A very good introduction for those looking to find the value of “mindfulness.”​

 Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day

My son lived in Korea for five years and had communicated a number of Eastern beliefs and practices from his time there and I therefore had a fundamental awareness of the topic of mindfulness through meditation.

The title of this book intrigued me because like many Westerners, I felt a void in certain areas and felt “head space” could be a positive. The author, Andy Puddicombe, is a former Buddhist monk and is recognized as an important mindfulness meditation expert in the UK.

The introduction seems a bit drawn out, but it actually dispels some myths about meditation and introduces the reader to the reasons behind the concepts in the book. It addresses the values and principles of meditation, and the author’s personal experiences.

The book is in sections

1. ‘The Approach’

2. The Practice’

3. ‘The Integration’,

Each of these move the reader from background and general interest to preparing to meditate and then to incorporating the concept of mindfulness into your life.

Along the way are a series of short exercises one can do while reading, which is really a good introduction.

The book is manageable and easy to follow. Personal examples and stories are blended throughout the book and make the topics easier to follow as he is describing them.

He tries to balance the value of meditation between focus and relaxation, which makes the comments on mindfulness more understandable. The focus of “Get Some Headspace” is a greater awareness and understanding of ourselves and those we interact with. It focuses on finding our inner self, choosing how we see life and how we communicate and communicate with others

Puddicombe declares that meditating just ten minutes a day increases productivity, clarity and focus, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps with weight loss, improves sleep and personal relationships. He quotes research on increased blood flow and physical changes in the part of the brain that helps to control emotions and behavior and that mindfulness training can effectively treat certain addictions and eating disorders. There are claims of enhanced performance, in making sleep easier, and in a series of other improvements in cognitive skills and reducing the intensity of negative emotions, anxiety and harmful stress.

In reading books that claim to be life changing, it is always a challenge to write a meaningful and early review until one gets to judge the lasting benefits. The author’s website includes 10 free audio mediation sessions, which are supportive in trying to learn the how and why of the 10 minute habit.

I rate a 4 Star, and feel that “Get Some Headspace” is a very good introduction for beginners those looking to find the value of “mindfulness.”

John J Hogan, CHA CMHS CHE CHO    John@Hoganhospitality.com

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Speaker, Author, Expert Witness, Hotelier,Educator

Recommended Reading from A Founding Associate of HospitalityEducators.com : A Father’s Word to His Children

                 

In these days of information overload, it is a pleasure to find a book that seeks to share calm, insights and a moment for reflection.

For those looking for a gift of inspiration in both words and photographs of nature ‘s flowers, “A Father’s Word to His Children”  should be near the top for serious consideration.  Filled with short, thought provoking insights and beautiful photography, this book can be for personal meditation or a thoughtful gift for any occasion  (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings or just because).

In this new book, Kentucky author Dr. Marc Clark guides fathers on how to show their children love in ways they can understand.   He believes that when fathers speak, their words create impressions, pictures, expectations, and dreams. He hopes fathers will make the most of the connections they can build and the positive influence they can have through the pages in this book.

Dr. Clark has been interacting with groups of people in hospitality management, training and education for the past 30+ years, in more than 20 countries.  He has lectured around the world and this book reminds me in some ways of the Father’s Wisdom series by Jackson Brown a number of years ago or others like it.  It would make a great desk top book and should appeal to the heart of all people, cultures and age groups.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher or by visiting Barnes & Noble or Amazon com.

This is also an eLIVE title, meaning each book contains a code redeemable for a free audio book version from TatePublishing       eLIVE – Listen, Imagine, View, and Experience!

Dr. Clark lives in Franklin, Kentucky with his wife, Penny. He has six children and ten grandchildren.  He attributes his success to faith, family, and friends.

He begins the book in his personal way of communication – respect for everyone and a higher being.

The content of my book, “A Father’s Word to His Children” comes from my heart.  I hope you enjoy reading and pondering it as much as I did creating it. 

Respectfully   Dr. Marc Clark, PS 63:7

Dr. and Mrs. Marc Clark at a November 2011 Book Signing.  More are scheduled in early 2012

For signed copies from the author, hard cover or soft cover, go to his site , www.smartbizzonline.com, click on books & gallery tab and follow the prompts.