Mindfulness and Wellness Resources

Mindfulness books I strongly recommend to beginners:

  • Mindfulness in Plain English” by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. One of the most read and recommended book on mindfulness, for the way it explains what this practice is in a simple and accessible way.
  • Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach. One of the most beloved mindfulness teachers of the West. A must read for anyone who suffers from a harsh inner critic.
  • "Radical Compassion" by Tara Brach. A very illuminating read for understanding compassion and how to tap into it in moments of difficulty.
  • The Wise Heart” by Jack Kornfield. A comprehensive guide to mindfulness, written by one of the greatest teachers of the West, in his beautiful, flowing language full of touching stories.
  • Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness” by Sharon Salzberg. A must-read for anyone trying to understand the heart qualities we cultivate in mindfulness: lovingkindness, compassion, equanimity, joy and generosity.
  • "The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh. One of the most wonderful descriptions of mindfulness ever written. An inspiration and motivation to cultivate awareness and presence in our lives.
  • "Work: How to Find Joy and Meaning in Each Hour of the Day" by Thich Nhat Hanh. A short and truly wonderful guide to more meaning and mindfulness at work, written by one of the greatest teachers of mindfulness.
  • "Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere" by Jan Chozen Bays. A pocket-sized book of wonderful informal mindfulness practices that will help you bring this practice alive in every corner of your life.
  • Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse. A great literature piece on the life story of the Buddha; helps with understanding what mindfulness looks like when applied to the life of a person.
  • A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives” by Thupten Jinpa Phd. A simple guide to understanding compassion, its scientific benefits and applications to real life.
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by His Holiness Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams. A wonderful and easy-to-read book on joy, a conversation between 2 of the most influential spiritual leaders of the world.

Mindfulness books I strongly recommend to more experienced practitioners:

  • Awakening Together” by Larry Yang. A must-read for anyone who is looking to make mindfulness a multi-cultural, inclusive community practice.
  • How To Be Sick” by Toni Bernhard. If you are looking to be inspired to take on or sustain a mindfulness practice, read Toni's amazing story of how she used this practice to find joy in a life full of chronic health problems.
  • "The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace" by Jack Kornfield. A short and poetry-like collection of touching stories and quotes on our heart's deepest desires: forgiving, loving and peace.

Wellness books I strongly recommend:

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Other book recommendations:

  • "Breath by Breath" by Larry Yang.
  • "Breathe! You Are Alive" by Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • "When Things Fall Apart" by Pema Chödrön.
  • "Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
  • "Self-Compassion" by Kristin Neff.
  • "Open to Desire" Mark Epstein.
  • Poetry by Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Rupi Kaur - I recommend you read poetry as it makes us pause and opens the heart. You can find your own favorites :)

Talks and podcasts I recommend: