Mindfulness is all about staying in the present and being aware of everything that is going on in our surroundings in a non-reactive way. If we live our lives in the present moment we are supposed to attain true happiness.  For us maladaptive daydreamers learning how to be mindful is phenomenally important as it means trying to let go of our fantasy world and to live in the present.

Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Here are my top 5 books on mindfulness that I’ve really enjoyed reading.

 

1. Practical Mindfulness – A step – by – step guide by Ken A. Verni


What it promises: To show the reader how to live in the present moment and apply it to everyday life through practical exercises and step by step meditations.

Who is the author? Ken A Verni has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years. He is the founding director of the New Jersey Centre for Mindful Awareness in the US.

What’s good about it?

Practical Mindfulness is a great book to use as a tool to overcome stress and anxiety and it helps to explain why you might be feeling low / anxious / stressed etc. It gives advice on how to make things easier.  The format is good – a mixture of text and illustrations plus it’s colour coded. It’s easy to read, no waffle and definitely not long winded, a very easy to follow mindfulness book. Practical Mindfulness is all about getting you to do and practice the exercises rather than just giving you a whole heap of knowledge that you’ll never use. So it’s a thumb up from me!!

Whats bad about this book?

I struggled with this, there’s nothing not to like. The only thing I’d say, is that it’s more a book for beginners. For me who is a complete novice and had no idea before about mindfulness, it was phenomenally helpful.  For those that already know about mindfulness and are looking for something more advanced then I’d try something else.

 

2. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (Includes Free CD with Guided Meditations)

What it promises: To help you find where true contentment, happiness and peace lie and to rediscover them by yourself. The book basically promises to teach you how to free yourself from anxiety and stress.

Who are the authors? Mark Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He features regularly on Radio 4 and is an internationally renowned speaker. Dr.Danny Penman is a feature and comment writer for the Daily Mail. He has a PhD in biochemistry.

What’s good about it?

This easy-to-read Mindfulness book offers relaxation tips and an 8 week course to help build mindfulness into your everyday routine. It is compact and easy to read, plus it also comes with a free cd.  It assumes no prior knowledge of mindfulness so if you’re a beginner and new to mindfulness then it’s a good choice. It also explains concepts in a simple yet valuable way. The book starts off with simple exercises and gradually builds up so you’re not over whelmed. It’s well written and a good book if you’re skeptical or cynical about mindfulness as the book is scientific and research-based. However, the tone of the book feels more like a friend is talking to you, rather than a doctor. It seems to be one of the bestselling Mindfulness books on Amazon with over a thousand reviews!

What’s bad about it?

The 8 week course does require commitment, it is not a quick fix book and does require effort. You will have to keep practicing. But if you’re willing to persevere then you will definitely reap the rewards. I think it’s one of the best selling mindfulness books on Amazon.

3. The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace

What it promises: By practicing the mindfulness methods outlined in the book for 10 minutes a day you’ll soon be able to live a more happier life. There are 30 exercises to try lasting 5 – 10 minutes each all helping to give you a less stressful life.

Who is the author? Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant and lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of East London.

What’s good about it?

It’s a small compact book that you can easily fit into your handbag or pocket and take around with you.  The exercises are  practical yet simple and helps you to switch off. The 5 – 10 minute meditations mean they are short enough to fit into your everyday life without being intrusive. Easy to follow and doesn’t burden you with too much information.

What’s bad about it?

The font is quite small, which some people might find annoying. There are also quite a few yoga type exercises, which some people might not want to do. People who want a more meatier book on mindfulness will probably be disappointed.

 

4. The 6-Minute Diary | 6 Minutes a Day for more Mindfulness, Happiness and Productivity | A simple and effective Gratitude Journal and Undated Daily Planner

What it promises: Based on positive psychology research and feedback from more than 300.000 users. The result: a book that induces positive and powerful habits into your everyday life. If you want to feel good, you need to be in charge of your attitude and thought patterns. This is exactly what you train with The 6-Minute Diary – on a daily & sustainable basis.

What’s good about it?

This is a very motivational diary, filling out the pages really helps if you’re struggling with anxiety and feeling low. The daily reflection makes a real impact on self improvement. The information is well written and concise. There are weekly challenges and the daily inspirations help to improve your mood. Basically, each day you write down what you’re grateful for and you plan your goals for the day and in the evening you reflect upon them. A great idea! The diary encourages you to realise what you’re grateful for and it’s also so good at checking up on yourself. The author, Dominik Spenst also gives you a guide of how to use the diary and shares some insights on psychology. You also can’t argue with the fact the spending 3 minutes in the morning, and 3 minutes at night to fill out your diary is totally doable.

What’s bad about it?

At over £20 it is expensive and the print might be a bit small for some people.

5. Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing

What it promises: Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. This programme has supposedly helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress. The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day.

Who is the author? Vidyamala Burch is founder and co-Director of Breathworks, an organisation offering mindfulness-based and compassion-based approaches to living well with chronic pain, illness and stress.

What’s good about it?

This Mindfulness book is great at explaining the science behind mindfulness. it’s well written, clear and concise. The meditations are easy to follow. It’s an 8 week easy to follow course. The book comes with a useful CD giving a variety of guided meditations.

What’s bad about it?

The kindle version is not user friendly for starters. And it is more suited to people who are suffering from chronic back pain or chronic health issues and if that’s you, then I think this book really will help, but I found that the others mindfulness books mentioned above are better if you’re suffering from anxiety or stress issues.

And the winner of the Best Mindfulness Book goes to….

It’s a toss up between Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World and Practical Mindfulness – A step – by – step guide. Both are really clear and well written, no waffle and really helpful.  I really do recommend learning about Mindfulness as it is one way to cope with anxiety and stress and both of these books make it really easy to understand and to implement.

Author

Hello, I'm Anna! I'm a 38 year old Maladaptive Daydreamer from London. I want to stop the maladaptive daydreaming, which is why I created this blog. Please excuse any typos, as you know I have MD so sometimes writing a post can take forever but at least I know you'll understand where I'm coming from.

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