In previous articles we already mentioned several times that ‘mindfulness’ is a good idea to relax and be less stressful in life.
There are many courses in which you can experience at firsthand what mindfulness can bring you.
Often, however, this is in a group and not everyone is willing to go for it.
A good way to get acquainted with mindfulness is to read a book in your own place and at your own pace.
We are happy to help you find your way in the multitude of publications.
Below is an overview of the 10 most inspiring mindfulness books.
1. Mindfulness in Plain English – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
The author gives clear and complete advice on meditation and the practice of mindfulness. He does this with the necessary humor, which makes the book accessible and easy-to read.
Quote from the author: “The ‘you’ that goes into one side of the meditation experience is not the same ‘you’ that comes out the other side.” – Bhante Gunaratana
2. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation – Thich Nhat Hanh
The author will teach you how to enjoy even the smallest things like doing the dishes or peeling an orange, and form a sense of acceptance and calm.
At the back of the book is a handy list with all discussed techniques, so you can try them out yourself.
3. Wherever You Go There You Are – Jon Kabatt-Zin
This one was also first published in 1994, under another title: “Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners”. It has changed the lives of so many people since then, and is rightfully an international bestseller.
Although Mindfulness is seen as the essence of Buddhist meditation, it has proven to be useful to everyone.
Jon Kabat-Zinn divides his book into 3 large parts in which he outlines a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in our lives, and awakening us to the unique beauty and potential of each current moment.
4. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment -Thich Nhat Hanh
It offers a range of simple, effective practices for cultivating mindfulness, including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. On top of that, there is also room for guidance on healing emotional pain and expressing true love and compassion in our relationships.
“Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape. It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh.
5. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness – Jon Kabatt-Zin
This book takes you into the original 8-week mindfulness training as intended and written by the creator of this program and author of this book.
Very clearly expressed, explained step by step and accessible written. It makes you think and appeals to the imagination with many practical examples. You feel like doing it yourself in order to experience what it can bring you.
6. The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
It is this collective ego thinking that leads to destruction of the earth and humanity if we continue like this. Our mind is not who we are, and yet in this society we identify with it. The answer lies not in the past or the future, but in the present moment, which is at the heart of mindfulness.
If you are stuck in your own thinking, I can really recommend this book.
You should also look for “A New Earth” by the same author. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a new way of thinking about the source of life and solutions for our beautiful earth.
7. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening – Joseph Goldstein
This life-changing book is a solid reference point to a practical lifestyle/philosophy. The source is ‘Satipatthana Sutta’, also known as Buddha’s world-changing discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness.
I would recommend this for people who have done at least a little practice of mindfulness. It will help you put things into perspective and deepen your understanding of the roots of meditation practice.
“There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways,”- Joseph Goldstein.
8. Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday – Matthew Sockolov
The book starts with a brief explanation of mindfulness and then focuses on the practical application of it. The author gradually builds the exercises up from simple and short to more advanced and longer.
What’s great about it, is that you can choose the exercises of your choice: there is something fun for everyone, such as a 5-course menu full of delicious treats.
9. Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World – Mark Williams & Danny Penman
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is featured in this worldwide bestseller.
MBCT is a simple form of mindfulness meditation that takes only 10-20 minutes a day to reveal its benefits. Scientific studies have shown that MBCT works at least as well as medication for depression.
Moreover, it is also effective for people who are not depressed. MBCT teaches you how to deal with the continuous influx of stimuli and expectations from the outside world.
This publication is a thankful source to deepen your knowledge in the MBCT area. The included links to guided meditation audio files are a nice bonus.
10. How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness – Jan Chozen Bays
Each exercise is linked to our day to day life and habits. It is amazing to discover how powerful these small intentions and lessons can be.
It helps you stay optimistic in life, even when you’re faced with hard times on your path. You will also gain more inner peace, self-control and prolonged focus.
Once you’ve added these top mindfulness books to your library, you’ll have everything you need to lay a solid foundation in mindfulness. I wish you lots of inspiration and practice fun!
You can always leave a comment about the books above or about your personal top 10.
With love ❤,