Mindfulness has become such a buzzword lately, but whether you associate mindfulness with meditation, Buddhism (/your own faith), pampering yourself, or the aesthetically pleasing books in Urban Outfitters, at its core mindfulness is about slowing down and being more self-aware in your day to day life. As I mentioned before, I’ve struggled with anxiety over the years and have found meditation and mindfulness to be great tools which help me de-stress and be a generally happier person.
In my efforts to be more mindful I’ve read a lot of different books that have inspired me and transformed the way I think and process my feelings. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you here:
This was one of the first books I read about mindfulness and it’s a great quick introduction to the practice with tons of great and easy to practice tips, exercises, advice, and meditations.
I have always been fascinated by Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lamas teachings and this short book consolidates his best insights on everything from compassion and inner peace to work stress and relationships. I like flipping through it to a random page occasionally for some food for thought.
This is one of my favorite mindfulness books and I think is one of the most accessible and relatable. Written by Haenim Sunim, a Korean monk who spent many years living in the US, the book collects short snippets of advice which were originally written as responses to his social media following (along with beautiful illustrations). His words are so inspiring and I often feel like he is speaking specifically to my situation.
I’ve always been a bit cynical of the typical self-help/motivational books but ‘Ice Cream for Breakfast’ is the anti-motivational motivational book that everyone needs in their life. The tag line of the book is “how rediscovering your inner child can make you happier, calmer, and solve your bullsh*t adult problems” and that basically sums it up. Williams reflects on her time nannying to provide snappy and hilarious insights which seem so obvious, but she puts universal issues in a way that really makes you think and reflect on how you live your life. Some of my favorite chapters are “on slowing the f*** down,” “a short motivational essay about how you’re not screwing up like you think you are so chill, baby, chill” and “dancing in the aisles”.
What if in the same way we had beauty routines and rituals for our hair and makeup we had rituals to nurture our inner beauty and well-being? Laurey Simmons imagines just that in ‘The Inner Beauty Bible’. By mixing ancient wisdom from around the world with modern day mindfulness Simmons shares how to create physical and internal sacred spaces and rituals in your day to day life, to connect with your inner beauty and truly nurture yourself. Not only is the book uplifting, but the photos are absolutely beautiful.
This was actually the first book I read by the Dalai Lama and what sparked my interest in meditation and mindfulness as a whole. In ‘The Art of Happiness’ the Dalai Lama mixes thousands of years of Buddhist meditations with common sense and modern philosophy to break down the idea of happiness, the obstacles towards it in our lives, and how to overcome them. The book mixes conversations, stories, musings, and meditations which really humanize the Dalai Lama and connect you with his teachings in a personal way.
I hope you find these mindfulness books as motivating and helpful as I have! Do you find mindfulness interesting or think it is overhyped? Leave a comment below if you have any books you would add to the list xx