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Best Meditation and Mindfulness Books

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Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn - Jan 05, 2005 (first published in 1994)
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In this book, the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one's own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments....
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Rick Rubin
The Miracle of Mindfulness
An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh - May 01, 1999 (first published in 1975)
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In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness--being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-und...
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Kevin Rose
Real Happiness
The Power of Meditation
Sharon Salzberg - Dec 29, 2010
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Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and...
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
Shunryu Suzuki - Jun 28, 2011 (first published in 1970)
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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so...
Mindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana - Sep 06, 2011 (first published in 1992)
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Author Bhante Gunaratana, a renowned meditation master, takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. This expanded edition includes the complete text of its predecessor along with a new chapter on cultivating loving kindness. For anyone who is new to meditation, this is a great reso...
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Vinod Khosla
10% Happier
How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
Dan Harris - Apr 16, 2019 (first published in 2014)
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After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought w...
The Mind Illuminated
A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness
John Yates - Jan 03, 2017
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A revolutionary, science-based approach to meditation from a neuroscientist turned meditation master, The Mind Illuminated is an accessible, step-by-step toolkit for anyone looking to start—or improve—their daily meditation practice.The book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life,” The Mind ...
The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness
How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day
Andy Puddicombe - Sep 27, 2016 (first published in 2011)
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This program was previously published as Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day.Quiet the mind, feel less stressed and less tired, and achieve a new level of calm and fulfillment in just ten minutes a day.Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, the Voice of Headspace, and the UK's foremost mindfulness expert,...
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Bill Gates
The Power of Now
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Eckhart Tolle - Aug 19, 2004 (first published in 1997)
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Eckhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a wor...
Meditation for Beginners
Jack Kornfield - Aug 01, 2008
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Step-by-Step Instruction for Newcomers to MeditationHave you ever thought about trying meditation, but didn't know how to get started? On Meditation for Beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield uses clear language and step-by-step guidance to show us how to start—and stick with—a daily meditation practice. From the basics of how to get started to...
Practical Meditation for Beginners
10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You
Benjamin W. Decker - May 15, 2018
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Master 10 meditation techniques in 10 days with the step- by-step method in Practical Meditation for Beginners.The key to building a solid meditation practice is in the practice itself. From Zen and Vipassana to walking meditations and body scans, the simple practices outlined in Practical Meditation for Beginners make it easy to build an ongoing m...
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
Why Can't I Meditate? by Nigel Wellings
How to Meditate by Pema Chödrön
Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Meditation in Action by Chogyam Trungpa
8 Minute Meditation by Victor Davich
Meditation for Beginners by Yesena Chavan
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
The Book of Secrets by Osho
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates
Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein
Practicing Mindfulness by Matthew Sockolov
Mindfulness by Mark Williams
Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh
What Is Zen? by Alan Watts
Meditation Now by Elizabeth Reninger
The Little Book of Mindfulness by Patrizia Collard
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Waking Up by Sam Harris
Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Strength in Stillness by Bob Roth
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie
Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg
Dear Universe by Sarah Prout
Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts
Art of Happiness A Handbook for Living by Howard Cutler
Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey
Make Peace with Your Mind by Mark Coleman
365 Tao by Ming-Dao Deng
Satipaṭṭhāna by Anālayo
Insight Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
A Handful of Quiet by Thich Nhat Hanh
Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington
The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction by Rebecca E. Williams
You Are a Lion! by Taeeun Yoo
A Fierce Heart by Spring Washam
Focused and Fearless by Shaila Catherine
Meditation for Relaxation by Adam O'Neill
The Heart of the Revolution by Noah Levine
I Am Here Now by The Mindfulness Project
Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance
Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson
The Mindfulness Coloring Book by Emma Farrarons
Just Sit by Sukey Novogratz
Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond by Ajahn Brahm
Break Through Pain by Shinzen Young
10-Minute Mindfulness by S.J. Scott
The Headspace Guide To...A Mindful Pregnancy by Andy Puddicombe
Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott
Thoughts Are Not the Enemy by Jason Siff
The Headspace Diet by Andy Puddicombe