Radio Headspace

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Join Andy Puddicombe every weekday morning to take a few moments to step out of the internal chatter and external noise. We'll pause and reflect to consider what brings us together in this shared human condition and how we can live a life that best reflects our limitless potential.

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Do Your Best
Think of the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten. You may have a word or phrase in mind, but what if it’s simpler than that? Things are as they are; we are as we are. All you have is this moment, so be your best in it. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by Indeed. Get a free $75 credit when you go to
Aug 05, 2020
The Circle of Life
Andy gets asked if he believes in reincarnation a lot. No matter what you believe about what will happen, all we are guaranteed in this moment. Focus on that. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by Indeed.
Aug 04, 2020
Don’t Think, Feel
Think of the last time you felt sad about feeling sad, or anxious about your anxiety. We love to prescribe thoughts to our negative emotions, but our thinking keeps stoking the fire. If we can stop thinking about our feelings, they’ll die down on their own. Today, try to notice your moods or emotions, and allow your thoughts about those feelings go. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by Indeed.
Aug 03, 2020
Smile. Laugh. Play.
Life can be really serious. And those serious issues demand serious attention. But for a lot of the everyday stuff, why not try to smile instead? Life is a lot more fun if you can laugh at it. This weekend try to play, and see what happens. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen exclusively on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 31, 2020
The Weaponization of Mindfulness
The pandemic has put a lot of things in sharp relief. For most of us, it’s given us a call to pause and ask ourselves, what is most important in life? Now is the time to make sure you’re living your life according to what you value most. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen exclusively on Spotify.
Jul 30, 2020
Take It Offline
What happens when you want to go off the Headspace app and be more spiritual in the world? This was a new one for us. But the essence of the mind is the same in all scenarios, spiritual or not. The goal is to be present. That’s it.  This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen exclusively on Spotify.
Jul 29, 2020
Let’s See
Harm, hurt and injustice demand immediate attention, but for most things, you may find that sitting back and watching to see what happens is the best course of action. Today, practice being at ease with life as it unfolds. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen exclusively on Spotify.
Jul 28, 2020
You vs. You
 If you were to line a bunch of babies up, you’d notice that there’s a difference in their nature. We’re born with these qualities. But our personalities develop over time, with our experiences. Don’t get so caught up in these surface level traits that you don’t notice who you really are. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen exclusively on Spotify.
Jul 27, 2020
Andy’s Favorite Meditation Technique
There are moments where we might feel helpless when someone we care about is suffering. Worrying doesn’t help, but there is a technique that might. It’s called Tonglen.  This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen free at
Jul 24, 2020
Where’s the Limit?
Spoiler alert: it’s not where you think it is. Today, take a look at the stories you’re telling about yourself, those stories that you use to limit yourself, and remember that you have the power to change the ending. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen free at
Jul 23, 2020
View From the Bottom of the Hole
Breaking bad habits requires changing patterns. But even that can seem overwhelming. So start small. No, smaller. Start just by trying to be aware of your habits and patterns. Then you can progress. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen free at
Jul 22, 2020
Are You Bored?
