Looking for peace and quiet? You’ve already got it. In this animation, Headspace’s co-founder, Andy Puddicombe, describes the stillness that’s present in all our minds so long as we know how to find it. Learning to meditate means getting in touch with that sense of underlying calm. And once we’ve experienced it, it’s always with us, just like the blue sky is there, no matter how stormy the clouds start to look.
Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.