The best books on mindfulness

The Books I Picked & Why

You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness

By Frances Trussell

You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness

Why this book?

The author of this book, Frances Trussell, explains so succinctly why the blessing of our self-aware mind can so easily become a curse for so many humans. So mindfulness and meditation is not so much about having no thoughts or making your mind go blank. Rather it is about coming to a different relationship with your thoughts. On the other side, lies a life of bliss and freedom.


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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Why this book?

This is a seminal book. The normal human mind is only capable of holding one thought at a time. Think about a thought and it gets replaced by the thought you are now having about the previous thought. So this book helps us focus on the now, loosening our attention from mulling over the past or worrying about what the future might hold.


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Don't Think Like a Human: Channelled Answers to Basic Questions

By Lee Carroll

Don't Think Like a Human: Channelled Answers to Basic Questions

Why this book?

On the surface, this book might not seem like a book on mindfulness. The author probably wouldn’t make that claim. It is all about the mind though and how we think. Our thoughts don’t so much become things but they are things. What we think influences the world outside us, not just in how we perceive it but by our thoughts actually being mirrored in our reality. In an unusual style, of channeled Q&A, Lee Carroll outlines how we can think differently and, as a result, our world changes for the better.


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The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

By Iain McGilchrist

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

Why this book?

This book was written by a neuroscientist, but in an accessible way, gives us an insight into our brains. It’s a big read but so worthwhile. It dispels the urban myth that the left brain is logical and the right brain creative. It explains how our brains are asymmetric and the hemispheres do indeed perform different roles. By becoming mindful of how our brains operate, we become better able to harness and control the most amazing structure in the known Universe that we are all blessed with.


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Sane New World: Taming the Mind

By Ruby Wax

Sane New World: Taming the Mind

Why this book?

I first came across Ruby Wax when she was a comic on the London comedy club scene in the 1980s. I met her briefly again, some 30 years later signing books next to me at a mindfulness conference. What’s so good about her writing is that it comes with great poignancy and is laced with her acerbic sense of humour. Her comedy was based on seeing through a situation and reframing it so we get a higher and more realistic view on things. In this book, she presents an accessible raison d’etre for taming the so-called ‘monkey mind’.


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