Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

TED - Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes


We live in an incredibly busy world. The pace of life is often frantic, our minds are always busy, and we’re always doing something.

So with that in mind, I’d like you just to take a moment to think, when did you last take any time to do nothing? Just 10 minutes, undisturbed? And when I say nothing, I do mean nothing. So that’s no emailing, texting, no Internet, no TV, no chatting, no eating, no reading, not even sitting there reminiscing about the past or planning for the future. Simply doing nothing. I see a lot of very blank faces. (Laughter) My thinking is, you probably have to go a long way back.


My local EIP ran a mindfulness group, it was one of the best things I’ve ever learnt!

The first time we did a assessment / introduction my voices went away for 2 hrs.

I found a technique called labelling with it helped! To this day have the tape the clinical psychologist gave me on my phone, so can use it at any time.

I sometimes forget to do it and come back to it when I get poorly it really helps!


Being mindful is like half of my day. Now with thoughts and feelings I also have voices. I just observe the self. It’s actually pretty difficult.