The more we know about meditation and mindfulness, the more we realise how important it is to living a happy life. If learning more about this practice is something you’ve wanted to do, we’ve rounded up some of the best books to help you get started.
The Little Book of Mindfulness
by Patrizia Collard
From Dr Patrizia Collard, these brief 5-10 minute practices will rid your day of stress and have you feeling more optimistic, helping you to live in the moment. A great start for anyone entering the world of mindfulness – these simple practices are not overwhelming and are super achievable on a daily basis.
by Sandy C. Newbigging
Particularly good for the anxious, this one is all about ‘mind over matter’ and how powerful this notion really is. Healthy minds can heal bodies, and Newbigging teaches a new self-healing meditation technique to help with this, and to understand the source of common stress and anxiety triggers.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
If you really want to fly head first into mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn is a good place to start. He maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in your life, and he breaks down common barriers or notions associated with meditation as well, giving beginners a confident understanding of what it’s all about and how to practice it.
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled
by Ruby Wax
Ruby Wax OBE really makes mindfulness accessible to all, and having suffered from depression herself, she speaks from a reliable source. In the book, Wax explores how modern living is causing us more stress and anxiety than ever. Mindfulness exercises and tips are included for everyone from babies to adults, with scientific reasoning to back it up.
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World
by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
This bestseller is based on the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – a successful form of brief meditation. The book’s popularity relies on the way in which authors Mark Williams and Danny Penman focus on adding joy to your life as opposed to ridding it of unhappiness.
by Emily Wallis
Once you’ve gained a bit more knowledge on the practice, colour therapy or dot-to-dot books are your next go to. Not just an activity for kids, this particular dot-to-dot book allows you to relax and focus your mind on elegant buildings and nature scenes. A nice way to include some mindfulness to your day.
Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert
A contentious addition but equally inspirational, Eat Pray Love has become a modern classic on empowerment and learning to be our best selves. In her early thirties, author Elizabeth Gilbert ‘had it all’ yet was unhappy and consumed with panic and confusion. She leaves behind everything and ends up finding a balance between worldly pleasures and divine transcendence. The type of book that could inspire you to learn more about mindfulness!
For the ultimate Zen experience, we recommend grabbing a book and making your way down to Surfers Paradise Beach or one of the many open air spaces to catch the breeze and some sun, and discover a happier you!