Mindfulness has gained so much attention over the past decade. Lots of people including celebrities and authors swear by its everyday benefits saying that it has changed their lives.
If you're keen on practicing mindfulness on a daily basis or you simply want to learn a few things about it, you can ease into it by reading these five most recommended books.
10% Happier by Dan Harris
In this book, Dan Harris shares his life and his own journey to mindfulness. He writes about how meditation has helped him nurture more compassion and live a more fulfilled life. 10% Happier is a perfect read for those who are interested in meditation but skeptical of its practical benefits.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle admits that there's really nothing new about his ideas, but we can all agree that he has a special way of presenting those ideas in a new or different light. His main message — living "in the now" — is a concept that many practitioners of mindfulness understand well. Beginners usually find it hard to fully comprehend this idea, but with Tolle's enthusiastic and compassionate voice, you'll surely find this book a joy to read.
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
This books offers you a glimpse of the different facets of mindfulness, which is basically a practice consisting of letting go, being kind and non-judgmental, and embracing the present moment. More than anything, this book will help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn's books are considered classics and for good reason. Full Catastrophe Living is an incredible book on meditation that deals with the power of mind-body medicine. It explains various meditative therapies without going in-depth, so it's a good intro book if you're looking for other ways on coping with stress, anxiety, and pain.
Waking Up by Sam Harris
Waking Up may be a bit harder to comprehend if you're new to mindfulness, but it's still worth reading early on in your journey. Sam Harris offers a good and sensible perspective that explains how our concept of the "self" is false and how it traps us in discontent and misdirected thinking. He writes that practicing meditation can free us and wake us up from this state so that we can actually live life.