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Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day

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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 of mindfulness and guided meditation that fits neatly into a ja ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2011)
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Graham Sharpe
Jan 26, 2013 Graham Sharpe rated it it was amazing
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
Brad Feld
Mar 02, 2014 Brad Feld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meditation
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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Elizabeth
Apr 10, 2015 Elizabeth added it
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow. I sort of cannot believe how much I liked this book. I have never been good at quieting my mind and that was BEFORE having kids. And since? It is so noisy- I want a break from my thoughts. Enter this book. I think I read somewhere that meditation is a gym membership for the mind. It's true, guys! I have downloaded the Headspace app and I LOVE it. It is perfect for a beginner like me b/c the app uses guided meditation. All it requires is ten minutes of your time a day. And after that ten min ...more
Jacopo
Feb 14, 2013 Jacopo rated it really liked it
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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Devo62
Apr 20, 2012 Devo62 rated it liked it
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 mon
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Kim
Sep 02, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I wasn't surprised that I loved this book, because I loved Andy's TED talk and have recently started using the Headspace website to learn to meditate. I decided to pick up this book to learn more about the approach to meditation and how to integrate mindfulness in my daily life.

The book really hit those topics without being overly clinical (it even managed to make me laugh a couple times). I especially recommend it for beginners to meditation who are unsure that they have the time or patience to
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Mandy
Aug 17, 2012 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Nicholas Shaw
Jun 03, 2016 Nicholas Shaw rated it it was ok
First off, I should say I was a Headspace user for over two years before reading this book. I believe this is VERY important in this context as a number of the points in the book I was familiar with in great detail before even looking at the cover.

Therefore, while if you're a Headspace user or someone who has been practicing meditation for some time, you will be unlikely to take away a great deal, I still think you will enjoy the book. Learning about Andy's background was incredibly interesting,
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Paula
Wonderful stuff. Everyone should listen to this guy. Mindfulness makes so much sense. I downloaded the app after GR friend Elizabeth spoke so highly of the book. After the 10 minutes of guided meditation a day, your mind feels nice and relaxed.

Highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars.

Kresimir Mudrovcic
May 18, 2016 Kresimir Mudrovcic rated it really liked it
It is the best book about meditation I've read so far. It has lots of practical examples and advice, great analogies and is written in the easy to digest way. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in meditation and mindfulness.
Emily
Sep 04, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Penelope
Apr 27, 2012 Penelope rated it liked it
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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Rene
Jul 29, 2012 Rene rated it it was amazing
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
Anisah
Jun 20, 2015 Anisah rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, has a lot of useful techniques to use during meditation. It had made me look at meditation from a different perspective, who knew you could meditate while walking or eating? It's amazing! I even tried the online headspace meditation website, it has got some useful resources to really helps you get into the meditation, I find that mans voice very soothing. This is a great book for anyone who wants to look at meditation differently.
Kayra
Jan 12, 2016 Kayra rated it it was amazing
Hayat perspektifinizi nasıl değiştirebileceğinizi metaforlarla anlatırken 'fikir' boyutuna takılı kalmadan meditasyonu hayatın içinde nasıl kullanılabileceğinizi, alışkanlık haline nasıl getirebileceğinizi, takılabileceğiniz noktaları çok başarılı bir şekilde anlatıyor Puddicombe. En hoş tarafı para ve reklam tuzaklarıyla içinizi baymaması.
Leonidas Kaplan
May 18, 2016 Leonidas Kaplan rated it it was amazing
The Lack of Commitment

I will tell you a story of why I decided to COMMIT to meditation. Before November 2015, I would simply dabble in meditation. Sometimes doing 6-7 days in a row of meditation, then not having the desire to continue, and then resume a few weeks or months later.

Meditation has always been on that 'should do because it's good for you' list, just like going to the gym, eating healthy, and saving money. Yet, there just wasn't a DESIRE to commit to doing it every day.

The Cute Manag
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José Antonio Lopez
I first learned about Andy Puddicombe through a conference by Dan Harris at Google where he explains as a regular guy his journey from an skeptic to a meditation and mindfulness promoter. Dan's businessmen style was very different from the stereotype of the 60's psychedelic hippy. I have considered meditation for quite a while but never take the initiative.

My first approach was to try Headspace app in my phone. A 10-minute 10-day introduction ended up being promising. Since I like to dig into th
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Cate
Nov 10, 2014 Cate rated it it was amazing
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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Quentinloca
Aug 29, 2016 Quentinloca rated it liked it
Did not alway enjoy the voice or style of the writer. Beyond that, a good primer to mindfulness and meditation.
Nicki
Aug 07, 2012 Nicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2012 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-read
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
Aug 20, 2011 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lifestyle
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.
Kelli
Mar 26, 2015 Kelli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
Written by a monk but entirely accessible by the layperson, this is the best resource for using meditation in your everyday, busy life. The author entertains with stories of his training from around the world and seamlessly works in the core values of his lifestyle: acceptance, non-judgment, compassion. Also, he explains the different types of meditation: walking, eating, seated, reminding us that one needn't be locked away alone in a room to get some headspace. Finally, he offers multiple ways ...more
Semper Liber
May 15, 2016 Semper Liber rated it really liked it
Andys style of teaching really resonates with me and this book has some great advice especially for novices.

Entertaining stories from Andy's 10 years as a monk are interwoven into important points making this a entertaining read. One which comes to mind is his story on making a curry in the monastery which goes terribly wrong!

I found reading this while using the Headspace app a really helpful combination as it provided more foundation on the basics of meditation and mindfulness.

I recommend this
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KarmA1966
Sep 07, 2015 KarmA1966 rated it liked it
An extension of the popular meditation app, the book provides real-life examples of mediating in the modern world.

What I really appreciate about Andy's approach to and challenges with meditation:

He understands that the world is a big noisy stressful place. Too many meditation books assume when you sit to meditate that you have found optimal conditions to quiet your mind. Not likely. And Andy gets that.

He explains how to meditate with the noise of the world, the noise of our own thoughts, buzzi
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Amanda
Dec 29, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2012 Gregg rated it liked it
10 minutes a day doesn't seem so bad, but then again I could just drink a nice glass of sangria.
Amanda
Jun 24, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Andy is your go to guy for mindfulness, in my honest opinion.
Selena La'Chelle
Jan 09, 2014 Selena La'Chelle rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 04, 2013 Claire Duffield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has changed my life.
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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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“¿Te has dado cuenta alguna vez de cuánto énfasis ponen algunas personas en la más pequeña dificultad de sus vidas, y qué poco reflexionan sobre sus momentos de felicidad?” 0 likes
“That’s why I prefer the word “headspace.” It describes an underlying sense of peace, a feeling of fulfillment or unshakeable contentment, no matter what emotion might be in play at that time. Headspace is not a quality of mind dependent on surface emotions; this means it can be experienced just as clearly in periods of sadness or anger as it can in times of excitement and laughter. Essentially it’s “being okay” with whatever thoughts you’re experiencing or emotions you’re feeling. That’s” 0 likes
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