If there is a tech founder more qualified than Andy Puddicombe to help those of us who might be struggling to hold it all together over the last six months, I’m not sure who it is. Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk who started Headspace, a meditation and mindfulness app, with co-founder Rich Pierson 10 years ago.
We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s be honest, the last six months have been rough. It’s been rough for people trying to figure out how to balance working from home with all the other things that happen at home. Right now, in many cases, that includes things we’ve never experienced before, like running a virtual school.
If you haven’t tried to work while making sure four different elementary-age students make it on the right Zoom class, I promise you, it’s rough. I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but I’ll just say that we can use all the help finding some tranquility that we can get.
I had a chance to talk with Puddicombe for my podcast (you can listen to the full interview on Apple Podcasts or Spotify), and it was easily one of my favorite conversations so far. We spoke about his company’s partnership with Microsoft that allows users of Microsoft Teams to access Headspace meditations during a new feature known as the virtual commute.
“It’s great to see meditation and mindfulness reach more people,” says Puddicombe, “but it’s also a reflection that people are really struggling.” The key to changing that, he suggests, might just be to do nothing more often.
Well, to be fair, meditation isn’t doing nothing. It’s about being mindful, which means setting aside all the things on our to-do list for a few minutes to take a deep breath, and spend some