Andy's Zone Show Interview
Andy has been meditating for over 16 years and has been teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals for 8 years. He trained to be a mindfulness teacher at the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice at Bangor University, UK - an international centre for excellence in mindfulness training. Andy also teaches mindfulness and mentors children in a primary school in London where he manages a charity child therapy service.
He has a Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills from the BACP approved Manor House Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy and an Intermediate Diploma in Therapeutic Communications with Children from the London Metropolitan University. Andy is currently studying on a Diploma in Child Counselling at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.
Before becoming a mindfulness teacher, Andy worked as a professional drummer and has toured the world playing in a number of successful bands. It was during this time that he began to study Buddhism and explored a more spiritual path. Andy now brings his two main passions, mindfulness teaching and music, together with his guided meditations. He has released two successful albums, Revive and Awaken and Everyday Meditations. Both albums are aimed at helping people to bring mindfulness into their everyday lives and to deepen their meditation practice. Andy composes and records all the background music for his guided meditations (resisting the urge to put drums all over them!). Andy’s goal is to make meditation simple, meaningful and accessible to everyone.
Andy is also part of a wellbeing in education network in London and in 2015 Andy and the group were invited to facilitate participants at a conference on universal responsibility hosted by the Dalai Lama and Lord Rowan Williams at Cambridge University. Topics included resources, health, education, technology, environment and peace. The group has since been invited back to continue discussions.
I discovered that there’s a little more to life than meets the eye in my early 20s. At 23 I had realised my dream of playing drums for a living and touring the world but I wasn't happy. Something was missing. I didn’t discover what this was until some years later.
In the meantime, I began searching for a deeper meaning in life, which started with books on philosophy and spirituality. I hooked myself up with a local Buddhist centre and started attended their meditation evenings. I also listened to talks they sent me on cassette tapes* whilst on tour. I found the teachings fascinating and enjoyed formal meditation.
It was only when I did some mindfulness training few years later that everything really made sense. Meditation was no longer something I just did sat cross legged on a cushion but something I brought into everyday life whatever I was doing. Mindfulness gave me a new outlook on life and helped me to become happier, less stressed and appreciated the little moments during the day. Having experienced the positive effects of meditation I wanted to teach it to others so I began training as a mindfulness teacher. There's a longer story here but that's for another day 🙂