Whether you’re a freelancer or writer working from home normally, or just started this self-isolating practice due to the “new normal”, the stress and pressure can become overwhelming. Building a healthy routine with mindfulness and being able to choose how you respond to pressure can help soothe anxiety and increase your productivity.
A new surge of mindfulness books have hit the shelves in the past couple of decades. It’s easy to get caught up in unconscious programming – so much so, that we forget to stop and smell the roses.
In other words, slow down and enjoy life as it comes.
It was Thich Nhat Nhat Hanh that said:
Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.
If you want to feel like you have a life marked with more “aliveness”, take some time to learn more about mindfulness. Then, incorporate it into your daily routine.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is simply being aware of the present moment. It’s paying attention. It’s slowing down or stopping and bringing your focus back to your breath. Alerting yourself to whatever is going on in this moment. In the now.
You’ve probably heard about various ways you can be mindful, such as mindful meditation, mindful walking, mindful eating, mindful productivity while working from home, and so on. Anything you do can be done mindfully.
To help you along your mindfulness journey, we’ve compiled some of the top-rated mindfulness books available. Some are solely focused on mindfulness, while others include mindfulness and branch off into other spiritual areas, such as meditation.
All in all, the following are wonderful mindfulness books to help you live a more mindful life.
1. Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams, Danny Penman, and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Here’s a book with practical, time-tested advice and techniques for living a mindful life. Based on Oxford professor Mark William’s Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the book helps readers learn how to apply mindfulness to decrease negative feelings like anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue.
The book provides you with information to help you calm the mind and live in the now for two months. Feel free to take eight weeks to use the easy, practical, and scientifically grounded techniques to experience more peace in a chaotic world. By investing just 10 to 20 minutes per day in mindfulness meditations, you’ll be able to feel lighter, happier, and more peaceful.
Along with excellent information, this book also includes links to helpful mindfulness audio mediations you can use whenever you like.
2. Full Catastrophe Living: Using The Wisdom Of Your Body And Mind To Face Stress, Pain, and Illness By Jon Kabat-Zinn
If we’re talking mindfulness, then Jon Kabat-Zinn is surely to make the best mindfulness books list. He’s the creator of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, as well as the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Kabat-Zinn covers what mindfulness is and how his mind/body approach to meditation can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and disease.
Dr. Andrew Weil praises this book, stating, “I recommend this new edition enthusiastically to doctors, patients, and anyone interested in learning to use the power of focused awareness to meet life’s challenges, whether great or small.”
You’ll find various meditation techniques where you can bring awareness to your breath, as well as your body. Some readers have experienced relief from chronic pain, decreased levels of anxiety, and less stress.
3. The Miracle Of Mindfulness: An Introduction To The Practice Of Meditation By Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is a well-known mindfulness teacher. This introductory guide to mindfulness provides helpful anecdotes and exercises to help you live a more mindful life. One of the first lessons he gives is the importance of focusing on the breath. From doing routine chores to working, he gives a gentle reminder to focus on the breath – the present moment, awake and aware.
The Miracle of Mindfulness will help you come to know better what it means to practice mindfulness in everyday life. You will get to know yourself better mind, body, and spirit, slow down your pace, and experience more peace along your life journey.
One reader describes it as a “beautiful series of meditations to wash away one’s anxieties.” A must-read for anyone desiring to learn more about mindfulness and self-improvement.
4. The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle
Eckart Tolle’s The Power of Now has sold over two million copies and is available in 30 foreign languages.
It’s that good.
Tolle has a beautiful way of teaching readers what enlightenment means, as well as roadblocks to experiencing it. He takes readers on a journey toward living in present-moment awareness with simple, applicable lessons.
You’ll be inspired to live mindful of each moment as it arises – and practice non-judgement at the same time. He also covers topics like discovering your life purpose, the art of listening, being vs. doing, and more.
His teachings will help you mindfully disconnect from an anxious mind, become more aware of how you can decrease inner pain, and exchange your ego for peace.
5. Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 Minutes A Day To Less Stress, More Peace by Patricia Collard
Here’s a pocket size book by Dr. Patricia Collard, mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist, that provides you with 5-10 minutes of mindfulness awareness exercises you can do daily.
One exercise, body scan, encourages you to take time to scan your body from head to toe, really becoming attuned to it. She says, “When you become aware of any tension or other intense sensation in a particular part of the body, ‘breathe into it’ and, as best you can, have a sense of letting go, or of releasing, for the duration of the out-breath.”
Another exercise Collard teaches is called “Tune In”. Through this exercise, you’ll learn to linger in present moment awareness, observing sounds you hear and things you see. Then, letting them go as you stay “tuned in” or mindful of the now.
The Little Book of Mindfulness makes a great morning devotion with its short, inspiring messages and practical exercises.
It’s small enough to fit in your bag, purse, backpack, or pocket, making it easy to grab anytime. Readers state that it helps them reduce their anxiety and gives them a boost of encouragement each time they open it to read.
6. Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday by Matthew Sockolov
Matthew Sockolov is a meditation teacher known for helping others learn how to cultivate mindfulness in their everyday lives. This book includes 75 powerful meditations that bring you into the present moment. The evidence-based exercises help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. They are also known for boosting joy and compassion.
Sockolov gives an introduction into mindfulness, as well as the benefits. He then gives practical advice for applying the exercises and contending with negative thoughts or belief patterns that may arise.
One reader gives praise by saying, “It teaches you to be grounded, energized, forgiving, compassionate, loving and caring, and most of all keeps you in the present moment in daily life.”
7. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn makes the top mindfulness books again because he’s just that good. In this bestselling mindfulness book, he covers topics like doing vs. non-doing, attachments, letting go, patience, practice, keeping it simple, voluntary simplicity, and more.
The book is broken up into three parts:
- The Bloom of the Present Moment
- The Heart of Practice
- In the Spirit of Mindfulness
He admonishes readers to embrace mindfulness as a journey for life, being continually mindful on purpose. One reader says, “Beautifully written and profound. It will help at any stage of meditation practice, whether you are a beginner or whether you’ve been meditating for years, there’s something for you here.”
Wrapping It Up
Mindfulness is likely to continue to grow in popularity. It’s a time-tested technique and lifestyle that has proven quite valuable to live a life filled with more peace and joy.
If you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness, check out some of the popular books listed. Then, practice what you read regularly.
Keep in mind that to get the most benefits out of mindfulness, you must practice it regularly. Don’t worry if you find yourself only being able to stay focused on the present for a few moments or minutes. It takes time to learn to stay in the present moment.
But as with anything, the more you practice, the better you get.
If you’ve read books on mindfulness, what were they? What did you get out of them?
Feel free to share your thoughts on the practice of mindfulness while working from home and living a mindful lifestyle.