Best Mindfulness Books

I have developed an interest in mindfulness and meditation, from a scientific perspective. For this reason, I did a bit of research on GoodReads to discover which are the best mindfulness books. Unsurprisingly, I found a lot religious works among these books. Those were not what I was looking for. In my not-so-humble opinion, religion is spiritualy for the ignorant mind, while enlightenment is spirituality for the curious mind.

And thus, for my own reading list, I only pick the books with a strong scientific foundation, usually written by atheists. I recently read 10% Happier, by Dan Harris, and I’m now reading Waking Up, by Sam Harris. For the religious-averse, such as me, I can recommend both books. They are all about mindfulness, but without the Buddha-hugging. Of course, feel free to pick any book you like. 🙂

This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “mindfulness“, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability.

Nr Title – Author Year Amazon
1 True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart – Tara Brach 2013
2 Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children – Thích Nhất Hạnh 2011
3 You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment – Thích Nhất Hạnh 2009
4 Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World – Mark Williams, Danny Penman 2011
5 Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears – Pema Chödrön 2009
6 Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion – Pema Chödrön 2002
7 Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation – Sharon Salzberg 2010
8 Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha – Tara Brach 2003
9 Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living – Pema Chödrön 2001
10 Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (And World Peace) – Chade-Meng Tan 2012
11 The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World – Pema Chödrön 1999
12 Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind – Kristin Neff 2011
13 The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness – Yongey Mingyur 2007
14 The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times – Pema Chödrön 2002
15 True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart – Thích Nhất Hạnh 2004
16 Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion – Sam Harris 2014
17 The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions – Christopher K. Germer, Sharon Salzberg 2009
18 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge… – Dan Harris 2014
19 Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation – Daniel J. Siegel 2010
20 The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation – Thích Nhất Hạnh 1996

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