The best books on meditation from a meditation expert

Joan Budilovsky Author Of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation
By Joan Budilovsky

Who am I?

I was introduced to meditation through a hatha yoga course I took as a college student. That’s when I first became enthralled with eastern philosophy. I studied and later taught these subjects becoming a College Professor in them. I’m also a musician and massage therapist. I consider music, meditation, yoga, massage to be beautiful healing modalities with endless transformative possibilities. My various books have been translated into French, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Bulgarian, and more. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Meditation (co-written with Eve Adamson) has recently become available as an audiobook on Audible.com. This book has turned thousands of people onto the meditative path and I hope it will you too.


I wrote...

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation

By Joan Budilovsky, Eve Adamson,

Book cover of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation

What is my book about?

In today's hectic times, it's more important than ever to learn to slow down, relax and be calm.

Whether part of religious habit or just part of a daily routine, meditation can help slow today's frenzied pace and improve feelings of good health, peace, and control. In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation, Joan Budilovsky and Eve Adamson explain how easy it is to enjoy the benefits of meditation including: Simple stress-reduction techniques that make learning to meditate easier; Incorporating meditation into day-to-day situations. Common misconceptions about meditating; Special techniques from Zen to mindfulness meditation and more.

The books I picked & why

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Autobiography of a Yogi

By Paramahansa Yogananda,

Book cover of Autobiography of a Yogi

Why this book?

This was the first book I read on Yoga and it gave me a wonderful creative look at the effects yoga can have on a life. Inspiring and quite beautiful to read. It actually took me into a dream state as I envisioned the magnificence of this lifestyle. I still have the original copy I read which is tattered over so many re-reads. Decades later, my dissertation in Education included numerous references to this book and the profound influence it had on my teaching and on my life.


The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga

By Sivananda Yoga Center,

Book cover of The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga

Why this book?

This book introduced me to a steady practice of yoga postures. I read it daily and with practice I was eventually able to even do the headstand! The pictures in it are beautifully done and inspiring. This book encouraged me to travel to many Sivananda Yoga Ashrams, where I studied for weeks at a time submerging myself into the yoga lifestyle. I learned a great deal about living in yoga thru this book.


The Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga

By Goswami Kriyananda,

Book cover of The Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga

Why this book?

This was the book used in the Teachers Training Course I took at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. I lived and breathed these pages for the 14 months of training. During this in depth time of study I never missed a noon meditation by Goswami Kriyananda, the author of this book. Many of his past lectures and meditations are now available online. The Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga is a treasure of information and inspiration.


Praying Naked: The Spirituality of Anthony de Mello

By J. Francis Sj Stroud,

Book cover of Praying Naked: The Spirituality of Anthony de Mello

Why this book?

For over a decade, I traveled the globe giving “Awareness Seminars” with Fr. Stroud. This book is like going to one of those seminars. It’s filled with exercises and stories that enlighten and encourage. Every time I read this book a new memory and/or revelation in Awareness inspires me to continue with an open heart and mind on this beautiful path of discovery. Thank you with all my heart, Fr. Stroud.


Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them

By Louise Hay,

Book cover of Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them

Why this book?

The power of the mind – simply and profoundly stated. A dictionary of illnesses with their mental causes along with affirmations to overcome them. From blisters on feet, cancer in body, to stuttering from lips. So many degrees and kinds of ailments are listed, and so many inspirations in ways to heal. Bravo to Louise for clearly and simply exemplifying the profound power of the mind!


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