E18 Andy Puddicombe: Meditation Man

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In this episode it was my sincere pleasure to be joined by Andy Puddicombe.  Andy is a former Buddhist monk and has a degree in circus arts but is best know as the co-founder, and voice, of the headspace meditation website and app.

Andy recently spoke at the Web Summit in Dublin, has contributed frequently to BBC radio and tv, and his TED talk: “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes” has over 4.5 million views.

I’ve been chasing Andy for some time and spoke to him on the phone from London.  He couldn’t have been more helpful, sincere, generous, and informative.  Andy is a great ambassador for meditation and mindfulness and his decision to come down from the mountain and take it to the masses in his simple, direct, and unassuming style is something many, myself included, are grateful for.

Below is a summary of some of the things we spoke about:

  1. The series of tragedies Andy experienced in his late teens.
  2. His decision to leave college and join a Buddhist monastery in Northern India.
  3. The loneliness of monastic life.
  4. Meditations ability to introduce us to ourselves.
  5. The importance of teachers in the Buddhist tradition.
  6. Andy’s decision to swap the robes for civvies.
  7. The thinking behind headspace the app.
  8. The practical benefits of meditation in everyday life.

Enjoy the episode,



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Check out headspace page by clicking here, sign-up is free and it's a great way to get started in meditation.
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14 thoughts on “E18 Andy Puddicombe: Meditation Man”

  1. Loved this. I just started using Headspace and Andy is an accessible and easy-to-listen to facilitator/teacher. Thank you for having him on. Dave, this was my first time listening to Inspreland (I’m from Boston USA – yeah, one of those damn Americans. 🙂 I loved your overall attitude and sense of humor. Well done podcast!


    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It’s rare to get any feedback like this so thanks a million. Glad you enjoyed the show, I’m pretty new to this game and still just finding my interview ‘voice’ but Andy made it easy.
      I’ve just started back on Headspace and am loving it. Hope it goes well for you.
      You’re my new favourite damn American!


  2. Really enjoyed this posdcast. It really helped me on my new journey into meditation with Headdpace. You put some great questions to Andy. You even helped me about being mindful with your description of being on your bike.


  3. I’ve listened to this a couple of times ( so far ), brilliant interview! And loving Headspace, I’d never realised how constant the thoughts and story lines in my head were, until I started meditating about 10 weeks ago.


  4. Hi Dave,

    This is a great – Andy is a fascinating guy and you did a wonderful job interviewing him and putting this together. I’ve been using Headspace for a year and not only is the app great, but the company seems to be so sincere in its wish to make the world a better place. Meditation has really changed my life for the better, and I find that its benefits only deepen with time. This podcast was a perfect avenue for getting to know the man behind the tool I use. Thanks so much- I’ll be listening to your podcast from now on for sure! ~ Robin


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