There are so many books on meditation available it can be a challenge to know which one’s are worth reading. So, to help you choose, here’s a list of 5 of the best ones out there, and the reasons why you should consider adding them to your reading list.
1. Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation – Sharon Salzburg
For anyone who wants to learn the art of meditation, Real Happiness, a book by one of the world’s most renowned spiritual authors and meditation instructors, should be right at the top of your list. NYC born, Sharon Salzburg, explains why the practice works, and then crams her 30 years of teaching experience into an awesome 28-day program.
While Salzburg is herself a Buddhist, this book is not about Buddhism. Instead, it’s all about discovering the true esoteric art of meditation, and why giving just a few minutes of your day over to meditation can truly give you peace, clarity, and change your life for the better.
If you’re at the beginning of your journey of meditation, then this is the book for your.
2. Meditation Within Eternity – Eric Pepin
Meditation Within Eternity is a book that takes you on a journey to the spiritual within our crazy modern world. This is a truly provocative book – one that pushes at the boundaries as to what being spiritual actually means, and why most people who seek to discover it fail in their efforts.
This is perhaps a book for those who’ve already gotten into meditation a little – if you’re a beginner then other books on this list might be wise to study first – and offers short, simple meditation techniques guides you along the path to true spiritual growth.
3. The Mind Illuminated – John Yates, Matthew Immergut, Jeremy Graves
To give the book its full title, The Mind Illuminated: A complete meditation guide integrating Buddhist wisdom and brain science for greater mindfulness (thankfully the somewhat clunky title doesn’t represent the quality of the writing within) is a science based approached to the practice of meditation.
It’s the very first ‘how-to’ guide written by a neuroscientist who’s also a meditation master, and the book does exactly as it says in its super-long title. It covers a 10 stage program that offers a fascinating insight into the latest brain science AND the ancient and traditional spiritual teachings of Buddhism.
Such is the quality, this book will suit those at any stage of practising meditation – from the complete rookie to those who’ve already mastered the art.
4. Meditation: 21-day simple meditation techniques to inner peace, love, and joy – Camellia Gherib
Meditation is designed to be a complete guide (perhaps best suited to the beginner) as to how to become familiar (if not proficient) at the art of meditation by using a simple 21-day program.
Its simplicity is what makes this such a good book. Sure – it doesn’t delve deep into the true mindfulness and spiritual levels that most want to achieve, but if you want to discover whether meditation is for you – and if it can help you cope with the crazy stresses of living in the 21st century – then this book really is a winner.
Following this short program will certainly give you an insight into how much meditation can improve your life. You may choose to simply stick with what’s offered within its pages, or once you’ve mastered these basics, further your practice with one of the other books in this list.
5. Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain – Jeff Tarrant
This is probably one of the deepest, most advanced books out there on the practice of meditation. Interventions to Rewire the Brain is primarily intended for those to understand and integrate into their own clinical practice. However, for those of us who simply want to learn more about how to better our own meditation, there’s a huge amount that this book offers.
Containing a huge amount of exercises, therapeutic tools, and other methods that’ll enhance your mindfulness (and of course, this is the main reason most of us practice meditation), this is the book that’ll take you further and deeper into everything about becoming the very best you possible.