing kindness in everyday life will feed back into your own meditation. Kindness makes the mind softer, more malleable, and easier to work with in your practice. It creates a mindset that is less judgmental and more accepting. Clearly this will have profound implications for our relationships with others.’

- Andy Puddicombe, 10 Tips for Living More Mindfully, from the Summer 2012 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Art in the City

Once a week one of the main sidewalks in Union Square comes alive with colour, courtesy of a local street artist and his chalk. To create the patterns, the artist manoeuvers himself around, carefully dropping the chalk onto the floor. The designs themselves are beautiful, and I love the vibrant colours which add a bit of life to the surrounding city landscape.

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This might be the best, most succinct talk on Mindfulness that I’ve ever come across. 


( video en inglés con subtítulos en español)

¿Cuándo fue la última vez que dedicaste un rato a no hacer nada? La mente es uno de nuestros recursos más valiosos. La usamos para casi todo y necesitamos que esté siempre fresca y ágil, aunque no nos damos cuenta de que también es necesario dedicar algo de tiempo a cuidarla.

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Tech Spotlight: New App by Former Monk Offers Some Head Space

Our minds are “lost in thought” 47% of our lives, a recent Harvard study claims. This leads to stress and even depression. Andy told me that. 

He’s a former buddhist monk who thinks he has a new way to spread an ancient solution to an amplified modern problem, our restless minds.

Headspace is an app developed out of London by Andy Puddicombe that teaches meditation and offers a community of support. It’s geared towards making life easier during work, travel, and time at home.

Puddicombe started out the venture producing events, bringing meditation into new contexts, like London nightlife. After developing the app, partners like Virgin Air have jumped on board, probably digging the hip and social media friendly aesthetic Headspace offers relative to other shoddy apps out that offer a similar service.

Is mindfulness trendy yet? If not, Headspace is trying to make it so, and a little more media friendly. Check out this infographic-laden article featured on Huffington post. It’s the first blog post we’ve seen for meditation material that mimics the style found in popular websites like Mashable and TechCrunch—easy on the eye and quick to read.

If more meditation teachers, gurus, and social activists can start speaking the language  of new media they’ve got a shot at breaking into the mainstream like this dude. I guess writing a book and making your own app can help too.

Here’s a TED Talk with Andy teaching the basics of mindfulness while juggling. Did I mention he used to be in the circus?


Really clever representation of thoughts and the importance of mindfulness. 

remember ananda—the bliss of being. 


TED Talks: Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

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Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking?

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.