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12 Essential Books on Mindfulness

12 Essential Books on Mindfulness

Are you interested in mindfulness but not sure what it is, exactly? These books will give you a thorough introduction to the topic—including how to start your own practice—and show you how mindfulness is being applied in a growing number of ways. 


  • Geared toward people from all walks of life, this classic introduction to mindfulness explains the practice of mindfulness meditation and the philosophy of mindfulness, which author Jon Kabat-Zinn defines as “moment-to-moment, nonjudgemental awareness.”

  • One of the foundational books on meditation and mindfulness, written by a monk in the Vipassana tradition, Mindfulness in Plain English delivers on its title. A clear, practical, often funny introduction to the topic without being overly religious. Called a "masterpice," a "classic," and "the bible of mindfulness" by other authors represented here.


  • Mindfulness pioneers such as Dan Siegel, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Daniel Goleman explain what mindfulness is, who can benefit from it, what the research shows, and how to practice it on a daily basis.

  • This eight-week workbook, which walks you through the clinically proven Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, can revolutionize the way you handle stress. It explains how to reduce anxiety and depression, cope with medical conditions, and start living a happier, healthier life.

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn revised his seminal tome on mindfulness, meditation, and mind-body medicine in the fall of 2013. Featuring new insights, new science, and an extensive reading list, the revised edition of Full Catastrophe Living is a mindful guide to coping with the stress and pain of illness.

  • Heal Thy Self explores the mutual (and often surprising) dynamics of the “healing relationship” from a mindfulness perspective. Author Saki F. Santorelli blends inspiring patient stories with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques he teaches at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

  • Mindfulness-at-work expert Chade-Meng Tan distills the popular “Search Inside Yourself” course that he teaches to Google employees into book form. Designed to bring more health, happiness, and creativity into your life, the program explains how to cultivate mindfulness and emotional intelligence on the job—and in every other aspect of your life.

  • U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan offers his unique perspective on how mindfulness can solve society’s most pressing problems. Through storytelling, scientific exploration, and practice tips, he explains how mindfulness is transforming the lives of people in health care, research labs, education, military settings, and businesses across the country.

  • A practical guide for teachers who want to develop their own mindfulness practice and cultivate attention, compassion, and well-being in the classroom. The book includes ready-to-use mindfulness curriculums. Parents might also be interested in reading about this growing application of mindfulness from a leader in the field, Daniel Rechtschaffen. 


  • The key to happiness is “developing the skills to minimize our suffering and maximize positive states,” writes licensed counselor and longtime Dalai Lama student Terry Fralich. In his mindfulness guide, Fralich offers exercises, meditations, and insights on how to live a more joyful life.

  • Psychiatrist Dan Siegel wrote this accessible book for clinicians and laypeople alike. Using neuroscience research, he explains how the practice of mindful awareness can balance your emotions, improve your cardiac and immune function, and strengthen your resilience.

  • A primer on mindfulness psychology, The Now Effect explains how to transform your negative thoughts and beliefs into more positive, helpful ones, leading to a greater sense of well-being, healthier relationships, and a happier mind.

© 2014 Omega Institute for Holistic Studies


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