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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444722174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444722178
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,533 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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 April 2012
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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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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By RichardG on 17 Jun 2011
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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 By lij on 9 Jun 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Asparagus Girl on 28 Dec 2011
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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 By Paulo on 1 Jun 2011
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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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I got introduced to Headspace last October when I was flying to Las Vegas on Virgin Atlantic. They had recently updated their Gatwick fleet to have an on-demand entertainment system with lots of choice - and part of that was a meditation channel which was Andy talking about meditation with the cool animations you can see on their website.

I have been following via the android app the take 10 routine, then take 15 and 20 and am now on the "Discovery" series. I had in the past tried the Holosync meditation method which was an hour a day for the last 5 years but gave it up last year as my life just wasn't changing at all.

This book explains meditation very well and certainly dismisses a lot of the preconceptions about it. The stories that Andy tells about his own experience makes it very easy to relate to him - some had me laughing out loud. He comes across as very sincere and caring which makes me want to continue with my meditation to see where it might go.

If you are interested in meditation and want to learn from someone that has REALLY studied it for over a decade then this is the book to get.
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