Meditation Is for Everyone
You’ve probably heard there are myriad benefits to practicing mindfulness and meditation - everything from reducing anxiety and stress, improving resiliency, and even reducing age and race biases. You may also have heard that people and places as varied and diverse as Oprah Winfrey to public schools in Baltimore to companies like Google tout the benefits of implementing meditation and/or mindfulness practices.
Even though the benefits are clear, sometimes it’s hard to know how to get started with a meditation. Maybe you’ve tried to sit still on a cushion and count your breaths, hoping to find calm and peace amidst your stressful day... but you find your back gets sore long before your thoughts ever stop racing through your mind. You’re not alone! These titles can help guide you as you begin on your path to mindfulness, or as you explore meditation and its many benefits.
Meditation is Not What You Think by Jon Kabat-Zinn
If you’re interested but unsure about meditation, this title seeks to answer some fundamental questions for the beginner: what is meditation and is it worth trying out? Does everyone have to meditate the same way? Kabat-Zinn, often referred to as the “master of mindfulness,” founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts.
Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying by Light Watkins
Light Watkins has been a meditation practitioner and teacher since 1998, and here he seeks to address some of the myths surrounding meditation, as well as simple tools and for a new approach to meditation.
The Mindful Day: How to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening by Laurie J. Cameron
Business leader and mindfulness expert Cameron seeks to show busy working adults how to integrate different mindfulness practices into their day, from waking up to the harried commute to sitting through meetings, and more, all to better manage stress. She provides practical wisdom and draws on science and spiritual traditions to create a how-to guide, accessible for anyone seeking to reduce stress through mindfulness.
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: a 10% Happier How-To Book by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren
Maybe this sounds familiar: author Dan Harris, ABC Nightline news anchor and author of 10% Happier, thought meditation was only for a certain “type” of people - crystal-collectors and those who say “Namaste” without irony. After he had a panic attack on Good Morning America, he looked for ways to calm the competitive voice in his head, and landed on meditation as a way to increase calm, focus, and, yes, even happiness. This books provides helpful hacks to assist other skeptics and fidgeters find a way over and through their most common issues with meditation.
A Little Bit of Meditation: an Introduction to Mindfulness by Amy Leigh Mercree
In this very informative and simple introduction to meditation and mindfulness, Mercree covers the history of meditation, modern spiritual and religious styles, the science behind the benefits, and more. She also offers practical guidance on setting up a space, body positions, and different meditation styles, such as mantras, loving kindness, or movement based meditations.
If you’ve ever struggled to break the habit of picking up your smartphone every time you get a little bored, Gunatillake has outlined ways of using technology in more mindful ways - without having to give up on digital life completely! There are a variety of easy to follow practices that help incorporate mindfulness into everyday life through adding mindfulness to daily tasks like falling asleep or even watching television.