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11 Books to Add to Your Mindful Library


If you are interested in knowing the best mindfulness books out there, chances are you want to stock your home library with books about the practice of mindfulness which can help inform you more about mindfulness and how to make the most of it in your life, right?

Well, you don’t need to look any further because we are going to look at 11 insightful and deeply informative mindfulness books which would make a good addition to your home library and take your practice of mindfulness to the next level.

Here we go.

11 Best Mindfulness Books to Buy For Your Home Library

1. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to The Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

This is a book that offers deep knowledge and insight into mindfulness. It explains the power of the present moment, and how we can cultivate mindfulness through basic activities such as peeling an orange, washing the dishes, and answering the phone, among others which we get involved in through our typical day.

It teaches about mindfulness meditation as well and how we can use it to train ourselves in mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk from Vietnam who founded the Plum Village and who is a strong promoter of mindfulness and meditation and their great benefits in our lives.

2. The Headspace Guide to Meditation And Mindfulness By Andy Puddicombe

This is a book that is aimed at helping people cultivate the habit of practicing mindfulness in their lives, even when working with busy schedules, by only engaging in the practice for only 10 minutes.

The practice is designed by meditation experts and fashioned in a way that it can help us handle most of the troublesome areas of our lives including lacking sleep, being overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, feeling exhausted, managing weight loss, and enhancing our relationships.

The mindfulness and meditation practices work towards helping us have some more head-space and enjoy the peace and quiet of the present moment and the mental clarity the practices bring with consistent practice.

Andy Puddicombe is a well-known mindfulness and meditation activist and a former Buddhist monk who is also the co-founder of one of the most popular meditation apps, Headspace. Working with the book together with the Headspace app will work wonders for you.

3. Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer

This is a book that explains the concept of mindfulness to both kids and adults in a fun and interesting way, and which expresses the need for practicing mindfulness in a simple and understandable way.

The book has illustrations of Monkey who is all over the place and his friend Panda who is mindful, peaceful, and happy. The panda walks the readers through the practice as a way to increase calmness and attention.

The illustrations in the book have been made by Kerry Lee MacLean and the book was authored by Lauren Alderfer, who’s an established author.

She has also written other mindfulness-related books such as Teachings From The Heart of Mindfulness, How Yak Got His Long Hair, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama On Love, Success, Happiness, And The Meaning of Life, among many others.

4. Mindful Therapy: A Guide For Therapists And Helping Professionals by Thomas Bien

This book works well if you have a strong interest in psychotherapy and mindfulness or if you are a student of either or both, or even if you are a practicing therapist.

It explains a simple yet effective approach to introduce the teaching of Buddhism and mindfulness to the practice of psychotherapy, and the benefits which are dragged along with doing that.

It focuses on how therapists can learn to work on self-care as they provide their services to ensure they are at their best state and the work they do doesn’t overwhelm them. Various tools and resources are also shared for the readers to use.

The information shared in the book is based on personal experiences, theoretical knowledge of the two practices, case studies, and practical exercises which can be done for the benefits mentioned in the book.

The author, Thomas Bien, is a well-known psychologist in New Mexico who is heavily involved in meditation and mindfulness, and the art of combining them with psychotherapy.

5. You Are Here: Discovering The Power of The Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh

Another great book by Thich Nhat Hanh, You Are Here: Discovering The Power of The Present Moment is an informative read which is based on a retreat that the author led the people in the West.

It shares simple and doable practices such as attentive listening and careful speech, awareness of walking, breathing, and others which help cultivate the virtue of mindfulness. On top of that, he also provides a way to heal emotional pain, be more compassionate and make a manifestation of love in our lives.

In essence, the book helps to provide a practical perspective of life with the help of mindfulness and how the practice can help us navigate the ever-changing life experiences.

Thich Nhat Hanh has also written other great books on mindfulness, proper communication, and wisdom such as The Art of Communication, True Love: A Practice For Awakening The Heart, Anger: Wisdom For Cooling The Flames, and more.

6. The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, And Meditation Teachers on The Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life by Barry Boyce

This is a book that explains the long way mindfulness goes in our daily lives and the many areas it enhances. Leading figures in various self-improvement and mental health areas including psychology, psychiatry, and meditation explain the specific benefits and positive effects we get from mindfulness and how we can apply the practice in our daily activities and get to benefit from it.

Some of the figures include Thich Nhat Hanh who talks about how powerfully transformative mindful breathing is, Jon Kabat-Zinn who talks about the importance of mindfulness in making positive change and reducing stress, Daniel Goldman who is a psychologist who shares a rewarding mindful strategy to being a consumer in regard to shopping, and Michael Carroll who is a leadership coach and who talks about applying mindfulness at work.

7. One Minute Mindfulness: 50 Simple Ways to Find Peace, Clarity, And New Possibilities in a Stressed-Out World By Donald Altman

This is a book that tackles the mind-boggling topic of how to apply mindfulness in everyday activities while having so much on our plate and with a hectic lifestyle.

