Book Brief: Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe

meditation

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day
by Andy Puddicombe
2012, St. Martin’s Griffin

The Ideaheadspace

You can travel anywhere in the world, but if you’re suffering from ennui when you depart, chances are those feelings are going to follow you to your destination. You can’t escape your mind, so why not hunker down and make it a more comfortable place to spend time?

Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of the meditation app Headspace and former Buddhist monk, shows how taking the time to meditate 10 minutes each day can help you feel less crummy… wherever you are!

Recommended For

Maybe you’ve felt drawn to meditation, but the whole thing has felt a little intimidating. You can’t get your legs to cooperate settling into lotus postion, much less get your brain to hush up for more than a few seconds at best. This book offers some simple techniques to help you get the benefits of meditation wherever you are. No fancy cushions, crystals, or incense necessary. (Though all of those things can be lovely.)

The Pros

Puddicombe talks extensively about his time as a Buddhist monk, and how his experiences shape the way he helped develop Headspace and write his book. It’s also helpful, especially for the skeptics among us, that much of the practice he advocates is backed by neuroscience research.

The Cons

If you’re really struggling to find time to meditate, reading a book about meditation can seem a little counterintuitive. For folks who just want to get started, and are willing to dive right in, the Headspace app can be a starting point.

My Take

Get Some Headspace has provided me with a tool that I can use when I’m feeling overworked, anxious, or disconnected. Sitting down for a 10 or 20 minute meditation has helped me put space between myself and uncomfortable situations, making me better at conciously choosing how I react to the outside world.

Fun Fact

This year at SXSW, Puddicombe led the audience in a meditation, and recounted some of the anecdotes from his book. You can watch his talk below

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