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How To Develop Mindfulness And 6 Books That Will Help You

Make more sense out of each passing moment in life. You’d be surprised to notice how much you’re actually missing.

As the famous saying goes,

“Prevention is better than cure.”

Mindfulness is the number one tool for prevention. But what is mindfulness? Well, if you ask me. It’s being consciously aware of what’s happening in the present. Training one’s attention to focus on what’s currently happening (like breathing, emotions, sensations) with the intent of reducing stress, anxiety, and negative feelings to ultimately promote relaxation, increase moment-to-moment perception and exercise better judgment. You’d be surprised to discover how most of the good things in life are available to you just by being mindful. And here we’ve compiled 9 amazing books to get you started immediately on this sublime journey to a seemingly different world only accessible through the simple act of mindfulness.

#1 10% Happier by Dan Harris

Written by Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America, this book is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. After having an on-air panic attack (during a nationally televised news report), Harris went on a personal journey to tame the voice in his head, reduce his stress, and ultimately discover a self-help technique that works. For Harris, the answer was mindfulness and meditation. Not only did I personally enjoy this book, but I often recommend it to my clients who are experiencing anxiety.

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Contributor: Harley Sears

#2 Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris

n this book, Dan and Jeff report on their cross-country road trip to dispel the myths and misconceptions ordinary people have about meditation. They travel across eighteen states interviewing would-be meditators -- including parents, police, military, and celebrities. This book contains simple step-by-step instructions on mindfulness and meditation.

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Contributor: Harley Sears

#3 Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself by Tsara Shelton

A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up by me. This is not a book teaching, or even specifically addressing, mindfulness. However, every single story is an example of being present and aware of thoughts, feelings, possibilities, and beliefs while living moments and stories in our lives. It's mostly creative non-fiction with a few fiction short stories near the end. The stories truly do mature as they grow more confident in the practice of mindfulness, a confidence and understanding that grows through parenting, writing, and being the sibling of people with autism.

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Contributor: Tsara Shelton 

#4 Inspire Yourself to Greatness by Lynette Louise

This is a uniquely powerful tool for understanding and practicing mindfulness! Written with candor, kindness, and cleverness it explores the science of our brains and beliefs while consistently including the reader in its prose and encouraging them to participate. There are several spaces allocated in the book specifically for the reader to write their ideas, quotes, beliefs, feelings, and dreams, keeping them aware and involved. The book helps guide and evolve its audience.

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Contributor: Tsara Shelton 

#5 Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

For anyone who is experienced in mindfulness and meditative practices and living or is a complete newbie, this book can provide endless value. It is literally the mindfulness' version of the Bible.

In it, you will be introduced to the science of mind-body medicine and it's wide-ranging application and therapeutic abilities. It touches upon just about every meaningful way it has and can benefit you physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and overall health.

With all of this new found knowledge and understanding, this book then takes you on the journey forward. With detailed instruction on the variety of ways to begin a mindfulness practice and continue on as you further gain experience.

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Contributor: Nicholas Rizzo from Run Repeat

#6 Waking Up by Sam Harris

If there was ever a book that was much needed in today's fast-paced and over stressed society, it is this one. Sam breaks down the illusions that we create for ourselves in this life. Ridding oneself of the false notion of the self is a critical realization that can help you start to actually live your life.

For those who are looking for a deeper reason or motivation to begin a mindfulness practice, this book is the one to use to awaken themselves.

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Contributor: Nicholas Rizzo from Run Repeat

#7 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

I am recommending this book because its a guide to living mindfully that anyone can understand and apply in their own lives. The four agreements he introduces and explores are the perfect place to start integrating mindfulness into your everyday life. They are; be impeccable with your word, don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions and always do your best.

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Contributor: Meg Josephson from Meg Josephson Therapy 

#8 Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

This book is the epitome of mindfulness and is simply timeless. Rilke poetically advises his young pen pal how to truly live in the moment by absorbing experiences and integrating them for future development. Few books have inspired so many men and women over the past generations as Letters to a Young Poet and it's easy to see why.

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Contributor: Sam M from Glacier Wellness

#9 Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) is a great motivational book! Meng was one of the original engineers at Google, who now leads a class at Google to teach employees all about health, happiness, and creativity. Which in turn has shown to drastically improve the livelihood and productivity of those working for one of the most successful businesses in the world.

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Contributor: Frank Butler from Finance Pal 

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