Guidance along your path

Here are some books Mandy and I discovered along our path to practicing meditation that we’d like to share. Whether you are looking to learn more about the practice of meditation and its benefits or why you should practice it, these recommendations can guide you along your way. We wish you a life of peace, love and happiness that we believe is possible for all. 

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

This book is great for beginners, as a refresher or to deepen your practice. The chapters are short and easy to read. 

Mindfulness has to do with waking up and living in harmony with oneself and with the world. It has to do with examining who we are, with questioning our view of the world and our place in it, and with cultivating some appreciation for the fullness of each moment we are alive. Most of all, it has to do with being in touch. 

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
by Thich Nhat Hanh

This book offers simple and clear emphasis on basic practices that enables any reader to begin meditation.

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness--being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

The authors developed the scientifically grounded Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) technique that anyone can apply in the midst of their everyday lives and challenges. Peace needs to achieved first of all from within before it can be achieved in the outside world. 

Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage. 

Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

This book can transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

Through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. The author then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle 

This is more of a self-awareness book than about meditation, but it is a classic for those interested in self-growth and living a more peaceful life even with all the everyday challenges.

Eckhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container--more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
by Pema Chödrön

This book came into my life when I needed it most and taught me to stop, pause and to get really comfortable with that. I think it’s a must-read if life events are overwhelming you and somehow you know the answer is within you. 

Pema Chödrön, a Tibetan Buddhist nun, perennially best-selling classic is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by life's pain and difficulties. This collection of talks cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth. 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Don Miguel Ruiz

A powerful takeaway for me from this book was the first agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word – which includes thoughts, spoken and actions. They are all intertwined and consciously deciding to make them Impeccable can help ease the suffering of all our non-stop thoughts

In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best. 

The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci 

Although this book isn’t about how to meditate, it was one that brought about a new perspective based on the need for kindness and compassion towards myself and others. First though, we need to work with what’s included and not included in its definition. This book gave me an insight I am deeply grateful for. The author himself is a profound meditator.

The Power of Kindness is a stirring examination of a simple but profound concept. Piero Ferrucci, one of the world's most respected transpersonal psychologists, explores the many surprising facets of kindness and argues that it is this trait that will not only lead to our own individual happiness and the happiness of those around us, but will guide us in a world that has become cold, anxious, difficult, and frightening.

Happy reading! 

With gratitude, Theresa 

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