Suffice it to say the world we live in can be something of a chaotic one. From a daily reliance on too much tech, to long and laborious working hours and an all round lack of purpose, people are turning in their droves to mindfulness and mediation to find a sense of stillness and serenity in amongst the noise. The concept of mindfulness has exploded over the past decade, and with the popularity of mediation on a steady rise, it’s no wonder there are a wealth of spiritual books on offer for those searching for a more simple, yet meaningful life. From a poignant fable to a guide to living beyond the bounds of fear, I’ve rounded up seven of the best books on mindfulness, from some of the most innovative and influential thought leaders around.
A poetic and prose-rich fable that teaches readers that the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a powerful and poignant tale about reassessing happiness on a non material level. A thought-provoking book from beginning to end, the lessons within the tale will stay with you long after you’ve closed the final page. Buy it here.
Now widely regarded as a household name in the mindfulness space, American news anchor Dan Harris turned to mindfulness and meditation after suffering a panic attack live on air while presenting Good Morning America. While originally a sceptic when it came to self-help and spirituality, Harris offers readers a compelling introduction to mediation that will encourage readers the world over to try it. Buy it here.
Conversations with God by Donald Neale Walsh
The first in a series of books by American author, Conversations with God has been translated into over thirty-seven languages and is considered a seminal book by many. Having spent much of his life searching for meaning prior to publishing Conversations with God, he has since shifted spiritual paradigms around the globe through his writing. Buy it here.
The Happiness Plan by Dr Elise Bialylew
Founder of Mindful in May, Dr Elise Bialylew is both a meditation teacher and a real innovator in the field of mindfulness, and so it makes sense that her book, The Happiness Plan, is a go-to for many people wanting to explore a more mindful way of living. Insightful, positive and uplifting, Bialylew’s background in understanding how the brain works on a physical level is both fascinating and compelling and her purpose to “support people in thriving, not just surviving” really shines through throughout the book. Buy it here.
Your Soul is a River
A book filled with soul-searching poetry, Your Soul is a River fuses wisdom with prose for an uplifting and inspiring read. A beautiful collection of poems for anyone in need of a dose of inspiration, the book is ripe with understanding, courage, hope, healing, loss, recovery, pain, and love. Buy it here.
Part memoir, part guide, Big Magic is a wonderful exploration of what life is like when you live creatively and beyond the boundaries of fear. A book for anyone wanting to live a big and creative life, Gilbert delves into everything fro the joy of failure to the importance of curiosity, and encourages her readers to infuse their every day lives with more mindfulness and passion. Buy it here.
The Art of Happiness by the Dalia Lama
A guide to happiness from one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders, The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama is beloved by readers across the world, and explores the idea that happiness can be reached by using various techniques to train the mind, such as seeking peace, practising meditation, mindfulness, gratitude and self-compassion. Buy it here.
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