Best Mindfulness Books of 2022 (For Beginners)
Mindfulness is a proven method of improving your mental and physical health. Here are the best beginner-friendly mindfulness books of 2022.
- Mindfulness has tons of benefits for your mental and physical health.
- One of the easiest ways of learning about mindfulness is by reading a book written by experts in the field.
- In the following article, you will find the best beginner-friendly mindfulness books of 2022.
Mindfulness is a scientifically-proven method of improving your mental and physical health. This article features the best beginner-friendly mindfulness books of 2022.
Mindfulness has been gaining popularity in recent years, and there are now plenty of books on the topic available to beginners. Whether you’re interested in improving your mental health, reducing stress, or simply becoming more present in your day-to-day life, there’s a mindfulness book out there for you.
In this list, we’ve collected some of the best mindfulness books for complete beginners. They cover a range of topics from mindful meditation to mindful eating and provide a basic introduction to each concept. So if you’re looking to get started with mindfulness, this list is a great place to start.
'Wherever You Go, There You Are' by Jon Kabat-Zinn
In his book, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. draws from both personal experience and scientific research in order to explain the concept of mindfulness.
Above all, Kabat-Zinn urges us not to rely on external sources for happiness, but rather to concentrate and work on our inner well-being.
The book is full of practical advice on how to let go of tension and live authentically. It is also one of those rare mindfulness books that I would gladly advise for both complete beginners and people who have been practicing mindfulness for years.
I also love that the book is not dry at all – Kabat-Zinn often uses his warm sense of humor to describe how he uses mindfulness in his own life and still sometimes struggles to stay present.
In a nutshell, “Wherever You Go, There You Are” is a classic in mindfulness literature, and for good reason. It really is one of the best and most complete introductions to the topic of mindfulness.
'Unf*ck Your Brain' by Faith G. Harper
For the longest time, I went back and forth on whether to include this book on my list of best mindfulness books of 2022. As you see, I eventually decided to include it in the list.
For starters, let’s get the negative out of the way – the title of this book follows the somewhat annoying self-help trend of including a certain attention-grabbing F-word in the title. And, the content itself follows suit. The author sure seems to love her swearing. So, if you are put off by some light profanity, this is not your book.
That said, the content as a whole is great for people new to mindfulness. In “Unf*ck Your Brain”, Harper explains how our neuroplasticity allows us to change the physical structure of our brain by practicing mindfulness.
She also draws on her own experiences with depression and anxiety, as well as scientific literature about neuroplasticity, to illustrate why mindfulness changes our brains and consequently changes our lives.
The whole book is a smooth and fun read and can provide quick help for people struggling with negative emotions.
'Practicing Mindfulness' by Matthew Sockolov
“Practicing Mindfulness” by Matthey Sockolov has become one of my favorite on-the-go mindfulness books. Whenever I have a stressful trip coming up, this book is one of the first things that I pack.
Why? It is just so easy to read and concise. The author, Matthew Sockolov, does not spend time droning on the history and concept behind mindfulness. Instead, what you get here is a straightforward collection of 75 practical mindfulness exercises that you can do in 5-15 minutes.
The sheer amount of different exercises might seem daunting if you haven’t picked up the book yet. No worries, you don’t have to do all of the exercises to reap the benefits of this book. Sockolov has included this many exercises only to make sure that ANYONE can find an exercise that speaks to them.
All things considered, “Practicing Mindfulness” is a great book for those who want an easy-to-read, expert-written collection of quick mindfulness exercises.
“How to Be An Adult in Relationships” by David Richo
People often ask me about how living a mindful life has affected my relationships with people close to me. After all, there are a lot of skeptics out there. It might be hard for some to believe that something like becoming aware of the present moment can transform relationships.
Well, from personal experience I can say that all of my relationships have bloomed after getting into mindfulness. Becoming mindful in my relationships has made me more empathic, sincere, and confident.
“How to Be An Adult in Relationships” by David Richo is an introduction to bringing mindfulness to relationships. Richo outlines the five key features of a mindful relationship. Of course, each of these features comes with a guide on how you can incorporate it into your own relationship.
While the focus of this book is on romantic relationships, I have found that these concepts can be applied to all human relations. So, if you want to explore mindfulness for improving your relationships, start with this book.
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle is a true classic. This book has introduced countless people (myself included) to the world of spirituality.
True, Tolle’s book is not strictly about mindfulness – concepts he writes about are a mishmash of Eastern mysticism, Christianity, and human psychology. Still, the book does a splendid job of explaining this ancient wisdom in everyday language.
The core message of this book is that you can eliminate all unnecessary pain and suffering by fully focusing on the present moment. I would even go as far as to say that the whole book is a sort of ode to living in the present.
It is also one of the few books on this list that feels like a meditation in itself. I have probably read “The Power of Now” close to 20 times by now, but every reading still manages to feel like a spiritual experience to me.
This book is arguably the most famous spirituality book of all time, and it has stood the test of time exceptionally well. If you still haven’t read “The Power of Now”, do yourself a favor and get this book. You are in for a treat.
"The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh
Written by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Miracle of Mindfulness” is a book on mindfulness that is meant to remind you how beautiful life can be. It’s filled with simple instructions for slowing down and truly feeling grateful for the small things you may otherwise take for granted.
