The Art of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Living in the Present Moment

The Art of Breathing – Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

The Art of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Living in the Present Moment

You breathe 22,000 times every day. How many are you really aware of?

International bestselling and award-winning author Dr Danny Penman provides a concise guide to letting go and finding peace in a messy world, simply by taking the time to breathe.

Known side effects: You will start to smile more. You will worry less. Life won’t bother you so much.

Dissolve anxiety, stress and unhappiness, enhance your mind and unleash your creativity with these simple exercises. And with each little moment of mindfulness, discover a happier, calmer you.

It really is as easy as breathing…

‘A marvellously beautiful and sensitive book.’ Jon Kabat-Zinn.

‘This book is inspiring.  Against a backdrop of beautiful art, Danny Penman’s gentle words explain clearly how breathing, known since ancient times as the foundation for living mindfully, can become, for any of us, a way to reclaim our lives.’ Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford.

Buy now from Waterstones.

The relentless pace of modern life can stifle creativity and undermine happiness and wellbeing – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

The simple mindfulness techniques at the heart of Mindfulness for Creativity dissolve anxiety and stress and have been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving and decision making – skills that are needed not only by ‘creatives’ but by anyone who wants to optimise their work, life and overall wellbeing.

 This easy-to-follow, four-week programme takes just 10-20 minutes a day and works by soothing and clarifying the mind, allowing innovative ideas to take form and flourish.

It reveals just how much of life is controlled by habitual ways of thinking and approaching the world – and shows you how to pursue a more creative and productive path.

Life is chaotic, but if you follow the mindfulness meditations in this programme you will become more resilient and less anxious, and develop the courage necessary to make difficult decisions, create new ideas and to follow them wherever they should lead.

‘If you want to discover your creativity, and make more insightful decisions, then read this book.’ Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford

Buy now from Waterstones


Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and also enhances the body’s natural healing systems.

Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.
Mindfulness for Health is a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of spinal injury.

Taught at Breathworks – and its affiliates around the world – this programme has helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress.

The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving behind a deep- seated love of life.

‘A beautiful and compassionate book, Mindfulness for Health will put you back in touch with the extraordinary person you already are’ Professor Mark Williams, University of Oxford

‘This book provides an extremely effective and elegant mind-body approach to healing . . . Highly recommended’ Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses

‘In a world of much suffering this book is a gift of wisdom and practical help’ Professor Paul Gilbert, PhD, OBE, author of The Compassionate Mind

Life can be relentless, frantic and exhausting – but it doesn’t have to be this way…

MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help you break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. It promotes genuine joie de vivre; the kind of happiness that gets into your bones and seeps into everything you do.

The book is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed.

MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – in other words, it works.

But more importantly, it also works for the rest of us who aren’t depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the relentless demands of the modern world. In short, Mindfulness helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with renewed courage.

Mindfulness is co-authored by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, co-developer of MBCT and inspiring meditation teacher.

BBC Culture Correspondent David Sillito tries a mindfulness course and finds it transformative. Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World featured after 7 minutes.

What can mindfulness do for you?

What exactly is mindfulness?

Buy the book from

Buy the book from Amazon UK

Follow us on @DrDannyPenman


Best Mindfulness Book List For 2017

The Art of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Living in the Present Moment

You may not know this, but I am quite the book nerd – a voracious reader. In my beanbag with a cup of tea and a book equals heaven for me!

I’ve read or re-read some really amazing books this year on the art of mindful living. They’ve opened my mind and heart.

They’ve challenged old thinking, given me new insights and taught me how to live a more compassionate, wholehearted and mindful life. I’m so grateful to the authors.

My beanbag, my happy place

Today I’m sharing with you the list of my favourites from this year. Plus below it I’ve put a list of ten of what I would consider to be the classic mindfulness must-read books. Maybe you can grab one to read over the holiday period. Enjoy : )

Here’s what I’ve read this year that I recommend getting your hands on…

Self Compassion: The Proven Power Of Being Kind To Yourself
Kristin Neff

This groundbreaking and easy-to-read book shows us how to let go of debilitating self-judgment and self criticism and finally learn to be kind to ourselves.

