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The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness

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This program was previously published as Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day.

Quiet the mind, feel less stressed and less tired, and achieve a new level of calm and fulfillment in just ten minutes a day.

Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, the Voice of Headspace, and the UK's foremost mindfulness expert, is on a mission: to get
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2011)
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Bill Gates
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I stopped listening to music and watching TV in my 20s. It sounds extreme, but I did it because I thought they would just distract me from thinking about software. That blackout period lasted only about five years, and these days I’m a huge fan of TV shows like Narcos and listen to a lot of U2, Willie Nelson, and the Beatles.

Back when I was avoiding music and TV in the hope of maintaining my focus, I knew that lots of other people were using meditation to achieve similar ends. But I wasn’t inter
Graham Sharpe
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Often in life we get so caught up in the analysis, the dissection of every possible outcome, that we miss an opportunity altogether. Of course, some things require careful consideration, but the more we live mindfully, in the moment, the more we start to get a sense of what feels right. Whether you think of it as a gut feeling, intuition, being guided, or just knowing for yourself that it’s the right thing to do, this can be an incredibly liberating discovery.

Do your thoughts define the way you
reading is my hustle
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
It was a relaxed, slow-paced, lite book on meditation and a method of doing it.
I enjoyed the book, however, it didn't gave me a heavy insight into meditation, but it gave me fairly good understand of what involves in a good practice of meditation. And also it brought the importance of its integration into other parts of my life. I should mention that though the book explains some meditation practices, it cannot do the job of the app, and vice versa. Although I think the book was intended as an
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ei-fiktio
[I've also written a longer review of the book in my blog. You can find it here.]

I had already used the Headspace meditation app for a year before reading the book. Still, the book was definitely worth it! For example, the Headspace book goes deeper in the theory and reasoning than the app. The clear explaining also helped me correct some misconceptions I still had about meditation.

The Headspace book does a great job of teaching mindfulness in a very easy-to-understand way. Instead of giving the
TS Chan
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
3.5 stars.

I am quite convinced of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, which was why I read this book. The instruction surrounding the concept of mindfulness as a form of meditation made more sense than the 'traditional' idea of meditation, i.e. a state of having no thoughts in one's mind. I had tried that kind of meditation many times with all those breathing techniques with picturing one's third eye and the flow of prana, etc etc, but it never worked. The only thing that left me feeling
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While this book was an entertaining, gentle, and refreshingly irreverent introduction to meditation, from my perspective it didn't live up to the glowing reviews I'd heard about it. I've read a number of books and guides to meditation over the years, from Western approaches to Eastern religious texts (Hindu and Buddhist), and it's true that many of them can make the practice of meditation seem incredibly intimidating. This book takes a much less formal approach, and guides the reader through bot ...more
Mayur Bhanarkar
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Finished this book few weeks back but I didn't find myself worth of writing a review without practicing it in daily life. But today I feel confident enough to express how 10 minutes a day is creating a bigger change everyday. It feels more like; one step at a time. If it wasn't Andy Puddicombe's decision to go back to become a monk, if it wasn't his decision to come back and start the Headspace app, then it would have been difficult for me to experience this enlightenment in my life. I have alwa ...more
Helen King
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Love the app, which I use and find very engaging. The book, however, is a little repetitive if you are already using the app. Would be better to read the book and then see the film, if you get my drift. Some entertaining and poignant stories from Andy's monastical experiences though, which I did enjoy. ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Didn't quite expect a meditation guide to be so humorous! ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Andy Puddicombe is a genius. He has simplified meditation especially for the likes of me who felt meditation is some otherworldly technique that I'll never be able to master. A 10 min meditation is bite-sized, accessible, and almost inviting in itself. I've been using the Headspace app for over a year now, but this book really puts every aspect of the app into perspective.

Who knew that activities like eating, sleeping, and even walking could be meditative in nature! How so? Well, meditation is
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.

