Anyone can benefit from meditating on a regular basis, especially those of you who have a bad day at work. Just the act of sitting still and breathing for a few minutes each day helps reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and allow you to be more present and engaged. So imagine what it can do if you do it by the book?
From philosophical to just plain fun, here are some of the best meditation books that can help you center yourself and find your balance in life.
Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh
In this short read, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh breaks down the science of meditation and how to best establish a home meditation practice. It includes lots of creative practices and suggestions that are beyond just sitting in meditation.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is a classic meditation book that you must read. This book is interesting because it’s good for beginners and it also has an infinite amount of little wisdom gems for experienced practitioners alike, so you’ll learn something every time you read it!
Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts
Out of Your Mind gives you six most engaging teachings of Alan Watts on how to break through the limits of the rational mind and expand your awareness and appreciation for the great game unfolding all around us. Definitely a good read!
Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You by Benjamin Decker
Written by experienced meditation teacher Benjamin Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners offers a clear 10-day program for learning 10 different meditation techniques, one for each day of the program. Both newcomers and experienced meditators can enjoy the ease and variety presented in Practical Meditation for Beginners.
O's Little Book of Calm & Comfort by the editors of O, the Oprah Magazine
This meditation book is a collection of essays that covers the abstract nature of meditation with stories of the pleasures and setbacks that are all part of the human experience. It also includes an enlightening conversation between Oprah and Buddhist monk Pema Chödrön about rebuilding and thriving after going through a personal tragedy. We promise you that this is a very enjoyable book and small enough to carry with you.
Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana
Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana is a unique guide that breaks down the topic of meditation in a way that none of the other books do. Perhaps for this reason, it’s considered by many to be the quintessential mindfulness meditation guide.
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Originally written in Vietnamese by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and translated on in English by Mobi Ho, The Miracle of Mindfulness offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness.
What is Zen by Alan Watts
This is the clearest and most straightforward explanation of the depth of meditation practice we’ve found. In What is Zen, Watts examines Zen’s religious roots, its influence on Eastern and Western culture, its transcendent moments, and the methods of Zen meditation that are currently practiced.
Not Always So by Shunryu Suzuki
From the same author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Not Always So gives us little insights about meditation practice and how that applies to living everyday life. Definitely recommend you to read this meditation book as it will help you take your practice further.