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Andy Puddicombe
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26 May 2011

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 new level of calm and fulfilment. By following the daily exercises you will start to experience literally life changing results. The benefits of mindfulness and meditation are now well documented with doctors advising their patients to give it a try. Andy brings this ancient practice into the modern world, tailor made for the most time starved among us.

For beginners and seasoned meditators alike, here is the opportunity to harness and develop skills that will combat the negative symptoms of our fast paced world, and that once learned, will last a lifetime.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444722174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444722178
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The expert's expert - Britain's top meditation guru. (The Times)

Learn to live in the moment with GET SOME HEADSPACE by top meditation guru Andy Puddicombe. His practical guide will help you de-stress and have a calmer, happier life. (Grazia)

'If you've always wanted to try meditation, then this is the perfect guide to 'mindfulness' and finding yourself ten minutes of Zen'. (Scotsman Magazine)

Andy bubbles over with enthusiasm and is so easy to follow that most of us leave convinced and with every intention of an attempt to sustain our relaxed/alert state. (Easy Living)

A quiet mind is the key to feeling less stressed, less tired and having a new level of calm and contentment. (Woman's Way)

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Demystifying meditation for the modern world: an accessible and practical route to improved health, happiness and well being, in as little as 10 minutes.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 30 April 2012
By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, is recognized as the UK's foremost mindfulness meditation expert. He shares powerful excises, stories and techniques to help calm the chatter in the mind in "Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day."
He says meditation isn't about becoming a different person. It's about training in awareness, understanding how and why we think and feel the way we do and getting a healthy sense of perspective in the process.
He was drawn to meditation or "headspace" in his early 20s because he felt his mind was permanently switched on, going round and round like a washing machine. In addition to his 'busy head' he felt as though he was always drifting into unnecessary worry, frustration and sadness.
He says he prefers the word 'headspace' because it describes the underlying sense of peace and contentment no matter what emotion might be at play. He says mindfulness is the ability to be present, meditation is the best way to learn the skill and 'headspace' is the outcome.
The theme of "Get Some Headspace" is awareness and an understanding of ourselves and others. It's about developing a gentle curiosity: watching, noticing and observing what's happening in every aspect of our life. It's about finding a sense of ease with ourselves right now, choosing how we see life and how we communicate and relate with others, cultivating kindness, compassion and appreciation towards ourselves and others and developing greater dedication, balance, equanimity, acceptance, presence and composure.
Andy says there are three components of mindfulness training: understanding how to "approach" the technique, how to behave while "practicing" the technique and how to "integrate" that quality of mind into everyday life.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on mindfulness and meditation EVER 17 Jun 2011
This is the best book on meditation and mindfulness ever written, BY FAR. It is easy to read, free from complex jargon and very engaging.The book is highly motivating, funny and interesting. Andy shares his own experiences of life including time spent as a monk. At no time did I feel that I needed to follow a religious path to benefit from meditation. Everyone can find ten minutes a day to follow this programme. Challenges in meditation are discussed and each challenge is reduced to a speck of dust rather than a mountain to climb. I love the way that Andy sets out the ten minute technique but then goes on to tell the reader how to apply the principles of mindfulness in every day life. This is the first book that I have read that accomplishes both with ease. This book can change your life or...... show you how to do that! Thanks Andy. ( I am off to take Ten) The first few times I tried the 10 minute meditation I found myself CONCENTRATING on my breathing rather than becoming aware. The technique asks that one becames aware of one's breathing and suggests that ones counts 1 on the first inbreath and 2 on the first outbreath etc. up to 10 and then back to one again. I was focusing far too much on the counting rather than a gentle awareness of the breathing. I hope that helps.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic read 9 Jun 2011
By lij
The stories that Andy has written brought me tears of both laughter and sadness. Reading about Andy's transformation from uni student to buddhist monk was a very interesting journey to follow! The stories are really inspiring and certainly have helped me to be more mindful in life. I'm really getting a lot out of the techniques that are taught in the book - they are incredibly clear and concise...just what is needed in today's crazy lifestyle! I'll definitely read the book again - it's great to go back and refer to. Thanks Andy!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars IS IT JUST ME??? 26 Oct 2013
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I have now read this book cover to cover, with great difficulty, as I was so bored by it. It purports to be a book about teaching Mindfulness, but most of it is a straight forward autobiography. Which although interesting, is not what I thought I was buying. I have learned absolutely nothing from this book, and am cross with myself for going against my own judgement of giving up on a book of this type if it is not teaching me something. The book is over 200 pages long, but one has to get to page 90 before there is anything resembling instruction. Even then it is still really Andy Puddicombe relating his experience as a Monk..
There are so many positive reviews of this book, and that's why I bought it, but for me, there are better books out there.....

Since leaving this review, I have found an amazing book on Mindfulness here on Amazon. It's called "Full Catastrophe Living" how to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation, by Jon Kabat-Zin. A friend loaned me her copy, but I am so interested by it, that I wanted my own. It's a big book, but very easy to read, and in layman's language. AND the exercises are at the beginning!! I highly recommend it......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get some headspace 28 Dec 2011
I purchased this book after completing the online meditations (take 10 and take 15) to enhance my practice.
Andy's book interweaves personal stories with meditation techniques and tips.
Loved this and enjoyed enhancing my practice.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation Kickstart 1 Jun 2011
By Paulo
I had been thinking about meditation for quite some time but have been put off by some of the 'spiritual' books out there. I found this an excellent book to get started with. It helped to demystify what meditation actually is and from it, I have a practice which I can bring into my daily life. Excellent stuff!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction to scope of meditation
Stories used by Andy to illustrate pints really add sense. However the take 10 meditation app is essential , it only makes sense in practcticezz
Published 8 days ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Service,Would Use Again
Published 11 days ago by N. Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy's great qualification for writing this book is
I bought this book as it was cheap and its style appealed to me as a way of teaching myself meditation also known as mindfulness although the two are not the same thing as Andy... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Vijay
5.0 out of 5 stars Good meditating
Meditate the easy way . I had sample on iPhone so bought the book. Simple to follow
Published 20 days ago by M. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A book recommended by the doctor. Very helpful
Published 1 month ago by Dolphin
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend for anybody who lives in the past/future
This book has changed my life. I would recommend for anybody who lives in the past/future!
Published 1 month ago by MR D P C BURGESS
3.0 out of 5 stars Headspace
Very interesting,I will try it,watch this space , we all need a bit of headspace in are life,s ,thank you
Published 1 month ago by Colin Gleeson
5.0 out of 5 stars simple
At last I got to know what meditation is. If you cant explain something simply, you haven't yet understood it enough said once a wise man. Read more
Published 2 months ago by yo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item as per description and despatched promptly.
Published 2 months ago by Kath Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - demystifies meditation!
Andy Puddicombe demystifies this subject matter and makes it easy and user friendly for us 'earthlings'! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Atinamu
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