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Get Some Headspace Paperback – January 1, 2012

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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 is a meditation and mindfulness expert. An accomplished presenter and writer, Andy is the voice of all things Headspace. In his early twenties, midway through a university degree in Sports Science, Andy made the unexpected decision to travel to the Himalayas to study meditation instead. It was the beginning of a ten year journey which took him around the world, culminating with ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Northern India. His transition back to lay life in 2004 was no less extraordinary. Training briefly at Moscow State Circus, he returned to London where he completed a degree in Circus Arts with the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama, whilst drawing up the early plans for what was later to become Headspace. He has been featured widely in international press, appearing in Vogue, NYT, FT, Entrepreneur, Men's Health and Esquire, to name but a few. He also makes regular appearances on TV and online, having been featured on BBC, Dr Oz, Netflix and TED. Andy currently lives in Venice, California, with his wife Lucinda.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444722204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444722208
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,222,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I needed Andy Puddicombe's book because I wanted to break out of What If? and Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda-Land. I want to live in the moment and enjoy or at least be present in my everyday life. The happiest times in my life have always been when I'm completely present. Remember what it was like to fall in love? To land in a new city on vacation? To hear a symphony in person for the first time? Unfortunately, it seems the longer I live, the more thoughts and concerns that I have and the more difficult it is to stop all the "what if and could-shoulda-woulda" stuff that is buzzing around in my head. What happened to the days when everything was new and exciting and an adventure? What happened to the days when I didn't worry about every little thing and just concentrated on the present? I've read other books on meditation and mindfulness and I've tried, I really have, to clear my mind and just be present. But telling myself not to think of anything is like telling myself not to think of a purple cow. The more I tried, the more purple cows that appeared.

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.
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