The best 64 Meditation books

Meditation is a powerful practice that offers numerous benefits for mental and emotional well-being. Our carefully selected book list on this topic provides valuable insights and guidance for anyone looking to explore the depths of mindfulness and inner peace.

Dive into these transformative reads to discover techniques for reducing stress, enhancing focus, and cultivating a sense of calm. Ready to start your journey towards mindfulness and self-discovery? Let's delve into these enlightening titles together!

The best 64 Meditation books
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Meditation Books: Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson

Buddha’s Brain

Rick Hanson
The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
4.4 (394 ratings)
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What's Buddha’s Brain about?

Buddha’s Brain is a practical guide to attaining more happiness, love and wisdom in life. It aims to empower readers by providing them with practical skills and tools to help unlock their brains’ potential and achieve greater peace of mind. Specific attention is paid to the contemplative technique “mindfulness” and the latest neurological findings that support it.

Who should read Buddha’s Brain?

  • Psychology students who are interested in meditation but still want information grounded in scientific fact
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to live a stress-free and happy life
  • Anyone who wants to know both the theory behind meditation and its practical application in their everyday lives.

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Meditation Books: The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton

The Biology of Belief

Bruce H. Lipton
Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles
4.0 (182 ratings)
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What's The Biology of Belief about?

The Biology of Belief describes a revolutionary change in biology and explores a new approach to the connection between mind and matter. Using easily accessible examples and explanations, Lipton offers a radical alternative to our understanding of the influence of genes in determining our behavior and identity.

Who should read The Biology of Belief?

  • Anyone interested in new developments in biology
  • Anyone curious about the influence we can have on our genes
  • Anyone interested in examples of modern scientific revolutions

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Meditation Books: 10% Happier by Dan Harris

10% Happier

Dan Harris
How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
4.2 (378 ratings)
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What's 10% Happier about?

10% Happier demystifies the ancient art of meditation by explaining recent, cutting-edge scientific research into how meditation affects your body and mind. Importantly, it shows you just how valuable meditation can be in coping with the chaos and stress of modern life.

Who should read 10% Happier?

  • Anyone who battles with stress and wants to find a way out
  • Anyone who is skeptical or curious about meditation and how it works
  • Anyone content with their life but could benefit from more happiness

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Meditation Books: Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe

Get Some Headspace

Andy Puddicombe
10 Minutes Can Make All the Difference
4.4 (76 ratings)
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What's Get Some Headspace about?

Get Some Headspace (2011) paves an easy path to understanding meditation and the ways it can benefit us. Drawing on his own experience as a Buddhist monk, Puddicombe offers a strong case that even the busiest people can take ten minutes a day to get some much needed headspace and live better because of it.

Who should read Get Some Headspace?

  • Anyone searching for a beginner’s guide to meditation
  • The stressed and anxious
  • People whose working day is out of control

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Meditation Books: Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life
4.4 (536 ratings)
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What's Wherever You Go, There You Are about?

Wherever You Go, There You Are (1994) explains how to fully enjoy the present moment without worrying about the past or the future. By providing step-by-step meditation practices, both formal and informal, that can easily be incorporated into everyday life, Kabat-Zinn steers us toward the peace and tranquility that we’re yearning for.

Who should read Wherever You Go, There You Are?

  • Those who want to be fully present
  • People who want to learn how to meditate
  • Meditators hoping to expand and deepen their practice

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Meditation Books: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Shunryu Suzuki
Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
4.4 (238 ratings)
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What's Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind about?

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (1970) is a starter’s guide to Zen Buddhism. These blinks explain how Zen is not only a system of meditation, but also a philosophy of life. They describe how to sit, breathe and observe while maintaining a vital connection to the present moment.

Who should read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind?

  • Overachievers and perfectionists
  • Students of yoga, Zen or meditation
  • Seekers of equanimity and balance

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Meditation Books: Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty

Into the Magic Shop

James R. Doty
A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
4.2 (47 ratings)
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What's Into the Magic Shop about?

Into the Magic Shop (2016) reveals details of Dr. James R. Doty’s research into the symbiotic relationship between the heart and brain, and how the practice of meditation can strengthen this bond. Dr. Doty uses both scientific and personal insight to illuminate his studies and demonstrate how important it is to have a compassionate heart as well as a curious mind.

Who should read Into the Magic Shop?

  • Students of medicine, religion, philosophy or science
  • Anyone interested in meditation
  • Readers who seek happiness and success

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Meditation Books: Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein

Thoughts Without a Thinker

Mark Epstein
Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
4.4 (134 ratings)
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What's Thoughts Without a Thinker about?

Thoughts Without a Thinker (1995) describes the fundamental principles of the Buddhist tradition through a psychoanalytic lens. These blinks explain how meditation and mindfulness can soothe the mind, alleviate suffering and heal mental illness.

Who should read Thoughts Without a Thinker?

  • People who suffer from depression and anxiety
  • Anyone interested in Buddhism or psychotherapy
  • Anyone skeptical about mindfulness

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Meditation Books: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach
Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha
4.4 (277 ratings)
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What's Radical Acceptance about?

