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I’m not feeling any benefits from my practice

by Andy Puddicombe

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Question:

Hi Andy,

I’ve just completed Take10 and I’ve enjoyed it on a conscious level, but I’m not sure if I’m noticing benefits in the rest of my life. I don’t know what to look for, but I’ve seen online that some people have felt a total clarity of mind in the few minutes after meditating, which I haven’t experienced. Is that normal? I’m sure everyone’s mind works in different ways, but as a student without a job I’m a little wary of investing in a course without being sure of the results.

Hope you’re keeping well!

Andy’s answer:

Thanks for getting in touch and giving us your feedback. Great to know you’ve already started with the meditation and well done on completing Take10.

I can understand your hesitation to invest any money and it is for this very reason that we provide Take10 for free. This means you can meditate every single day without having to pay out anything at all. Of course there are benefits to moving on with the course and developing the techniques, but there is also much to learn from repeating Take10, many, many times. In fact we have users who have done it over 30 times and are still learning new things. So please don’t feel any pressure to pay out any money.

As for the experience, well, after just 10 days I think it would be fair to say you are still fairly new to meditation. I would take at least three months or so before drawing any conclusions. It’s a bit like going to the gym and expecting to change your body shape in a week or so. It’ll never happen, as these things take time. So start again with Day1 of Take10, re-watch the animations, let go of any expectations and look to generate curiosity in the process rather than expectation in the result. If you can do this, I suspect you will be very happy.

Warm wishes,

Andy

Andy Puddicombe

Andy Puddicombe is a meditation and mindfulness expert. An accomplished presenter and writer, Andy is the voice of all things Headspace. In his early twenties, midway through a university degree in Sports Science, Andy made the unexpected decision to travel to the Himalayas to study meditation instead. It was the beginning of a ten-year journey which took him around the world, culminating with ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Northern India. His transition back to lay life in 2004 was no less extraordinary. Training briefly at Moscow State Circus, he returned to London where he completed a degree in Circus Arts with the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama, whilst drawing up the early plans for what was later to become Headspace.