The Power Of 10 Mindful Minutes With Andy Puddicome

Andy Puddicome first experienced meditation when he was 11. However, it wasn’t until he turned 20, when a number of difficulties surfaced, that he truly understood its power. He went all the way: he moved to the Himalayas and became a monk. Meditation became everything in his life. But, most importantly, it taught him how to deal with hardships.

Facing Difficulties

Regardless of where we live, what we do, or difficultieswe face, life is busy. We might all have different definitions of busy, but it’s true regardless. Our minds are constantly racing, overwhelmed by an almost unacceptable amount of information on a daily basis. As Andy points out, many of us get to the point where we become anxious about feeling anxious.

This is especially true if you’ve dealt with an injury. You can become focused solely on the bad: how your life has changed, whether it’ll get back to the way it was, and how you might cope if it doesn’t.

Stress is a major cause of mental health issues. It can easily lead to depression and anxiety, and is caused by almost anything. It can be a significant challenge to overcome, but there are strategies.

The Importance Of Mindfulness

Andy’s key strategy for overcoming mental challenges is, as you might have guessed, meditation. But this doesn’t need to be sitting cross-legged on the floor burning incense. In fact, this is a stereotype many of us need to remove in order to truly see the benefits of meditation and mindfulness.

In short, meditation can simply be doing nothing. Spend 10 minutes a day doing nothing at all; no TV, no phone, no internet. Nothing. Sit and focus on the present moment for 10 minutes, and you’ll soon see the benefits.

To get the right balance, however, it must be focused relaxation. You need to take a step back and become a focused observer of your own mind. Learn to recognise negative thoughts and patterns from an outside perspective. Doing so will make it much easier to move away from them through acceptance and coping strategies.

This way of thinking takes time, though. In the beginning you’ll likely notice intrusive thoughts trying to break your mental state. Acknowledge them but move on. This is the key to meditation: perseverance. Only by learning to see negative and intrusive thoughts from a distance, and knowing how to move on, will you truly see the benefit of mindfulness.

Conclusion

It might sound like an all-too simplistic process, but that’s the point. Taking a brief 10 minutes out of your day to step back from life and appreciate the present moment will result in greater clarity and awareness.


How Does This Apply To Overcoming An Injury?

Simply put, you’ll be able to recognise negative thoughts and emotions, and rather than drowning in them, you’ll be able to move on, perfectly aware that they aren’t everything. Over time, this will become easier and easier.


You can check out Andy Puddicome’s full TedTalk here