Mindfulness: Less stress, more peace… In other words, a very simple form of meditation that can help each and every one of us find our place in this frantic world.
If you’re looking for a book on mindfulness, we’ve put together a list of 6 of the best to choose from.
1. The Little Book of Mindfulness by Patricia Collard
We love the Little Book of Mindfulness; it embodies everything that the concept is all about. Being as we in the West are forever charging round, trying to fit everything into every single minute of every single day, becoming aware of mindfulness and the ease in which it can be absorbed into your daily routine is something not enough of us are aware of.
Small, light, easy to carry around and, most importantly, brimming with ways that you can slot your mindfulness meditation into your crazy life, this book should be considered your go-to cheat sheet when it comes to de-stressing.
If you’ve got 5 minutes in your hectic schedule, then you’ve got enough time to take advantage of the exercises in this book. Go on – you know you want to…
2. Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD
Kabat-Zinn’s, Mindfulness for Beginners, is THE book to head for if you want to learn more about how mindfulness can truly enhance your life.
Widely accepted at the guy who brought the practice to the West, Jon Kabat-Zinn has written a book that can be used in three unique ways. 1) An illuminating, absorbing read that can be enjoyed by studying in the regular way – beginning to end. 2) As a ‘lesson per day’ objective, and 3) as a collection of reflections and practices that you can dip in and out of as required.
However you enjoy the book, this really is the bible on everything to do with the practice and art of mindfulness.
3. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, is a book that’s perfectly described by its title. One of the first American Vipassana teachers, Joseph Goldstein is a true guru on the subject of mindfulness.
The book is the result of his four decades of teaching and practice. And for anyone who wants to improve their life by understanding and practicing the art, then this book should definitely be on your wish list.
The book well written, and discusses everything about mindfulness in a logical and easy to understand order. Spit into four sections, you’ll learn about mindfulness of the body, mindfulness of feelings, mindfulness of mind, and mindfulness of dhammas (or categories of experience). A truly great read…
4. Master of Mindfulness by Laurie Grossman
Grosseman’s, Master of Mindfulness, is slightly different from the other books in this list as it’s specifically written for kids. And not only that, it’s written BY kids, for kids. After all, learning the art of mindfulness and all the positives it brings to our lives can’t be something we can absorb too early.
And let’s face it. While our childhood is supposed to be a carefree time, free of worry and the stresses that’ll come crashing down when we reach adulthood, in the 21st century, this isn’t quite such a truism. Emotions, feelings, decision-making, exam stress, peer pressure… These are all things that can make kids become prematurely stressed before their time.
And that’s where a book such as this is so great. Because it’s not a ‘rule’ book penned by adults, advising and teaching as to what young people should do for the best. Instead its real, down to earth words of wisdom from those who’re actually living the same life challenges.
A great book for anyone who wants to give their child a head start in the awesome art of mindfulness.
5. Real World Mindfulness for Beginners by Brenda Salgado
Real World Mindfulness for Beginners is a practical guide to help anyone understand and bring the calming art of mindfulness into their life. Specifically designed to help you navigate your way through the craziness of daily living, dealing with those curveballs and discovering how to successfully bat them over the horizon when they come your way.
If you’re new to mindfulness and all that it encompasses, then this really is the book for you. Discover how you can incorporate the practice into your life, with practices that take minutes or even seconds to carry out. A ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to learn and fully utilize the art of mindfulness.
6. The Mindfulness Tool Box by Donald Altman
This is actually a mindfulness tool book intended for clinicians. But in all reality, every single one of us can take full advantage of the 50 practical tips and tools within the pages of The Mindfulness Tool Box.
Based on key research and evidence-based findings, you’ll discover exercises that really do help you press the stop button on all that is frenetic in our world today. The perfect guidebook to show you how to wash away stress, turn negative feelings into positive, dial down the anxiety, and introduce peace and acceptance into your life.