Find Your Zen With The World’s Best Mindfulness Books
It seems like everywhere we turn people are talking about mindfulness, the benefits of meditation, and how to live a happier life.
With such an abundance of competing voices and recommendations, it can be hard to know where to start. At Blinkist, we know a thing or two about which books are worth their salt, so we’ve compiled a list of the best mindfulness books to get you started on your journey to being a calmer you.
Browse this calming list of the best mindfulness books
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Are you interested in learning how to meditate? In Wherever You Go, There You Are from 1994, Thich Nhat Hanh-student Jon Kabat-Zinn shares step-by-step meditation practices that are easy to implement into your daily life and that will help you fully enjoy the present moment — and not worry about the past or the future.
The Power of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
This bestseller from Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, functions as a guide for everyday living and puts emphasis on how important it is to be in the present moment — or now, as it’s more commonly known. The book shows you how you can detach yourself from your “ego” and how that will help you to enjoy a better life.
Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective by Mark Epstein
Did you know that meditation and mindfulness can soothe the mind and even heal mental illness? In Thoughts Without a Thinker (1995), which has often been recognized as one of the best mindfulness books, the Harvard-educated psychotherapist and Buddhist practitioner Mark Epstein, describes the fundamental principles of the Buddhist tradition through a psychoanalytic lens. And just in case Harvard isn’t enough of a sign that he knows what he’s talking about: Epstein’s works have even earned the praise of His Holiness the Dalai Lama! That’s serious mindfulness cred!
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki
If you’re curious about mindfulness as a life philosophy, you should read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (1970) by Japanese Monk Shunryu Suzuki. This book functions as a starter’s guide to Zen Buddhism and explains how Zen is not only a system of meditation, but also a philosophy of life. This book will teach you how to sit, breathe and observe while maintaining a vital connection to the present moment.
How to Have a Good Day: Think Bigger, Feel Better and Transform Your Working Life by Caroline Webb
You can use mindfulness to make the most of your working day, too! In How to Have a Good Day (2016), Caroline Webb explains how to navigate the challenges of the modern workplace like a pro and keep your energy high even during stressful and exhausting days. This book offers great advice for anyone who wants to have a greater impact in their workplace.
The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance by George Mumford
What superpowers are you hiding? In The Mindful Athlete (2015), George Mumford shares how a personal practice can help you find and unlock your secret powers. By learning to channel your own inner divinity, you can reach peak performance in sports, work, or wherever else you need it.
You Are Not Your Brain: The Four-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life by Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding
Have you ever suffered from harmful thoughts that tell you “you’re not good enough”? You Are Not Your Brain explores the deceptive brain messages that give birth to such thoughts and shows how you can change this detrimental wiring by challenging those messages and focusing your attention elsewhere.
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris
News anchor Dan Harris quickly climbed the career ladder within the television industry and lived a life many of us would envy. But when he experienced a panic attack on live television during a broadcast of Good Morning America, it became evident to him that he had to change his life. In 10% Happier, Harris’ personal account shows how meditation can be used to help you cope with the chaos and stress of modern life. The book demystifies meditation with the help of recent scientific research into its effects on the body and mind.
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh & Dr. Lilian Cheung
Can mindfulness help you lose weight? Savor (2010) is one of the top mindfulness books for illustrating how an appreciation for the richness of life in the present moment can help you find inner peace, joy, and strength — especially if you’re trying to sustainably lose weight. With the latest research on best ways to eat and exercise, this book offers a holistic method for improving your physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.
Buddha’s Brain: Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson
Would you like to have more happiness, love and wisdom in your life? Buddha’s Brain empowers you to achieve this by offering practical skills and tools to tap into your brain’s potential — so that you can achieve a greater peace of mind.
While the trendiness of this subject means that there’s a lot of information out there, these bestselling mindfulness books provide a depth of clarity that many other titles fail to achieve — and that’s what we’re looking for with mindfulness, right? Just researching this article gave me a few new favorite books and several others for by to-read list. So watch this space! We’ll make sure to keep you abreast of all the best mindfulness books on the market. Best of luck on your journey towards a more Zen future!