What books will help you find peace, enlightenment, and a better way of living? What is mindfulness?
These are questions many people have when they hear how books on mindfulness can change their lives for the better.
Just in case you are new to mindful living, let’s quickly go over the last question first.
What is mindfulness? When you strip away religious and metaphysical trappings that sometimes surround the concept of mindfulness, you find that mindfulness is simply using extreme focus to pay attention to a single thing.
You can be mindful of just about anything that matters. That is why you may have heard about so many types of mindfulness:
Mindful walking. The list goes on and on.
The reason it matters is because of what you notice (and figure out) when you are being mindful. People rarely spend time listening to what other people are saying, much less really being mindful about the things in their lives.
When you approach things in a mindful matter, a whole new universe opens up. A good example is simply being outside. When you are outside, chances are you are going somewhere, and your mind is filled with the things you want to do when you get there.
But if you are resting outside, thinking mindfully, you will notice the breeze on your skin, the sun on your face, the shapes of clouds, the way the elements interact, and the joy of the children playing across the street.
Being mindful can open up a new world that is always there, but that we may not always have time for.
Below is my list of the best mindfulness books. These books on mindfulness will not make you a guru, but should give you a great understanding of what mindfulness means, and how to achieve it.
In this book, the author makes the argument that everyone has an inner critic in their mind that reminds them that they are never quite “good enough.” Because of these thoughts, people often second-guess their actions and doubt their value as people. This voice inside everyone’s head feels overpowering, but people can learn to manage it.
Mark Coleman is a meditation teacher and therapist who helps his readers release themselves from their inner critics through the use of mindfulness and compassion. In each chapter, Coleman gives the reader an understanding of what creates and quiets the critic. He offers stories of real people to help guide the reader, and teaches simple practices that anyone can use to help find peace in their lives.
This book is written in an engaging and informal style that allows a serious topic to be approached in an easygoing way. One of the best things about this book is that the author really practices what he preaches. He has true self-respect, and it may be surprising to some that his mind was once very critical. He offers himself as a great example of what the book is about, and that making peace with your mind will work if you apply what you learn in the book to your own life.
This book has been a consistent bestseller in mindfulness for over six months. It has sold tens of thousands of copies and generated hundreds of positive reviews, such as the one below.
“Man, I wish I had this book decades ago—literally would have saved me a lot of grief. This isn’t some New Agey woo-woo book about just being mindful and living in the present moment. It’s actually jam-packed with things to DO: tactics, tricks, exercises that you can use to strengthen your mental “now” muscle. We feel guilt or regret when we live in the past; we feel anxiety or stress when we’re living in the future. This book will help you to realize that the time is always NOW.”
This book offers the reader a cautious investigation into how the brain can help heal the body. It also addresses how brains that are damaged by stress may make the body more susceptible to illness and accelerated aging.
People easily accept that stress and anxiety can damage one’s overall health, but rarely consider the idea of healing thoughts. This book addresses evidence that one’s thoughts, emotions, and beliefs can stop or reverse the damage that has been done to the body.
In this book, award-winning science writer Jo Marchant goes around the world to talk to doctors, patients, and researchers about this new idea of healing. The reader learns how meditation can help protect against diseases such as depression and dementia, how social connections improve one’s health, and how patients who have a support system can recover from surgery faster than those who do not.
The author uses specific real-life stories, such as one about a transplant patient who uses the scent of lavender to relieve his immune system, and another about an Olympic runner who is able to improve his performance through positive thinking.
This is a great book for people who do not have faith in the placebo effect. The content is interesting and enlightening, offering ideas for managing chronic illness and other areas of health. The author goes into great depth in her research, and is honest about her own initial skepticism about the topic. Using both clarity and compassion, the author teaches the reader about a system of medicine that treats people holistically.
This landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing is now revised and updated after 25 years. This book, written by the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is based on author Kabat-Zinn’s well-known mindfulness-based stress reduction program. The reader will learn how to use meditation-based mind-body approaches to reduce stress, establish a greater balance between the body and the mind, and encourage healing.
The mindfulness practices offered in this book are meant to be integrated into the reader’s life to help manage chronic pain, promote healing, reduce anxiety, and improve one’s quality of life and relationships. This book includes results from studies into the science of mindfulness, and recent statistics about the practice.
This book is written for people of any age who are looking to live a healthier and more peaceful life. It is especially great for those who are interested in the Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program. It provides a thorough explanation of the program that is easy to understand. The writing is succinct, making the entire book relevant and revealing.
In this guide, Thich Nhat Hanh offers the reader stories and practical exercises to help teach the skills of mindfulness. This is one of Hanh’s most popular books because it is an interesting read that is about how to take hold of one’s consciousness and teach you to live in the present reality, no matter how mundane the task at hand is.
Even if you are just washing the dishes or eating a snack, the author shows how the meditative mind can be achieved all the time, and how it can help people heal.
This book is written very sincerely, and includes useful, literal steps to guide the reader through introspection. The author uses simple words to explain the concept of mindfulness. This book is especially great for people who are new to the practice.
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