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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444722204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444722208
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The expert's expert - Britain's top meditation guru. The Times Learn to live in the moment with GET SOME HEADSPACE by top meditation guru Andy Puddicombe. His practical guide will help you de-stress and have a calmer, happier life. Grazia 'If you've always wanted to try meditation, then this is the perfect guide to 'mindfulness' and finding yourself ten minutes of Zen'. Scotsman Magazine Andy bubbles over with enthusiasm and is so easy to follow that most of us leave convinced and with every intention of an attempt to sustain our relaxed/alert state. Easy Living A quiet mind is the key to feeling less stressed, less tired and having a new level of calm and contentment. Woman's Way

About the Author

Andy Puddicombe started learning to meditate at the age of 11, and explored various approaches throughout his teens. In his early twenties he decided to act on his hunch that there had to be more to life, and set off to Asia to become a Buddhist monk. He became a fully ordained monk at a Tibetan Monastery in the Indian Himalayas, and spent many years living in monasteries and retreats throughout the world. Andy returned to the UK in 2004 with one simple intention: to demystify meditation, to make it accessible, relevant and beneficial to as many people as possible. And thus the seeds of Headspace were sown. Andy is now a registered Clinical Meditation Consultant with the UK Healthcare Commission.

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This book was a great read and outlined meditation and awareness in a very simple and clear manner.
Brooke Paton
The thing I liked best about his book is that he's very down to earth and has a great way of explaining how to get to a point of living mindfully.
PT Cruiser
Andy Puddicombe's book is not only an excellent introduction to meditation, it's also a great read and very funny.
A. Ondrey

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bee VINE VOICE on April 22, 2012
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I have only meditated a few times in my life, so it is fair to say that I am not even a beginner. More like someone who is interested in the concept but too lazy and unmotivated to attempt and commit to a meditation practice. I keep considering it, however, because research on meditation makes it clear that it improves health and happiness. I've read a number of books on meditation, hoping that I'll find one that will help me get more clarity on why it works, how it works, and how to get started. Much to my surprise, Get Some Headspace meets all three criteria. But helpful as it is, the book is also an extended advertisement for a website that sells his program. The fees for website content range from $14.95 for a month to $399.95 for "forever." I do not think the latter category implies that meditation will lead to eternal life, but I'm not going to spend the 400 bucks to find out. Still, I don't want to let my irritation about the expense of the web content detract from my evaluation of the worth of the book content.

I'll get the negatives out of the way first. I was searching for a book on meditation for beginners, and what I found was a book on meditation for dummies. It is aimed at the lowest common denominator, the writing style is unsophisticated, and it could benefit from some additional editing. (For example, I am surprised that an editor would allow the publication of phrases such as "quite unique" and "10 p.m. in the evening." In fairness, though, I have an advance reading copy, and perhaps these errors will be corrected before the book goes to press.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Hogan VINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
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My son lived in Korea for five years and had communicated a number of Eastern beliefs and practices from his time there and I therefore had a fundamental awareness of the topic of mindfulness through meditation.

The title of this book intrigued me because like many Westerners, I felt a void in certain areas and felt "head space" could be a positive. The author, Andy Puddicombe, is a former Buddhist monk and is recognized as an important mindfulness meditation expert in the UK.

The introduction seems a bit drawn out, but it actually dispels some myths about meditation and introduces the reader to the reasons behind the concepts in the book. It addresses the values and principles of meditation, and the author's personal experiences.

The book is in sections

1. 'The Approach'
2. The Practice'
3. 'The Integration',

Each of these move the reader from background and general interest to preparing to meditate and then to incorporating the concept of mindfulness into your life.

Along the way are a series of short exercises one can do while reading, which is really a good introduction.

The book is manageable and easy to follow. Personal examples and stories are blended throughout the book and make the topics easier to follow as he is describing them.

He tries to balance the value of meditation between focus and relaxation, which makes the comments on mindfulness more understandable. The focus of "Get Some Headspace" is a greater awareness and understanding of ourselves and those we interact with.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful By ladyfingers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 7, 2012
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My experience in meditation is very limited. I've only read two books on the subject, but wanted to continue learning more. I chose "Get Some Headspace" because it offers the Take 10 program, aimed at integrating mindfulness into busy people's active lifestyles.

I discovered not all self-help books are created equal. Andy Puddicombe's book is easy to read, but lacks substance. At 214 pages, it's a smattering of analogies and snippet pieces of advice. It reminded me of an old home repair book--not enough useful information conveyed to actually get anything fixed. The first one hundred pages are basically stories stemming from Andy Puddicombe's difficult attempts at learning how to meditate at various monasteries. Supposedly these tales are in the book to help readers better grasp the Take 10 program without having to go through the same grueling ordeals Andy did as a monk. Some are extreme anecdotal examples. I wondered why they were even included.

The actual Take 10 program is explained in just a few brief pages in the middle of the book, and involves the most basic breathing routine. By comparison, another book I read, The Power of Prana, offers a breathing routine as well. Master Stephen Co's entire 189 page book stays focused around this routine, but he incorporates meditation, enhanced breathing exercises and advanced practices which encompass a complete spiritual and energetic framework. Every page of this very organized book is packed with useful information that even a beginner can appreciate.

"Get Some Headspace" might offer enlightenment, but not by reading the book.
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