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Best Meditation Books

Looking for the best meditation books for beginners? Below you’ll find a curated list of good mediation books to read that will help you become a more present person, reduce anxiety and get out of your head.

Whether you’ve just started out with mediation practice or if you’ve been practicing for a few years, this list of best meditation and mindfulness books will show you new ways to control thoughts and become grounded.

The 10 Best Meditation Books for Beginners


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

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Synopsis: In this book, the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one’s own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments.


2. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris

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Synopsis: Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.


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

 

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Synopsis: In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise 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.


4. Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana

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Synopsis: Author Bhante Gunaratana, a renowned meditation master, takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and
benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. The book showcases Bhante’s trademark clarity and wit, as he explores the tool of meditation, what it does, and how to make it work.


5. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki

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Synopsis: So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it’s all about. An instant teaching on the first page. And that’s just the beginning.


6. Om Chanting and Meditation by Amit Ray

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Synopsis: The book provides some powerful Om chanting and meditation techniques to bring balance health and harmony in life.


7. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris

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Synopsis: For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.


8. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Synopsis: In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us.


9. The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science by Culadasa (John Yates) 

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Synopsis: Providing step-by-step guidance for every stage of the meditation path, this uniquely comprehensive guide for a Western audience combines the wisdom from the teachings of the Buddha with the latest research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience.


10. Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg

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Synopsis: Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress.


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