Radical Acceptance (2003) explains how Buddhism and meditation can bring you greater contentment and happiness. Chock-full of easy mental exercises that reduce stress and self-criticism, it’ll give you the tools you need to lead a gentler, happier existence.

Who should read Radical Acceptance?

  • Stressed-out people seeking calm
  • Meditators and mindful individuals
  • Those interested in Buddhism

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Meditation Books: Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz

Unplug

Suze Yalof Schwartz
A Simple Guide to Meditation
4.3 (179 ratings)
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What's Unplug about?

Unplug (2017), a useful beginner's guide to meditation, makes clear that meditation isn’t just for hippies and monks; rather, it’s a practical exercise that anyone can use to become calmer, happier and healthier. Get all the basic info you need to start a daily meditation routine, as well as a number of supplemental tools that will aid relaxation and improve your practice.

Who should read Unplug?

  • Anyone suffering from stress
  • First-time meditators who want to learn the basics
  • Skeptics who don’t like the spiritual aspects of meditation

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Meditation Books: Joy on Demand by Chade-Meng Tan

Joy on Demand

Chade-Meng Tan
The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
4.3 (94 ratings)
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What's Joy on Demand about?

Joy on Demand (2016) is a guide to finding inner peace, calm and joy through the ancient practice of meditation. These blinks walk you through a simple, entry-level program that will transform moments of misery into windows of hope, eventually guiding you to true, sustained happiness.

Who should read Joy on Demand?

  • Depressed and anxious people everywhere
  • Workaholics, worriers and anyone who is unhappy
  • Aspiring spiritual souls

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Meditation Books: Start Where You Are by Pema Chödrön

Start Where You Are

Pema Chödrön
A Guide to Compassionate Living
4.4 (206 ratings)
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What's Start Where You Are about?

Start Where You Are (1994) is an enlightening guide to opening up your heart and mind and learning to feel happier in your skin. Discover the practices that bring calm and serenity to Buddhist monks and nuns, as well as the philosophy that puts people on the path to nirvana. This isn’t advice about what incense and candles to buy; it shows you how to look deep within yourself to confront your demons and find strength in your weaknesses.

Who should read Start Where You Are?

  • Spiritual people interested in Buddhism and meditation
  • Anyone who wants fewer regrets and fears
  • Those struggling with anger management

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Meditation Books: Mindfulness by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Mindfulness

Mark Williams and Danny Penman
An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
4.5 (237 ratings)
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What's Mindfulness about?

Mindfulness (2011) guides readers through eight weeks of meditation specially designed to bring greater peace of mind. The result of a collaboration between a biochemist and a clinical psychologist, this is a scientifically-grounded course that paves the way to greater mental well-being while busting plenty of myths along the way.

Who should read Mindfulness?

  • Anyone looking for an oasis of calm in today’s hectic world
  • Rational thinkers who have been put off by the spiritual associations of mindfulness
  • Readers interested in the life of the mind

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Meditation Books: Advice Not Given by Mark Epstein

Advice Not Given

Mark Epstein
A Guide to Getting Over Yourself
4.2 (89 ratings)
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What's Advice Not Given about?

Advice Not Given (2018) provides a fresh perspective on the practice of meditation from author Mark Epstein, an experienced psychiatrist who can attest to its therapeutic benefits. Epstein provides newcomers with a practical approach to meditation as he dispels the common misconceptions about the practice while offering clinical examples of how helpful it can be to our mental health.

Who should read Advice Not Given?

  • Meditation newcomers
  • Students of mental health
  • Anyone interested in Buddhism

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Meditation Books: Aware by Daniel J. Siegel

Aware

Daniel J. Siegel
The Science and Practice of Presence
4.5 (250 ratings)
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What's Aware about?

Aware (2018) is a no-nonsense, empirically-grounded look at a discipline traditionally more closely associated with monks than medical practitioners: meditation. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific research, practicing psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel shows that mindfulness is far more than the latest lifestyle hack – it benefits your mental and physical health. The added bonus? It’ll also make your experience of life more meaningful, joyous and profound!

Who should read Aware?

  • Psychiatrists and psychologists
  • Meditators
  • The harried and stressed

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Meditation Books: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler
A 10% Happier How-To-Book
4.5 (181 ratings)
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What's Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics about?

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (2017) is a down-to-earth beginner’s guide to meditation – especially for those skeptics among us who think that meditation is a lot of new age hooey. Dan Harris presents readers with a firsthand account of how even people with restless minds and no time to spare can start experiencing the scientifically proven benefits of meditation.

Who should read Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics?

  • Professionals seeking serenity
  • Anyone pursuing happiness
  • Amateur meditators

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Meditation Books: Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson

Altered Traits

Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson
Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
4.7 (242 ratings)
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What's Altered Traits about?

Altered Traits (2017) takes an empirical look at the art of meditation and details the benefits it has on our mental well-being. It also looks at different types of meditation, as well as the effects of meditative practices on different groups, including experienced meditators, students and even a yogi.

