Recommended Reading

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

This book is a proper "how to" guide written by A Therevedan Buddhist. Its really thorough and covers all the important things as far as i am concerned. I found myself feeling a bit like i wasn't sitting for long enough as he sets quite a high standard but that was probably more my own neuroses. It lacks the softer edge that books by westerners tend to have but that doesn't detract from the content.

You can download it free in a variety of formats here, which is good :-).

The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle

This book isn't about mindfulness per se, he explains things in different terms. There seemed to be a lot in common with mindfulness though. I seem to recall it talking a bit about common themes with Christianity too, if you are that way inclined.

Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe

I would really recommend this book as a starting point for anybody with an interest in mindfulness. He talks about the attitudes and the approach to mindfulness which i though was very thorough and spot on. Then he goes onto the practice and he has you starting off with only 10 minutes a day. He emphasises bringing mindfulness into daily life as well as formal practice sessions. He gives brief snippets of the research into mindfulness and its benefits. No heavy Buddhist stuff, i found it easy to read and i liked the style.

It also has the Headspace website to support you in the approach.

Heal Thy Self by Saki Santorelli

I loved this book very much. Its talking about cultivating healing relationships between care givers and receivers but for it really captured the spirit of mindfulness for me. He has a really moving and powerful writing style and I would expect anybody would take something from this book. Be sure to have tissues at hand when reading!

Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks

This book describes Tim Parks experience of a condition that he struggles to get help with and ultimately he gives up on medical solutions and discovers meditation. Its very entertaining and he has a very dry sense of humour. A lot of what he talks about felt very familiar to me.

The Attention Revolution by Allan Wallace

I read this book after having gone on a retreat with Allan Wallace in June 2012. It describes the stages of Samatha meditation which is the Buddhist meditation concerned with settling the mind an described the practices associated with each stage. He also described some complimentary practice such as Loving Kindness. I liked it because it gave me a sense of where I was and where I was going. Plus you can get it on Kindle :)

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