The Best Mindfulness Books For Beginners

10 best books on mindfulness
10 best books on mindfulness and meditation. Improve your life and mood by following principles from these amazing books. Mindfulness practice can improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness practice can positively affect depression and anxiety and improve overall mood. Mindfulness awareness and practice can really change your outlook on life.

Mindfulness is an interesting concept that we can all bring into our lives in some way. It is all about finding the right practice at the right moment of the day to improve our state of mind. The problem is that misconceptions and a lack of confidence can stop beginners in their tracks. That is where it helps to find the right guide in order to get started with the best mindfulness books for beginners.

Incorporating mindfulness practice into your daily routine has many benefits, from improved physical outcomes, improved mental health and emotional stability.

The best books on mindfulness for beginners should be accessible and engaging with just the right exercises and information. Some will be quite broad with various ideas and tip to get you started. Others are much more niche. The following are some of the most interesting titles with a few different areas of interest and approaches.

10 of the best mindfulness books for beginners.

1. The Mind Illuminated by John Yates, Matthew Immergut, Jeremy Graves.

This first choice is sold as a “complete meditation guide” that cleverly integrated Buddhist wisdom with “brain science”. As a result, you get a program that brings together different schools of thought for a more effective experience. This might not appeal to those that want one or the other, but it could help those that want to see mindfulness from different angles.

Pros:

  • A 10-stage program backed by science
  • Lots of illustrations and charts for visual learners
  • Available in paperback, audiobook, kindle and cd
  • Very detailed
  • Good reviews averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars full of praise including how this book made a difference
  • Price average but quite a lot of detail and information for the price

Cons:

  • An integrated approach isn’t for everyone
  • Average price but cheaper for Kindle version


2. Bliss More by Light Watkins

This meditation book is a great choice for anyone that has tried the practice before and failed. The idea here is that the author teaches us how to sit and meditate by forgetting all of the misconceptions about the practice. The approach of Embrace, Accept, Surrender, Yield, should prove to be helpful.

Pros:

  • Great content with accessible and useful tips
  • Is great for those struggling with mindfulness practice
  • 221 ratings with an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • Easy and light to read
  • Easy strategies to implement into your daily routine

Cons:

  • Perhaps too focused on meditation rather than mindfulness

3. Buddhism for Beginners by Judith Yandell

Many people that want to learn more about mindfulness and meditation have an interest in the deeper spiritual philosophies. This guide is a great tool for explaining some of these concepts to those new to the subject. Within that are guides on mindfulness, zen, and other helpful practices.

Pros:

  • Less than average price range
  • A true beginners guide to mindfulness practice
  • Helpful tips linking Buddhist Practice into Mindfulness
  • Free on Kindle Unlimited
  • Average 4.5 stars out of 5
  • Easy to read

Cons:

  • Might be too spiritual for some people
  • Some information provided that maybe could have been left out- some information unnecessary

4. Mindfulness by Kevin Gise

This guide is an ideal starting point for those that want to flip through and get ideas, rather than those that want to study. The book focuses on explaining key concepts of mindfulness to readers in a simple way. There are lots of tips to browse so readers can enjoy simple, regular practice each day.

Pros:

  • Readers can easily flick through and choose the content that is useful for them
  • Additional quotes for motivation
  • Very competitive price
  • Free on kindle unlimited
  • 4.6 our of 5 stars
  • Great for beginners with helpful tips and tricks

Cons:

  • Not as in-depth as other guides
  • Could contain more content and visual illustration’s

5. Real World Mindfulness for Beginners by Brenda Salgado

The idea of real-world mindfulness is nice as a counter to the more spiritual and Buddhist side of mindfulness and meditation. Here, the author offers guidance on how to relate mindfulness practice to real issues in our daily lives. This way, readers can adapt their teachings to their personal situation. This is one of the best mindfulness books I have read and has a great balance between spirituality and mindfulness.

