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New year, new you!
The start of a new year is a great time for new beginnings and there is hardly a better way to kick off a fresh start than by cleansing your mind. But where do you even begin? Meditation and mindfulness are ancient traditions rooted in Eastern spirituality and is a great way to become in tune with yourself and rewire your brain for happiness and success - what ever that word means to you.
It’s important to remember that the ancient Eastern traditions of mindfulness and meditation are much more than buzzwords or current fads. Even though they have been modified to fit the today’s Western society, we should educate ourselves to further cultivate respect for the practices.
There are many different types of meditation, from mindfulness meditation to Buddhist, Taoist and even Christian styles, so if you’re just starting out on this journey, it can be all too easy to get lost in the sea of information. The internet is filled with shortcuts and advice on finding the right style for you, but there is nothing more personal and soul-satisfying than picking up a good book.
So, if you’re new to meditation, here are a few good reads to help inspire you on the road to inner peace.
01. Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel
A #1 Best Seller on Amazon, Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel is a meditative journal perfect for creatives and artists who wish to explore mindfulness and intentional living. Patel, a Nashville-based author known for her hand-lettering and success as a stationary artist, invites readers into self-exploration and mindful practices through vibrant imagery, inspirational quotes, and open-ended prompts with space for journaling.
A bright, calming, and truly thought-proving work, Patel’s creation is a great introduction to mindfulness and meditation.
02. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness
Headspace’s founder, Andy Puddicombe, is a former Buddhist monk with many years of experience teaching the practice. Andy began his meditative journey much like the rest of us – a regular, busy guy with everyday problems and stress. He does a marvelous job of introducing the topic of mindfulness with stories from his own life and helping people understand just how powerful 10 minutes per day can be.
03. The Little Book Of Mindfulness
Fast, easy, accessible way to start mindfulness. There are a lot of theory on mindfulness and there are a lot of readings out there that talk about the ideology much much more. However, this is great for on the go. And honestly, at the end of the day, it's not about how much you know, it's just about practicing mindfulness, which takes time, take practice to just get used to. Bring these simple 5- and 10-minute practices into your day to find freedom from stress and ultimately, more peace in your life.
04. The Power of Now
It's no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.
05. Real World Mindfulness for Beginners
Real World Mindfulness is a wonderful compendium of applied mindfulness resources. Editor Brenda Salgado has brought together a wonderful range of wise, contemporary voices on timeless topics like how to handle difficult emotions and how to change painful habit patterns. The guidance offered here will benefit anyone seeking practical mindfulness techniques for everyday contemporary living.”