“Boredom” has become something negative. We see it as a condition of our lives that we must change. We search for stimulation and distraction, but by doing that, we are essentially saying that this moment is not enough. The next time you feel bored, pause and examine it. You may find that you’re never bored again. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen free at
Jul 21, 2020
Big Mind, Small Mind
Today we’re talking about an idea that comes from the Zen tradition. There are two ways of looking at the world: up high, like the view an eagle might have flying over the mountains, and up close, as if you were noticing every grain of sand. The two are vastly different - so how can we do both? This week, Radio Headspace is brought to you by The Michelle Obama Podcast. Listen free at
Jul 20, 2020
Let's Continue the Conversation
The mind and body are not separate entities. Maybe you walk faster when you’re angry or say something you don’t mean when you’re flustered. The more we can stay connected to both body and mind, the more we learn about ourselves. Check-in with your body as you’re moving through the world this weekend.  This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by Indeed. Get a free $75 credit by visiting
Jul 17, 2020
The End of a Feeling
We’re excellent at noticing when we start to feel angry, or sad, or happy, but when’s the last time you noticed when a mood ended or changed? Remember, emotion is temporary, and feeling is finite. The more often we notice the end of a feeling that challenges us, the easier we can find a place of peace and a calm mind. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by Indeed. Get a free $75 credit by visiting
Jul 16, 2020
Introducing The Gift of Forgiveness
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Jul 15, 2020
Light vs. Warmth
Mindfulness is good for many things, but we tend to look at it differently depending on where we’ve learned it. Western mindfulness centers around awareness and Eastern mindfulness is more about compassion. But like the sun, both emit light and warmth, we need both awareness and compassion to truly live mindfully.    This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by Indeed. Get a free $75 credit by visiting
Jul 15, 2020
Leave the Door Open
Our minds are great at escaping uncomfortable situations. Sometimes escape is appropriate, but other times there are benefits to being present and sitting with the discomfort. This requires practice, courage, and the willingness to leave the door open and allow a little discomfort in. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by Indeed. Get a free $75 credit by visiting
Jul 14, 2020
When Was the Last Time You Did Nothing?
Being busy is our norm, but if that becomes your habit, or your everyday routine, we end up doing something just to do it, even when we have the chance to be still. Stillness allows the mind to rest. Today, find 5 minutes to just... be. This week, Radio Headspace is sponsored by Indeed. Get a free $75 credit by visiting
Jul 13, 2020
MVP (Most Valuable Possession)
If your home were on fire and you could only save one material possession, what would it be? Think of that thing, about why you would save it, what it means to you, and how the mind feels when you imagine it. This week, Radio Headspace is brought to you by Changing The Game. Listen to Changing The Game wherever you get your podcasts.
Jul 10, 2020
On Mindful Eating
One of the things we’ve been asked the most lately is about our eating habits during lockdown. It seems that being within arm’s reach of the fridge amplifies a lot of thoughts about food, and often, we engage in an internal battle about that thought. The next time thoughts about food or eating habits arise, try to notice it, acknowledge it, and act appropriately — not react emotionally. This week, Radio Headspace is brought to you by Changing The Game. Listen to Changing The Game wherever you get your podcasts.
Jul 09, 2020
We the People
It’s easy to get frustrated by other people, and in our frustration, we forget that we are the people. We have a responsibility to share the space that we’re in. Next time you find yourself frustrated, in traffic for example, remember that you are part of the whole, and see if a little empathy arises.  This week, Radio Headspace is brought to you by Changing The Game. Listen to Changing The Game wherever you get your podcasts.
Jul 08, 2020
_____ Is My Meditation
Entering a flow state through physical activity is meditative and focusing on our physical well-being is essential for living a long and happy life, but these things cannot replace the quality of mind cultivated by formal meditation training. This week, Radio Headspace is brought to you by Changing The Game. Listen to Changing The Game wherever you get your podcasts.
Jul 07, 2020
Don’t Scratch The Itch
Itches have a way of taking over the body. It can be all we think about, and we often scratch and scratch with little relief. This is common with physical discomfort. Whenever we notice a twinge we immediately go to change it. But what if you sat with it for a moment instead? Explore sitting with discomfort and see what happens. This week, Radio Headspace is brought to you by Changing The Game. Listen to Changing The Game wherever you get your podcasts.
Jul 06, 2020
Embracing the Things We Don’t Like
How much time do you spend running away from things you don’t like? Green veggies may come to mind, or a specific task at work. This weekend, try instead to turn toward things you usually avoid and approach them with curiosity. This is a useful skill to have and you may find you like kale more than you think.
Jul 03, 2020
If Enlightenment Happens, You Won’t Miss It
We get a lot of questions about journaling during a meditation. A lot of thoughts pop up during meditation — they could be creative or insightful. And we may  want to remember them. But stopping your meditation to write things down changes the nature of the exercise and may even create more tension. Try to resist this urge. Trust us — if it’s really important, you won’t forget it.
