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Mindfulness Books

Wednesday 27 July, 2016.

Best Mindfulness Books for mindfulness for beginners, healing relationships, developing spirituality, achieving balance, mindfulness quotes. Our special choice of mindfulness teachers and writers.

There is nothing quite look a good book on any subject of your choice! And books on mindfulness are no exception…

The practice of mindfulness is the most simple, yet most effective and powerful tool for changing your life and relieving all kinds of stress.


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We have chosen mindfulness quotes from our choice books to give you a taste of the contents.

See which quote appeals to you…

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“In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, nonintrusively, the way we are present with things in nature. We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both.”

~ David Richo ~When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships
David Richo, PhD, is a therapist and author who leads popular workshops on personal and spiritual growth. He is known for drawing on Buddhist thought, poetry, and Jungian perspectives in his work. In this book, he explores how we replay the past in our present-day relationships—and how we can free ourselves from this destructive pattern.

Richo helps you to:

    • Understand how the wounds of childhood become exposed in adult relationships — and why this is a gift.
    • Identify and heal the emotional wounds you carry over from the past so that they won’t sabotage present-day relationships.
    • Recognize how strong attractions and aversions to people in the present can be signals of your own unfinished business.
    • Use mindfulness to stay in the present moment and cultivate authentic intimacy.


“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.”


~ Allan Lokos ~Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living
This short book contains simple exercises based on the 10 paramis (paramitas), or perfections, described in Buddhist philosophy.

Lokos, founder of New York’s nonsectarian Community Meditation Center and an interfaith minister, has studied with teachers from various Buddhist traditions; he offers eclectic anecdotes and personal reflections on such virtues as generosity, patience, loving kindness, and truthfulness. He identifies ordinary choices, like making a phone call, passing a street person asking for money, that can contribute to spiritual growth.

“You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.”


~ Jon Kabat-Zinn ~Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life 
Jon Kabat-Zinn (author of many mindfulness books) goes deeply into the practice of meditation for its own sake.

To Kabat-Zinn, meditation is important because it brings about a state of “mindfulness,” a condition of “being” rather than “doing” during which you pay attention to the moment rather than the past, the future, or the multitudinous distractions of modern life.

In the brief, poetic chapters, he describes different meditative practices and what they can do for you. The idea that meditation is “spiritual” is often confusing to people, says Kabat-Zinn; he prefers to think of it as what you might call a workout for your consciousness.

This book makes learning meditation remarkably easy (although practicing it is not). But it also makes it seem infinitely appealing.

Mindfulness, the “awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally to things as they are.”


~ Jon Kabat-Zinn and 3 others ~The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all.

In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “think” our way out of a bad mood or just “snap out of it” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience.

Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being.

“…it is often more difficult to remember to be mindful than to be mindful itself.”


~ Donald Rothberg ~The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World
Skillfully weaving together basic spiritual teachings, real-life examples, social context, and exercises, Rothberg provides a clear, thorough, and compelling guide for those interested in connecting inner and outer transformation.

At the core of the book are ten spiritual principles and associated practices that will enable readers to engage all the parts of their lives-whether personal, interpersonal, or political-into a seamless whole.

“Whatever you eye falls on – for it will fall on what you love – will lead you to the questions of your life, the questions that are incumbent upon you to answer, because that is how the mind works in concert with the eye. The things of this world draw us where we need to go.”


~ Mary Rose O’Reilley ~The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd
Whether she’s talking about grief over dying lambs, the plague of Monkey Mind, flipping sheep, or a barnyard fashion crisis, O’Reilley keeps her metaphors down to earth and her epiphanies humble.

This book is all about spiritual living – with or without a denominational label. In her contribution to our Mindfulness Books, she confidently blends sheep tending with her Quaker background as well as her passion for Mahayana Buddhism (a form of Buddhism taught by Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh).

“One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.”


~ Alan Wilson Watts ~Psychotherapy East and West
This favourite of my mindfulness books discusses the common ground between Western psychiatry and Eastern philosophy, and what has each to learn from the other.

Alan Watts found a common principle that seems to be used wherever therapy is trying to overcome man’s false sense of himself as an isolated ego.

In varying ways and degrees, both Eastern philosophy and Western psychotherapy engage the individual in experiments that vividly reveal the fallacy of this conception and give him a new feeling of identity.

“As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. Whatever happens does not really matter.”


~ Jack Kornfield ~A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
Beloved Western Buddhist master Kornfield makes known his personal and practical wisdom in his Mindfulness Books, garnered from 25 years of practicing and teaching the path of awakening, as he guides self-searchers to a simplicity of perception that brings alive spiritual practice, peace, and truth in their daily lives.

Part of what makes this book so accessible is Kornfield’s use of everyday metaphors to describe the elusive lessons of spiritual transformation.

We hope you have enjoyed our Mindfulness Books and are ready to begin, or enlarge, your practice of mindfulness in your life. We guarantee you
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