Practicing mindfulness is often something we overlook as a part of our wellness, but being mindful can really help to get you in tune with your inner self. Lucky for us, there are plenty of books out there to give us a hand in our journey to becoming more mindful. Finding the right book can be a big task, so we’ve done the hard yards to bring you a list of some of the best books on mindfulness.
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
With its beautiful illustrations and thought provoking questions, this book asks the reader to slow down and breathe. The book discusses how modern life is a place full of anxieties, and wants to remind us that slowing down can hush the nagging demands of everyday life. As the title suggests, the author encourages you to read slowly and take in every word and illustration, taking the time to reflect and sit with the messages of the book. We all deserve to slow down, and this is the perfect book to do it with.
What I Know For Sure
What’s a list of best books without Oprah? The lessons in this book come from Oprah’s own experiences in times that have tested her resilience and gratitude, to help you become the best version of yourself. The book is made up of parts from Oprah’s column in her self-titled magazine, which have been updated and collated into a book to teach us all a thing or two. And let’s be real, we all want to know what Oprah knows.
The Power of Now
This best seller highlights the power that comes with living in the present moment by tuning out the voice inside your head. It explains what it means to live consciously, and how worrying about what’s to come or what’s already happened is just lost time. It also has “break time” sprinkled throughout the book as a reminder to take some time to reflect on what you’ve just read. It’s so easy to get caught up with our anxieties about the future, so to learn how to be present in the now can only help us to be more mindful.
The Art of Gratitude
If you’re a hands-on kind of person, this one’s for you. The Art of Gratitude teaches you to embrace the small things, and to open yourself up to be grateful of everything life has in store. Throughout the book are pages where you can write your own thoughts prompted by messages in the book, so that you can take away a personal understanding of what it is to be grateful. The book is full of watercolour illustrations and is ideal for taking time for yourself to learn how to be more grateful.
The Alchemist explores the idea that to reach our destiny, all we have to do is follow our hearts and read the signs. The storyline itself isn’t the most exciting, but it’s one of those books that you can’t stop thinking about—even long after you’ve finished reading it. It follows a young shepherd’s journey to find the treasure that’s calling to him, along the way meeting people who have a lesson to teach. Life is daunting, especially when we have so many different options and paths we could follow. The Alchemist reminds us to trust our instincts, and we’ll always end up where we need to be.
The School of Life
This book celebrates the small things that make life good. Each chapter is dedicated to a small pleasure, like the feeling you get when you stay out late, or when you spend time with your grandma. It prompts you to take notice of the things we sometimes take for granted or the things we might have forgotten about. This is one to enjoy every now and then when you’re feeling flat or just want to feel the warm fuzzies.
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