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Andy Puddicombe

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'Get Some Headspace' by Andy Puddicombe offers an accessible guide to meditation and mindfulness for busy people. Practical techniques for cultivating clarity, focus and calm in daily life.

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    Headspace means living just as you already do – with an added sense of peace and fulfillment.

    Imagine a life in which you can relish the moment and are free of extraneous thoughts, worries and distractions. This clear-headed state can be referred to as headspace. Sounds blissful, right? But how do you get there?

    As you may have guessed – through meditation. By practicing regular meditation, you can teach your mind to relax back into its natural, chaos-free state.

    So what exactly is meditation? It’s a gentle unfurling of the mind in order to cultivate a more direct insight into the moment. It’s being conscious of how and why we feel the way we do. Engaging in meditation offers respite from all the pressures and distractions of the modern world that make a perfect breeding ground for anxiety, and in turn affect our happiness and our relationships.

    Furthermore, meditation is the skill of knowing how to step back and not let yourself get caught up in endless spirals of unproductive negative thoughts. A frantic, anxious mind is like a wild horse: to train it, you must be easy on it, cut it some slack and give it the space it needs. Gentleness is key. 

    Great techniques to ease into meditation include simply sitting still and allowing your thoughts to drift by without becoming attached to them. You can elaborate on this exercise by focusing on a particular sense, such as sight or sound, and if you find yourself getting hijacked by your thoughts, simply refocus your attention to that particular sense.

    If you’re looking for moments of clarity, they will come from “not doing” and stepping back to allow the mind to wind down when – and how – it wants.

    Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a good or bad meditation. There is only a distracted or undistracted meditation or an aware or unaware person.

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    What is Get Some Headspace about?

    Get Some Headspace (2011) paves an easy path to understanding meditation and the ways it can benefit us. Drawing on his own experience as a Buddhist monk, Puddicombe offers a strong case that even the busiest people can take ten minutes a day to get some much needed headspace and live better because of it.

    Get Some Headspace Review

    Get Some Headspace (2011) is a book that explores the benefits of meditation and mindfulness in our hectic lives. Here's what makes this book worth reading:

    • Through practical exercises and personal stories, it gives readers the tools they need to cultivate a daily meditation practice and find inner calm.
    • Backed by scientific research and the author's own experience as a Buddhist monk, it provides a deep understanding of the benefits of mindfulness.
    • The book's accessible and engaging tone ensures that it is not only informative but also enjoyable to read, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to reduce stress and improve their overall well-being.

    Who should read Get Some Headspace?

    • Anyone searching for a beginner’s guide to meditation
    • The stressed and anxious
    • People whose working day is out of control

    About the Author

    Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk who founded Headspace in 2004 with a view to demystifying the preconceptions many of us hold about meditation.

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    What is the main message of Get Some Headspace?

    The main message of Get Some Headspace is the power of meditation in finding peace and clarity in our busy lives.

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    Get Some Headspace is worth reading for anyone looking to integrate meditation into their daily routine. It provides practical techniques and insights for a calmer mind.

    Who is the author of Get Some Headspace?

    The author of Get Some Headspace is Andy Puddicombe.