Using solid empirical research, personal stories, humor and practical exercises, Kristen Neff walks shows how self compassion can help us  heal the wounds of the past, make more empowered choices in the present and live a more openhearted, full and balanced life.

My big takeaway: The self-compassion break exercise which I use now, every time I am experiencing painful emotions and difficult situations.

The Craving Mind
Judson Brewer

This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction. Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviours in order to step them.

He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life.

You Are Not Your Pain
Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

I had read this before but read it again this year. It’s a beautiful book, my dear, friend by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman who themselves have struggled with severe pain after sustaining serious injuries.

Accompanied by a CD to guide you, the meditations and teachings in this book have been shown to be as effective as prescription painkillers to soothe some of the most common causes of pain. These practices soothe the brain’s pain networks, while also reducing the anxiety, stress, exhaustion, irritability, and depression that often accompanies chronic pain and illness.

I myself used to suffer from ongoing back pain but these days I am mostly pain free. I re-read this book though because the same principles apply to any kind of pain in life…and I have had quite a bit of loss and grieving to move through these past two years. This book has helped me immensely.

Journey of The Heart: Path of Conscious Love
John Welwood

As men and women find that they can no longer rely on old roles and formulas to get along, intimate relationships call for a new kind of honesty and awareness, a willingness to let go of old patterns and cultivate new capacities.

Journey of the Heart shows how we can rise to this challenge by learning to use whatever difficulties we face in relationships as opportunities to expand our sense of who we are and deepen our capacity to connect with others. This book is a perfect and profound guidebook to conscious relationships. Highly recommended.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable, Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead
Brene Brown

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

To truly live a mindful life the lessons in this book really must be digested and, as best we can, lived every day.

I Need Your Love —  Is That True?
Byron Katie

This is an oldie but seriously a powerful goodie! I re-read it this year (for the 4th time I think). Byron Katie’s second book questions everything we have been taught to think and do to gain love and approval.

This book shows us how to make a transition to an effective, non-manipulative way of connecting with, and loving others. When you live your life focused on thoughts ‘I need a man’ or ‘She doesn’t care about me’ you live in fear and end up lonely, stressed, heartbroken and depressed.

Through I Need Your Love – Is This True? Byron shows us how to inquire into many of the unquestioned beliefs we have lived by, explore what happens when we believe we need love, appreciation and approval from outside ourselves and the way to real love and mutual understanding. Highly, highly recommended.

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
Tara Brach

In this book, Tara offers a practical guide to finding our inner sanctuary of peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty.

a fresh interpretation of the three classic Buddhist gateways to freedom-truth, love, and awareness-True Refuge shows us the way not just to heal our suffering, but also to cultivate our capacity for genuine happiness.

The book reminds us of our own innate intelligence and goodness, making possible an enduring trust in ourselves and our lives. We realize that what we seek is within us, and regardless of circumstances, “there is always a way to take refuge in a healing and liberating presence.”

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom
Rick Hanson

This is another re-read. There’s so much in it that I’ll probably circle back to it again and again.

Science is now revealing how our thoughts actually sculpt the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, Rick shows you how you too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

Buddha’s Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate and strengthen your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth.

You’ll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. This clear, down-to-earth book is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use in daily life to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

Mating In Captivity
Esther Perel

Modern romance promises it all – a lifetime of togetherness, intimacy and erotic desire. In reality, it s hard to want what you already have. Our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. Often, the very thing that got us to into our relationships, lust, is the one thing that goes missing from them.

Determined to reconcile the erotic and the domestic, Perel explains why democracy is a passion killer in the bedroom. Argues for playfulness, distance, and uncertainty, and shows what it takes to bring lust home. Smart, sexy and explosively original.

This is an incredibly eye opening and important read for those interested in conscious sexuality and more mindful relationships. I love how Esther is willing to open up a dialogue about some of the greatest challenges of the modern form relationship.

