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5 Meditation Books That Will Change Your Life

by Elaine Clara Mah

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The meditation journey can be daunting and challenging at times as it is personal and a relationship between you and your inner self. Often, many give up the practice simply because they feel that they are not getting enough support to guide them through.

To make meditation that much more accessible to you, a wealth of quality resources are available online and in print. Continuing from our top meditation apps article, we at BookMeditationRetreats.com have put together a list of life-changing meditation books that will help transform you meditation journey!


Mindfulness Made Simple


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A Wall Street Journal bestseller, this insightful book focuses on showing you how to practice mindfulness and meditation in a simple and practical way. The book introduces the reader to the history of mindfulness, guides the reader in a step-by-step introduction to meditation and provides simple exercises to help support your mindfulness journey. It also aims to motivate the reader through inspirational quotes and tips. This easily digestible book will be a great guide for you, especially if you’re in the early days of your meditation journey!


Mindfulness in Plain English


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Mindfulness in Plain English has been touted as one of the most influential books in the field of mindfulness and meditation. This classic piece by Bhante Gunaratana has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide. In his book, Gunaratana lays out the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation. With 52 years as a Buddhist monk and vast experience teaching in America, Gunaratana’s book is clear, straightforward and practical. His book will revolutionize your meditation practice!


Get Some Headspace


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Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day is a book by renowned meditation expert Andy Puddicombe, who is also the creator of the meditation app Headspace. In his book, Andy shows you how just meditating for 10 minutes each day can drastically change your life. Get Some Headspace features simple exercises and anecdotes from the author’s years of experience. Working on the premise that meditation can be included in a life with normal and busy routines, Andy shows readers that just about everyone can meditate.


Turning the Mind Into an Ally


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What makes Turning the Mind Into an Ally a great read is its empowering teaching that helps the practitioner see meditation as a tool to overcome the wild mind and turn it into something that can work wonders. Its author, Sakyong Mipham is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, whose rich culture shows in his book, which offers meditation teachings centered on Tibetan Buddhism. Sakyong teaches us to “tame the windhorse” – which is the force of life that controls us instead of us controlling it. As we quiet the mind, we not only “tame” the windhorse, but also direct it towards peace and serenity.


The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


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For many, yoga means asana – the practice of yoga poses. But yoga is so much more than that. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translates ancient yoga sutras with insightful commentary and explanation for the modern reader. The sutras are a good point to start in one’s search of spiritualism and mindfulness. The yoga sutras center on the premise that the practice of yoga helps to quiet the busy mind and guide the practitioner to see yoga as a way of life. Even if you don’t practice yoga, this book is good accompaniment to your meditation practice and will transform the way you look at life.


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