Who should read Altered Traits?

  • People who need a reason to start meditating
  • Meditation skeptics
  • Those who value self-improvement and self-care

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Meditation Books: Fully Present by Susan L. Smalley and Diana Winston

Fully Present

Susan L. Smalley and Diana Winston
The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness
4.5 (211 ratings)
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What's Fully Present about?

Fully Present (2010) is a hands-on guide to mindfulness, full of actionable tips to help you put the ancient practice into use today. Based on the expertise of two of today’s leading mindfulness researchers, these blinks guide you through both the science and the art of meditation, showing you how to integrate it into your everyday life and start transforming mundane activities into rich experiences.

Who should read Fully Present?

  • Mindfulness practitioners
  • Stressed-out workaholics
  • Psychologists and coaches

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Meditation Books: The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Miracle of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh
An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
4.6 (666 ratings)
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What's The Miracle of Mindfulness about?

The Miracle of Mindfulness (1975) explains how practicing the ancient Buddhist art of mindfulness can help improve our well-being and our lives. Using typical examples from our daily life, these blinks demonstrate how we can all get more from the present, and start to appreciate the miracle of life again.

Who should read The Miracle of Mindfulness?

  • Anyone wanting tips on how to de-stress
  • Those looking for an insight into Buddhism
  • Deep thinkers searching for a fresh perspective on the nature of life

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Meditation Books: donothing by Rob Dubé

donothing

Rob Dubé
The most rewarding leadership challenge you'll ever take
4.2 (102 ratings)
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What's donothing about?

donothing (2018) offers executives and business leaders a first-hand account of how a regular meditation practice can bring priceless rewards to their business and personal lives. In addition to drawing from his experiences, as well as those of other successful leaders, author Rob Dubé provides scientific evidence of how lives and businesses can be enriched by meditation. Newcomers will find tips on how to start their own practice and what to expect at meditation retreats.

Who should read donothing?

  • Managers and executives looking to improve their leadership skills
  • Anyone curious about meditation and its benefits
  • Professionals looking for a rewarding challenge

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Meditation Books: A Monk's Guide to Happiness by Gelong Thubten

A Monk's Guide to Happiness

Gelong Thubten
Meditation in the 21st Century
4.7 (1,007 ratings)
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What's A Monk's Guide to Happiness about?

A Monk’s Guide to Happiness (2019) provides readers with a philosophically insightful and practically useful manual on how to break free of suffering and achieve inner peace. Drawing from the author’s 25 years of training at Buddhist monasteries and intensive meditation retreats, the book distills more than two decades of hard-won wisdom.

Who should read A Monk's Guide to Happiness?

  • People who are sick and tired of the rat race
  • Social media users feeling exhausted by their Facebook and Instagram feeds 
  • Anyone wondering what the mindfulness fuss is all about

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Meditation Books: Do Breathe by Michael Townsend Williams

Do Breathe

Michael Townsend Williams
Calm Your Mind. Find Focus. Get Stuff Done.
4.5 (662 ratings)
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What's Do Breathe about?

Do/Breathe (2015) is a calming antidote to the stressors of contemporary life, offering a simple guide to cultivating balance, honing focus, and learning to be present. Do/Breathe takes you right back to life’s basics – like breathing, eating, and sleeping – to show how adjusting fundamental practices, habits, and mindsets can produce positive, lasting change in your life. 

Who should read Do Breathe?

  • Busy professionals who never seem to reach the end of their to-do lists
  • Dreamers whose fear holds them back from chasing their goals
  • Multitaskers who want to juggle their roles and responsibilities without losing equilibrium

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Meditation Books: The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology by Dominique Antiglio

The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology

Dominique Antiglio
Breathe and Connect with the Calm and Happy You
4.2 (116 ratings)
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What's The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology about?

The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology (2018) delves deep into the “gentle superpower” of sophrology, a unique healing practice that uses breathing techniques, meditation and creative visualization to relieve stress and enable you to manage the challenges of everyday life. Sophrology’s simple but powerful tools are adaptable to all lifestyles and schedules – just a few minutes of practice a day will guide you to improved health, happiness and well-being. 

Who should read The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology?

  • Sufferers of anxiety and stress 
  • Wellness seekers working through health issues
  • Parents who struggle with family demands

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Meditation Books: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Full Catastrophe Living

Jon Kabat-Zinn
Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
4.6 (207 ratings)
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What's Full Catastrophe Living about?

Full Catastrophe Living (1990) doesn’t sugar-coat it: this is a book that acknowledges life can sometimes feel like one catastrophe after another. But while we might not be able to prevent life’s catastrophes, the way we respond to them is entirely within our control. An acknowledged classic in the mindful living genre, Full Catastrophe Living explains how life’s storms can be weathered through mindfulness.

Who should read Full Catastrophe Living?

  • Those struggling to cope with physical or emotional pain
  • People who struggle to deal with stress 
  • Anyone who just can’t seem to turn their mind off

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Meditation Books: The Mindful Day by Laurie J. Cameron

The Mindful Day

Laurie J. Cameron
Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening
4.6 (317 ratings)
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What's The Mindful Day about?

The Mindful Day (2018) explores the benefits of mindfulness and explains how it can be integrated into your everyday routine. Drawing on ancient techniques and cutting-edge psychological research, these blinks reveal how simple mindfulness practices can give your well-being, and your relationships, a boost. 

Who should read The Mindful Day?

  • Anyone feeling stressed or overburdened
  • Psychology buffs looking for fresh insights
  • Mindfulness enthusiasts seeking a new angle

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Meditation Books: I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver

I’ve Been Thinking

Maria Shriver
Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life
4.3 (96 ratings)
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What's I’ve Been Thinking about?

I’ve Been Thinking (2018) is a collection of thoughts, quotes, and prayers to accompany you through daily life. Whether you’re young or old, religious or agnostic, have both feet on the ground or find yourself in a difficult place, it will inspire you to chart your own path to a meaningful life.

Who should read I’ve Been Thinking?

  • Workaholics and busybodies who need to catch their breath
  • Non-believers looking for spiritual guidance 
  • Anyone struggling with their faith, grief, or loss

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Meditation Books: Neurodharma by Rick Hanson

Neurodharma

Rick Hanson
New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness
4.4 (274 ratings)
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What's Neurodharma about?

Neurodharma (2020) offers a road map for achieving true happiness and fulfillment. Drawing on the ancient practices of Buddhism and modern neuroscience, author Rick Hanson outlines seven ways of being that can help you be more calm, compassionate, and present in the moment. He also gives practical tips and strategies for how to use meditation to improve overall well-being and effectiveness. 

Who should read Neurodharma?

  • Anyone wanting to cultivate inner peace and tranquility
  • Meditators seeking to expand their practice
  • People curious about the neurology behind our thoughts and emotions

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Meditation Books: Radically Happy by Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon

Radically Happy

Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon
A User's Guide to the Mind
4.6 (378 ratings)
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What's Radically Happy about?

What’s it about?

Radically Happy (2018) is a practical yet personal guide to achieving true happiness. In it, timeless Eastern wisdom meets modern Western practicality as it teaches the keys to happiness according to a Tibetan Buddhist monk and a former Silicon Valley technologist. Packed with scientific insights and meditation exercises, it provides a toolkit for achieving a genuine, lasting sense of well-being. 

Who should read Radically Happy?

Who’s it for?

  • Skeptics who still need convincing about the benefits of meditation
  • Meditators who want to add new elements to their practice
  • Those tired of a fruitless search for true happiness

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Meditation Books: The Art of Stopping Time by Pedram Shojai

The Art of Stopping Time

Pedram Shojai
Practical Mindfulness for Busy People
4.4 (1,044 ratings)
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What's The Art of Stopping Time about?

The Art of Stopping Time (2017) answers the questions on many of our minds these days: Where does all our time go? And how can we get it back? Fusing practical time-management principles with the philosophical ideas of mindfulness, author Pedram Shojai shows us how we can make the most of our limited time on Earth.

Who should read The Art of Stopping Time?

  • Busy people wishing they had more time
  • Meditation fans looking for more practical applications of mindfulness
  • Anyone who wants to make the most of their time

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Meditation Books: Journey of Awakening by Ram Dass

Journey of Awakening

Ram Dass
A Meditator's Guidebook
4.7 (238 ratings)
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What's Journey of Awakening about?

Journey of Awakening (1978) is a guide to establishing and solidifying a personal meditation practice. Combining insights from many spiritual traditions, it outlines a path to self-realization through meditation – offering sage advice on how to stay the course through doubt, fear, and ego traps.

Who should read Journey of Awakening?

  • Spiritually curious thinkers who aren’t sure where to start
  • Stressed-out people looking for peace of mind
  • Anyone interested in meditation

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Meditation Books: The Urban Monk by Pedram Shojai

The Urban Monk

Pedram Shojai
Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace
4.6 (109 ratings)
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What's The Urban Monk about?

The Urban Monk (2016) is a field guide for how to navigate modern life with a more monk-like mentality. Drawing on Eastern spiritual traditions, contemporary science, and the lives of our ancestors, it’s packed full of practical tips on how we can integrate ancient wisdom into our modern lifestyles. It addresses a wide range of personal problems, including stress, unhealthy diets, and a lack of time, energy, and sense of purpose.

Who should read The Urban Monk?

  • Lifestyle hackers 
  • Those who suffer from stress and low energy
  • People interested in Eastern spiritual traditions

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Meditation Books: The School of Life by Alain de Botton and The School of Life

The School of Life

Alain de Botton and The School of Life
An Emotional Education
4.6 (498 ratings)
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What's The School of Life about?

The School of Life (2019) provides a set of philosophical, yet practical, lessons on emotional intelligence, compiled from the real-life institution of the same name. Offering insights on relationships, work, and life itself, it gives us the wisdom we need to understand ourselves and others just a little bit better.

