When Andy Puddicombe was just 22 years-old he left his native England for a monastery in the Himalayas and became a monk. Over ten years later, he returned to the UK on a mission to give the west some eastern Zen. He opened a wellness clinic in London and co-founded Headspace, a company devoted to demystifying the practice of meditation and bringing it to the masses.
As a mindfulness consultant to some of today’s most successful leaders, and a frequent public speaker (his online TED talk has over 3.5 million views), Puddicombe has started a meditation movement fit for the 21st century. Here, he shares the apps that help him discover big ideas, follow professional surfing, and visit with his family across the pond.
To Relax: Headspace App
Ok, so in the interest of full disclosure, I'm the co-founder of this company. But if you are looking for a way to relax more, stress less and sleep better, I don't know a better app. Fun to do and easy to learn, it's like a gym membership for your mind.
To Inspire: TED App
Sure, it's a predictable choice, but there are very few places on the web where you can find the perfect mix of bite size content and huge ideas. Just 10 or 20 minutes with this app can make you feel as though anything in the world is possible.
To Play: Vans Live App, Billabong Live App, Rip Curl Live App
It might look like 3 apps, but I only use one at a time. I love surfing and always follow the pro tour. All these apps provide live streaming and I never cease to be amazed that I can watch live coverage from a tropical island half a world away, whilst sitting in a busy airport terminal or in the back of a taxi.
To Connect: Skype App
With friends and family scattered all over the world, my Skype app is in constant use. Sure, the connection is not all that it might be, but have we forgotten that it's free? With a little baby on the way, I suspect this app is going to see even more action, especially with the grandparents back home.
To Inform: BBC News App
Although I now live in the US, as a Brit the BBC is part of my DNA. The corporation might be a little old and straight, but their coverage is as good as it gets. And their news app is awesome... it means I can catch up on all the latest from around the world, even whilst offline.
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