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The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  6,078 ratings  ·  541 reviews
Andy Puddicombe, founder of the much publicised Headspace, is on a mission: to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to sit in the here and now. Here he shares his simple to learn, but highly effective techniques of meditation. Accessible and portable, these powerful techniques promise amazing results. Quiet the mind, feel less stressed, less tired and achieve a ...more
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Published February 28th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2011)
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Bill Gates
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 Im 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 wasnt
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 didnt do it. Every time I sat down, hoping to find calm, I ended up compiling mental to-do lists. When the time was up Id leap out of the chair feeling frantic and ...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
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 ...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
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Helen King
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
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 ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.
Andreea Zelenyak
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book. A lot of good information!!! I recommend!!!
Annetherese Biesiada
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.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good read for those starting to meditate with Andy's Headspace app (which I do recommend!). The book is not enough alone, in my opinion, to start to practice meditation even though it gives you guidance on how to do it, but it is a good addition when getting to know meditation or when already following the guided meditations.

In the book Puddicombe explains the same concepts that you can find in the videos in the app but the book goes through them more profoundly: Andy has a story for
Nakul Mohan
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 couldnt feel much difference for the rest of the day.
The mind is not always a friend. Its just a biological mechanism designed for our survival. A monkey brain thats flexible enough to learn the ropes of modern life.
My monkey went
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 Puddicombes method definitely hits the spot! The book is clearly written but not ***easy reading*** - its author has certainly had an interesting path to becoming a big ...more
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
Rachel Cunning
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 didnt 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. ...more
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.
Dhanraj Acharya
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristina Stefanova
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. :)
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, spiritual, 2019
Tons of great information, really makes meditation seem less daunting and more down to earth.
Francisca Painhas
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insights on meditation. A good read for someone who has been thinking about it but havent yet tried. Also good for those starting ...more
Stijn Zanders
The book felt quite empty compared to the headspace experience I am used to. It has interesting and mainly funny stories of Andy in various monasteries around the world.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness is an easy introduction to the eponymous mental exercises. Andy Puddicombe, former Buddhist monk and founder of the Headspace app, presents the exercise (here, titled 'Take10') through separate stages - the approach, the practice, and the integration. Puddicombe especially emphasises the importance of 'integrating' these exercises into ordinary life - whether when walking, eating, exercising, sleeping, or anything else. Although the ...more
Gabriel Deak
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing introduction and step-to-step guide to mindfulness and meditation.

After having read The Power of Now (by Eckhart Tolle) I really felt inspired to get more into spirituality and meditation, however that book lacked an extensive how to guide. Then I found the Headspace app (also by Andy Puddicombe) with guided meditation sessions which really helped me get into meditation and mindfulness. I read "Get some Headspace" on the side which helped me improve my meditation even better!

You don't
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
20180409 ◊ While Robert Wright's "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment" is the best book I've read on Buddhist philosophy, Andy Puddicombe's "The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness" is the very best book I've ever read on the nuts & bolts experience of actually, for-reals, and I mean really-for-reals sitting your ass down to meditate. He breaks introductory steps down into rational, approachable bits, without getting too bogged down with history or ...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 ...more

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