The world we live in is full of noise and extremely stressful. We are constantly bombarded with all kinds of stressful information and general news. In the video above Andy Puddicombe suggests an alternative method of dealing with stress.
How we choose to deal with the stress of an overloaded mind can be extremely complicated. We may turn to food in hopes of easing the emotional discomfort, but usually it’s too much in these cases. We may turn to popping pills to calm down, yet finding the right one can be a hassle with so many on the market. If one is not careful enough, pill-popping can become a deadly addiction. We may also rely on alcohol and possibly too much of it to keep the crazy tides of thoughts at bay. Those are just a few of the many ineffective ways of handling a mind that is overworked.
Fortunately, there is a more simple, healthy, and cost-effective way to manage your mentality. All it takes is 10 minutes a day to get meaningful, life-changing results, according to mindfulness expert and TED Talks speaker Andy Puddicombe.
The Start of Andy’s Path to Mindfulness
Andy was only 11-years-old when he joined his first meditation class. At a young age, he believed that meditation was just “aspirin for the mind”. In other words, when one is stressed, one just needs to meditate.
This was the start of his journey of embracing what true mindfulness is, yet challenging obstacles did not fail to cross his path in the process (that’s to be expected). He realized there was more to meditation than simply being a solution to problems of the mind.
In the video above, he expressed what encountering challenges was like by saying, “I hadn’t really thought that it [meditation] could be sort of preventative in nature, until I was about 20, when a number of things happened in my life in quite quick succession, really serious things which just flipped my life upside down and all of a sudden I was inundated with thoughts, inundated with difficult emotions that I didn’t know how to cope with.”
He eventually became a monk after heading to the Himalayas and seriously studying meditation.
What Can Only 10 Mindfulness Minutes Do?
Andy describes meditation as a method of mentally taking a step back to get a different perspective of our thoughts and our life. It’s about letting thoughts pass through the mind without any judgment. On the flipside, we can be quite critical of our thinking patterns when undesired thoughts zoom through our minds. Yet the criticism does not exactly help. Don’t you agree?
Furthermore, meditation is about changing our attitude toward our circumstances instead of trying to change our circumstances when they cannot be meaningfully altered the way we want. In actuality, we cannot always control what goes on around us, but we can control how we react to it, overall.
It takes dedication to successfully practice mindfulness. In doing so, Andy makes it known that we can have better mental health outcomes, experience more happiness, as well as have a greater sense of direction.
Luckily, all you need is 10 minutes set aside each day for this practice. It does not have to take hours and hours in one session to commit to introspection and reap the benefits of it. It’s easy to fit in during your spare time at school, at work, or at home.
You don’t have to burn any incense, and you definitely don’t have to sit on the floor. All you need to do is to take 10 minutes out a day to step back, to familiarize yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life.
Don’t miss out on how he uses an entertaining juggling act to illustrate what he means, at the end.
What’s your take on the video? Do you think only 10 minutes a day of mindfulness has the power to bring forth a better you? What ways can you engage in mindfulness? Please let us know in the comments section below...