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story
Dan Harris

In his book 10% Happier Dan Harris takes us on a journey through how he tamed the monkey voice in his head, reduced stress without losing his edge, and found self-help that actually works. He shares with readers how everyone can be 10% happier by meditating.

Meditation, he says, can do everything from lower your blood pressure to completely eliminate your stress, and the negative voices in your head. As soon as you train yourself to control the flow of thoughts in your meditation class, you will be able to control them as well in the real world.

This book is a really fun, page turner to read. It would make a good holiday read and a great one for a gift for sceptics or people really new to mindfulness in general.

At my fav cafe this week (Woods in Bangalow) reading ‘Altered Traits’ by Dan Goleman and Richie Davidson.

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body
Daniel Goleman and Richard J Davidson

This is what I am reading right now. It’s a bit of a nerdy one but also written beautifully and accessibly. A must-read for a true understanding of the current science of how meditation and mindfulness really affect us.

Unveiling the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most it – to create long lasting deep positive change.

In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being a kind-of-cool fringe activity to becoming band-aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. This book sets the record straight.

Exciting, compelling, and grounded in new research, this intelligent book will help you ‘hack’ your meditation practice to ensure you’re practicing in the most effective way to get what you really want it.

The Classics

Full Catastrophe Living
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well and the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast-paced world.

The Power of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment
Eckhart Tolle

The bestselling spiritual book of its generation – and my favourite book of all time. It’s my bible. I have read it more times than I can count now. This book provides a clear path to waking up to who you really are. It has the power to make a profound difference in your life.

Waking From Sleep: Why Awakening Experiences Occur and How to Make Them Permanent
Steve Taylor

In this astounding book, Steve Taylor provides what is perhaps the first-ever clear explanation of higher states of consciousness, or ‘awakening experiences’.

By fully explaining awakening experiences, the author makes them much more accessible, which may lead to a revolution in our psychological development as human beings.

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT
Russ Harris

Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression.

This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy cutting-edge research in behavioural psychology.

By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
Byron Katie

Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to question your thoughts and break free of their hold over you.  This book is simple and clear and offers everything you need to learn and live the process of enquiry, and to find happiness as what Katie calls ‘a lover of reality.’

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

This collection of the timeless teachings of one of the greatest sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, regarded by many as a “modern spiritual classic” is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer’s life and work

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Life can be relentless, frantic and exhausting – but it doesn’t have to be this way…Authoritative, beautifully written and much-loved by its readers, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World has become a word-of-mouth bestseller and global phenomenon.

Be Here Now
Ram Dass

Describes one man’s transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga and gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of human nature.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn

In this book, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one’s own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments.

Women, Food and God
Geneen Roth

After three decades of studying, teaching, and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in Women Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: the way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive.

Women Food and God shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul—to the bright center of your own life.


What Is Mindfulness? And Should I Meditate?

The Art of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Living in the Present Moment
5 min read

Do you regularly feel overwhelmed and restless? Do those feelings arise without a clear reason?

It happens to all of us. During those moments, we feel bad. We make the wrong decisions. And we give in to our desires. All of us experience moments of weakness. Especially when we’re alone, not knowing what to do.

In those moments, we whip out our phones and consume some crap on the news or social media. And that makes things worse.

And all of a sudden, you start to question everything about life. Your mind is control. And you can’t think straight anymore. It’s a harmful state of mind.

But we’ve all experienced the opposite as well: Being in the zone—fully focused on a single task.

So why do we still experience those moments of overwhelm? It has something to do with someone who’s living in your head.

The Idiot That Lives Inside Everyone’s Head

We all have an idiot living inside of our head. It’s the inner voice that says:

  • You’re not good enough
  • You need to make more money
  • You suck!
  • Look at how successful others are

Instead of getting consumed by the idiot that lives inside our head, we need to learn how to CONTROL that moron.

Almost all philosophies share wisdom that we can use to tune out the idiot in our mind. I’ve used Stoicism in the past to improve my mental toughness.

But I have also been interested in the teachings of Buddism. I especially Mindfulness, which is a pure way of looking at the world that’s obtained by meditation. What I’ve learned is that the world of Mindfulness is very rich, with many different traditions.

