When was the last time you were doing 10 minutes of nothing each day? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe asks that question in his 2012 TEDx Talk that’s part of a new TED Radio Hour series at NPR, titled “Slow Down.” Puddicombe purports that our highly distracted and busy minds are no longer able to be present in the current moment. The cure, according to Puddicome? Ten minutes of nothingness a day. It’s a type of meditation in which you step back from your life—the buzz, the pressure—and simply look at what what your mind is preoccupied with and the feelings you are experiencing because of it. Puddicombe suggests that 10 minutes of such meditation will help you be less distracted and, as a result, happier. Is there any truth to this theory? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson offer 10 (plus) minutes of analysis on Puddicombe’s recommendation. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, discussion touches on the definition and suspicion of meditation as a spiritual practice, our need to exercise our brain’s recall functioning, and if doing nothing is truly the equivalent of Christian meditation.

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Links from the show:

TED Radio Hour: When Was the Last Time You Did Absolutely Nothing?

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  1. Mindfulness and the meditation with it are Buddhist concepts and activities to convince people to depersonalize their own thoughts and emotions. Buddhism does not believe in the individual soul as Christianity believes in it. Buddhism believes that a person is made up of aggregate parts that break apart upon death; according to Buddhism, what a person thinks or feelings is only the illusion of an individual thinking and feeling. Mindfulness and meditation are designed to convince a person that he or she is not a real self.

    Doing nothing can be relaxing. Earlier this morning, I was awake in bed for an hour, and I did nothing. Neither did I meditate or practice mindfulness. Meditating and practicing mindfulness are still things to do, after all. I simply rested in bed and relaxed with nothing to do.

  2. This app was created by a former Tibetan Buddhist monk who, I assume, still holds those views or similar. I myself was briefly involved in Tibetan Buddhism and then for many years in Zen Buddhism before I was a Christian. I did Mindfulness meditation for 12 yrs. It is not designed for relaxation or for being calm. It is designed specifically to divorce your identity from your mind and thoughts, and eventually from your self. It is believed that continuing to see yourself as an individual with a mind and self will continue rebirth; you must detach from this false reality. Mindfulness is designed to do that and it does alter one’s worldview. Since this is a Christian page, I feel compelled to share this information and hope that you reconsider recommending this form of meditation. Biblical meditation is pondering and reflecting on God’s word and the attributes of God; it has nothing to do with being still or watching thoughts or trying not to think. One can be calm in other ways, and certainly I would hope a Christian site would recommend some readings from the Psalms instead of Eastern meditation.

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