Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe wants to make meditation accessible to everybody: for a happier, healthier you.

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. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)

Why you should listen

Andy Puddicombe wants you to take a break — not just from work, but from your own mind, which is so full of anxieties about the world and anxieties about its own anxieties. To help you do that, Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, co-founded Headspace, a project to make meditation more accessible to more people in their everyday lives. Puddicombe also writes prolifically for the Huffington Post and the Guardian, on the benefits of mindful thinking for healthy living. […]

Source: https://www.ted.com/speakers/andy_puddicombe

You must decide what to let go, and what to pursue

Be cautious when you’re comparing yourself to others. You’re a singular being, once you’re an adult, you have your own particular, specific problems—financial, intimate, psychological, and otherwise. Those are embedded in the unique broader context of your existence. Your career or job works for you in a personal manner, or it does not, and it does so in a unique interplay with the other specifics of your life. You must decide how much of your time to spend on this, and how much on that. You must decide what to let go, and what to pursue.

“Despite the tragedies, the virtuous man can shine… “

“At 3 years old my father abandoned me, I had to change 4 schools because of my dyslexia and in the end I did not graduate. At 23, I lost my best friend, River Phoenix, to an overdose. In 1998 I met the only girl I ever loved. We were expecting a baby girl but at the eighth month she had to have an abortion. 18 months later she died in a car accident. Since then I have avoided serious relationships. My sister is suffering from leukemia and I donated 70% of my Matrix compensation to research. I don’t have a supervilla, I don’t have bodyguards and I don’t dress in boutiques. I still take the metro and I like it a lot.

Because in the end I believe that, despite the tragedies, the virtuous man can shine. No matter what happens in your life, it’s always worth living.”

Keanu Reeves

Do not enter who does not know geometry

Do not enter who does not know geometry

Academy of Athens

With these words was admonished those who approached the entrance of the Academy of Athens, the school founded by Plato in Athens.

Instead, our wish is that everyone will enter and remain in proximity to geometry and its sisters; that they will listen to it, look at it, and observe its elegance and beauty.