What mindfulness books should we read next? Learning more about mindfulness and applying that knowledge in our daily life is essential for our spiritual practice. That is why we always need to have a list of the best mindfulness books that we can read whenever we have free time.
The books I’m going to mention in this post were written by a renowned Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. He is at the forefront of introducing mindfulness to the western world. His books are written in simple and clear language and teach us the main concepts of mindful living.
#1. The Miracle of Mindfulness
In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thick That hath offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness — being awake and fully aware.
From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.
No tricks, no gimmicks, just basic mindfulness that you can carry with you wherever you go, because of the focus on mindful breathing. I quite liked the rhythm of the book – the repetition in writing made the reading feel like a meditative experience. The main part of the book was a helpful exploration of what mindful awareness is in everyday life. The mindfulness exercises provided more specific applications. — Amazon review
#2. Peace Is Every Step
In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment.
World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us.
For him, a ringing telephone call can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness” — the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality.
The most profound satisfaction, the deeper feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.
Peace is Every Step has helped many of my friends and family members get through rough (or even smooth!) times in their lives. This book is a must-have if you are going through any kind of stressful situation or you are just looking for simple ways to live mindfully. It is organized in very short chapters which are perfect if you want to read one quick chapter a day and then think on it. The messages are easy to understand and provide such accessible wisdom compared to other books of this nature which can be ponderous, new-agey, or overly complicated. My life is better since this book came into my life, and I will never be without a copy. — Amazon review
#3. Transformation and Healing
Transformation and healing presents one of the Budda’s most fundamental teachings and the foundation of all mindfulness practice.
The Sutta of the Four Establishments of Mindfulness has been studied, practiced, and handed down with special care from generation to generation for 2,500 years.
This sutra teaches us how to deal with anger and jealousy, to nurture the best qualities in our children, partners, and friends, and to greet death with compassion and equanimity.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s commentary is organized into twenty exercises that guide readers through the fundamentals of Buddhist practice and offer insights into mindfulness in daily life.
No one explains the essential elements of Buddhism better Thich Nhat Hanh. Here he continues to examine the basic teachings of meditation as taught by the Buddha and handed down through the Pali Canon. A perfect companion to his book, Breathe! You Are Alive, this work carefully explains for both the novice and more experienced practitioners the nuances of deeper meditation techniques as laid out in the Satipatthana Sutta. Thich Nhat Hanh writes with clarity and makes the joy of meditation accessible to everyone with the desire to find true happiness. — Amazon review
#4. The Path of Emancipation
In May 1998, more than four hundred practitioners from around the world joined Thich Nhat Hanh’s first 21-day retreat in North America in Vermont to experience mindfulness.
The Path of Emancipation, which transcribes this retreat, comprises an in-depth instruction in the “Sixteen Ways of Breathing” from the Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing.
Applying the teachings to everyday life, Thich Nhat Hanh shows how it is possible to slow down and get in touch with our breathing. He teaches the practice of mindful breathing, walking, and sitting and how the practice of mindfulness releases suffering and leads to a wholesome and happy life.
This book takes the reader through the dharma talks of a mindfulness retreat. Thich Nhat Hanh is at the top of his game and gives the reader a rare opportunity to receive a thorough and well thought out foray into mindfulness practices and into practices which are guaranteed to be successful if only we are bold enough (and open-minded enough) to embrace the feast that is presented in this gem of a book. — Amazon review
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#5. Your True Home
Bringing the energy of the true presence into our lives really does change things for the better — and all it takes is a little training.
This treasury of 365 gems of daily wisdom from one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers of our age is a help and support for anyone who wants to train to meet every moment of life with 100 percent attention.
Thich Nhat Hanh shows how practicing mindfulness can transform every area of our lives — and how its benefits radiate beyond us to affect other and the whole, larger world.
I bought this book as a gift (the receiver loves it) and then received it as a gift myself, and I love it as well. Every day there is a short meditation, that is easy to read and understand. I think Thich Nhat Hanh has this amazing ability to help non-Buddhists begin to understand the Buddhist way of living and how to incorporate this wisdom into their own lives. — Amazon review
#6. Mindful Movements
Initially developed by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as stretching breaks between long periods of sitting meditation, the Ten Mindful Movements have become a popular tool to reduce stress and tension.
These simple and effective movements, based in yoga and Tai Chi, can increase mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and are suitable for people with a wide range of physical abilities.
Each exercise is fully illustrated by Wietske Vriezen, a Dutch artist, and movement teacher. The book includes a 35-minute DVD of Thich Nhat Hanh and members of his Plum Village Sangha demonstrating the Mindful Movements.
I highly recommend this book for teaching Mindfulness to children. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing for adults as well! Thich Nhat Hanh is an expert and has written many books on mindfulness meditation for decades, he is fantastic. Mindfulness and mindful movement are explained in a very simple and fun way. There are really great illustrations, and it comes with a CD. — Amazon review
#7. Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
It’s not uncommon for some of us to be in a cycle of guilt and shame when it comes to food. As a result, we spend many hours worrying about what we ate or if we exercised enough.
In this book, a famous Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung show us how to end weight loss struggles once and for all.
This book offers practical tips, including a nutrition guide, mindful living plan, and goal setting. Authors help us find the roots of our unhealthy habits and transform our behavior. The book teaches us how to integrate mindful practices into eating, exercise and other aspects of our lives.
Seriously, this book doesn’t force a diet on you, but instead, it teaches you how to be more mindful of your own eating habits. I truly believe that most of our eating problems are because we use foods to numb ourselves. We sometimes use food as an escape from work or as a way to deal with stress. This book teaches you how to undo these practices and to focus on eating for nourishment. — Amazon review
#8. You Are Here: Magic of the Present Moment
Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, this book offers a range of simple, effective practices for cultivating mindfulness, including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech.
You Are Here also offers guidance on healing emotional pain and manifesting real love and compassion in our relationships with others.
Simple, warm, direct, and startlingly potent, this book reveals the heart of the Buddhist path and helps us to reconnect with the joy and wonder of being alive, regardless of life’s changing circumstances.
Just what you need to overcome your own fears and sorrows. “You Are Here” explains how to nurture our soul by accepting our negative emotions as part of ourselves. It helps us explain the ways of the Buddha to leave in peace accepting everything that makes us, both the good and the bad. — Amazon review
Take a look at the selection above and choose one book for your reading list and then let me know your thoughts about it. Or let me know what other best mindfulness books should be included in this list.