Here are the best mindfulness books as recommended by 12 experts.
The most recommended mindfulness books are:
Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT
If you are a busy person, you may find it challenging to fit meditation into your day.
This book walks you through an average day and shows you just how easy it is to weave micro-moments of mindfulness into four realms of life: home, work, love and play, resulting in a sense of calm even in this fast paced world. Great read for beginning and experienced meditators.
Mindfulness meditation is often touted as a one-size-fits-all solution to common complaints including chronic pain, stress and a lack of productivity.
But for people who have experienced trauma, meditation may instead exacerbate feelings of anxiety and distress.
This book is a helpful guide to meditators who have experienced trauma but want to harness the power of mindfulness, and should be a must-read for any meditation teacher or therapists who incorporate mindfulness into treatment.
Though this book is grounded in research, it is surprisingly easy to read and engaging.
One of the main reasons we learn to meditate is to deal with life’s challenges, and nothing causes more suffering than grief.
This book is organized into 9 sections, including a day-long retreat, that features inspirational stories, plus over 35 meditation, yoga, journaling and expressive arts exercises to help cope with the pain of grief and help you navigate life after loss.
Readers will learn how to use meditative tools to develop compassion for themselves and others, and find ways to honor the memory of their special person. This book is great for bereaved people as well as grief professionals who want to use meditation to help their clients.
Holistic Health Consultant | Doctor of Naturology
In my over 20 years of practice, I work with clients to address all aspects of health and well-being.
In that context, relationships often are at the root of issues.
I have recommended the book “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman numerous times. Those that heed the suggestion and use the information report major improvements in their relationships. Some even telling me it saved their marriage or long term relationship.
With over 13,000 reviews and a total of a 4.8 out of 5 star rating, I’d say it’s a great book whether one is struggling in a relationship or just wants to make the relationship better.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is known as a legend in the field of psychology.
Flow investigates how to unlock your “optimal experience” in order to have a genuinely satisfying life.
Flow describes the mental state of being in the right place at the right time. This mental state is most often found in acts of creativity. The book contends that this state can be harnessed with proper practice.
10% Happier is all about quieting that negative voice in our heads that makes our day so difficult.
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Harris isolates that voice as ether fixating on the past or the future, and not so much on the present. 10% Happier is a guide to meditation for the skeptic.
The Mindful Way Through Depression is all about how to think your way out of depressing feelings or thoughts.
The goal is to break you from a “downward spiral” trajectory before it happens. The book’s goal is to teach you how to avoid all of those negative thoughts associated with despair and self-loathing.
Bethany D. Lavins-Merillat, M.S., M.Ed.
This is a book by Deena Kastor who won the US their first Olympic medal after a 20 year drought and is an inspirational role model for women and young athletes.
In the book, she discusses how her focus on winning and competition led to burnout, stress and negativity.
By changing the way she thought to focus more on the present moment – being aware of her thoughts and feeling and gaining the ability to acknowledge them and develop a resilient mindset, and becoming more accepting of herself even if she did not achieve everything she set out to – she was able to get herself out of a rut and become one of the fastest, most celebrated and most accomplished Americans in the history of US running.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration to change their life, improve their relationships and achieve their goals.
Bhante Sujatha, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, has been sharing the teachings of the Buddha with students all over the world, making friends and deep connections through his interpretations, humor, genuine nature, and relatable style.
He has been a teacher, mentor, and friend to me for 20 years, and so much of what I have learned from him has come not only through listening to his teachings but through practical lessons and the experiences sharing in his journey.
“Sitting on the Toolbox” offers both to the reader, in a presentation that has so clearly captured his voice, creating access to the insights of this busy and traveling monk.
I encourage any person, of any faith, to take some time and learn from someone who has dedicated all that they are to the journey of self-discovery, the development of wisdom, and the lifestyle of loving-kindness.
This book is one of the best mindfulness books I’ve ever read, and explores what it means to truly live in the “present moment”.
The main theme in this book is that the only thing that that really exists is the “now/present moment”, and that thinking about the future and past are what makes us anxious and unhappy.
The key, as Eckhart explains, is to become present in each moment and go beyond thought. This book really helped me understand how to stop overthinking, and to notice the moments when I’m lost in thought, become more present and be a happier person overall.
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In this book, Eckhart Tolle goes a step deeper (From his Power of Now book), where he dives into what it really means to be present in everyday life situations.
The main idea is it’s not WHAT you do that matters, but it’s the HOW you do it, that matters – which requires intense presence.
He states that we’ll be more content if we give our full attention to whatever we’re doing in the moment. For example, if I’m washing dishing, I should be “just washing dishes”, instead of thinking about my work problems – which have nothing to do with the act of washing dishes in that moment.
I try to implement this in many of the activities I do and it really helped me focus better on my work and become more productive.
For anyone who is experienced in mindfulness and meditative practices and living or is a complete newbie, this book can provide endless value. It is literally the mindfulness’ version of the Bible.
In it, you will be introduced to the science of mind-body medicine and it’s wide-ranging application and therapeutic abilities. It touches upon just about every meaningful way it has and can benefit you physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and overall health.
With all of this new found knowledge and understanding, this book then takes you on the journey forward. With detailed instruction on the variety of ways to begin a mindfulness practice and continue on as you further gain experience.
If there was ever a book that was much needed in today’s fast-paced and overstressed society, it is this one.
Sam breaks down the illusions that we create for ourselves in this life. Ridding oneself of the false notion of the “self” is a critical realization that can help you start to actually live your life.
For those who are looking for a deeper reason or motivation to begin a mindfulness practice, this book is the one to use to awaken themselves.
Author | Life Coach | Speaker
Making Sense of Mindfulness offers a brand new perspective and approach to mindfulness practice.
The book offers 5 concrete and accessible principles that assist the reader with bringing more awareness and peace into their daily lives. It combines the authors personal stories and experiences with suggested practices and perspectives that push beyond the traditional approaches to mindfulness and leave the reader inspired to dream their best dream.
Book Coach | Author
In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert tackles mindfulness for writers and all creatives who wrestle daily with self-doubt.
She boldly asks the reader to ponder this: Do you create to inspire or create to gain wealth and fame?
If it’s the latter, don’t bother turning the page. For the former, read on for affirming, challenging, and tough-love advice on accepting fear and imperfection while embracing a joyful creative life.
Coach | Author | Speaker
My favorite part about this book is how it’s structured as a memoir documenting Harris’ own journey to achieving mindfulness and what an impact it had on his life.
I found the book to be very funny and easy to read, making it a great intro book to people looking to learn more about the subject.
This was the very first book I read on the subject which later sparked my interest in the subject and becoming more mindful in my own life.
It breaks down mindfulness into very easy to understand terminology and makes it accessible even to a beginner.
Katie Ziskind, BS, MA, LMFT
The Power of Now is a great book because it teaches all about staying present in this moment.
Our mind will wander to the past or to the future, but these habits only lead to discomfort and suffering. He speaks to remaining in the present in order to enjoy life to the best you can. He also provides tips for training your mind to be mindful of when it does wander to the past or future.
Pema Chodron is a wonderful teacher of spirituality and meditation.
She uses mind training exercises and specific meditation techniques in this book to teach you how to tame your mind and practice mindfulness.
She is compassionate, gentle, and funny in the stories she shares about her life. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to learn more about meditation, mindfulness, and spirituality.
Author | Speaker
Thunder Dog is about my escape with my guide dog from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
It helps educate people about what it really means to be blind.
Thunder Dog shows that blindness is not darkness or an absence of light. Instead it shows that the true challenge of blindness consists of the poor attitudes and lack of education people have about the blind.
If Thunder Dog proves anything about human nature it is that any of us, sighted or blind, can persevere through any challenge so long as we choose to develop our own inner tools for survival and progress.