Meditation is something that all of us can benefit from. No matter what level you’re at on your journey to inner calm, mindfulness, and peace, there are some really good books that can assist you along the way.
Here are 7 of the very best of them:
1. Meditation Now: A Beginner’s Guide by Elizabeth Reninger
Meditation Now: A Beginner’s Guide is, as the name suggests, one for those who’re new to the idea of meditation. The book is friendly, easy to read, and it’s really simple to follow the step-by-step process guidance given. Importantly, it offers a good range of different 10-minute meditations that can easily be slotted into a busy lifestyle.
The book explains exactly how meditation is a great stress reliever, and can help relieve tension. Learn easily how to take the journey that allows you to reconnect with your self-awareness, and achieve peace and tranquility.
Inside you’ll find the following:
- 8 meditation techniques that you can do at any time or any place.
- 14 x 10-minute mediations.
- 3 x 28-day meditation plans
- A whole host of tips and advice to help you settle into your new task of including meditation into your daily lifestyle.
2. Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zin
This is Kabat-Zin’s advanced meditation book, and Wherever You Go There You Are, takes the reader on an in-depth journey as to why practicing meditation is so advantageous. Published in 1994, it became an instant bestseller and continues to be today.
The author imparts his knowledge as to why meditation so important, and how it brings about the inner calm, peace, and self-awareness that we refer to as ‘mindfulness’. He stresses about the importance of living in the moment, and paying attention to the here and now, as opposed to the frenetic distractions of everyday life, or even the past or the future.
In addition, the book delves into the subtleties behind the different types of meditation, the benefits each can bring, and the reasons why each might be suitable for your personal situation.
3. Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
Many people have declared this book as ‘life-changing’, and indeed Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World has been a bestseller around the world.
Mark Williams, one of the co-authors, is an Oxford professor. He, along with colleagues at the University of Cambridge and University of Toronto, develop a meditation practice known as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (or more simply, MBCT). Clinically proven to be a powerful antidote for depression, it’s advocated by physicians both in the US and the UK instead of using drugs or medication.
But MBCT is not only beneficial for those suffering from clinical depression. It’s also hugely advantageous for those who’re simply struggling to keep up with the frantic pace that we live in today. The book also includes various links to audio meditations as well, and the combination of this with the text makes learning the techniques simple and enjoyable.
4. The Mindfulness Coloring Book by Emma Farrarons
A coloring book for adults might sound a little odd, but there’s a reason that The Mindfulness Coloring Book takes the top spot in many US bestseller lists.
This unique book is deliberately small in size so it can fit into a bag or pocket. The intricate illustrations created by its author are designed to allow the user to combine thoughtful meditation with the growing popularity of adult coloring books. Known as ‘mindful coloring’, allowing yourself to duck out of the mania of everyday life for a few minutes, combined with the concentration of simply ‘keeping between the lines’ allows the brain valuable time to de-stress and have a well-deserved break.
5. Body Calm: The Modern-Day Meditation Technique that Gives You the Best from Your Body for Life by Sandy Newbigging
Body Calm: The Modern-Day Meditation Technique that Gives You the Best from Your Body for Life is a meditation book suitable for all levels. Providing the reader with easy to follow instructions, the book also discusses in-depth many of the background reasons as to why people decide to include meditation into their lives.
Learn about the eight most common causes of bad health, and various physical conditions that have their cause firmly based within the mind. Author, Sandy Newbigging, takes this once step further, providing the research that backs proof of how practicing meditation can help you to heal, stay healthy, and live a longer life.
6. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe
The Headspace Guide to Mediation and Mindfulness is by former Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe. Well-known as the UK’s foremost mindfulness expert, this book is an excellent guide into how committing just 10 minutes per day to meditation can have a profound effect on both physical and mental health.
One of the best things about the book is how it brings the ancient practice of mediation to our crazy, 21st century world. Puddicombe fully understands how time-starved most of us are, and the technique is designed to easily be slotted into even the fullest of days. Great for the stressed out executive, run-off-your feet mother, shift worker, or anyone who simply wants to benefit from better health, improved sleep, weight loss, improved relationships, increased productivity, or relief from anxiety.
7. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
New York Times bestseller, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself is suitable for both the meditation rookie and those who’ve already committed a good amount of time to the practice. The author, Michael Singer, is also a spiritual teacher and has co-created the book with the Institute of Noetic Sciences,
The book first concentrates on your own relationship with your thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns and how certain habitual constraints are responsible for limiting your consciousness. Learning techniques that free you from these opens a new door into your future, allowing you to move along the path that will see you achieving true happiness and self-realization.