Jul 02, 2020
New Quarantine Skill: Juggling
Are you in the process of learning something new? Or are you quitting a new skill before you’ve really learned it because you think you’re bad at it? If you have these  thoughts when you’re learning something, remember, that is just a thought. It has no basis in reality. Try to appreciate whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re at.
Jul 01, 2020
Having Scary Thoughts
Sometimes, thoughts that really scare us can arise. And if there is the chance of immediate harm for you or someone around you, please seek medical attention as quickly as possible. But for other scary thoughts, we tend to push them down. We judge them and judge ourselves from having them. But we don’t have to. It’s our job to just witness the mind as it is.
Jun 30, 2020
The Spectacular Now
Not too long ago, Andy helped Cookie Monster out while he was waiting for his latest batch of cookies to bake. And while you may not be a cookie monster, you may often find yourself waiting for something else to happen, which often means you’re missing out on what is actually happening right now. Remember, what’s happening right now is enough. Check out Andy’s adventures with all of our friends on Sesame Street. 
Jun 29, 2020
You Don’t Have to Know It All
We often feel the need to know everything about our lives and ourselves. We want to know everything that happens next. That need for control can lead to a lot of anxiety. If you have someone on your mind this weekend, try asking a trusted friend for advice, and actually listen to it. See what happens.
Jun 26, 2020
Expert Single-Tasker
We only have so much energy in our lives. If we channel it into the wrong things, including multi-tasking, we find that time flies by but we aren’t sure how we spent it or what we got accomplished. What if instead, you gave something your entire focus? Try it today and see how you feel.
Jun 25, 2020
Today, We’re Going to Talk About Death
There is an exercise in the monastery where every evening, the monks and nuns acknowledge the fact that one day, we will die. Not in a morbid or sad way, but in a way that helps us appreciate each and every moment we’ve been given. 
Jun 24, 2020
Commit to Flexibility
We often approach commitments with an “all or nothing” mentality. You should keep your commitments, but missing an appointment or a workout doesn’t make you a commitment failure. It may mean that instead, you’re making space in your life for other, equally important things.
Jun 23, 2020
Everything in Its Place
We’ve heard from a few people that during this time, their work feels unessential. Maybe you feel this way. If you do, remember that you always have the opportunity to be of service. Today, don’t ask yourself what your work is doing for you, but rather what it is doing for others.
Jun 22, 2020
Please Don’t Stop the Music
Have an earworm? That same tune that keeps playing over and over — whether it’s actually music, a thought that won’t leave you alone, or a story that just keeps replaying in your mind. Rather than fighting it, what would happen today if you gave that noise your full attention?
Jun 19, 2020
What’s the Rush?
If you’re too committed to a particular destination, you can’t truly experience what is happening. Allow things to spark joy, pique your curiosity, and leave some room to explore today.
Jun 18, 2020
Fight Club Rules Apply
The more we shout the benefits of meditating, very often the further we get from the actual experience of doing it. If you have someone in your life you want to try something you love, rather than talking it up, encourage them to try it for themselves.
Jun 17, 2020
Let Go of Great Expectations
How much time do you spend trying to anticipate what people are going to do next? Especially with young children, we can place pretty big expectations on who or what they’re going to be or do. But in doing that, we don’t allow people to be who they actually are. Today, instead of trying to anticipate, try experiencing someone as they are in that moment.
Jun 16, 2020
Happiness Isn’t a Destination
We hear from a lot of people looking for “happiness” or “enlightenment” like it’s a status or level to achieve in our lives. But really, it’s a state of being. And whenever we are present in the moments of our life, that is enlightenment. Happiness isn’t waiting for you somewhere in the future — it’s here, right now.
Jun 15, 2020
Pay Attention to the Breath
The entire planet is a living, breathing organism. It changes every day. The air we breathe could have been created thousands of miles away. And when we sit and notice the breath, we notice that each one is different, as is each moment. This weekend, pause and try to notice life as it unfolds. 
