“Get Some Headspace” brings us the extraordinary science behind this seemingly simple cure-all. This book and practice will help readers positively impact every area of their physical and mental health, from productivity and focus, to stress and anxiety relief, sleep, weight-loss, personal relationships…and the list goes on and on.”
Author: Andy Puddicombe
Genre: non-fiction, health, self-help
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Length: 8h 19min
It’s weird how, of all the books I’ve been reading lately, I chose to start this blog with a ‘self-help’ one. The truth is, although I do have a clear preference over fiction, if a book’s topic is interesting enough and I truly believe I’ll get something positive out of it, a genre is just a genre.
In this case in particular, I had known about Andy Puddicombe and Headspace long before even knowing this book existed. I was recommended to try out meditation long ago to help deal with my anxiety problems and, after long periods of doubt and feeling stupid, I found this app called Headspace. I was a bit skeptical at first but, a year later, I’ve not only taken up meditation but also do it on a daily basis.
So, when I found out about the book I thought the obvious option was to get the audiobook version of it because I’ve been listening to Puddicombe’s voice for over a year now on my meditation sessions and I’ve come to find his voice really relaxing and soothing, so why not hear him tell his own story?
Many of the things you get in the book are things you get to know session by session once you’ve downloaded the app and started practicing, but having more than just ten minutes to explain everything gives the opportunity to explain things in more detail and give examples (some really good ones, I must say) and give you the ‘why’ of each exercise.
If I was surprised at how overwhelmingly effective his meditation sessions can be, this book has been a complete eye-opener. Wise words, moving stories and great lessons.
“We can’t change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way that we experience it.”