While there are a million and one books out there on the subject of meditation, only a few are true subject matter experts… The following are 5 of the very best books on the subject. If you’ve discovered (or want to discover) the way meditation can improve your life, then these books really should be on your must-read list.
1. The Untethered Soul: The journey beyond yourself by Michael A. Singer
The Untethered Soul didn’t hit the number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller list for nothing. This ‘bible’ was created as a co-project between meditation guru, Michael A. Singer, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and is designed to help you along every step of your inner discovery journey.
Delightfully well written, the book takes you from the very first stages of discovering the key to inner peace, helping you to transform your relationship both with yourself and the world around you. The wisdom within the pages gently guides you right through to the much yearned for stage of finally living your life in the freedom of your innermost being.
This book has countless fans worldwide, and for good reason. No matter where you are on your personal meditation journey – be you a complete beginner or have been practicing the art for years, this is THE book to help you move closer to your goals.
2. The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
Nepo’s, Book of Awakening, delights in many ways, not least in the innovative, poetic prose in which it’s written. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a flowery text without much substance, because this is a book penned from the heart.
The author’s found peace and strength through the power of meditation – and he’s needed to, because life has thrown him a whole host of curved balls! Combining deep philosophy with practical exercises, every entry in the book delights with its ability to open the mind.
For anyone who’s been through hardships, this book will resonate. Finding strength from the good things around us, even when they seem completely overshadowed by the bad, is the undercurrent of this book. And it sure is powerful stuff!
3. Meditation Within Eternity by Eric Pepin
The simple, yet profound, guidebook that is Meditation Within Eternity, manages to succinctly solve the missing link that many of us struggle with when it comes to accessing our higher consciousness.
Spiritual author and teacher, Pepin, manages to impart his knowledge in a wonderfully easy to understand manner. And there’s no long-winded descriptions or set ups – each exercise is described and can be carried out in a short amount of time. After all, we need our meditation techniques to fit in and compliment our busy lives, not to stress us out further trying to find the time to carry them out.
A great book with plenty of practical advice from one of today’s masters of meditation.
4. Meditation Now: A beginner’s guide by Elizabeth Reninger
Meditation Now is perhaps one of the best books out there for those who are new to meditation. The book guides you gently through your discovery into the art of inner peace and mindfulness, doing this with simple, 10-minute daily exercises that can easily be fitted into even the busiest of lifestyles.
The book follows time honored traditions into the art, and also offers real-life answers to some of the most common problems suffered when learning how to successfully meditate: namely the ability to control and guide your thoughts and emotions, and that of boredom.
Reninger skillfully provides instruction on how to become skillful at meditation, but short exercises that you can carry out in stressful moments, as well as three 28-day courses for those months when you feel the need of additional emotional support.
5. The Heart of Meditation by the Dalai Lama
When it comes to the pinnacle of the art, we have to turn His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, for guidance and inspiration. This book should be on everyone’s bucket list to read, no matter whether you’re into the art of meditation or not…
The book tells us that it doesn’t matter how hard you try to train your mind, if you don’t truly have compassion, then all your efforts are in vain. Because compassion is at the very heart of everything to do with the art.
But the Dalai Lama goes on to explain that this is not ordinary compassion. Instead, it’s a compassion that can be learned and developed through meditation itself. And don’t worry, he assures us that the mind can be trained to become compassionate – indeed, this is the very key to the heart of meditation itself.
If this all sounds somewhat confusing, rest assured that it’s not. The book is superbly written, and brings the mysterious art of reaching true peace within the realms of all of us. A masterpiece!