We know that surfing produces a magical meditative state in nearly all who do it. The total focus we have on the next wave , just the next moment, makes surfing not only one of the most exciting and worthwhile activities possible it’s also one of the most mindfully healthy.
Andy Puddicombe co founder of Headspace and Tim Jones, Surf School Sri Lanka and Surf School Lanzarote’s director’s friendship began years ago over shared waves in the Canaries. With both knowing the magic of surfing they could see how introducing mindful practices to surfing and surf coaching the results could be so beneficial.
Andy’s been working alongside top athletes and the GB Olympic squad and Tim has been developing mindful practises to take into the surf that really enhance your time in the water and helping you achcive a sense of flow. That idea has come to life at Surf School Sri Lanka.
“When we sit to meditate we are practicing flow. Sure, we might be training the mind to be a little more focused, a little more disciplined, but mostly we are learning how to set it free, how to be at ease, how to let go of the noisy chatter and inner critic. To surf with a sense of freedom and ease is to surf well at any level; to let go of thinking is to be present in the moment, at one with the wave. Ultimately, meditation and surfing are one in the same thing”
Andy Puddicombe co founder Headspace
By sitting down to meditate for a few minutes a day, everyday people are able to find ways to live a happier, healthier and more enjoyable life.
‘When the simple activity is considered no stranger than taking a shower, we’ll have achieved our aim.’
Andy Puddicombe, co-founder Headspace