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Top 10 Must-Read Mindfulness Books Of All Time

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You’ve probably heard before that a book can change your life. This phrase couldn’t more relevant than to a book about mindfulness. Practising this famous eastern philosophy has the capacity to literally change your perspective on reality.

Below I’ve collated the best books on mindfulness that offer an amazing perspective to live your life by.

1) Mindfulness in Plain English


This is an amazing book written by Henepola Gunaratana. It goes through the basics of mindful meditation and living. It was published in 1992.

The best bit? You can read a free extensive preview of it here.

2) The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation


This is written by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist, who has traveled the world helping people reduce their suffering through mindfulness techniques. This book is a classic piece of work that focuses on helping you make small changes in your life so you can experience more presence and love. Check it out here.

3) Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life


Jon Kabat-Zim is a contemporary mindfulness expert that has created the first centre for mindfulness practice. This book is amazing for its simplicity for explaining what mindfulness is and how to practice it. It was first published in 1994 and has since been updated. Check it out here.

4) The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment


This is probably one of the most famous books on mindfulness and for good reason. Eckhart Tolle explains with such precision and wisdom on why you need to make the present the primary focus of your life. He also talks about how to stop identifying with your ego. Check it out here.

5) Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness


This is another classic from Jon Kabat-Zinn. This talks about how needed mindfulness is in today’s society. He draws from teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh and zen master Seung Sahn. Check it out here.

6) Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life


Another masterpiece from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich Nhat Hanh quoted in this book “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” Check it out here.

7) Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha


This is written by spiritual awaking teacher Tara Brach. Just as the book says, it teaches how to embrace acceptance of life and all its difficulties. A perfect tonic for people who feel inferior. Check it out here.

8) A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose


This is Eckhar Tolle’s second book after “The Power of Now”. If you’re feeling that your ego is getting in your way, then this is the book for you. Check it out here.

9) Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation


If you want to learn the art of meditation, this is the one for you. Written by Sharon Salzberg, she says “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” Check it out here.

10) Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living


If you feel lost, like you can’t find your purpose in life, this is for you. It will motivate you to create a more compassionate and kind world. Check it out here.

Originally published on The Power of Ideas.

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