The best books on mindfulness and how it can help you

Who am I?

I started meditating in my min-40s as I was in a stressful job. I resisted at first, thinking I was too busy and that I couldn’t make my active mind go quiet. I persisted though and soon discovered that I had a better day all around on days when I meditated and seemed to be pushing water uphill when I missed my morning meditation. Intrigued by this, the engineer in me researched why this might be. I started writing books on how it can help and I learned how to script and record my own meditations. Over fifteen years later, I find myself as one of the top meditation guides on the Insight Timer app, with over 4 million listens.


I wrote...

The Authority Guide to Practical Mindfulness: How to improve your productivity, creativity and focus by slowing down for just 10 minutes a day

By Tom Evans,

Book cover of The Authority Guide to Practical Mindfulness: How to improve your productivity, creativity and focus by slowing down for just 10 minutes a day

What is my book about?

Daily meditation does more than help us relax. It is becoming well accepted and understood how our well-being benefits from the regular practice of mindfulness meditation. This book explores how even more tangible benefits can be delivered from just treating yourself to 10 minutes of ‘me time’ each day. Indeed, each of the ten chapters comes with a free ten-minute meditation.

Just imagine having more time in each day and clients and opportunities finding you. Just imagine being able to tap into unlimited inspiration. It is the key to living a blissful existence. This book is not just theory but also practice as each of the ten chapters is accompanied by a ten-minute meditation.

The books I picked & why

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You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness

By Frances Trussell,

Book cover of 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.

You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness

By Frances Trussell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked You Are Not Your Thoughts as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

We all wish to be more mindful, engaged, present - loving the life we are living, but is this possible and how? You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness makes the journey into a mindful way of being a profoundly simple one, both to understand and to access. It is a book for those who want to truly know the power of mindfulness to transform their experience of life. '...There are thousands of books out there to help us combat our inner self-destructive voice... if I could go back in time and read only one book on…


The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle,

Book cover of 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.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle,

Why should I read it?

15 authors picked The Power of Now as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

**CHOSEN BY OPRAH AS ONE OF HER 'BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH'**

The international bestselling spiritual book, now with a new look for its 20th anniversary. Eckhart Tolle demonstrates how to live a healthier, happier, mindful life by living in the present moment.

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'I keep Eckhart's book at my bedside. I think it's essential spiritual teaching. It's one of the most valuable books I've ever read.' Oprah Winfrey

To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart…


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

By Lee Carroll,

Book cover of 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.

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

By Lee Carroll,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Don't Think Like a Human as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Magnetic master Lee Kryon answers questions about Earth changes, live essence medicines, past-life relationships, and the nature of extraterrestrials. Carroll has good news about how humans have raised the vibration of the planet, thus avoiding much of the catastrophe predicted by the prophets. Kryon says, "I admonish you to let yourself feel my presence in your heart, and let yourself have the peace which can be yours...." In 1988, Carroll began channeling the entity known as Kryon. Now, he and his wife Jan hold seminars on the Kryon material all over the world.


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

By Iain McGilchrist,

Book cover of 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.

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

By Iain McGilchrist,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked The Master and His Emissary as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A pioneering exploration of the differences between the brain's right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, history, and culture-"one of the few contemporary works deserving classic status" (Nicholas Shakespeare, The Times, London)

"Persuasively argues that our society is suffering from the consequences of an over-dominant left hemisphere losing touch with its natural regulative 'master' the right. Brilliant and disturbing."-Salley Vickers, a Guardian Best Book of the Year

"I know of no better exposition of the current state of functional brain neuroscience."-W. F. Bynum, TLS

Why is the brain divided? The difference between right and left hemispheres has been…


Sane New World: Taming the Mind

By Ruby Wax,

Book cover of 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’.

Sane New World: Taming the Mind

By Ruby Wax,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Sane New World as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The mental health and mindfulness bestseller from A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and How to be Human author Ruby Wax, who shows us why and how our minds can send us mad and how we can rewire our thinking to calm ourselves in a frenetic world.

'Finally - a map for the troubled human mind. And it's funny.' -Caitlin Moran

Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity.

With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she…


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