Jun 12, 2020
What Do You Appreciate Most?
Take a moment and think about it. Who or what do you appreciate the most? It could be your family. Or friends. A moment of quiet. It might change daily, or even moment to moment. The answer doesn’t actually matter, just try to notice what comes up.
Jun 11, 2020
Turn Off Autopilot
When we’re rushing through the day, it’s easy to get caught up in our routines and in our own minds. But how much of life are we missing when we forget to look around? Try to approach today like it’s brand-new.
Jun 10, 2020
Take Your Practice With You
We place a lot of value on our physical and mental health. You may even meditate or do yoga. But if you’re present and embracing loving kindness during your meditation or in a yoga class, but driving away screaming at someone in traffic, you’re not fully embracing the philosophies of those practices. Today, focus on aligning your attitude with your actions.  Haven’t Seen “Whole Foods Parking Lot”? Check it out here.
Jun 09, 2020
What Story Are You Telling?
Humans are amazing storytellers. It allows us to connect with each other, entertain each other and empathize with each other. But problems arise when the stories that we create in our minds grow beyond our current reality. Today, look out for times when thoughts are spinning out and focus instead, on what is happening in this moment. 
Jun 08, 2020
What’s Real and What’s Not?
A lot of us walk around waiting for something to happen. We can carry that tension in our bodies and minds, constantly on alert, imagining an unpleasant experience. It’s an uncomfortable way to live. And if we walk through life waiting, or intentionally looking for those things, we will keep that story alive. This weekend, try to let go of what’s not real and focus on what is.
Jun 05, 2020
Being vs. Becoming
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? How about what you want to be in 5 years? Maybe even in 5 minutes? So often, we’re so focused on becoming something or someone different, that we can forget to just be who we are right now. 
Jun 04, 2020
How Do You See Yourself?
We all seem to have a fixed idea of who we think we are and who we’re not. And often, that can define how we live. We just might be shortchanging ourselves in the process. But if we can catch those ideas as they arise and explore them, we can see that anything and everything is possible.
Jun 03, 2020
Act, Don't React
We’ve gotten a lot of emails at Headspace HQ about healthy habits and routines. Right now, it can feel challenging to control your environment, but today, we challenge you to instead focus on what’s going on inside. When you’re able to notice a thought, you can respond calmly, clearly, with intention rather than react emotionally.
Jun 02, 2020
Compassion Creates Change
Jun 01, 2020
Find Your Own Blue Zone
Blue Zones are regions of the world where people live longer and happier than anywhere else. There are lots of reasons for this — what they eat, how much they move. But the deep relationships that people in Blue Zones have add up to 8 years to their lives. Is there someone special to you that you haven’t connected with in a while? This weekend, give them a call. 
May 29, 2020
You Really Have Everything You Need
When life feels overwhelming, you can feel like the tank is empty. That you have nothing left to give. But if you dig a little deeper, you may find that the act of giving fills you back up. So today, try to find an opportunity to practice kindness and generosity — in secret if you can — and see how it makes you feel. 
May 28, 2020
Respect Your Transitions
We’re busy. Even now, when our homes have become our gyms, offices, and more, we tend to hop from activity to activity without pause. The mind feels softer and the body feels more relaxed when we allow ourselves to transition. Today, try to allow for some time in-between activities and see how you feel. Want a little more movement in your day? Listen to Andy on Trained and check out some mindful runs on the Headspace app.
May 27, 2020
Don’t Be Afraid of Feeling
We’ve heard a lot of questions about happiness lately. Mostly, “is it bad if I’m feeling happy?” That assumes there is a choice in how we feel. That question also forgets that there is enough space in the mind for compassion for someone else’s  suffering, and enjoyment of your own life. Today, give yourself the freedom to embrace whatever feeling arises for you.
May 26, 2020
Why Don’t You Just Try It?
