There are a ton of books on Mindfulness out there, some of them are quite well known, but others are hidden gems that do not get the attention they deserve. Today, I want to feature ten of those mindfulness books you may not have heard of before, but should be mentioned more often.
If there are any special mindfulness books that you have discovered that are not on the list, please let me know in the comment section below.
10 Best Mindfulness Books You May Not Know About:
- Yes, you can practice mindfulness with a goal in mind. Tara Ward has a charming series of books that target mindfulness practices to specific issues you are working on, and Mindfulness for Success is my favorite. Short, to the point, and without a lot of fluff, there is a lot to learn here, even for the beginning practitioner.
- Even I did not consider dreaming and mindfulness as something I could combine (and I have been practicing lucid dreaming for years now), but after reading this book it does no longer sound like such a weird combination. After all, we spent a lot of our time in our life dreaming. Clare R. Johnson managed to create an insightful book into an area that is often overlooked when it comes to mindfulness. So if you are interested in the power of dreams, AND want to learn more about mindfulness, you should read this book.
- Compassionate and insightful, this daily mediations book is a practical and helpful reminder on how to bring the peace of mindfulness into your daily life. Written by a licensed psychologist, who specializes in mindfulness-centered cognitive behavioral therapy, this book is not based on some loosely thought of or regurgitated strategies, but on a mixture of science and professional experience, and it shows. Each day entry ends with a gentle “invitation” to do the practical and integrate mindfulness moments into your daily experience. Similar to Meal by Meal (which only focuses on the practice of eating), this book reminds you of how rushed our lives sometimes are, and how we are moving through it on autopilot. A lovely daily reminder to become aware of what is right in front of us.
- I think this book is simply the best – if not the most underrated – book on mindful eating. It is practical, allows you to jump right into the process, rather than waiting to tell you about the entire philosophy, before allowing you to take action. I believe that the best way to learn is by doing, and this book allows you to just do that.
- written from the viewpoint of a Buddhist, but without a doubt practical and relatable to non-Buddhists as well, this book begins with breathwork as its foundation. While that makes it less accessible as some of the other books in this list, for people like me who have breathing problems, and therefore struggle with breath-related mindfulness exercises, it does not stop there, and works also through emotional states, thinking patterns and how to integrate the practice into real-life situations. Well written, without a lot of fluff, which is also a plus in my book.
- This is not one of the books that are a daily action or devotional type book, as some of the others that I am featuring several here, but it is set up in a way that you could go through an individual exercise each day and use it as such. The individual entries are short and to the point, read like mini-meditations, but are not set up in a way that they will take a lot of time to complete (maybe a minute or two in their entirety). A perfect every day accessible resource.
- One of my favorite daily readings book on mindfulness (heck in any genre). The writings are short, very short actually. Each entry consists only of a few paragraphs, starts with a quote, and ends with a practical tip for application. If you are new to mindful eating, or just want a gentle reminder of how to be more present with food, and the entire process of creating food – but in bite-size pieces, this is perfect for you.
- Donald Altman has become one of my favorite authors in the field, with his no-nonsense style, and caring way of presenting mindfulness concepts, that are simple enough to follow along for someone who is new to the practice. One Minute Mindfulness is accessible to anyone and delivers on its promise to be quick and precise – making it perfect for someone who does not have the time or patience to begin a longer meditation practice but is still looking for some of the peace mindfulness has to offer.
- Essentially a book for children and their parents (not a book to be read by children alone, and not for the youngest children either). A good book with a practical step by step guide to a charming pebble meditation. It also works for someone who is new to mindfulness themselves. I really enjoyed the illustrations which are adorable in their simplicity.
- While touted as a mindfulness book, it includes other relaxation techniques as well, that takes you from work to a space of relaxation and inner peace. I love this little, charming book, and keep it by my bedside as a reminder to wind down. All of the exercises are easy to follow along. Even the Kindle version of the book looks charming.
Which mindfulness Author is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!