Best Books on Mindfulness: 15 Books on How to Be Present (2020)

Best Books On Mindfulness

Best Books On Mindfulness

If I could give 18-year-old Arthur one piece of advice – heck, if I could give 32-year-old Arthur one piece of advice – and have it REALLY sink in, that advice would be this:

“You are enough, just as you are.”

It’s easier said than believed. But doing so is essential to everything. It’s the key to the rest of this blog. It’s the foundation of interdependence. It’s the inner journey which lets us mature past a tortured and stunted expression of our suffering.

It’s also the secret you’ll discover again and again and again from this list of the best books on mindfulness. It’s the courage to lean in to the sharp bits. It’s the boldness to be here, right now. It’s the wisdom to know this is so, it cannot be otherwise and it tool shall pass.

I’m definitely not there yet 🤣 but whatever progress I’ve made can largely be traced to the words, work and wisdom of some of the wonderful teachers below.

I hope you enjoy them as I have. I hope that you find what you’re looking for. And above all, I hope you discover what I’m still trying to learn for myself:

That you are human and you are complicated and you are flawed.

And it’s those things that make you so wonderful.

You are enough, just as you are.

P.s., As always, I LOVE book recommendations so if there’s something I’ve missed that you feel deserves a top spot, leave a comment. If I don’t know about it, I’ll add it to my master list and it might make the next cut of the post.

F2M’s 15 Best Books on Mindfulness

NOTE: These are the top 15 books from a long-list of over 150 top picks. To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by a combination of what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice (first publication date).

  1. Peace Is Every Step (1990), Thich Nhat Hanh
    The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
    160 pages. Rated 4.3 over 26,100 reviews on Goodreads.
  2. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (1970), Shunryu Suzuki
    Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
    138 pages. Rated 4.2 over 33,300 reviews on Goodreads.
  3. The Miracle of Mindfulness (1975), Thich Nhat Hanh
    An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
    140 pages. Rated 4.3 over 21,000 reviews on Goodreads.
  4. When Things Fall Apart (1996), Pema Chödrön
    Heart Advice for Difficult Times
    160 pages. Rated 4.3 over 31,800 reviews on Goodreads.
  5. Siddhartha (1922), Hermann Hesse
    152 pages. Rated 4.0 over 540,100 reviews on Goodreads.
  6. Start Where You Are (1994), Pema Chödrön
    A Guide to Compassionate Living
    176 pages. Rated 4.3 over 8,900 reviews on Goodreads.
  7. The Four Agreements (1997), Miguel Ruiz (Summary)
    A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
    A provocative and mind-altering Toltec guide to waking up and finding peace in our illusory world, by reitred surgeon, author and Eagle-Knight shaman, Don Miguel Ruiz.
    168 pages. Rated 4.2 over 173,800 reviews on Goodreads.
  8. The Power of Now (1997), Eckhart Tolle
    A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
    229 pages. Rated 4.1 over 179,600 reviews on Goodreads.
  9. The Art of Happiness (1998), Dalai Lama XIV
    336 pages. Rated 4.2 over 85,800 reviews on Goodreads.
  10. Mindfulness in Plain English (1992), Henepola Gunaratana
    208 pages. Rated 4.2 over 11,600 reviews on Goodreads.
  11. Wherever You Go, There You Are (1994), Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
    304 pages. Rated 4.1 over 33,500 reviews on Goodreads.
  12. The Places That Scare You (2001), Pema Chödrön
    A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
    187 pages. Rated 4.3 over 13,600 reviews on Goodreads.
  13. The Untethered Soul (2007), Michael A. Singer
    The Journey Beyond Yourself
    200 pages. Rated 4.2 over 40,200 reviews on Goodreads.
  14. Full Catastrophe Living (1990), Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
    722 pages. Rated 4.2 over 10,100 reviews on Goodreads.
  15. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (1969), Nyanaponika Thera
    The Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness
    288 pages. Rated 4.3 over 300 reviews on Goodreads.

II. Best Books Of All Time

These are the overall best books to read (by type).

III. Best Nonfiction Books (A-Z)

These are the best nonfiction books to read (by topic).

IV. Best Fiction Books (A-Z)

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Or, you can read all my book recommendations.
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