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Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day Paperback – June 5, 2012
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“[Puddicombe] teaches techniques that can be practiced on a crowded subway or even while wolfing a sandwich during a quick lunch break at your desk.... Ed Halliwell [The Guardian] said Mr. Puddicombe is 'doing for meditation what someone like Jamie Oliver has done for food.' And like Mr. Oliver, he's ready to conquer the United States.” ―The New York Times
“The expert's expert.” ―The Times (UK)
“There is definitely no religion, and nothing touchy-feely about the [Headspace] workshop… By the end of the day, with the online resources for support, I feel equipped to join the ranks of those who make daily meditation part of their busy lives.” ―Time Out
“Om's the word, meet the Sunday Times Style's amazing new meditation guru.” ―Sunday Times Style (UK)
“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 Magazine
“Mindfulness is a hot topic in neuroscience. I consider the techniques in this book essential for maintaining a healthy brain and a happy mind. Andy is living proof that the ancient practice of mindfulness benefits modern day living.” ―Dr. Elena Antonova, Neuroscientist, King's College London
About the Author
ANDY PUDDICOMBE is currently the only Clinical Meditation Consultant in the United Kingdom with Medical Advisory Committee clearance for private practice. As a former Buddhist monk, he has trained extensively in meditation all over the world for more than 15 years. He returned to the UK in 2004 and set up the Headspace organization with one simple aim in mind: to demystify meditation and make it accessible and relevant to as many people as possible.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Andy Puddicombe's book, "Get Some Headspace" has finally got me going in the right direction. I'm not totally there yet, but I'm making progress. 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. He uses lots of stories and analogies. One of my favorites is the Blue Sky analogy. Think of being in a storm with dark clouds everywhere in sight and rain and thunder and lightning and noise. Then think of taking off in an airplane and breaking through all those dark clouds to a sunny blue sky. The blue sky is like the calm state our minds realize when we meditate.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had a huge impact on me. Highly recommended. I ended up downloading the app - I don't like paying on things like that but given the benefit I got from it I found it... Read morePublished 6 days ago by PlonyAlmoni
If you have ever thought about a meditation regimen but thought that it was too "new age hippie crap" think again. Read morePublished 6 days ago by oland t.
A little too simplified for someone with advanced meditative skills. Didn't pay attention to the level before I purchased itPublished 12 days ago by Tonya
Loved the app so I got the book. Recommend doing it in the other direction as the theory will better prepare for effectiveness in your practice. Read morePublished 20 days ago by William T. Howard
A very helpful book and app for those looking to get starting with mindfulness.
Brian Morris, M.D. Read more
Ach yes, meditation. This book is essentially an ad for Puddicombe's company Headspace, which packages ancient meditation/spiritual methods into 5-10 minute segments. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kaioatey
Some good common sense points of view when it comes to Mindfulness. Share some of the tricks with clients in practical ways.Published 5 months ago by db