By Andy Puddicombe – ‘The expert’s expert – Britain’s top meditation guru’ THE TIMES
HELP – I CAN’T STOP THINKING
“If you’ve ever wished you could quiet the chatter in your mind, focus more easily, experience an increased sense of calm and well being, or just get to sleep at night, then it’s time to get some headspace.
This is meditation – but not as you know it. There’s no chanting, no sitting cross-legged, and no need for any particular beliefs. What’s more this easy to learn skill takes just 10 minutes a day, and can bring about life changing results.
Inside you’ll find everything you need to make these tried and tested strategies an essential part of life, including audio downloads and online tools.
So let Andy Puddicombe, registered clinical consultant, former Buddhist monk and self proclaimed ‘meditation mistake maker’ show you how to take 10 minutes and get some headspace.”
“Mindfulness is a hot topic in neuroscience.
I consider the techniques in this book essential for maintaining a healthy brain and a happy mind.
Andy is living proof that the ancient practice of mindfulness benefits modern day living.”
Dr. E. Antonova, Neuroscientist, King’s College London
Here are some quotes which have already caught my eye and captured my interest and I’ve only just started reading the book:
“The more I spoke to people about the benefits of meditation, the more I found that many desperately wanted to find a way to relax, but were uncomfortable with the religious element that [monk’s] robes automatically imply. They simply wanted to find a way to cope with life, to deal with stress – in their work, their personal life, and in their own minds. They wanted to regain the sense of openness they remembered from childhood, that sense of appreciation in actually being alive. … The integration of meditation into everyday life was key to my decision to stop being a monk
and to live instead as a lay-person.”
“While the transition from monk to clown may not sound like the most obvious one, there are perhaps more similarities than first meet the eye.”
“Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and understanding how and why you think and feel the way you do, and getting a healthy sense of perspective in the process.”
“So mindfulness means to be present. It means being ‘in the moment’, experiencing life directly as it unfolds, rather than being distracted, caught up and lost in thought.”
“Even if I ignore all the anecdotal benefits that I’ve heard and seen over the years, there’s now substantial scientific evidence … to support the health benefits of short, regular, daily meditation sessions.”