Four books on mindfulness to support more mindful living
I’m a life long learner. You too?
I love good book recommendations especially when it comes to learning more about mindful living. So I wanted to share four books on mindfulness that were transformative for me, that I hope will support your journey to becoming the happiest, healthiest most mindful version of yourself. Not only did I read these books but I was so inspired by the authors, as some of you may remember I also interviewed some of them for the Mindful in May global meditation campaign last year.
Taking the leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears ~ Pema Chodron
Our happiness depends profoundly on the state of our own minds. We can have so much abundance but be trapped in a scarcity mentality, always focussing on what we don’t have. This book gives clear, practical guidance on how we can free ourselves from the unhelpful habits of mind that obstruct us from our own happiness. If you’ve never read a Pema Chodron book before you are in for a real treat. She is a buddhist teacher however her teachings are applicable and relevant to all of us, not only will you gain more clarity around mindfulness you will be able to apply your learning to support more mindful living at home and at work.
Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself ~ Kristin Neff
So many of us use the “whip of self criticism” as a way of motivating ourselves and driving ourselves to greater productivity. In this powerful book, we learn how self compassion, essentially the capacity to be your own best friend not only supports greater effectiveness in life, but will also enhance your relationships and levels of happiness.
The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life ~ Tal Ben Shahar
When we start learning a new practice, whether it’s meditation or yoga, we can so easily get caught up in all or nothing thinking – “if I can’t do it perfectly it’s not worth doing it”. This book by world leading positive psychologist will completely revolutionise any perfectionistic tendencies that are getting in your way.
Wherever you go there you are ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
If you haven’t heard of Jon Kabat-Zinn go and google him now. He is one of the pioneers in bringing mindfulness and mindful living to the western world. I had the privilege of training with him many years ago and was inspired by his deep wisdom, profound humility and commitment to helping people become more aware.
To put mindfulness into action and develop a habit of mindfulness in everyday life check out my one month digital Mindfulness book The Mindful Month.