Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~Viktor Frankl
When I first met the Boston Buddha for breakfast, he ordered an egg pizza bagel. I’m not sure what I expected, but it was a refreshing start to our meeting.
Andy Kelley, aka the Boston Buddha, is affectionately called the blue collar Buddha by family, friends, and his wife in particular.
He’s an accomplished meditation teacher and a passionate advocate for the transforming effects of the practice. But perhaps uncommon among spiritual types, Andy’s a die-hard Boston sports fan—a true and unapologetic native son.
In some ways, he’s the last person you might expect to take up the mantle of meditation teacher. A self-described meat and potatoes Irish Catholic, he used to be a director and producer at a local TV broadcasting station.
But eventually, the relentless stress and all-consuming nature of that lifestyle precipitated a shift in the direction of his life. Now, he teaches meditation full time to school students and corporate executives alike.
In this interview, we learn about the events that led to Andy becoming the Boston Buddha, and we explore his approach to teaching meditation in corporations and schools.
I invited Andy to the show because he’s passionate about helping people change their mental habits through meditation to achieve deeper happiness and fulfillment. He’s full of practical wisdom and teaching tips that will help you hone your own meditation practice.
In this interview, the Boston Buddha and I explore:
- How Andy became a meditation teacher
- The benefits of different styles of meditation
- Why he does mantra-based meditation in the morning and mindfulness-based meditation in the afternoon
- How to strengthen the neural networks associated with attention
- How to change the stories we tell ourselves
- Why it’s important to pick one practice technique and stick with it
- How he came to be called the Boston Buddha
- Why he says that everyone is the Boston Buddha
- How he teaches meditation to students from 8-18 years old
- His unique 5-minute email meditation exercise for executives
- Andy’s main advice for new meditators
The Boston Buddha – Andy Kelley
Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra
The Secrets of Meditation by David Ji
Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Mindfulness for Beginners – Jon Kabit-Zinn
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