One of the lessons is that there is no right or wrong way to meditate. The basis is to experience life in the present moment, without judgment. That’s why Mindfulness promises that you can experience life in the purest form.

Because we often don’t experience life the way it is. We experience a version of life that’s colored by our thoughts.

Mindfulness pioneers in the West are Thích Nhất Hạnh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Bhante Gunaratana, and many more that believe in the power of this tradition.

The science is also clear about its effects. The practice of Mindfulness has been used to reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression; it has a positive relationship with mental health.

Meditation Is Not For Everybody

But does that mean Mindfulness is the right thing for you? After studying it for several years, I think everyone can benefit from the ideas. We live in a noisy world. And a little bit of inner calm and focus doesn’t hurt.

But how should you go about Mindfulness? Should you meditate? Should you go on retreats? Visit a temple? Even though everyone can benefit from Mindfulness—how you apply it in your life varies for every person. It also depends on your life situation.

For example, I’ve tried meditation several times. Also for longer periods. It’s just not for me because it made me feel depressed. But I still the ideas of Mindfulness. So meditation is not for me. I think everyone should decide for themselves. Never do something just because other people say you should. Always make up your own mind. And keep learning.

My favorite way to learn in general is by reading books. What you’ll find below are 5 books that I found useful. If you want to learn more about Mindfulness, these books will help you.

1. Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kabat-Zinn is a professor of medicine who brought science in Mindfulness. He’s widely respected by Mindfulness teachers and his book, Wherever You Go, There You Are, serves as a perfect introduction to the practice. Highly recommended for people who prefer a practical and scientific approach to Mindfulness, which can be very esoteric.

2. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thích Nhất Hạnh

Thích Nhất Hạnh is one of the most well-known Buddhist monks. And in his book, he shares his practical lessons for living in the present. It’s an excellent introduction to meditation. It’s also a short book that you can read in a day or two.

3. Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

Technically not Mindfulness because Tolle says he doesn’t follow any tradition. Some people dis his books because of that. But I found Stillness Speaks great. He does a good job at summarizing Buddhist teachings into short paragraphs. This book is more a collection of aphorisms. Great to understand the concepts behind living consciously.

4. Waking Up by Sam Harris

Sam Harris is mostly known for his controversial views on religion and politics. I’m not interested in that. I his view on Mindfulness.

He’s inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn who said that using Mindfulness will wake you up. We’re so lost in thought that we live on auto-pilot.

Sam Harris shares Mindfulness practices for people who are not religious or spiritual. Highly recommend if that’s you.

5. Mindfulness In Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana

This was my favorite book on the topic. Bhante Gunaratana does a great job in sharing the Mindfulness practices in a simple way. When you read the book, you can tell he wants the best for the reader. If you only decide to read one book on Mindfulness, make it this one. It shares the ideas behind the practice but also gives practical tips to become better at meditation.

Remember, if you don’t to read books, you can always listen to them with Audible. And most of these books are also available on Blinkist, where you can read or listen to the summaries.

Don’t Read Too Much

You know, this whole quest for knowledge, enlightenment, and more wisdom is a complex thing.

When you read about the ideas in the above books, you will feel better about life. You will feel more at ease. But there’s a downside.

When you always keep on searching for the next piece of wisdom, you’re doing it all wrong. At some point, you must get on with your life. Don’t make your whole life about this mindfulness and spirituality stuff.

Also, every time I write about this stuff, angry people with meditation businesses attack me. They want to prove how much knowledge they have and how wrong I am. I don’t care about those people and never respond.

I don’t have anything to sell here. I’m sharing my experience. What you do is up to you. At some point, I was studying Mindfulness and not practicing it. But I realized that’s not the purpose.

I want to DO something with my life. And practicing Mindfulness helps with that.

Think about your own goals. And look for things that support your goals. If this stuff helps, use it, if not, don’t. At the end of the day, we all want a good life. With these books, you have enough tools to achieve that.