Helga Cohen
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, non-fiction
Andy Puddicombe a former monk is the founder and Voice of Headspace app.He trained in Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Russia and Scotland. Headspace exists to improve the health and happiness of people through mindfulness and mediation. In this book, Puddicombe the foremost mindfulness expert guides us through the steps of mediation in various ways, through eating, walking, running, sitting and sleeping. He tells us the story of his life as a monk and stories from people he encountered and explains th ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I really like how he writes, his conversational style, his sense of humor-yes, he can be so funny!, his deep yet down-to-earth and practical insights that are presented without being preachy. I found myself copying parts of it in my journal, especially when he talks about suffering in the introduction and how meditation doesn't change the way we feel about suffering, but instead it changes our our experience of those feelings. Loss and sadness will always be there, but they will be perceived dif ...more
Dr. Tobias Christian Fischer
13.06.2020 English version: Meditation increases our quality of life by making us more relaxed, balanced and healthier. It is enough if we invest ten minutes a day to create some space in our head and to distance ourselves from our thoughts and feelings.

23.02.2021 Deutsche Version: Die Gefühle nachempfinden ohne sie zu kontrollieren - das ist das Ziel. Unsere Gedanken sind wie Autobahn und die Gedanken ziehen wie Autos vorbei. 10 min Meditation hilft dabei sich zu entspannen.

Ralf Kruse
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book helped me to understand meditation and mindfulness in a better way, plus it motivated me to practice.
I highly appreciate the authors way to bring over his points from the underpaying intention and his combination with great stories.
Highly recommend this book, if you want to understand the meaning of mindfulness and mediation.
Annetherese Biesiada
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have the app downloaded and the have enrolled in the year course. I really like this program. Soon I will be able to get on that plane to Ireland without screaming.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book. A lot of good information!!! I recommend!!!
Nakul Mohan
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had known about mindfulness and the headspace app since 2016 but only used it occasionally when I felt really stressed and needed to flush my head. The life changing potential of it never really made sense to me, as other than making me feel good for a few minutes, I couldn’t feel much difference for the rest of the day.
The mind is not always a friend. It’s just a biological mechanism designed for our survival. A monkey brain that’s flexible enough to learn the ropes of modern life.
My monkey w
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finished is a relative term here - this is a book to come back to again and again for practice focus and inspiration. I have been meditating using different techniques for a while, some years more than others, and been consistently using headspace method this past year - hearing all good things from friends and colleagues. Andy Puddicombe’s method definitely hits the spot! The book is clearly written but not ***easy reading*** - it’s author has certainly had an interesting path to becoming a big ...more
Vishal Singhania
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to topics such as these, reviews could be so much about perspectives and existing expertise on the subject.

For me personally, I was always drawn towards meditation and was convinced that it had life changing implications. But having a mindset of a skeptic and a rationalist, it's always tad too difficult to approach such practices without getting to the bottom of it. It is not enough that you know it works. Knowing how and when it works and when it doesn't is the key to unlocking th
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Taken from Bill Gate’s 2018 reading recommendations.
Detailed instructions on how to begin a meditation practice and even how to continue and improve an existing one.
Simple explanations, great analogies and elegant solutions to the complex exercise of learning how to deal with and enjoy our minds.
The Headspace app is excellent as well.
I thought that other book about meditation that I’ve read, 10% Happier, was good and I rated accordingly. But when compared to Headspace it falls short
Rachel Cunning
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as I was learning how to be more mindful and trying to better understand the benefits of meditation. For a book written by a Buddhist monk, I didn’t expect it to be so funny and relatable. Even better, Puddicombe is excellent at explaining how meditation works and how we get in the way of our own headspace. After reading this book, I finally understood how meditation was supposed to work.
Kresimir Mudrovcic
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. ...more
Wow! A super nice and useful book. Very pleasant for listening. Andy Puddicombe's voice is quite relaxing. Learnt a whole bunch of stuff (describing later). Highly recommended for people that would like to get more headspace, obviously. :) ...more
Dhanraj Acharya
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A short and sweet guide on meditation. It's not a rocket science and it doesn't have to be. No complex concepts or sitting crossed legged or chanting. It covers the most foundational concepts which are used in almost all kinds of meditation. ...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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