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Looking for the best mindfulness books ever written? You’re in the right place!

Among the book recommendations below you’ll find some of the top mindfulness books, best mindfulness books for beginners, best mindfulness meditation books and best books on being present ever written.

From Jon Kabat-Zinn to Thich Nhat Hanh to the Dalai Llama, each author on this list is a master. And each mindfulness book below is a masterwork.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been meditating for decades, you’ll find something here to make you stop and think (and many more that’ll help you stop thinking).

Like many people before you, you’ll discover the research-backed benefits of mindfulness. You’ll learn how to meditate. You’ll practice exercises for decreasing anxiety. You’ll pick up principles for improving your focus. You’ll discover how to defeat depression, increase your awareness and change how you think about thoughts.

You’ll even learn the basics mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Why These Mindfulness Books REALLY Matter

But here’s why the mindfulness books on this list REALLY matter…

If I could give 18-year-old Arthur one piece of advice – heck, if I could give 32-year-old Arthur one piece of advice – and have it REALLY sink in, that advice would be this:

“You are enough, just as you are.”

It’s easier said than believed. But doing so is essential to everything. It’s the key to the rest of this blog. It’s the foundation of interdependence. It’s the inner journey which lets us look past our fear and our suffering.

It’s also the secret you’ll discover again and again and again from this list of these best books on mindfulness. It’s the courage to lean into the sharp bits. It’s the boldness to be here, right now. It’s the wisdom to know this is so, it cannot be otherwise and it tool shall pass.

I’m definitely not there yet but whatever progress I’ve made can largely be traced to the words, work and wisdom of the wonderful teachers below.

I hope you enjoy them as I have. I hope that you find what you’re looking for. And above all, I hope you discover what I’m still trying to learn for myself:

That the present moment is so, cannot be otherwise and will, too, pass away.

That you are human and you are complicated and you are flawed.

And it’s those things that make you so wonderful.

Or in other words…

You are enough, just as you are.

The 15 Best Mindfulness Books Ever Written

Why these books and not others? The best mindfulness books below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to give a good balance of what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice.

Think something’s missing? Leave a comment or email me and I’ll add it to the next round of updates. I honestly love hearing from you so please, do get in touch!

  1. Peace Is Every Step (1990), Thich Nhat Hanh
    The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
    160 pages. Rated 4.3 over 26,200 reviews on Goodreads.
  2. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (1970), Shunryu Suzuki (Summary)
    Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
    138 pages. Rated 4.2 over 33,400 reviews on Goodreads.
  3. The Miracle of Mindfulness (1975), Thich Nhat Hanh (Summary)
    An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
    140 pages. Rated 4.3 over 21,100 reviews on Goodreads.
  4. When Things Fall Apart (1996), Pema Chödrön (Summary)
    Heart Advice for Difficult Times
    160 pages. Rated 4.3 over 32,000 reviews on Goodreads.
  5. Siddhartha (1922), Hermann Hesse
    152 pages. Rated 4.0 over 542,800 reviews on Goodreads.
  6. Start Where You Are (1994), Pema Chödrön (Summary)
    A Guide to Compassionate Living
    176 pages. Rated 4.3 over 8,900 reviews on Goodreads.
  7. The Four Agreements (1997), Miguel Ruiz (FREE Summary)
    A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
    A provocative and mind-altering Toltec guide to waking up and finding peace in our illusory world, by reitred surgeon, author and Eagle-Knight shaman, Don Miguel Ruiz.
    168 pages. Rated 4.2 over 173,800 reviews on Goodreads.
  8. The Power of Now (1997), Eckhart Tolle (Summary)
    A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
    229 pages. Rated 4.1 over 179,600 reviews on Goodreads.
  9. The Art of Happiness (1998), Dalai Lama XIV (Summary)
    336 pages. Rated 4.2 over 85,800 reviews on Goodreads.
  10. Mindfulness in Plain English (1992), Henepola Gunaratana
    208 pages. Rated 4.2 over 11,600 reviews on Goodreads.
  11. Wherever You Go, There You Are (1994), Jon Kabat-Zinn (Summary)
    Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
    304 pages. Rated 4.1 over 33,500 reviews on Goodreads.
  12. The Places That Scare You (2001), Pema Chödrön
    A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
    187 pages. Rated 4.3 over 13,600 reviews on Goodreads.
  13. The Untethered Soul (2007), Michael A. Singer (Summary)
    The Journey Beyond Yourself
    200 pages. Rated 4.2 over 40,200 reviews on Goodreads.
  14. Full Catastrophe Living (1990), Jon Kabat-Zinn (Summary)
    Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
    722 pages. Rated 4.2 over 10,100 reviews on Goodreads.
  15. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (1969), Nyanaponika Thera
    The Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness
    288 pages. Rated 4.3 over 300 reviews on Goodreads.

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