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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250008404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250008404
  • ASIN: 1250008409
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,058 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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My exploration into meditation continues. I started on February 5th when I wrote the post Learning To Meditate. Since then, I've been practicing every day, read a few books on meditation, talked to a lot of people about it, and explored several iPhone / web apps.

The impact on me has been awesome.

After talking to Jerry Colonna for a few hours about meditation on the snowy Sunday after I started, he recommended I take a look at Headspace. I signed up that night and started doing the Take10 meditations. For the first few days, I did it once a day, but then quickly starting practicing twice a day, once in the morning and once before I went to bed. Occasionally I'd toss in another session at lunch time, although sometimes I just did a silent meditation instead for 10 to 15 minutes.

After about a week I was deeply hooked. I grabbed the iPhone GetSomeHeadspace app and untethered myself from my desk. We've got a meditation room in our new house and even though it's very sparse right now (just one sitting pillow), it's a magnificent sanctuary for my meditation.

I noticed that Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, had written a book called Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day. I downloaded it and read it last night and this morning. Since I'm deep into the Headspace program, a lot of it was familiar to me. But Andy's description of his own meditation journey is fascinating, and reinforces a lot of things he guides you through in the Headspace program.

Near the end, he has a great chapter on different forms of meditation beyond sitting. He covers walking, sleeping, eating, and running. These are forms that intrigue me, especially since I run a lot, eat too fast, and am exploring different sleep patterns.
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