Who should read The School of Life?

  • Folks who’ve been struggling in life
  • People dealing with family or relationship issues
  • Anyone seeking emotional guidance

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Meditation Books: Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg

Lovingkindness

Sharon Salzberg
The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
4.8 (430 ratings)
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What's Lovingkindness about?

Lovingkindness (1995) is a gentle guide to uncovering the profound meanings of love and happiness. With psychological insights and actionable meditations, it shows us how the Buddhist path to pursuing a liberated heart can help each of us tap into our inner radiant joy – allowing us to be kinder to ourselves and to others. 

Who should read Lovingkindness?

  • People who want to be kinder to themselves and others
  • Stressed individuals seeking to cultivate inner peace
  • Curious minds interested in exploring the tenets of Buddhism

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Meditation Books: Stress Less, Accomplish More by Emily Fletcher

Stress Less, Accomplish More

Emily Fletcher
Meditation for Extraordinary Performance
4.5 (439 ratings)
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What's Stress Less, Accomplish More about?

Stress Less, Accomplish More (2019) shows how meditation can help busy people accomplish more in their fast-paced lives. In recent years, science has revealed what meditators have known for millennia: this simple tool can be practiced anytime and anywhere to relieve stress, gain mental clarity, and improve performance across your life.

Who should read Stress Less, Accomplish More?

  • High achievers looking to increase productivity
  • Frustrated meditators who want to establish a regular practice
  • Meditation skeptics eager to know what all the fuss is about

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Meditation Books: Real Change by Sharon Salzberg

Real Change

Sharon Salzberg
Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World
3.9 (243 ratings)
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What's Real Change about?

Real Change (2020) is a guide to building a better world through cultivating inner strength. This manual teaches how meditation and mindfulness are key to navigating the stresses and pressures of modern life.

Who should read Real Change?

  • Do-gooders burnt out from the struggle
  • Stressed caregivers looking for a break
  • Anyone interested in the benefits of meditation

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Meditation Books: The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Eric Jorgenson
A Guide to Wealth and Happiness
4.6 (767 ratings)
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What's The Almanack of Naval Ravikant about?

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant (2020) condenses the wisdom of philosopher and entrepreneur Naval Ravikant into actionable, bite-sized chunks. Although he covers many topics, this collection of insights circles around two profound questions – how do you build wealth, and how do you find happiness? Ravikant’s answer? Both are skills that need to be practiced.

Who should read The Almanack of Naval Ravikant?

  • Entrepreneurs and self-starters
  • Practical philosophers
  • Hard workers tired of the rat race

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Meditation Books: Sovereign Self by Acharya Shunya

Sovereign Self

Acharya Shunya
Claim Your Inner Joy and Freedom with the Empowering Wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita
4.7 (420 ratings)
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What's Sovereign Self about?

Sovereign Self (2020) explores the Vedas. Revealed over 5,000 years ago, these texts are a cornerstone of Hinduism, Buddhism, and countless other religious traditions in the Indian subcontinent. Packed with spiritual insights, the Vedas revolve around a single central question: How to live in accordance with the true nature of reality? As you’ll discover in these blinks, the answer begins by discovering your own, true self. 

Who should read Sovereign Self?

  • Spiritual seekers
  • Open-minded atheists 
  • Self-improvers looking for new ideas

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Meditation Books: Hyper-Learning by Edward D. Hess

Hyper-Learning

Edward D. Hess
How to Adapt to the Speed of Change
4.4 (320 ratings)
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What's Hyper-Learning about?

Hyper-Learning (2020) shows you how to adapt to a rapidly changing world in which technology threatens to make many skills redundant. By adopting a growth mindset, becoming less egotistical, and learning to collaborate, you’ll be ready to face the future. 

Who should read Hyper-Learning?

  • Those looking to optimize their learning skills
  • Business leaders who want to harness innovation
  • Anyone worried about a future of enormous disruption and change

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Meditation Books: Bliss More by Light Watkins

Bliss More

Light Watkins
How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying
4.4 (218 ratings)
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What's Bliss More about?

Bliss More (2018) outlines a radical and effortless approach to meditation. Whether you’ve found yourself restless while sitting on your pillow or more mindful of your backache than your oneness with the universe, this book outlines easy steps to help you find your meditative groove. 

Who should read Bliss More?

  • Restless meditators
  • Those looking for a new approach to mindfulness
  • Anyone hoping to bliss out a little more

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Meditation Books: The No-Nonsense Meditation Book by Steven Laureys

The No-Nonsense Meditation Book

Steven Laureys
A Scientist’s Guide to the Power of Meditation
4.7 (569 ratings)
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What's The No-Nonsense Meditation Book about?

The No-Nonsense Meditation Book (2021) explores the science behind meditation. As the latest neuroscience research shows, you don’t have to be a monk in search of nirvana to reap the benefits of meditation. In fact, it’s a great solution to many distinctly modern problems like stress and chronic anxiety.

Who should read The No-Nonsense Meditation Book?

