7 of my Favourite Mindful Reads

These 7 reads are a few of my mindful favorite’s. Check them out, and let me know what you think!

Sharon Salzberg is a best selling author,  meditation teacher and important voice in the mindfulness movement. Real Happiness at Work skillfully addresses the tricky balance many of us feel while walking the realities of  ‘accomplishment, achievement, and peace’. Filled with lots of great ideas on how to weave more happiness into the workplace, it’s a wonderful read.Workman Publishing, 2011.

Sharon Begley is widely respected for her ability to communicate science to the public. Former science columnist for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and theWall Street Journal, she is currently senior science writer at Stat, the life sciences publication of theBoston Globe.   Train Your Mind Change Your Brain isn’t a light read, but definitely worth digging into. Random House, 2008.

This charming book can be read front to back, or by sampling a few chapters now and then. Filled with wonderful suggestions and practices to help you explore ‘being mindful’, it’s a great reference for home or work. How to Train a Wild Elephant is written by Jan Chozen Bay MD – a physician and Zen teacher, providing a guide for experimenting with mindfulness. Shambhala Publications, 2011.

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Full Catastrophe Living, is written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.  who is widely respected as one of the most important leaders in the mindfulness movement. As the founder of the MBSR  (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) program, his work has seeded the ground for the spread of mindful awareness into mainstream institutions such as hospitals, schools, universities, corporations, prisons etc.Random House, 1990.

Written by Sue Smalley, Ph.D. and Diana Winston,Fully Present provides a great balance of explaining the science, while offering advice on how to integrate mindfulness in your day to day life. Sue Smalley’s commitment to mindfulness in both her own life and as a field of research interest lead to the creation of the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA.   The center offers free online guided meditation programs, drop in sessions, and more! Perseus, 2010.

I love a cookbook that’s fun to read, and this is one of my favourites. Considered a classic by many, theTassajara Cookbook is written and compiled by Edward Espe Brown, chef at California’s Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. The Center is renowned for its gourmet vegetarian cuisine. Not only a great cookbook, it’s also filled with Espe Brown’s insights into ‘cooking with joyful intention & attention’.  Shambhala Publications, 2011.

And finally, a plug for Mindful. This bi-monthly publication can be found on newsstands or by subscription. It’s also available online, and they offer an informative and helpful weekly newsletter for free. Check it out!