Get Some Headspace: Ten Minutes to Calm Through Meditation
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Get Some Headspace: Ten Minutes to Calm Through Meditation

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"""As a former Buddhist monk with over 10 years of teaching experience, Andy Puddicombe has been acknowledged as the UK's foremost mindfulness meditation expert. Like his readers and students, he began his own meditation practice as a normal, busy person with everyday concerns, and he has since designed a program that fits neatly into a jam-packed daily routine--proving th...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Graham Sharpe
Several years ago I suspended my cynicism, switched off my mobile phone and went on a two-day meditation course. After an awkward forty-eight hours of chanting, bell ringing and deathly silences I was sent home with a personal mantra and a recommendation to practice ‘doing it’ for thirty minutes twice a day. Guess what happened? I didn’t do it. Every time I sat down, hoping to find calm, I ended up compiling mental to-do lists. When the time was up I’d leap out of the chair feeling frantic and a...more
Jacopo
Feb 14, 2013 Jacopo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody interested in meditation
Mi sono avvicinato titubante alla lettura di questo libro, temendo fosse basato su spicci concetti new-age, ma ho voluto fidarmi dell'autore — "conosciuto" grazie al programma Headspace — e credo di aver fatto davvero bene.

Questo non è un libro sulla meditazione: è IL libro sulla meditazione; se dovessi consigliare ad una persona interessata a tale pratica una lettura introduttiva, sicuramente farei il nome di questo volume. Lo stile è estremamente lineare e piacevole, si ha la sensazione di sta...more
Manda
I found this book very entertaining, but I had two problems with it. One problem was that in listening to the vast amounts of meditation practice that Andy Puddicombe has undergone (he has stayed in many monasteries for a year or so where 18 days practice is common), I could not help but wonder how I was supposed to get to the same place as him in 10 minutes a day. I tend to meditate with dogs and a cat jumping on and off my lap, the cat, which is not a particularly cuddly cat, becomes a cuddly...more
Rene Rosales
This book is incredible, after practicing meditation for just a couple of days I began to see the benefits of mindfulness in every day life. This book is great for anyone who wants to just create more headspace through the practice of meditation. It's a great book for people looking to get into meditation but just don't know where to start. Another part of the book that i really enjoyed was how he incorporated his life with the stories and practices in the book, and the author can make you feel...more
Devo62
Beginners Only!!
This book contains very basic information on mindfulness and meditation. If you are a beginner or have been having trouble following a practice, this may contain the guidance you need. I was a little upset about the blatant commercialism of this book. The use of cute copyrighted terms like "headspace©" and "Take10©" turned me off. The book also repeatedly references the author's website where very little information is available without registering. It looked and smelled like a m...more
Nicki
Aug 07, 2012 Nicki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginners in meditation/mindfulness
I really enjoyed this book as I found it very interesting to read about mindfulness and meditation. I got this from the library as I wanted to read about the author who heads up Headspace, and to see where he was coming from. There are some very amusing stories about the author meditation journey in here which actually helps to understand mindfulness/meditation. I have been participating in the Headspace meditation for a few months and would have found this book more helpful before I started.
Stephanie
I won this book in a goodreads.com giveaway. I gave it my best but just could not get into it at all. It is extremely rare that I do not finish a book that I have started but at 100 pages in I can't go any further. I am going to try and pick it up again some other time and finish it. The title was so interesting and the book certainly does not mirror it.
Allison
Meh. I didn't get a lot out of this book... Meditation isn't so complicated that I need someone to explain it to me is such detail.

Heather -- If you want to get in to meditating, you might try some audiobooks that have guided meditations in them. Jack Kornfield's Meditation for Beginners is a good place to start.
Amanda
Absolutely fantastic!

I have attempted to read numerous books on meditation over the years and have tried and failed to meditate during the designated period in yoga classes. I knew I should be doing it but didn't know how. Learning how to meditate requires a wise, knowledgeable, patient, and relaxed teacher, but where and how do you find such a person? I imagine that it's possible in a very large metropolitan city or if you take the leap and decide to go on a retreat, which for me was too expen...more
Gregg
10 minutes a day doesn't seem so bad, but then again I could just drink a nice glass of sangria.
Selena La'Chelle
I came to this book after practicing the Headspace technique with the Take10 program, and if you like Andy's approach, you will find this book immensely helpful. Although a good portion of his theories and techniques are available through GetSomeHeadspace.com, I found that listening to the audiobook was extremely useful as both a summary of all the key elements I'd been introduced to thus far as well as being full of many details and stories that have made my Headspace journey all the more enjoy...more
Kristal Cooper
Admittedly, it must be hard to write a book about meditation since most people prefer to do it with their eyes closed. The author does a pretty good job of describing the process, but then the reader is left at the mercy of his/her memory when it's time to do the actual practice.

Puddicombe includes some autobigraphical anecdotes and case studies from his clients -- none of which add much value to the book, in my opinion. My favorite parts were the scientific studies about the benefits of medita...more
Penelope
I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

3 stars.

I enjoyed this book, and it provides good information to help you start a meditation practice (and a very simple practice, at that). There is also lots of information and encouragement related to how mindfulness goes beyond the meditation itself and is far from being isolated only to that 10 minutes set aside for "formal" practice.

