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Illuminating Books That Teach How to Develop Mindfulness

Learn how to truly focus on the moment.

Letting go of all our ongoing mental distractions and worries that lurk on the back of our heads daily sounds like something way too good to be true. Your worries these days appear to be an integral part of your mental process. Can one even forget about them for a little while? Of course, you can, in fact, do so. Mindfulness is a way of thinking that only requires you to think in the present moment, focus all your mental energies in it, and that’s it.

It advocates for solely concentrating on the now. Forget about worries unrelated to the moment at hand and watch yourself flourish with productivity. But is it even possible? Yes! It is not some tricky new age concept, it is a little science developed by mind practitioner who have written all about it in these books. Check them out and learn how to be present in this very moment.

#1 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now delves deep into mindfulness around time: how to remain in the present moment and use that groundedness to resolve anxiety so that we can become our most powerful, proactive self. Weaving in examples from the major spiritual traditions of the world, Tolle demonstrates that only by releasing our need to fix the past and control the future can we truly embrace the gift of each present moment.

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#2 Best Self: Be You, Only Better By Coach Mike Bayer

Best Self: Be You, Only Better By Coach Mike Bayer
I recommend this book due to its positive thinking on challenging issues, and ways to overcome your problems. Coach Mike is right there with you in ways you can relate to, and he discusses situations of everyday life with examples that are familiar to all of us. In this book Coach Mike helps you identify ways to overcome your obstacles in life.

Whether you are an athlete, looking for ways to de-stress, or lose weight, this is an important read to help you develop self-care methods and achieve your goals. As the Team Chiropractor for the Blackthorn Rugby Team, we recommend setting achievable goals for our athletes, and this book reinforces that. states Dr. Conrad.

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#3 Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance By Emily Fletcher

Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance By Emily Fletcher
This book is an effective tool in identifying ways to be more productive, and help remove stress from your daily life. Emily Fletcher shows you ways how meditation and positive thinking can help not only reduce stress, but improve your health, improve mindfullness, and deal with everyday obstacles in a way most people can relate to.

We recommend this with our patients during their physical rehabilitation program to help develop healthy habits and positive thinking states Dr. Allen Conrad, BS, DC, CSCS, the owner of Montgomery County Chiropractic Center.

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#4 The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
The Joy of Living teaches you simple practices and meditations to find more joy and happiness in your day to day life. What makes this book unique is its union of Buddhist philosophy and modern science and the explanations of why mindfulness and meditation work from both perspectives.

This book was a joy to read and some of it made me laugh, some made me emotional, and it really inspired me to continue working on becoming a better person. The essence of the Joy of Living is that everyone wants happiness, and unfortunately most of us don’t have the first clue on how to create lasting happiness. This book makes it abundantly clear.

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#5 May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
This book is the perfect beginners’ guide to practicing mindfulness in your daily life. It walks you through forty days of strategic daily exercises, resources and routines to go from being clueless about mindfulness, to living in a state of awakened conscious awareness.

The best part is that it’s geared towards absolute beginners so you can customise the program to do as much or as little as you’re comfortable doing. All you need is at least ten minutes a day to get started.

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#6 Stress Less. Achieve More by Aimee Bernstein

Stress Less. Achieve More by Aimee Bernstein
This book’s mindfulness-in-action approach provides an inner map and embodied practices for both individuals and business teams to turn pressure – the energy of change– from an enemy into an ally. This inner map can be practiced any time and during any activity. *Stress Less Achieve More* is a practical and profound guide for handling the multiple demands and pressures of a busy life.

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#7 Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab

Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab
Dr. Raab offers you a blueprint for transforming your life through writing. Her insightful book is full of great writing prompts to help you gain clarity of past events in your life, and the emotions associated with them. Writing for Bliss takes transformation through writing to another level. It will help you remove the thorns in your psyche, so you can free yourself from the bondage of your past, and realise true inner peace and happiness. I highly recommend her new book!

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#8 Nice Start: Questions Only You Can Answer to Create the Life Only You Can Live by Mark Chussil

Nice Start: Questions Only You Can Answer to Create the Life Only You Can Live by Mark Chussil
A 15-year-old stranger said two words to me, and from those words came this book. I wrote Nice Start because I wanted to read Nice Start. It reminds me that I am not just the roles I play: teacher, consultant, citizen, Ivy League graduate, traveler, consumer, taxpayer. It reminds me that I don’t have a personal life and a job life. I am a human being, and I am creating my life.

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#9 Mind Moxie: How to Help You Master What’s Mastering You by Crystal Van Kempen-McClanahan

Mind Moxie: How to Help You Master What's Mastering You by Crystal Van Kempen-McClanahan
Mind Moxie lays out the case for how our thinking has created the life we have. Self-defeating thoughts sabotage our health, wealth, and relationships. Mind Moxie will help you gain control of your life when you learn to discipline your mind.

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#10 The Successful Woman’s Mindset by Galit Ventura-Rozen

The Successful Woman’s Mindset by Galit Ventura-Rozen
This book takes the readers on a journey of realising they are their biggest limitation in succeeding in their life, business and/or career. That we have a way of standing in our own way to success. That what you need to succeed is already within you. It shares 21 characteristics of the mind, how changing one thought can change everything. How activating your power within is truly up to you and will always be

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#11 A Moment for Mom by Alice Langholt

A Moment for Mom by Alice Langholt
This book helps busy moms find 30 seconds to become mindful about every aspect of the life as a mother.

