Books To Guide You During Meditation To Mindfulness

Books To Guide You During Meditation To Mindfulness

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Here are the top 5 books to guide you during meditation to mindfulness.



The Book of Life

1. "The Book of Life: Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti" (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Best Sellers Rank: #109,148 in Kindle Store.

  • #18 in Spiritual Meditations
  • #31 in Religious Philosophy
  • #36 in Eastern Philosophy

Amazon reviews:

"Once I read Krishnamurti’s Freedom From the Known, my life was never the same. The truth that is in the dialogues in that book are truths that, once seen, are hard to unsee. Even so, I found myself wanting to read a little each day. Then I discovered The Book of Life with its daily meditations and I knew that I wanted this book. I have read each daily meditation since purchasing the book. I recommend Krishnamurti to anyone who knows that there is a light in this universe that is sacred but for whom the sacred texts leave much to be desired. Krishnamurti’s dialogues as preserved in text teach us that we are that light, and there is no path to the sacred truth and light, we are in it and we are that light, and only our conditioning stands in the way."

"A reader new to spirituality or psychoanalysis might find the book difficult to understand, but this is by far the most realistic book I have read on spirituality or self discovery"

"This is the most profound daily reader ever published. It will bring you joy and enlightenment in a common sense, self discovering fashion. I’m deeply annoyed that the publishers have not made this classic in hard cover since the reader will use it over and over for years and soft covers won’t last. Oh well, profit prevails."

Books quotes:

"You only learn when you give your whole being to something. When you give your whole being to mathematics,you learn; but when you are in a state of contradiction, when you do not want to learn but are forced to learn, then it becomes merely a process of accumulation. To learn is like reading a novel with innumerable characters; it requires your full attention, not contradictory attention."

"The world is not something separate from you and me; the world, society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish between each other. So you and I are the problem, and not the world, because the world is the projection of ourselves, and to understand the world we must understand ourselves. That world is not separate from us; we are the world, and our problems are the world's problems."

"If you would listen, sir, in the sense of being aware of your conflicts and contradictions without forcing them into any particular pattern of thought, perhaps they might altogether cease."



Moments of Mindfulness

2. "Moments of Mindfulness: Daily Inspiration" (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Best Sellers Rank: #170,375 in Books.

  • #121 in Zen Spirituality
  • #1,376 in Meditation (Books)
  • #3,690 in Personal Transformation Self-Help

Amazon reviews:

"I am so glad I decided to purchase this delightfully uplifting little book filled with 52 brief inspirations. It's a perfect size and feels great in one's hands. It has a visually appealing cover and simple art inside. Perfect for a little gift or to keep for oneself."

"I use this everyday for inspiration. The quotes give me a lot to think about. And I love that I have a page to write notes"

"I've recommend this book to many and have purchased the book twice now and will again if need be. So informative in the beginning and great quotes to read through. I love this book and mindfulness meditation. It saved my soul! Practice makes perfect! Buy this book! So worth it!"

Books quotes:

"We are related to each other. By taking care of you, I take care of myself. By taking care of myself, I take care of you. Happiness and safety are not individual matters."

"Understanding and love aren’t two things. When you understand you can’t help but love. And when you love, you act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people."

"Peace is all around us and within us."

"Our message is first and foremost a nonverbal one; our message is our own action."



How to Meditate

3. "How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind" (Pema Chödrön)

Best Sellers Rank: #39,575 in Kindle Store.

  • #5 in Buddhist Rituals & Practice (Kindle Store)
  • #11 in Meditation (Kindle Store)
  • #23 in New Age Meditation

Amazon reviews:

"I've been meditating for over 30 years and I found this "how to" refreshing and inspiring."

"Be prepared for never turning back. Why? Because once we know something...we can never ever again "un-know it" anymore. This is not like serving jury duty when the judge orders jurors to immediately "un-hear" a comment made by the defense. Nope. Not happening. Here, either you begin a path towards enlightenment or your demons will latch on even tighter than before you picked up this copy. But do not expect to find an in between because there is none."

"This was very informative. History, theory, and exercises. A good length for a beginner to the subject. Easy read. I have been reading on different types of meditation. Trying to get a better understanding. This was just great."