It also goes a step forward to explain different case scenarios such as an unfavorable working environment, managing kids, and others which may make it hard for us to be more mindful.

On top of that, the author also shares 50 different mindfulness-based practices and exercises we can all engage in to help make it easier for us to be more focused and apply mindfulness in almost all areas of our day-to-day tasks and succeed.

Donald Altman is an established author, mindfulness expert, and speaker who has published more than 10 successful books on mindfulness and self-improvement.

8. The Mindful Path to Self Compassion: Freeing Yourself From Destructive Thoughts And Emotions By Christopher K. Germer

As the title of the book hints, this book is aimed at helping us go beyond the regular practice of mindfulness.

For some people, practicing mindfulness may be more than enough to enjoy the benefits they wish from the practice but for others who may be fighting tougher emotions such as loneliness, guilt, sadness, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, and other similar feelings, more than just regular mindfulness practice is required.

Self-compassion is the other aspect that is needed by people who are dealing with negative emotions to overcome them and live more peaceful and happier lives.

This book discusses the aspect of self-compassion and how it marries in with mindfulness to provide a holistic approach to recovery.

It shared effective steps, techniques, and exercises which have been backed by scientific research that we can all work with to become more self-compassionate while practicing mindfulness.

Christopher K. Germer, the author, is a part-time psychiatry lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a clinical psychologist. He is also a co-developer of the Mindful Self Compassion program together with Kristin Neff.

9. The Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen J. Langer

This is a book that introduces a new and more efficient way of gaining, holding onto, and making use of knowledge. The author explains the need for being mindful as we learn and also being aware of the dynamic nature of learning and information.

In whatever area we may want to get into and learn about in order to be masters at the areas, be it at school, sports, business, or any other, we can use mindful learning to have a more empowering learning experience.

When it comes to mindful learning, different sets of skills such as investment analysis, paying attention, psychotherapy, and instruments playing just to name a few, have been discussed.

Also, various learning myths such as the basics, right answers, and even delayed gratification have been busted in this book, which makes it an interesting and insightful read for almost anyone. Ellen Langer is an author, a professor of Psychology at Harvard, and is also an artist.

10. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence And Inquiry in Practice By Susan L. Woods, Evans Collins, Patricia Rockman, and Zinder V. Segal

This is a comprehensive guidebook for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which handles the beginner basics to the practice as the therapist, the aspect of inquiry which looks into contemplative dialogue and embodied mindful presence, and other approaches to administering MBCT to a group.

You also get meditation scripts, audio resources, and instructions for MBCT administration to your clients. There are also different mindfulness practices discussed in the book which makes it a good reference for those other practices.

The book was published by clinicians who have a good grasp of the MBCT practice and who have worked with it for almost as long as it has been around, and they aim to train practitioners to provide top-notch MBCT services to others.

11. Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons From Google, Search Inside Yourself, and a Zen Monastery Kitchen by Marc Lesser

This is a book that zooms in on mindful leadership and how it is related and practically the same as mindful working, and mindful living at large.

Being a co-founder of the Search Inside Yourself program at Google, the author embraced and strongly held onto 7 principles that made the program successful and also made his leadership worth envying.

In this book, the principles are shared and explained in great depth for anyone who would like to lead mindfully and have an easy time in a leadership position. Marc Lesser was a baker and dishwasher who later on became a CEO. His mindful teachings in this book are based on his experiences and lessons he learned through his life.

And those guys, are some of the best mindfulness books to consider looking into if you would like to cultivate and establish the practice of mindfulness in your life.

Which of the books did you find most interesting based on the aspect of mindfulness you are interested in? Which of the books we have covered are you considering adding to your mindful library? Please let us know in the comments section below.


4 thoughts on “11 Books to Add to Your Mindful Library

  1. Michel Maling says:

    Practicing mindfulness is getting more and more important in these stressed and overly busy times that most of us are facing. Everything just happens in such a blur that it is important to set aside time to do this.

    I would like to read One Minute Mindfulness as it has 50 practices, and there will definitely be a few amongst that lot that I can relate to and try. 

    1. Improve Your Brain Power Team says:

      Hi there Michael, 

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

      We appreciate your contribution. 🙂

      We also encourage you to read One Minute Mindfulness. 

      There is a lot of insight to be gained from it.

      We wish you the best as you gather books for your mindful library.

      We also hope to hear from you on how you found the book once you are done reading it.


      The IYBP Team

  2. Amazing book suggestions! Mindfulness can definitely be a struggle to handle throughout our daily lives when so much is going on. We often have so little time to give ourselves the time we need to empty of minds for positivity as well as clearing our mentality.

    Reading a book is a great way to have mindfulness as well as inner peace that can make all the difference in peace of mind.

    Thank you for sharing these book suggestions! I’m will definitely be checking out one of them. 🙂

    1. Improve Your Brain Power Team says:

      Hi there Terence, 

      We couldn’t agree more with you on this one. 🙂

      You are also welcome and we hope to hear which book you decide to check out and what you learn from it.

      We look forward to hearing from you soon.

      All the best.


      The IYBP Team

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