Book Review: The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe

synopsis

Quiet the mind, feel less stressed, less tired, and achieve a new level of calm and fulfillment in just ten minutes a day

Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, the Voice of Headspace, and the UK’s foremost mindfulness expert, is on a mission: to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to sit in the here and now.

Like his readers and students, Andy began his own meditation practice as a normal, busy person with everyday concerns, and he has since designed a program of mindfulness and guided meditation that fits neatly into a jam-packed daily routine—proving that just 10 minutes a day can make a world of difference.

Accessible and portable, The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness offers simple but powerful meditation techniques that positively impact every area of physical and mental health: from productivity and focus to stress and anxiety relief, sleep, weight-loss, personal relationships…the benefits are limitless. The result? More headspace, less stress. Andy brings this ancient practice into the modern world, tailor-made for the most time-starved among us.

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

first sentence

It was already well past midnight. I sat on the top of the wall and looked down.

my opinion

All of you who follow me on Instagram probably know, that I am a big fan of meditation. I downloaded the Headspace app about four years ago and went through the Take10 course multiple times before I finally subscribed to the Full Version last summer. Take10 is a free 10-day meditation course that teaches you all mediation basics. Animations make specific techniques clearer and so easy to understand, plus they are the cutest thing ever. The full version basically gives you further access to different meditations about eating, walking, sleeping or even work as exam preparation. Literally everything you can think of. And no, this post is not sponsored. I just  a b s o l u t e l y  love Headspace.

When I was in London last summer, I randomly stumbled upon this book and just knew I had to read it. A Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness? Yes, please! Okay, so now, if you do the Take10 course for many, many times, at some point you will be able to synchronize the speaker. At least, that was what happened to me. I knew the course inside out and just hoped that the book had more information and insights to offer.

Luckily, that is exactly what happened. Even though Andy Puddicombe talks about the basics, with Step-by-Step-Guides and How-to-starts, he also writes about his experiences and the people he met on his journey to more headspace. I really liked how relatable he was. I mean, he has been a monk for several years and meditated day in, day out and still struggled sometimes. He himself had to learn how to do meditation the right way, which felt like such a relief to me. I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. No one is born with a completely quiet mind, especially in our generation.

Reading A Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness made such a difference to my own meditation journey. I read the book on my commute and literally couldn’t wait to get home and try out the new techniques I learned or even old ones, I lastly understood.

I was finally able to sit down for 20 minutes straight, fully concentrated on my breath. The 20 minutes felt like 10 which blew my mind because I always get so impatient. My current meditation run streak is at 58 which has never happened before. I feel so good and also catch myself applying the techniques to my everyday life.

summary

What else can I say except that I absolutely love and adore this book? It is such a good help getting started with meditation or taking it to the next level. It’s also nice getting to know about different cultures and I just found it very inspiring. Big recommendation!

my rating: 5/5 ★

 

Find all details about The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness on Goodreads and Amazon.

Picture Cover: Amazon ; Synopsis: Goodreads