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

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  618 ratings  ·  90 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 of mindfulness that fits neatly into a jam-packed daily routine ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (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
Elizabeth
Apr 10, 2015 Elizabeth added it
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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
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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Jacopo
Feb 14, 2013 Jacopo rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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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 mon
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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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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
Anisah
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.
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
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  ·  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.
Mariano
Very straight forward, down to earth, "secular" and practical approach to mindfulness. I was afraid that the book was going to be a mean to sell Puddicombe's Headspace program, but it isn't.

The book is didactic and presents an easy approach to the subject. The journey of Andy Puddicombe is quite interesting, and having been a regular guy from UK (i.e., a westerner) who went from a Sports Science student to a monk, and then became teacher and speaker, with all sorts of experiences in between all
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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.
Joe Bamforth
I bought this book as an antidote to the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. I was on my second attempt at the rambling and confused Stephen Covey self help bible (I made it all the way to habit 5 this time!) when I was feeling thoroughly stressed out. As a long time meditator and more recent headspacer, Puddicombe's book has been on my to-read list for a while, so I bought it thinking it would wash the stench of personal mission statements and emotional bank accounts from my mind.

The antidote
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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.
Kelli
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
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.
Kristien Kellens
NOTE: I didn't finish the book, I just clicked on 'Read' to get it out of my readers list.

I came across this book through Puddicombe's meditation app. Considering the app was quite pricey, I thought I should start out with the book first and then decide whether his meditation method is something for me. And well, let's just say I didn't finish the book and didn't buy the app.

I was expecting a bit more of exercises and ways to get into meditation but to do that, you first have to go through lots
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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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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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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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Jane
I've been using the Headspace programme for a while now but hadn't spotted the book. A good accompaniment to the programme. I can imagine that if you weren't interested in the programme as well that the references to Take10 etc could be annoying. That said, as with the programme, it's a very easy tone of voice and full of permission to learn and be kind and to be curious. Not in the slightest bit dictatorial. It's probably worth a second read to pick up on the things I missed first time around.
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!
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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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