Books quotes:

"The principle of nowness is very important to any effort to establish an enlightened society. You may wonder what the best approach is to helping society and how you can know that what you are doing is authentic and good. The only answer is nowness. The way to relax, or rest the mind in nowness, is through the practice of meditation. In meditation you take an unbiased approach. You let things be as they are, without judgment, and in that way you yourself learn to be"

"No … big … deal.” He wasn’t saying “bad,” and he wasn’t saying “good.” He was saying that these things happen and they can transform your life, but at the same time don’t make too big a deal of them, because that leads to arrogance and pride, or a sense of specialness. On the other hand, making too big a deal about your difficulties takes you in the other direction; it takes you into poverty, self-denigration, and a low opinion of yourself."

"The natural quality of mind is clear, awake, alert, and knowing. Free from fixation. By training in being present, we come to know the nature of our mind. So the more you train in being present - being right here - the more you begin to feel like your mind is sharpening up. The mind that can come back to the present is clearer and more refreshed, and it can better weather all the ambiguities, pains, and paradoxes of life."



Mindfulness in Plain English

4. "Mindfulness in Plain English" (Bhante Gunaratana)

Best Sellers Rank: #40,700 in Books.

  • #4 in Theravada Buddhism (Books)
  • #27 in Buddhist Rituals & Practice (Books)
  • #279 in Meditation (Books)

Amazon reviews:

"Recommend to anyone who learn to practise mindfulness mediation. Do it right to get inner transformation forever and live happier"

"This beautiful book is an introduction to Vipassana (or Insight) meditation. As such, it may be the best book of this genre available today. The language is clear, simple, and precise."

"I've read my fair share of meditation books and this one is in its own world. The author conveys everything with such clarity. No doubt that many great meditators have walked this earth and written books, but this author's ability to convey information in a way that enables the reader is just so effective. The title couldn't be more perfect. It's straightforward and direct. You can tell the author has helped thousands of meditation students because he brings up common pitfalls throughout the book that hit home, and then shows the reader how to deal with them, all the while without knowing the reader personally. Just pure experience at play. Somewhere in the beginning of the book, the author breaks down different schools of Buddhism, explains their unique properties and differences, and then talks about which one he'll be teaching. Small things like this bring so much clarity to what the reader is learning. If I could choose only one book to learn meditation or to pass on to a loved one who wants to learn, this would be it for sure. Much gratitude to the author for this gift to the world."

Books quotes:

"Somewhere in this process you will come face-to-face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill utterly out of control and hopeless. No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way and you just never noticed. You are also no crazier than everybody else around you. The only real difference is that you have confronted the situation they have not."

"Deeply buried in the mind, there lies a mechanism that accepts what the mind experiences as beautiful and pleasant and rejects those experiences that are perceived as ugly and painful. This mechanism gives rise to those states of mind that we are training ourselves to avoid-- things like greed, lust, hatred, aversion, and jealousy."

"Patience is the key. Patience. If you learn nothing else from meditation, you will learn patience. Patience is essential for any profound change."



Practicing Mindfulness

5. "Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday" (Matthew Sockolov)

Best Sellers Rank: #4,400 in Books.

  • #1 in Theravada Buddhism (Books)
  • #1 in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • #30 in Meditation (Books)

Amazon reviews:

"Great book. As I am new to this meditation and found that this was the best to understand. I now meditate as often as I can."

"I am a mother of three and am constantly on the go. I have never considered meditation because frankly the thought of trying to find a quiet spot to sit for a long period of time by myself in complete silence seemed insane I cant even go to the bathroom by myself lol. However I did want to find more peace in my life and that's when someone had mentioned mindfulness. So I started reading this book not knowing what to expect. Honestly I assumed I wouldn't understand half the stuff in it as I've never tried anything like this and thought you'd have to be like a Buddhist level to truly understand it. When I began reading I was super excited! Not only is this book extremely easy to read and comprehend it's easy to navigate. Depending on the emotion your trying to work through you can simply look up the exercise for it! Also since the exercises are short and range from 5-15 minutes they are perfect for my busy schedule. The best part of all you can do them just about anywhere. I've caught my self doing some of the exercises in this book while sitting in my car waiting for my kids to come out of karate practice!"

"This is one of the best mindfulness books I’ve read. Great for practical use, I work in a therapy service and use this with patients in groups and individual sessions"

Books quotes:

"Mindfulness may be more completely understood as being present with clarity, wisdom, and kindness."

"My first big insight came when I realized that my reactions to these experiences were causing me more pain than the experience itself."

"Kindness is an essential part of practice—and that starts by being kind to yourself."



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