I'd definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to incorporate meditation in a very...more
Kai
I was going to give Get Some Headspace 4 stars but the longer I sat on it, the more I realize that this book should get a 5 stars. Here are the reasons why:

1. Get Some Headspace gets straight to the point.
2. Meditation is not as easy as it seems or sounds
3. The author identify with the majority of the audience of never being at the present moment.
4. The book teaches the method of getting clarity not a quick fix or a push of button that everything works.
5. The book lists all the issues of why med...more
Ian
This is a good book for someone who hasn't meditated before and offers a useful approach by limiting it to 10 minutes per day, although whether this would yield much satisfaction or progress in the longer term is open to question.

The author has some amusing stories to tell about his own experiences. Some of the ideas I took away were the idea of exercising a 'gentle curiosity' in approaching the observation of your mind, as well as the idea that you can't meditate badly since meditation is payi...more
Andy
The exercises and ideas in this book are very helpful. I had always wanted to take up meditation because of the benefits I had read about. I didn't know how to start. I was unsure about going to a class because I didn't want to be the only one in my group of friends or family who was doing it. I also didn't want to explain it too others. I have been a bit emotionally closed off and I don't like to share a lot with others. On top of all of this was the misconceptions that I had attached to medita...more
Liz
I've been using the Headspace app/meditating for over a year now, so I've already heard most of Andy's advice/philosophy. The book was still worth the read for me for the fun stories he tells about his journey and some other ways to add meditation to daily life: walking meditation, eating meditation, etc.
Renate
Excellent for people looking for an introduction to mindfulness and meditation. Puddicombe skips all esoteric notions that one usually finds in books about medition. No chakra's or reincarnation here, "just" start with being attentive for ten minutes a day and take it from there.

Puddicombe speaks from profound experience as a Buddhist monk with a mission to "demystify meditation and bring it to the masses". I think he has done a great job! His approach for starting with "sitting" might seem sim...more
Jessica
Apr 03, 2012 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People new to meditation/mindfulness
Shelves: first-reads
Because I have spent some time practicing mindfulness/meditation already, my personal review of this book might be lower than that of someone who is new to it. Though the book explained a lot of thing that I was already familiar with, I still enjoyed the anecdotes involving the author's personal experience as a monk in various places around the world.

This is a pretty non-threatening way to begin practicing mindfulness for those who are interested. It uses simple instructions, requires no real t...more
Tina Hayes
"Get Some Headspace: Ten Minutes to Calm Through Meditation" by Andy Puddicombe teaches simple techniques to introduce the reader to meditation. The author is a Buddist monk, so who better to write on the subject. He explains the principles along with what to and not to expect, as well as the benefical outcome of practicing meditation every day. It's written as if the author is speaking directly to the reader, and dashes of humor make even more fun.

His website includes 10 free audio mediation se...more
Brielle
I won this book from goodreads.com First Read giveaway. I loved the author's personal touch on the book. He is an entertaining writer, and he really adds his personality to the book. It is a useful skill to learn if you have a busy life and have problems get away. It's almost like a mini-vacation in each day. I am having several people read this that I think could use some mindfulness. Many people have said that it is hard to read, and I can relate. It can get slow at parts but keep with it and...more
Beau Raines
This is a good book to complement the Headspace web site and app. I had gone through the Take10 program and enjoyed how this book provided more background to the techniques in Take10.

I do think that it would be challenging to learn mindfulness with this book alone. Its not a long read, maybe a few hours (read it on a plane ride, maybe) but it is an enjoyable one.
Ashley
Feb 24, 2014 Ashley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Rec'd by Denise.
Kirsty
Great so far. I've only made it as far as the first exercise but a lot of what Andy has to say makes sense. I love the fact that he incorporates scientific research and doesn't shy away from the fact that a lot of people think meditation to be a little wishy-washy. I've always avoided meditation because I haven't felt like it's something I'd be able to do without falling asleep but I really think this book will help me to meditate effectively.
cuifen
The most readable, accessible and practical guide to mindfulness for the modern reader that I've encountered yet. It may be a bit simple if you've had any kind of exposure or experience with the subject, but I really enjoyed the back-to-basics approach and would recommend this to anyone who's sceptical, knows someone who is sceptical, or has zero prior knowledge of the mindfulness movement and is apprehensive about where to start learning.
Robyn
Andy is a great writer. He wrote about meditation in such a way as to completely simply it and remove effort and mystery about it. Because of him, I now meditate every day. I have never read or heard anyone explain meditation so simply and not only that but he talks about how to transfer the benefits of meditation into your daily life. His chapter and techniques on using it for insomnia are fantastic!

He is funny too!
Sally Hannoush
"Get Some Headspace" is full of ways to help you relax and be more aware of yourself and your surroundings. I enjoy the way Andy Puddicombe explains things and adds in advice he has gotten from his teachers. You follow his sruggle to understand and practice mindfulness. We all need to find ways to help us deal with things and accept them as they are. This book, to me, is more of motivator to practice this.
pri
a good read, especially in combination with the website's free Take10 program. very simple application of mindfulness meditation that the inexperienced can wrap their head around. loved that he peppered it throughout with stories of his own mistakes saying that's how you learn the most. highly recommended. as well as the website.
Sarah
Just the sort of book I was looking for - something that is prepared to teach you a bit of meditation and mindfulness, but without all the spiritual baggage you usually find attached to that. A secular meditation, if you like.
Buyers of the book get access to some free mp3 meditations on the companion website, too.
Debra
I won a copy of this book. I'd have to say it works fairly well. The part about meditating to go to sleep is so true. When I followed the author's directions, I only realized upon waking, that it had actually worked, lol. The author includes a biographical sketch of his "path to enlightenment" that is interesting.
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