The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Find some headspace through mindfulness

The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness is a fantastic book for someone looking to get more out of every moment. After reading it for myself, it became clear I needed to write a Headspace meditation book review and share my thoughts on it. There are many people in my life who I’ve already recommended it to in person, and by writing a book review on my blog I can share that recommendation more easily. The blog format has the added benefit of editing, and is therefore much more coherent than when I have to come up with similar content on the spot.

Why I found The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness intriguing

There were two main factors that made this book jump out at me. First, I was hyped about upping my game when it comes meditation because of Tim Ferriss. While reading Tools of Titans, one of Tim’s books, I learned that “at least 80% of all guests profiled [in the book] have a daily mindfulness practice of some type.” Tim is known for profiling world-class performers: billionaires, Olympic athletes, startup founders, CEO’s, etc. Such a strong trend among such an impressive group was compelling evidence to become more mindful. When I saw The Headspace Guide, it seemed like a perfect fit.

Second, Andy Puddicombe is someone I’d consider a person of interest. When I first encountered The Headspace Guide I knew a little bit about Andy. Andy is a former monk who started Headspace, one of the most popular meditation apps. Since his book starts with a mini-biography, it seemed like a no-brainer. I get to kill two birds with one stone!

Why now

I’ve found myself increasingly distracted over the past 6-12 months, and my performance has suffered as a result. Becoming more mindful seemed like a great way to be less distracted and more focused. I’ve also been on a journey to fill my life with joy after reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. A significant part of mindfulness is appreciating the joy of every moment as you live it. Living in the moment, I bought a copy and read it immediately.

Why I recommend The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness

What I liked

Meditation and mindfulness are topics that I find are often discussed and poorly understood. Andy did a fantastic job helping me understand them. As I was learning what to do and occasionally feeling lost, Andy’s supportive and accepting attitude was very welcome. There was no stress or pressure to get it right immediately, and often when I was struggling there was well-timed wisdom to help me.

The inner workings of the conscious mind is hard to put to words. I lack the vocabulary to explain my own mind, even to myself. In The Headspace Guide, Andy uses metaphors from his time as a monk to explain working with the mind. Having those approachable comparisons made it a lot easier for me to understand what I am supposed to be doing with my conscious mind.

What I got out of The Headspace Guide

  1. Mindfulness has three key pieces:
    1. Approach – what your mindset should be
    2. Practice – meditation as the brain’s version of a workout
    3. Integration – how to use what you learned in everyday life
  2. How to move past various mental blockers to being more mindful. The metaphors Andy shares were incredibly valuable for this.

Learning that meditation is not the end goal was an epiphany. Prior to this book, I had never connected how meditation relates to the rest of life. Despite learning and becoming skilled in a couple of meditation techniques, I hadn’t experienced any of the life-changing benefits I often hear about. Changing my approach and integrating mindfulness was the key. Andy did a good job coaching me on how to do get more from the practice.

The author

Andy is an awesome mindfulness teacher. He has a traditional background in it from his time as a monk. He’s much more connected with modern life than other monks; his teachings are very relatable. Andy also does a great job describing himself as a normal person who struggled with his own journey towards mindfulness. The book is written so that the reader follows in the footsteps of Andy’s journey, without most of the hardships.

Closing thoughts

If my Headspace meditation book review has convinced you that it’s a good fit for your needs and you’d like to read it, the book is available on Amazon.

For more book recommendations from me, check out the book section of my blog.

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I'm a Program Manager working at Microsoft in the Advanced Technology Group. Outside of work, my activities include reading, gaming, food, and building EventDNA, a startup focused on bringing people together. In my writing, I try to take a critical look at the world through my lens as a computer scientist and product person. All views expressed are solely my own, and do not represent EventDNA, Microsoft, or any other entity.


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