If you’re reexamining your life right now, you’re not alone. We’re taking stock of what we like and what we would like to change. But with change, no matter how positive, can often come fear. Fear of not knowing what the end result will be. This week, try to maintain a spirit of exploration. Try something new for the sake of doing it, not to reach a final outcome. 
May 25, 2020
We Are Who We Are
Getting along with other people doesn’t mean constant harmony or even agreement. We don’t have to always like what the people around us do. But we do have to allow people to be exactly who they are. After all, isn’t that what we want for ourselves? This weekend, consider that harmonious relationships are less about what we do, and more about what we don’t do. Not judging, criticizing, or trying to change them.
May 22, 2020
Would You Cut Your Lawn with Scissors?
Today is World Meditation Day and while it is a wonderful practice, the minutes you spend in meditation are quite small compared to the remaining time of each day. Mindfulness is what happens in those remaining hours, and if you can bring a little of that attention or awareness into the rest of your day, that is the quality of meditation.
May 21, 2020
Now’s a Good Time for Quiet … Now Is Good, Too
Often, we think that when conditions are just right we can finally change. We fantasize about solitude and quietly retreating to finally tackle the big issues weighing on our minds. If only we had that peace and quiet, we could do it! But it’s often the input from others that show us exactly where those points of resistance are. If you find yourself irritated, frustrated, or resisting something or someone in your environment today, try embracing that moment as a chance to connect with yourself on a deeper level.
May 20, 2020
The Chaos That Is Now
A lot of us are trying to build a sense of order and control amidst the chaos that is our lives right now. Very often, that can look like a very strict daily schedule, a list of books and movies to cross off your queue, or perhaps keeping the home very tidy. It’s good to have order, but being too strict with it means we feel like we’re falling apart when one thing is out of line. Today, try to allow for a little more chaos and be comfortable in the discomfort. 
May 19, 2020
Finding Solace in Solitude
Finding time for yourself may seem like an odd concept — especially if you’re quarantining alone — but it’s easy to get distracted, from being caught up in Zoom calls to binge-watching TV or constantly reading the news. If you’re with others, it’s tempting to look at taking time for yourself as selfish, but in solitude, we can find a way to reconnect with ourselves. And when we go back out into life we can be better for ourselves, and for the people around us. 
May 18, 2020
What Are You Holding On To?
The weekend gives you the opportunity to relax and let go — but some things stick in your mind, nagging at it, weighing you down. It may be an unfinished task or an unforgiven incident. We suffer when we hold onto things, but if you can find a way to let go, to retell your story, forgiveness will set you free.
May 15, 2020
Make Some Room
Children throw tantrums and we call them “naughty.” We say, “they’ll grow out of it,” and move on. But as adults, we don’t stop reacting — it just looks a little different. We may say or do something we regret. So the next time someone around you is reacting in a way that’s surprising, take a step back and create some space.
May 14, 2020
Take a Good Look Around
A lot of us are cooped up much more than usual. You may not even be able to go outside for a walk where you live — and you may not want to. It can feel like there’s too much going on. But in every moment, we have the opportunity to pause and take a good look. See the colors of the world, the simplicity of a tree or flower, and appreciate that moment of calm. 
May 13, 2020
Is It Possible to Be Happy Right Now?
Is it possible to feel happy in the midst of a global health crisis? It depends on what you consider “happiness” to be. Happiness is often fleeting, but contentment and peace of mind are always there — even in times of great difficulty. 
May 12, 2020
We're All in This Together
Ten years after we launched Headspace, we’re launching our first official podcast. Because now, more than ever, there’s so much noise in the world. Most of us don’t know how we approach our own minds, thoughts, or feelings. We can get so caught up in our individual circumstances that we don’t see that we’re all in this together — and that shared unity is a beautiful thing. Tune in to new episodes of Radio Headspace every weekday morning. 
May 11, 2020
Introducing: Radio Headspace
On weekday mornings, Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe brings you a positive affirmation to start your day. Weekday episodes are 3-5 minutes long, dropping every morning at 5a PST / 8a EST.
Apr 30, 2020