  • Natural worriers
  • Would-be meditators
  • Scientists

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Meditation Books: The Art of Living by William Hart

The Art of Living

William Hart
Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S. N. Goenka
4.7 (398 ratings)
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What's The Art of Living about?

The Art of Living (1987) details the Vipassanā meditation principles set out by the famed Burmese-Indian teacher S. N. Goenka. As well as describing the techniques of Vipassanā meditation, it delves into the deeper philosophy of Buddhism.

Who should read The Art of Living?

  • Anyone interested in meditation
  • Those seeking relief from anxiety, stress, and suffering
  • People curious about Buddhist thinking

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Meditation Books: Meditation by Osho

Meditation

Osho
The First and Last Freedom
4.3 (269 ratings)
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What's Meditation about?

Meditation (1988) provides a valuable overview of Osho meditations – an approach to meditation that emphasizes awareness and uses movement as a way of preparing the mind and body. It provides the basic principles behind Osho meditation, as well as a few foundational techniques to get you started.

Who should read Meditation?

  • Anyone interested in meditation
  • Fans of the Wild Wild Country Netflix series
  • People looking to become more aware and more relaxed

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Meditation Books: The 6 Phase Meditation Method by Vishen Lakhiani

The 6 Phase Meditation Method

Vishen Lakhiani
The Proven Technique to Supercharge Your Mind, Manifest Your Goals, and Make Magic in Minutes a Day
4.6 (490 ratings)
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What's The 6 Phase Meditation Method about?

The 6 Phase Meditation Method (2022) is a ground-breaking transformational guide divided into six distinct phases. In as little as 20 minutes, you can reclaim your life and reap the many practical benefits of meditation.

Who should read The 6 Phase Meditation Method?

  • Failed meditation experimenters
  • Time-poor self-improvers
  • Mental-fitness geeks

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Meditation Books: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda
3.4 (89 ratings)
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What's Autobiography of a Yogi about?

Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) is a deeply spiritual yet light-hearted account of the life of India’s preeminent yoga emissary to the West. In this epic, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates his encounters with legendary gurus, swamis, saints, and astral beings that guided him toward the fulfillment of his mission to unite East and West under one God through the personal and scientific practice of Kriya Yoga.

Who should read Autobiography of a Yogi?

  • Yoga devotees trying to learn more about the author’s personal journey
  • People curious about yoga and the enchanting world of astral beings and their interactions with humans
  • People of faith seeking points of contact and dialogue with different world religions

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Meditation Books: Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

Kamal Ravikant
4.4 (776 ratings)
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What's Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It about?

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It (2020) is an uplifting and enlightening account of one man's journey to reclaim his life and destiny. It shares hard-won wisdom and unwavering commitment to self-love through a powerful combination of personal stories, practical advice, and an accessible meditation practice.

Who should read Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It?

  • Negative self-talkers
  • Anxious self-haters
  • Busy self-improvers

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Meditation Books: Existential Kink by Carolyn Elliott

Existential Kink

Carolyn Elliott
Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power
4.2 (57 ratings)
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What's Existential Kink about?

Existential Kink (2020) invites you to transform your life by embracing your deepest desires and hidden shadows. Through a radical and intriguing journey, you'll discover the power of turning your “wrongness” into personal growth and self-acceptance. With the help of seven axioms and practical exercises, prepare to unleash your true potential and create positive change.

Who should read Existential Kink?

  • Spiritual explorers seeking personal growth
  • Fans of unconventional self-help methods
  • Individuals curious about shadow work

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Meditation Books: The Daily Dad by Ryan Holiday

The Daily Dad

Ryan Holiday
366 Meditations on Parenting, Love, and Raising Great Kids
4.7 (125 ratings)
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What's The Daily Dad about?

The Daily Dad (2023) is a philosophical meditation on the roles and responsibilities of parents. Presented as short passages to be consumed one day at a time, it draws on the author’s experiences of fatherhood, as well as the writings of history's greatest thinkers – from Plato to Bruce Springsteen. Whether you’re an expecting new parent or already living with a full nest, this wisdom and practical advice is timeless and applicable to all.

Who should read The Daily Dad?

  • New parents looking to cultivate a healthy and productive mindset for the momentous task ahead of them
  • Seasoned parents who want to raise their kids with the bigger picture in mind
  • Teachers, mentors, and other carers craving the best for their children’s future

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Meditation Books: Peak Mind by Amishi Jha

Peak Mind

Amishi Jha
Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, 12 Minutes a Day
4.6 (722 ratings)
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What's Peak Mind about?

Peak Mind (2021) provides a cutting-edge overview of the science of attention – looking at the various ways your mind focuses and pays attention, as well as the factors that cause our mental vigilance to lapse and weaken over time. What’s more, it lays out a simple, easy-to-follow regimen to keep your mind in tip-top shape – even as you deal with the ups and downs of life.

Who should read Peak Mind?

