My Top 3 Book List for Starting your Mindfulness Journey

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

These 3 books will help get you started on the path of living a mindful life.

If you're like me then you may have a bigger book collection than you'll ever get around to reading. Unfortunately I have a habit of picking up a book and putting it down half way through for a shiny new one. There's so much knowledge in books out there that I tend to get overwhelmed in wondering if I'm reading the right one. There are literally thousands if not more of books written on the subject of mindfulness. In hopes that you don't find yourself overwhelmed like me, Ive narrowed it down to not only a few of my favorites but also books that come highly recommend from mindfulness teachers around the world. Enjoy!

"Wherever you go, there you are" - Jon Kabit-Zin

My first introduction to mindfulness and meditation, this book has become almost like my mindfulness bible. Exploring principles and practices of mindfulness, Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Learn how to capture the present, to live fully in the moment and reduce anxiety, achieve inner peace, and enrich the quality of life. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life

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"Mindfulness for Beginners" - Jon Kabit-Zin

Another one of my favorites from Dr. Kabit-Zin, Mindfulness for Beginners invites you to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play―and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding "lesson-a-day" primer on mindfulness practice.

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"The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself" - Michael A. Singer

This book is a little different from the first two as it is less of an instructional book but more of a story of Michael Singer's path. I listened to this book on audio while I traveled by train across Europe last summer and gained so much that I can't recommend it enough. Michael talks about his experiment to surrender to all that comes his way in life, to let the universe unfold in front of him. Although the book does not give guided meditations or instructions on mindfulness, it shows what can happen if we learn to surrender instead of constantly fighting off emotions, life and live fully in the present moment.

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