My favourite books on Mindfulness
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a bookworm especially when it comes to expanding my knowledge. There’s something so relaxing about getting stuck into a great book you can’t put down. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but it’s been tricky deciding which books will make the short- list. So, without further ado, here are my favourite books on mindfulness:
- 10% happier by Dan Harris Dan Harris once had a panic attack on national television. Talk about stressful! This spurred him on to find a solution for his anxiety and a way of excelling in his high-pressure TV job. This book explores his journey as he dives into the unreported world of CEO’s, scientists, and even marines who are now using meditation and mindfulness as a way to increase calm, focus and happiness.
I love the way that Dan talks openly and honestly about the his experience with anxiety and also that not every type of therapy actually helped him. There are some great real-life scenarios in here too.
- Mindful Learning by Dr. Craig Hassed and Dr. Richard Chambers This book is great for anyone already sold on the idea of mindfulness and meditation. It provides some great, practical advice and activities that you can implement. I love that it’s written by two leading experts with real credibility and scientific research backing them. There’s nothing ‘woo woo’ about this book. If you implement the findings in this book, you’ll find you manage stress better, have better communication, develop more meaningful relationships, unlock creativity more easily and improve your problem-solving ability. There are some great fundamental mindfulness lessons in this book that can help you perform better at school or at work immediately.
- Full Catastrophe Living By Jon Kabat Zinn This book really focuses on making time for ‘the practice’ – 45 minutes of meditation or yoga every day. While that may sound like a lot, there is a lot of research to back this up. I will warn you, this book can be repetitive and it’s very thick but it is worthwhile, especially if you have a major health concern. This book is simply a classic for anyone interested in adopting a mindfulness practice.
- Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson This book is amazing at knocking down a lot of misconceptions around meditation and mindfulness from a research point of view. It really emphasises that it’s not the volume of meditation you do, but practicing in a way that’s going to be effective. We all have limited time, so this book is great at helping you make the most of your meditation time.
I love the chunks of deep research put into this book. This one will make any meditation skeptic prick up their ears and listen to the real facts and figures. Highly recommended!
- Be Mindful and simplify your life by Kate James This is a light-hearted and easy to digest book full of insights and exercise to help you feel more in the moment in and control. If you’re looking for a gentle introduction to meditation and mindfulness, this is the book to start with. I think the simplicity of this book is what makes it a good read. In some ways the simpler the better when it comes to mindfulness. Similar to my ebook Mindfulness Put Simply.
I think the most important thing I can emphasise with these books (and other study and learning you do) is that they are a wealth of information but they make no difference to your life unless you actually implement what they are teaching you. If you want to actually feel the benefits of mindfulness meditation, you actually have to do it. It’s all in the practice! Do you have any books to add to the list? Comment below!