This book will appeal to someone who wants to be reminded of life’s beauty, even when the mundane is not all that interesting, spiritual, or pretty.
While all the mindfulness books on this list are great, this one holds a special place in my heart. Reading is one of my cherished hobbies, yet I rarely come across a book that can make me cry. “The Miracle of Mindfulness” is one of those rare books. The beautiful prose always manages to pull my heartstrings and return me to the present moment.
"Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration" by Meera Lee Patel
“Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration,” written by Meera Lee Patel, is a mindfulness journal that will help you understand yourself better by exploring all aspects of your life.
In addition to being a successful author, Meera Lee Patel is also a professional hand-letterer.
She has also put her illustration chops to fantastic use in this book – this book is simply beautiful to look at and read. I also love that the interactive design is perfect for capturing thoughts and emotions on each page, as well as prompts to journal questions that challenge you to rethink your life from a big picture perspective.
This book will appeal to anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of themselves through self-reflection and writing prompts.
Written in an accessible style, this book is a combination of practical self-care tips and a biography.
“Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World” by Shelly Tygielski
What I love about this book is that it is very ambitious – in fact, it just might be one of the most ambitious self-care books I have ever read.
The author argues that by taking care of our soul and spirit, we can (and should!) put our best foot forward in the fight for social justice and lasting change. Tygielski writes that a group of people with healthy souls, minds, and bodies is our greatest chance of driving society towards true justice.
If I had to describe this book with one word, I would use the word “inspiration”. Lots of people feel as if self-care is something that does not make a difference in the grand scheme of things.
Well, read this book and learn why taking care of yourself might just be a massive gift for the whole society.
“10% Happier” by Dan Harris
This book is written by the legendary American news anchor Dan Harris. Harris was once asked to cover a story on spirituality gurus, which led him to interview such icons as Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra. One thing led to another, and Harris soon found himself experimenting with various spiritual practices such as meditation and mindfulness.
The author’s account of his experience with spirituality can be described as humorous, and even self-deprecating at times. This kind of tone makes the book a great fit for people who are skeptical about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. After all, our author himself was a strong skeptic at first.
Like many other works on our list of best mindfulness books of 2022, “10% Happier” is part memoir and part self-help.
This book does not promise rainbows and butterflies after sitting with your eyes closed for 5 minutes. Instead, Harris writes about how you can make small improvements to your life with mindfulness and meditation.
All things considered, “10% Happier” is my go-to suggestion for people skeptical of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
"Outsmart Your Pain" by Christiane Wolf
This book focuses on mindfulness as a treatment for chronic pain. The author calls us to reimagine our relationship with the pain in our lives, both physical and mental.
With books like these, I always need to emphasize that they are not a substitute for a doctor and medications that you need to take. To get the most benefits, treat this book as a helpful companion on your way to getting better, not the cure itself. I am speaking from experience when I say that the body responds the best to a combined treatment – spiritual practices and traditional Western medicine.
In addition to physical pain, the author also talks about how mindfulness can be used to decrease stress and anxiety, which are often associated with chronic pain.
“Outsmart Your Pain” comes with an array of examples, exercises, and other helpful advice for those looking to incorporate mindfulness practices into their lives. It is a must-read for anyone looking to redefine their relationship with their physical health.
"Savor Every Bite: Mindful Ways to Eat, Love Your Body, and Live with Joy" by Lynn Rossy
This book focuses on mindful eating or bringing awareness to how we eat, why we eat certain foods, and what emotions come with it. The book is tailor-made for people who struggle with emotional eating or are having a difficult time understanding their relationship with food.
In addition to this, the book also provides a series of insightful exercises and tips for incorporating mindfulness into daily life.
What I love about this book is the structure of it – the chapters are bite-sized and never overwhelm you with information. Also, appreciate that the author never gets preachy on the subject. I have read many books about the relationship between the soul and food. Unfortunately, a lot of these books are seemingly written by someone who has never struggled with food in their life.
“Savor Every Bite” is not one of those books. The author clearly knows what she is talking about.
“Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon-Kabat Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn is featured twice on our list of best mindfulness books for beginners. This is not a coincidence since Kabat-Zinn just happens to be one of my favorite experts on mindfulness and meditation.
When compared to “Wherever You Go, There You Are”, this one is a slightly heavier read. Here, Kabat-Zinn writes about his experience treating people who suffer chronic pain, severe stress, and mental trauma. He explains in great detail which mindfulness practices he has taught to these patients and how these practices have been helpful in treating them. Of course, Kabat-Zinn also shows us how to use these techniques in our own lives.
For anyone interested in mindfulness, I suggest you read both books by Kabat-Zinn featured on this list. Start with “Wherever You Are, There You Go” and read “Full Catastrophe Living” next.
These two works have stood the test of time for a clear reason – they provide the reader with a very clear and honest introduction to mindfulness.
If you’re looking for a way to ease into mindfulness, any of these books would be a great place to start.
Mindfulness can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or experience. Whether you’re looking to reduce stress and anxiety, improve your focus and productivity, or just live in the present moment, mindfulness can help.
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up one of these mindfulness books for beginners today and start reaping the benefits of living a more fulfilling life!