  • Science enthusiasts interested in the frontiers of neuroscience
  • Distractible procrastinators trying to find their focus
  • Mindfulness skeptics interested in the science underpinning the practice

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Meditation Books: Abundance by Deepak Chopra

Abundance

Deepak Chopra
The Inner Path to Wealth
4.5 (417 ratings)
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What's Abundance about?

Abundance (2022) offers a new way of releasing you from a life of lack and scarcity. By using its meditation techniques, you can transform your life from one dogged by limitations into one where you want for nothing.

Who should read Abundance?

  • Seekers of fulfillment wanting to live their best lives
  • Ambitious dreamers wishing to transform goals into reality
  • Yogis looking to take their practice to the next level

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Meditation Books: The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron

The Highly Sensitive Person

Elaine N. Aron
How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
4.2 (441 ratings)
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What's The Highly Sensitive Person about?

The Highly Sensitive Person (1996) improves our understanding of that one-fifth of the population whose nervous systems pick up signals the average person can’t register. With greater self-awareness and society’s understanding, people with heightened sensitivity can flourish.

Who should read The Highly Sensitive Person?

  • Highly sensitive people
  • Parents of highly sensitive children
  • Friends, colleagues, and anyone trying to understand a highly sensitive person

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Meditation Books: Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza

Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself

Joe Dispenza
How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
4.5 (1,480 ratings)
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What's Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself about?

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself (2012) shows you how to tap into your mind's unlimited potential and transform your life from the inside out. Get ready to break free from limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns and become the master of your destiny.

Who should read Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself?

  • Aspiring mind benders
  • Change seekers
  • Wellness warriors

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Meditation Books: Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza

Becoming Supernatural

Joe Dispenza
How Common People are Doing the Uncommon
4.2 (663 ratings)
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What's Becoming Supernatural about?

Becoming Supernatural (2017) explores how everyday people can become supernatural. It references breakthrough studies, ongoing research, and incredible stories from regular people that show how anyone can create incredible mental and physical changes within themselves and others by connecting to the unseen energies of the world.

Who should read Becoming Supernatural?

  • Anyone interested in intentionally improving their life
  • People searching for greater connection with the world
  • Those curious about how humans can directly access the quantum realm

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Meditation Books: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

The Creative Act

Rick Rubin
A Way of Being
4.6 (395 ratings)
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What's The Creative Act about?

The Creative Act (2023) is a meditative manifesto about what it really means to be an artist. It contends that artists don’t have a monopoly on creativity – everyone is inherently creative. To access that creativity you just need to commit to a creative practice. By cultivating an awareness of the world around you and allowing yourself to make lots of mistakes, you’ll be able to revel in the creative process, instead of fearing it.

Who should read The Creative Act?

  • Music lovers looking for inspiration from a world-famous producer
  • Blocked creatives who want to get over their fears and start making cool stuff
  • Spiritual seekers who want to learn how to delight in the world around them

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Meditation Books: The Art of Manifesting by Carolyn Boyes

The Art of Manifesting

Carolyn Boyes
Tap into the power of the universe to live your best life
4.4 (393 ratings)
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What's The Art of Manifesting about?

The Art of Manifesting (2023) is a handy guide to the practice of manifesting, or bringing the life you envision into reality. Packed with actionable advice and easy exercises, it shows how you can start to tune into the universe and transform your life. 

Who should read The Art of Manifesting?

  • Anyone looking to change their life
  • People curious about what manifesting is 
  • Those who know about manifesting and want to improve

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Meditation Books: How to Be Your Own Therapist by Owen O'Kane

How to Be Your Own Therapist

Owen O'Kane
Boost Your Mood and Reduce Your Anxiety in 10 Minutes a Day
4.5 (217 ratings)
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What's How to Be Your Own Therapist about?

How to Be Your Own Therapist presents highly-effective techniques from evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Funny and humane, it outlines a simple self-therapy program to free you from unhelpful habits and tendencies, as well as daily check-in sessions that can be completed in as little as ten minutes.  

Who should read How to Be Your Own Therapist?

  • People wishing to learn essential therapeutic techniques to improve their lives
  • Anyone curious about initiating a daily self-therapy practice
  • Those eager to overcome negative thought patterns and adopt healthier perspectives

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Meditation Books: Enchantment by Katherine May

Enchantment

Katherine May
Re-awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age
4.2 (51 ratings)
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What's Enchantment about?

Enchantment (2023) asks how – in a world of toxic social media, rolling news coverage, burnout, stress, and anxiety – we can spark feelings of wonder, magic, and miracle. It suggests that discovering a connection with nature and rekindling our connection to our own inner selves will awaken our ability to be enchanted by the world.

Who should read Enchantment?

  • Anxious scrollers who can’t seem to tear themselves from their newsfeeds
  • Burnt-out workers, parents, and carers who have lost their spark
  • Anyone who feels disconnected from nature and community

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Meditation Books: Life in Five Senses by Gretchen Rubin

Life in Five Senses

Gretchen Rubin
How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World
4.3 (50 ratings)
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What's Life in Five Senses about?

Life in Five Senses (2023) is a meditation on how activating and exploring the five senses can lead to a richer, more meaningful engagement with life.