Just remember to use the ideas and not to get stuck inside them.

Join my newsletter and get free articles in your inbox. I will also send you two eBooks as a welcome gift. One on building better habits and another one on doubling your productivity.

Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription.


These Books on Mindfulness Will Help You Practice Being Present

The Art of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Living in the Present Moment

Laetizia Haessig / EyeEm/Getty Images

Meditation and mindfulness are two concepts that have broken into the collective western consciousness in recent years.

From its origins in ancient teachings and practices from Taoist China and Buddhist India, a 2018 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that interest in meditation increased threefold between 2012 and 2017, making it the fastest-growing holistic wellness trend in America so far, in addition to yoga and chiropractic care. Taking the time to pause and reacquaint ourselves with our own breath seems a tall order in this fast-paced and technology-driven world, and yet it seems many Americans recognize the importance of balance.

If mindfulness seems an intimidating or unfamiliar idea, picking up a book dedicated to the topic is a great place to begin your journey to inner calm.

A quick scan of Amazon or wherever you to buy or download books will present you with hundreds of pieces of literature on the subject, from how-to guides to academic texts.

To help narrow down your options, we selected 20 books about mindfulness to 'add to cart' now. If you're ready to embark on a mission to find your zen, crack open one of these books on mindfulness.

Here are our picks for the best mindfulness books for your practice.

01of 20

Sukey and Elizabeth NovogratzJust Sit$15


Written for everyone who's ever thought they could benefit from meditation but never actually found the time or motivation to start, Just Sit is the perfect introduction to mindfulness for a novice. It's full of information and easy-to-follow instructions, including an eight-week plan to help you stick with the practice and meet your goals.

02of 20

Jon Kabat-ZinnFull Catastrophe Living$18


This book on mindfulness was originally written over 25 years ago Jon Kabat-Zinn's mindfulness-based stress reduction program and has since been revised and updated with the latest information and fresh ideas.

It was the work of Kabat-Zinn, a scientist and meditation teacher, that kick-started recent research on the relationship between meditation and yoga and well-being.

Today, it remains a powerful read on how the power of mindfulness can help with anxiety, depression, and disease.

03of 20

Bhante Henepola GunaratanaMindfulness in Plain English$12


A best seller on the subject of mindfulness, this book is written by Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monk Bhante Gunaratana, a meditation master. Allow him to break down the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and explain step-by-step instructions on how to begin your practice. As the title suggests, the book is written in simple, easy-to-understand language.

04of 20

Thich Nhat HanhThe Miracle of Mindfulness$11


Written by zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, this book outlines the basics of mindfulness with a focus on teaching you to see every moment as an opportunity for self-understanding. After reading this, you'll find meaning in even the simplest daily actions.

05of 20

Jon Kabat-ZinnWherever You Go, There You Are$11


Another popular book on mindfulness from Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are offers readers a deep dive into the practice written is a highly digestible way. It's a meaningful book for anyone who's ever spent too much time worrying about the future, and it reads a lecture from your favorite professor, according to Amazon reviews.

06of 20

Joseph GoldsteinMindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening$17


Writing from 40 years of experience as a teacher of mindfulness, author Joseph Goldstein lays out how to use mindful living to find inner freedom. This read is incredibly detailed yet remains approachable to the average person looking to understand this vast subject.

07of 20

Sharon SalzbergReal Happiness$9


A leader in the meditation world, Sharon Salzberg uses 20 years of teaching experience to create a 28-day program for anyone ready to experience the numerous benefits of meditation and mindfulness.

Her approach is less philosophical and more practical, explaining the monthlong plan in the same way one would describe an exercise regimen.

It also comes with a helpful FAQ section for beginners to reference.

08of 20

Eline SnelSitting Still a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids$15


If you have kids, you might consider picking up a copy of Sitting Still a Frog, a book that offers a child-friendly approach to mindfulness. Find practices on how to help children (and yourself) feel calm, focus, and fall asleep with ease. It details how to introduce the concept to kids while you work on the skills together.