Pros:

  • A focus on everyday challenges that are more relatable than some other books
  • Guidance from a range of teachers with interesting input that can be incorporated into every day life
  • Great price for the content
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended by some therapists
  • Easy to read
  • Easy to navigate

Cons:

  • Perhaps too personal or psychological for some readers
  • Might be too factual for some
  • Repetitive in some areas

6. Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art by Christoph Andre

This book takes a more specialist approach for those with an artistic mindset. The book focuses on the way that we can improve our mindfulness practice through art. Our connections with what we see and the expression on the canvas can help us connect with a moment. This beautiful book has a great message that could prove helpful.

Pros:

  • An interesting concept to apply in our free time
  • Guidance from experts and psychiatrists
  • Cheaper in kindle and audiobook options
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Uses art references to explain mindfulness
  • Stunning illustrations

Cons:

  • The most expensive book on this list especially with hardcover and paperback. Although, the illustrations are truly beautiful and worth having a hardcover.
  • A heavy focus on art that could deter some people and may not be relatable for non artsy readers

7. Mindfulness: Mindfulness for Beginners by Beatrice Anahata

This book aims to provide a wider range of exercises and ideas rather than any deeper concepts. Readers can work through the 32 different exercises and work on their stress and anxiety issues. The step-by-step game plan for living in the moment could help those that don’t know where to start.

Pros:

  • Easily accessible content for new readers
  • Potential aids for mental health issues and mental illness
  • Good price for what you get
  • Very good price for Audiobook
  • Free on kindle Unlimited

Cons:

  • only 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some minor grammatical errors
  • The term “crash course” suggests a lack of depth

8. Mindfulness for Beginners by Jill Hesson

Here there is another step-by-step approach, but this one lasts for a specific 21-day process. Along that journey, readers can learn more about exercises and techniques for being more present in their surroundings, becoming more accepting, and working on humility. It is a long process of discovery that could yield results.

Pros:

  • The detailed plan covers a 21-day period
  • Step by step process
  • The emphasis on alternatives to traditional medical help
  • Very good price range
  • 4.3 out of 5 starts
  • Good for any level level of learner

Cons:

  • It requires a lot more commitment and motivation than other guides
  • Some minor spelling errors

9. Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety by Rachel Stone

This book is a little different as it provides a stronger focus on anxiety issues rather than mental health more generally. The exercises in this workbook should help readers deal with a range of anxiety issues, including PTSD, through helpful mindfulness practices. Therefore, this might be one of the best mindfulness books for anxiety.

Pros:

  • New publication 2019
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start from scratch and work your way up to better mindfulness practices
  • Great beginner guide
  • Learn more about anxiety disorders
  • Easy to use guide to help improve anxiety using mindfulness and meditation techniques

Cons:

  • Perhaps too niche for everyone
  • A little more pricey than some other books listed

10. Think like a Monk: The Secret of How to Harness the Power of Positivity and Be Happy Now- Jay Shetty.

New to the market in 2020, and a personal favorite of mine. Jay Shetty is an extremely popular influencer with more than 32 million followers on social media. Jay explores and discusses his time as a monk, with tips and tricks on how to tap into power and overcome roadblocks in our lives.  The book covers advice, tips and tricks, exercises for mindfulness and self-improvement that relate to many aspects of our lives.

Pros:

  • New publication in 2020
  • A current Best Seller
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars
  • Practical and can be relatable to many people with various problems and backgrounds
  • Really insightful and easy to read
  • Available as an audiobook and for kindle
  • Really good price depending on your preferred option
  • Worth its weight in gold!
  • Great for beginners

Cons:

  • Hard to put down! haha
  • A little pricey for hard cover
  • If your more advanced along your spiritual and mindfulness path, this may not be your best option

I hope you have found this guide helpful and you can find something that suits what you are looking for.

If you are not ready to commit to purchasing a mindfulness book, I have created a Free guide to introduce you more into the topic of mindfulness.

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Emilie MASI

Registered Nurse, Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice Graduate Diploma of Wound Care Working towards Masters of Wound Care

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