I first meditated three years ago—I was struggling to strike a healthy work-life balance—to a calming, British voice. I remember closing my eyes and listening to instructions asking me to “breathe and enjoy the feeling of calm”. The voice belonged to Andy Puddicombe, the man behind the meditation app found on most people’s phones: Headspace. My problems didn’t disappear, but I felt calmer and more focused. “There is no good or bad meditation. There’s either distraction or non-distraction, and with practice, there is less distraction. My advice is to let go of expectations and see meditation not as a chore but as the time you keep aside for yourself in the day,” says Puddicombe, as he talks about his journey towards mindfulness.
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