09of 20

Patricia CollardLittle Book of Mindfulness$8


This book is for anyone who's been intimidated by the myth that mindfulness requires hours and hours of meditation. In this book, you'll find five- to 10-minute practices to do each day to relieve stress and experience living in the moment. No matter how busy your schedule is, you can find time for these short and simple exercises.

10of 20

Thich Nhat HanhPeace Is Every Step$12


Another work by Thich Nhat Hanh, this book contains personal stories from Nhat Hanh's own life and experiences as an activist, teacher, and leader. Find out how to cultivate a meaningful relationship with everything you do through conscious breathing and body awareness.

11of 20

Eckhart TolleThe Power of Now$10


The Power of Now is a New York Times best seller that's sold millions of copies worldwide. Author Eckhart Tolle describes the mind as the enemy of enlightenment and offers the reader solutions to live fully in the moment in order to reach a richer sense of awareness and understanding.

12of 20

Jack KornfieldMeditation For Beginners$15


A straightforward guide for how bringing awareness to breathing, posture, and thoughts can help readers enter a meditative state.

Meditation for Beginners is an accessible read full of tips for calming the “busy brain,” and how meditation can cultivate compassion and healing.

In an interview with Mindful magazine, neuroscientist Amishi Jha credits Kornfield's book with inspiring a new area of research for her lab.

13of 20

Iyanla VanzantActs of Faith: Meditations for People of Color$2


Acts of Faith is an uplifting book of inspirational quotes and messages for each day of the year and is particularly tuned in to the lived experience of people of color across faiths and disciplines. Author and international speaker, Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vazant, has been a regular on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

14of 20

Sara ClemenceAway & Aware: A Field Guide to Mindful Travel$15


Today's hyper-connected world can make it impossible to unplug, even when we take the time to do just that: on vacation. Away & Aware is a reminder of the joys of hitting the road with presence of mind, offering planning and packing tips, suggestions for connecting with local culture, traveling with kids, and more.

15of 20

The Mindful ChildSusan K. Greenland$9


Yes, even children need help navigating a demanding world. The Mindful Child is a guide for parents to teach the transformative practice of mindfulness many adults have benefited from, adapted for children.

16of 20

Andy PuddicombeThe Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness$14


For the time-strapped, meditation novice (which includes the skeptics), Andy Puddicombe's accessible how-to book is for you. Perhaps most helpful are his simple metaphors that navigate the abstractness of meditation and mindfulness. Most people can take ten minutes to tune into their awareness, and Puddicombe, an ordained Buddhist monk with a soothing British accent, shows us how.

17of 20

Dalai Lama, Dr. Howard CutlerThe Art of Happiness$12


Spiritual leader, Nobel Prize winner, and speaker, the Dalai Lama addresses anxiety, insecurity, anger, and worthiness through conversations, stories, and meditations. With the added context of psychiatrist (Dr. Howard Cutler), The Art of Happiness tackles how cultivating inner peace may benefit the more challenging facets of the human condition.

18of 20

Yael ShyWhat Now?: Meditation For Your Twenties And Beyond$11


Early adulthood is a peculiar time, marked by a time of rapid growth, intense emotions and insecurity.

Author Yael Shy, founder of the country's largest campus-wide meditation program, MindfulNYU, addresses these matters with compassion.

What Now? offers advice for approaching the dizzying swirl of tech, relationships, social dynamics and more, with a handful of mindfulness exercises to help readers begin meditating now.

19of 20

Melanie Mühl and Diana von KoppHow We Eat With Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach: The Hidden Influences That Shape Your Eating Habits$12


Authors Melanie Mühl and Diana von Kopp say we make more than 200 food-related decisions every day, some conscious, others not. Packed with research, How We Eat With Our Eyes And Think With Our Stomach shines a light on the assumptions and tendencies we lean on related to food, and the role our environment plays in our food decisions.

20of 20

Rob DeSalleOur Senses: An Immersive Experience$14


How we create and navigate our environment depends on all of our senses as humans. Our Senses shares how they work, what happens when they don't, and how they help us make sense of the world through the lens of neuroscience.