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Get Some Headspace: Ten Minutes to Calm Through Meditation

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  448 ratings  ·  62 reviews
"""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 (first published 2011)
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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
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Brad Feld
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 meditat
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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
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
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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
Cate
I don't give out the 5 stars very often, and I'm still a little hesitant to give it the big 5. It doesn't earn it for the writing, which is good but not transformative, but I did something different with this book, which was read it, listen to it at the same time, and actually use the website to meditate. It's been just about two months, and Andy's approach to meditation has literally changed my mind, so that's worth five stars.

His ten minutes of meditation a day approach is brilliant, because t
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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.
Katya
IMHO, the best book for beginning meditators. Especially for those who do not care much for the meditation paraphernalia, but want it simple and effective.

Very clear down-to-earth instructions, great sense of humor (which one would definitely need learning to meditate for the first time!), lots of personal experience and learn-form-my-mistakes stories. But the main thing I learned is that one does not have to sit for hours to start feeling the results and that sitting does not have to be a tortu
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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.
Emily
Another meditation book that reeks of practicality. Only issue is the preaching to the choir first 3/4's of the book. If you pick a book up on meditation, obviously you understand its benefits.
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
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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
Claire Duffield
This book has changed my life.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Sonja
Deutsche Version "Mach mal Platz im Kopf" gelesen.
Ein sehr gutes, bodenständiges Buch mit vielen praktischen Tipps zum Meditieren. Eigentlich aber nur sinnvoll im Zusammenhang mit der Webseite www.headspace.com und den dort angebotenen geführten Meditationen.
Die Fallbeispiele am Ende fand ich unnötig. Abgesehen davon: absolut empfehlenswert!
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.
Anwen Garston
I started reading this book after using Headspace for about two months. It was an interesting read but I think I would have found it a lot more useful if I would have started reading it when I started meditating.
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
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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
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Ryan Monaghan
At its core, this book is a guide for one approach to Mindfulness based meditation, and includes evidence - statistical and anecdotal - on the benefits of daily practice.

The author focuses on shorter, practical meditative moments as part of a healthy lifestyle; eventually, culminating into a life centered around reflection and mindfulness in all situations. Standing in line at the grocery store and practicing techniques from this book is an example; meditating while brushing your teeth is anoth
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Andrew Uys
An amazing book that bridges between the meditation & mindful techniques of the Buddhist tradition and our modern lifestyle. I especially enjoyed the practical lessons that can be completed in 10 minutes, and have come to realize/practice one important key that the book stresses: practicing (any) is better than none and begins to reinforce itself.

Would recommend this book to anyone and everyone given the very simplicity and yet great importance of this book's message: mindfulness is breathin
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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
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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
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Andy Puddicombe, born September 23, 1972, is the founder of Headspace; an award-winning[1] digital health platform that provides guided meditation sessions for its users. A former Buddhist monk with a degree in Circus Arts. According to The Times, he is also considered the "international poster boy for the modern mindfulness movement".[2] As both author and public speaker,[3] Puddicombe is known f ...more
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