The best mindfulness books to bring you a sense of calm

Take a breath, make a cup of tea, and sit down with one of these tomes written with the direct aim of getting you to feel content with what's in front of you.

The best mindfulness books

by Sophie Knight |

What is mindfulness? It’s pretty self-explanatory – it’s about being mindful. Being in the moment. Taking notice of what’s happening directly around you – not focusing on the past or the future, but precisely what is occurring RIGHT NOW.

Mindfulness is a relatively simple idea; being fully present, aware of what you’re doing. However, being mindful isn’t as simple as we’d like it to be; the human brain is naturally adept at thinking of many, many things at once, and designed to be distracted. Partly this is due to our DNA and the requirement to always be ‘on’ – just in case a tiger is around the corner, ready to pounce on our dinner (or us). Learning to be truly mindful takes some dedication and practice.

The mindfulness website defines mindfulness as “a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.”

I’ve been practicing mindfulness for several years now. It began when I started yoga practice; it’s a vital part of yoga to really focus on the moment – and movement – in hand. Plus, the breathing exercises used in yoga really help you be mindful.

Mindfulness has also been a big part of various counselling therapies I have experienced; reducing my anxiety levels, especially when I suffered with Post-Natal depression.

I recommend a mindful practice to all of my friends and colleagues (ask them – they’ll attest to this) and maintain it can bring a sense of balance and calm to both your personal and professional life.

That’s where a good book about mindfulness can come in handy. Choose the right tome and you’ll be guided towards a more mindful life, with practices, advice, and action points to help you in the right direction. With recommendations from the What’s The Best team, here’s my shortlist of the best mindfulness books to start you off on the right track.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

There are many benefits of being more mindful, including:

Reducing stress

Reducing worry

Reducing anxiety

Increasing performance and ability

Gaining insight and awareness (of ourselves and the tasks we do)

Tuning in to others’ wellbeing

Reducing our judgement

Becoming kinder – to others, and ourselves

Increasing relaxation

I hope my list of mindfulness books is helpful; whether you're buying for yourself, or for a friend or loved one. I'd love to hear your recommendations, too; you can email What's The Best or get in touch directly with me on Instagram.

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Sophie Knight is Editor of WhatsTheBest and Contributing Editor for Mother&Baby, Closer, Heat, Yours and Empire websites.

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