Following requests from a number of class and course participants, we’ve put together a selection of recommended books on the subject of mindfulness and meditation. You’ll find the books at retailers online, on the high street or at your local library. Feel free to comment or suggest books that you’ve found helpful.
Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world
Mark Williams and Danny Penman
International bestseller and one of the most popular books on the subject. From the back cover: “Life can be relentless and exhausting – but it doesn’t have to be this way. [The book] reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.”
Paperback, 288 pages (inc CD of meditations). Publisher: Piatkus, 2011. ISBN: 9780749953089.
Mindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
All-time classic and one of the most influential books on the subject. From the back cover: “Bhante takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. He reveals that we already have the foundation we need to live a more mindful, productive and peaceful life. He simply points to each tool of meditation, tells us what it does, and how to make it work.”
Paperback, 224 pages. Publisher: Wisdom Publications, 2011 (revised ed). ISBN: 9780861719068.
The Mindful Manifesto: how doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world
Dr Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell
An important book, offering a fresh perspective on ancient wisdom. From the back cover: “For thousands of years, Eastern traditions have taught meditation to help people lead healthier, happier lives. Now, scientific research confirms that mindfulness can help us cultivate our mental and physical wellbeing.”
Paperback, 272 pages. Publisher: Hay House UK, 2012. ISBN: 9781848508248.
The Miracle Of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh
The classic guide to mindfulness meditation by one of the world’s most revered Masters. From the back cover: “In this beautifully written book, Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to acquire the skills of mindfulness. Once we have these skills, we can slow our lives down and discover how to live in the moment. Simple acts like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea may be transformed into acts of meditation.”
Paperback, 160 pages. Publisher: Rider, 2008 (classic ed). ISBN: 9781846041068.
Mindfulness for Health: a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing
Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman
An excellent resource for people living with long-term health conditions. From the back cover: “Reveals a series of simple practices to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Mindfulness can also reduce anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.”
Paperback, 288 pages (inc CD of meditations). Publisher: Piatkus, 2013. ISBN: 9780749959241.