BOOKS I LOVE

MINDFUL BOOKS I LOVE

10% Happier

This is great if you love learning the science behind meditation. Dan Harris was an ABC news correspondent who had a panic attack live on air. This propelled him to get help but like many others he was skeptical about meditation and intimidated by the spiritual side.  He eventually found mindful teachers and tools that helped him the most and shares them in a practical and relatable way.

Self-

This book brought a whole new way of thinking and language to me, Dr Kristin Neff studied the effects of self-compassion and offers expert advice on how to stop beating yourself up and instead achieve your most fulfilled life and highest potential.  This type of practice helped me the most when working with difficult emotions.

untethered soul

I listen to this on audible and love his voice. It tells the story of how Michael Singer learned to surrender and allow life to flow around him without resisting it. Michael has had a fascinating life from someone who once lived in the woods as well as becoming founding CEO of a billion dollar company.

surrender experiment

One of Oprah’s favorite books written by Michael Singer, he shares the message that our thoughts don’t define us and that we suffer far less by letting life flow through you rather than trying to resist or control it. “There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind, you are the one who hears it.”

geneen roth

All of Geneen’s books have helped heal my life time of compulsive eating. I now know I can have a positive relationship wth food and although I’m not perfect I never diet, or deprive myself and I can enjoy food again without it being labelled ‘good’ or ‘bad’ because of her books. This was one of the first I read and was recommended by my therapist. I highly recommend to anyone who has an unhealthy relationship with food (which is most people!).

wherever you go

This classic, down to earth book on mindfulness by professor and researcher Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is one of the leading pioneers to bring meditation to the West.  It offers practical ways to practice meditation in everyday life and I love how he explains it “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”  He also developed the program MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) which is offered in hospitals to so many anything from emotional challenges to trauma and PTSD. He says “look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them?”

train an elephant

A great beginners book fun of easy, mindful tips and exercises to try throughout the day like mindful breathing or ‘leaving no trace’,  they really helped me to view the world differently and notice so much about the way my mind works. Doing these exercises makes mindfulness far less intimidating and more of a game.

Power of Now

An oldy but a goody. Ekhart Tolle gives a really easy to understand, practical guide to mindfulness.  I often re read this book as it’s a great reminder that most suffering I have is because I’m resisting all the things I can’t change!