5 Books To Bring More Mindfulness Into Your Life
If you’re unsure what mindfulness is, and how it can benefit you, these 5 books are great starting points.
There’s been a lot of buzz about “being mindful” lately—and for good reason. Although you may feel like it’s difficult to quiet your thoughts, practicing mindfulness is actually pretty simple. The key is focusing on the present moment you’re in, while calmly recognizing how your body feels, while noticing your breath, emotions, and the thoughts running through your mind. The goal isn’t to turn all the thoughts running through your head off (although it’s great if you’re able)—it’s really more about focusing on the here and now and having that intentional moment of thought. Even a quick focus on slowing down and breathing can improve overall health, including controlling blood pressure and improving your heart rate. In a recent TIME article, New York City yoga instructor Kristin McGee says, “That oxygenating breath helps clear the mind and reminds you that you’re in charge of your breath and your body. It’s a great tool for avoiding knee-jerk reactions, and having better control over the situation.”
Another way to practice mindfulness is through being conscious of the choices you’re making and how they affect the world around you. For example, it’s a mindful choice to recycle items that can be re-used or to conserve water and electricity. In your home, you might feel more balanced when you have a clean, de-cluttered space, where all your stuff isn’t bogging you down.
Want to start being more mindful from day to day? We’ve compiled several books that can help you practice mindfulness in all aspects of your life.
1. The Little Pocket Book of Mindfulness, by Anna Black
This little book is a great way for beginners to get started with mindfulness practices. It’s full of tips and activities that help you tune into your body, cultivate your own well-being, and focus your thoughts through meditation. It will help you bring simple moments of mindfulness into your daily life.
If you’re feeling like you’re bogged down by all the stuff in your life, or sick of looking at things laying around your house, then this book is for you. You don’t have to become a full-on minimalist to appreciate the tips for decluttering your space and tidying things up through mindful organization. The practical tips in this read make it easy to clear up your space—so you can focus on clearing your mind.
3. Oola: Find Balance In An Unbalanced World by Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun
According to the “Oola guys” (co-authors Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun), Oola is a “state of awesomeness” you can achieve when you have balance and growth in your life. The book focuses on helping you grow in seven key areas: fitness, finance, family, field (your career), faith, friends and fun. Each chapter includes simple steps to help with each topic—and they’re great, practical tips to get started if you feel like you need more balance in your life.
4. I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal by The Mindfulness Project
This book is for all the creatives out there, and for people who like a more hands-on approach to learning new topics. It’s part book, part journal, and takes you through different exercises to help you practice joyful mindfulness, meditation, and habit-breaking techniques.
At first glance, this book may not feel mindful—but it’s all about simple steps you can take to bring creativity into your life and make it a habit. Learning how to effectively build habits can help you simplify many aspects of your life, and practicing a creative endeavor is a great way to de-stress. This book will help you achieve both, with a perspective that can be applied to your life and your career.
Grab a digital copy of the book on this list that sparks your interest and dive right in. Want to take mindfulness to the next level? Consider investing in a Soul Reading Journal which acts as a guided reflection process during reading.