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#12 365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle

365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle
In 365 Days of Happiness, author, energy healer, and mindfulness teacher Jacqueline Pirtle has created daily inspirations that help you mindfully work towards living a more vivid experience of daily happiness. Showing that you can put in work to change your life while having fun, the practices are full of whimsy and delight. Each day teaches you to find happiness, use those sour lemons, and shift yourself into a “high for life” frequency where you can reach happiness anywhere at any time.

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#13 A Moment for Teachers by Alice Langholt

A Moment for Teachers by Alice Langholt
This book helps busy teachers bring mindfulness to the classroom, for themselves, and their students in 30 second, impactful increments.

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#14 KARATE – BENEATH THE SURFACE by Roy K Kamen

KARATE - BENEATH THE SURFACE by Roy K Kamen
Martial Arts are brutal and deadly forms of fighting, however, they also contain the potential to go beyond the surface of skin and bones defensive and aggressive physical techniques, by tapping into a well of emotional and spiritual energy that strengthens the physical motion, while elevating character and personal growth.

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#15 Self Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal By Insight Editions

Self Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal By Insight Editions
I recommend this book to start a positive spring 2019 as a way to help develop healthy habits. This self-care journal encourages general well being and mindfulness to help organize a busy lifestyle and set boundaries and goals.

It promotes positive thinking, ways to overcome challenges, taking better care of yourself, and a path towards improved self-care. A great way to start off spring 2019 with a productive first step towards wellness states Dr. Allen Conrad,BS, DC, CSCS, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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#16 A Moment for Success by Alice Langholt

A Moment for Success by Alice Langholt
This book helps people in the corporate world use mindfulness techniques in brief increments to have powerful effects on the factors that encourage success.

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#17 Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson

Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson is one of the foremost experts on ACT (acceptance & commitment therapy). He does a great job of explaining the neuroscience of happiness and helps to break down the best ways to create happiness, using mindfulness techniques.

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#18 Achieving Your Dreams by Controlling Your Mind by Anand Bhatt

Achieving Your Dreams by Controlling Your Mind by Anand Bhatt
Mindfulness is not just for relaxing. Anand Bhatt gives us a step-by-step guide on how to correctly achieve our dreams. Mysticism debunked! This is a practical and usable guide for accessing the power of your mind in a foolproof way to accomplish your goals.

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#19 Be The Bigger Person by Avni Parekh

Be The Bigger Person by Avni Parekh
Self-help book, “Be The Bigger Person” by Avni Parekh is an easy-to-read book for managing the damaging effects of negative experiences, cultivating mindfulness and living a happy life. Topics vary from family, friend, and relationship issues to worries felt at work and school, problems dealt with traveling, driving and even public places — and more.

By the time you reach the end of the book, you’ll have gained insight into 150 scenarios whether you’ve experienced them or not, offering you a clear and unbiased perspective of the situations affecting you and how to overcome them while keeping your sanity intact.

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#20 The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
The Untethered Soul will help you realize that you are not your thoughts and you don’t have to believe everything that you think. If you’re looking for a way to quiet the noise in your head and let go of anxiety, this is the book to get. Plus, it’s something you can read over and over again because the anecdotes apply to your life as it evolves.

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#21 Better Apart; The Radically Positive Way to Separate, Gabrielle Hartley and Elena Brower

Better Apart; The Radically Positive Way to Separate, Gabrielle Hartley and Elena Brower
Better Apart is the first book to integrate mindfulness, meditation and yoga together with legal wisdom and practical advice. It is specifically designed to help anyone navigating the difficult waters of separation or divorce with grace and ease. Better yet, it is full of carefully curated practices that you can use to actually turn your divorce around as a springboard to the rest of your beautiful life.

This book is a game changer. Gabrielle’s fresh perspective and practices adeptly smashes the stigma around divorce. Her mindfulness practices are simple and accessible for all. She uplifts the reader and sets her on the course for a fulfilling future going forward.

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Contributors to this article
Liza Baker from Simply: Health Coaching

Allen Conrad from Montgomery County Chiropractic Center

Nathan Walz from Journey to Optimal Health

Marisa Imon from Marisa Imon, LLC

Diana Daffner from Intimacy Retreats

Diana Raab from Diana Raab, PhD

Mark Chussil from NiceStart

Crystal Van Kempen-McClanahan from My Moxie Life

GalitVentura-Rozen from Empowering U

Alice Langholt from Dr. Alice Langholt

Jacqueline Pirtle from FreakyHealer

Alice Langholt from Dr. Alice Langholt

Roy Kenneth kamen from KARATE: BENEATH THE SURFACE

Allen Conrad from Montgomery County Chiropractic Center

Alice Langholt from Dr. Alice Langholt

Ilya Fishman from Notion Fitness

Andy Desai from SW & Associates Public Relations

Avni Parekh from Be The Bigger Person

Parker Horveath from Ambrosia Treatment Center

Susan E. Guthrie from Breaking Free Mediation Services, Inc.

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