Who should read Life in Five Senses?

  • Burned-out workers feeling disconnected from the world around them
  • Sensualists who want to sink deeper into exploring sensory pleasures
  • Anyone who’d like to look closer, hear better, smell sharper, taste more, and touch with intention

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Meditation Books: Real Life by Sharon Salzberg

Real Life

Sharon Salzberg
The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom
4.4 (42 ratings)
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What's Real Life about?

Real Life (2023) is a guide to navigating life’s seasons with clarity and connection. While we all feel small and disconnected at times, we don’t have to remain stuck there. Drawing on a variety of voices, Real Life shares the possibility of a more expansive and aligned experience – even in the face of some of life’s most formidable challenges.

Who should read Real Life?

  • Anyone struggling with loneliness, grief, or trauma 
  • Individuals wanting to embrace greater freedom and joy
  • Longtime meditators seeking to deepen their practice

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Meditation Books: Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace Is Every Step

Thich Nhat Hanh
The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
4.4 (89 ratings)
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What's Peace Is Every Step about?

Peace Is Every Step (1990) offers profound and practical teachings on mindfulness in everyday life. It emphasizes the importance of being present in each moment, transforming negative emotions, cultivating awareness, and fostering compassion and understanding.

Who should read Peace Is Every Step?

  • Those interested in mindfulness 
  • Meditators who wish to deepen their practice
  • Anyone looking for greater happiness and fulfillment

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Meditation Books: Be Water, My Friend by Shannon Lee

Be Water, My Friend

Shannon Lee
The True Teachings of Bruce Lee
4.6 (418 ratings)
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What's Be Water, My Friend about?

Be Water, My Friend (2020) is part inspirational guide, part intimate memoir, centered on Bruce Lee’s “Be water” philosophy. Drawing on Lee’s deep relationship with the element and his lifelong martial arts practice, it offers simple yet profound teachings on self-actualization. 

Who should read Be Water, My Friend?

  • Die-hard Bruce Lee fans 
  • Those pursuing personal growth and self-actualization 
  • Anyone interested in Eastern philosophies

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Meditation Books: Yoga Nidra Made Easy by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli & Nirlipta Tuli

Yoga Nidra Made Easy

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli & Nirlipta Tuli
Deep Relaxation Practices to Improve Sleep, Relieve Stress and Boost Energy and Creativity
4.2 (31 ratings)
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What's Yoga Nidra Made Easy about?

Yoga Nidra Made Easy (2022) explores the roots and techniques of the practice of Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep. This practice of meditation exploring the hypnagogic state between wakefulness and sleep boasts an impressive list of verified benefits, from stress relief and better sleep to boosting critical thinking, self-reflection, and creativity.

Who should read Yoga Nidra Made Easy?

  • Anyone who is looking for an easy meditation practice – no guru required
  • Those looking for better sleep, stress relief, or personal insight
  • Yoga or fitness fans looking for more mind-body connection  

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Meditation Books: Finding Your Way by Sharon Salzberg

Finding Your Way

Sharon Salzberg
Meditations, Thoughts, and Wisdom for Living an Authentic Life
4.5 (78 ratings)
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What's Finding Your Way about?

Finding Your Way (2023) is a practical guide to living a fulfilling and purposeful life through the power of mindfulness and meditation. Through a collection of thoughts, reflections, and one-page meditation exercises, it aims to help readers shift their perspectives, nurture compassion, and foster connections with the world around them.

Who should read Finding Your Way?

  • Daily reflectors
  • Resilience builders
  • Mindfulness practitioners

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Meditation Books: Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Be Here Now

Ram Dass
4.2 (10 ratings)
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What's Be Here Now about?

Be Here Now (1971) is the story of one man’s spiritual awakening in India. In addition to his learnings and insights, it contains practical guidance for anyone embarking on their own spiritual journey.

Who should read Be Here Now?

  • Truth-seekers
  • People who want to deepen their happiness and fulfillment
  • Anyone interested in Eastern spirituality

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Meditation Books: Staring at the Sun by Irvin D. Yalom

Staring at the Sun

Irvin D. Yalom
Overcoming the Terror of Death
4.0 (22 ratings)
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What's Staring at the Sun about?

Staring at the Sun (2008) explores the universal human fear of death and strategies for alleviating death anxiety. It blends psychotherapy case studies with philosophical ideas to argue confronting mortality is key to living a meaningful, present-focused life. Through vivid patient stories, it illuminates how facing death enables you to prioritize what really matters.

Who should read Staring at the Sun?

  • People anxious about death
  • Therapists hoping to understand more about death anxiety 
  • Anyone who’s coming to terms with the fact that they’re going to die one day

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What's the best Meditation book to read?

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What are the Top 10 Meditation books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson
  • The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton
  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  • Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
  • Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty
  • Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein
  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  • Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz

Who are the top Meditation book authors?

When it comes to Meditation, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Rick Hanson
  • Bruce H. Lipton
  • Dan Harris
  • Andy Puddicombe
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn