Creating a Mindful Library
A sampling of essential books—both new and classic—specifically for those interested in living mindfully.
This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators of the intergration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of "mindsight," the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. From anxiety to depression and feelings of shame and inadequacy, from mood swings to addictions, OCD, and traumatic memories, most of us have a mental "trap" that causes recurring conflict in our lives and relationships. Daniel J. Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, shows us how to use mindsight to escape these traps.
In Fully Present, leading mindfulness researchers and educators Dr. Sue Smalley and Diana Winston provide an all-in-one guide for anyone interested in bringing mindfulness to daily life as a means of enhancing well-being. Fully Present provides both a scientific explanation for how mindfulness positively and powerfully affects the brain and the body as well as practical guidance to develop both a practice and mindfulness in daily living, not only through meditation but also during daily experiences, such as waiting in line at the supermarket, exercising, or facing difficult news.
Radical in its implications, this original and important work may change forever the views we hold about the nature of learning. In The Power of Mindful Learning, Ellen Langer uses her innovative theory of mindfulness, introduced in her influential earlier book to dramatically enhance the way we learn. In business, sports, laboratories, or at home, our learning is hobbled by certain antiquated and pervasive misconceptions. In this pithy, liberating, and delightful book she gives us a fresh, new view of learning in the broadest sense.
The psychological benefits of mindfulness are well established. Yet for people who struggle with difficult emotions like anxiety, guilt, anger, loneliness, sadness, or low self-esteem, mindfulness practices can be enhanced by adding a simple yet powerful ingredient: self-compassion. Without it, we all too often respond to emotional suffering with self-criticism, shame, or defensiveness—tough-to-break habits that only make suffering worse. This wise, eloquent, and practical book illuminates the nature of self-compassion and offers easy-to-follow, scientifically grounded steps for incorporating it into daily life. Vivid examples and innovative exercises and techniques make this an ideal resource for readers new to mindfulness or those who want to bring an important new dimension to their practice.
256 pages, $26.99, ISBN 9780062116925
Google’s personal growth pioneer, Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) offers a proven program designed to enhance mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work. Meng originally developed the Search Inside Yourself program at Google to improve the personal and professional lives of employees by enhancing productivity, creativity, and ultimately day-to-day happiness through the practice of mindfulness. In a wholly unique, entertaining and affable program, Meng will guide the reader on a prescriptive journey inward.
Congressman Tim Ryan | Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
240 pages, $19.95, ISBN 9781401939298
In A Mindful Nation, Congressman Tim Ryan looks at the benefits of mindfulness—from the personal to the societal—and presents us with an inspiring view of our country’s future. He shows how the benefits of mindfulness apply to our country’s current challenges, and paints a picture of solutions that have been emerging as the mindfulness movement spreads through America’s hospitals, boardrooms, research labs, and army bases. With a hopeful vision for how mindfulness can reinvigorate our core American values and transform and revitalize our communities, Ryan shows that there is something simple we can do right here and right now to help ourselves and our country.
Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley
$25.95, ISBN 9781594630897
This long-awaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions- their origins, their power, and their malleability. For more than thirty years, Richard Davidson has been at the forefront of brain research. Now he gives us an entirely new model for understanding our emotions, as well as practical strategies we can use to change them. Davidson has discovered that personality is composed of six basic emotional "styles," including resilience, self-awareness, and attention. Our emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall. He explains the brain chemistry that underlies each style in order to give us a new model of the emotional brain, one that will even go so far as to affect the way we treat conditions like autism and depression. And, finally, he provides strategies we can use to change our own brains and emotions-if that is what we want to do. Written with bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting book gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.
Ten years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introdruction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. Now, with Coming to Our Senses, he provides the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our physical and spiritual wellbeing. With scientific rigor, poetic deftness, and compelling personal stories, Kabat-Zinn examines the mysteries and marvels of our minds and bodies, describing simple, intuitive ways in which we can come to a deeper understanding, through our senses, of our beauty, our genius, and our life path in a complicated, fear-driven, and rapidly changing world. Kabat-Zinn explores another facet of the great adventure of healing ourselves—and our world—through mindful awareness, with a focus on the "sensescapes" of our lives and how a more intentional awareness of the senses, including the human mind itself, allows us to live more fully and more authentically.
Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., RN. | Foreword by Joan Halifax, Ph.D.
140 pages, $16.95, ISBN 9781572249998
Written by a nurse, clinical scientist, and meditation practitioner with nearly thirty years of experience working with people from different faith traditions who have serious illnesses, Leaves Falling Gently shows how the cultivation of mindfulness and compassion can help these individuals to live fully, regardless of circumstances, with peace of mind, contentment, and connection with loved ones and with what matters most.
Respectful of the challenges and advantages that arise when you live or work in the city, Urban Mindfulness provides practical advice for transforming everyday experiences into opportunities for contemplation, stress relief, and fulfillment. Filled with insightful reflections and exercises you can do at work, at home, or even while riding the subway, this guide will help you achieve and maintain the sense of peace and calm that you've been seeking. You'll find yourself returning to this guide again and again for gentle reminders that will help you create stillness within yourself as the outside world rushes crazily by.
Being fully in each moment leads to peace and well-being—but it's harder than it sounds, especially in a world with constant demands on our time and attention. How do you practice mindfulness when you're faced with difficult coworkers, overwhelming schedules, or stubborn kids? In this book, Donald Altman brings the benefits of mindfulness down to earth and into everyday life. With fifty exercises and practices to build awareness and center attention, you will discover how to savor routine pleasures, build fulfillment in your work, enhance and heal relationships, change unhealthy habits, and connect to peace even in the midst of chaos or uncertainty.
Here for Now combines narrative with meditations and exercises. While there have been many books on meditation and perhaps even more on cancer, until now, there have been no books that apply the principles of mindfulness to living with this disease. This book has been a welcome addition to the body of work available to patients and healthcare practitioners alike. As a psychotherapist and cancer survivor, Elana Rosenbaum has become an international spokesperson for the use of mindfulness techniques in the treatment of cancer.
Jan Chozen Bays
240 pages, $14.00, ISBN 9781590308172
Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindful Eating, offers a guided program of simple daily mindfulness practices to reduce stress and enhance well-being. These exercises are intended to be used on week at a time, and though they may first seem inconsequential, these small changes can make a real difference to one’s sense of balance, clarity, and calm.
Jan Chozen Bays
208 pages, $18.95, ISBN 9781590305317
Right Here with You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into Our Relationships
Edited by Andrea Miller
240 pages, $16.95, ISBN 9781590309049
The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life
Edited by Barry Boyce
304 pages, $16.95, ISBN 9781590308899
Mindfulness is being applied in a variety of professional fields—from health care to education, from performing arts to business—to improve effectiveness and enhance well-being. Here is a collection of the best writing on what mindfulness is, why we should practice it, and how to apply it in daily life, from leading figures in the field. Selections include Jon Kabat-Zinn on the essence of mindfulness, stress reduction, and positive change; professor of psychiatry Daniel Siegel, MD, on how mindfulness benefits the brain; pioneering psychologist Ellen Langer on how mindfulness can change the understanding and treatment of disease; leadership coach Michael Carroll on practicing mindfulness at work; psychologist Daniel Goleman on a mindful approach to shopping and consuming, and more.
Thich Nhat Hanh
160 pages, $14.00, ISBN 9781590308387
Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, this book offers a range of simple, effective practices for cultivating mindfulness, including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. You Are Here also offers guidance on healing emotional pain and manifesting real love and compassion in our relationships with others.
304 pages, $13.95, ISBN 9781585425884
The Power of Kindness is a stirring examination of a simple but profound concept. Piero Ferrucci, one of the world's most respected transpersonal psychologists, explores the many surprising facets of kindness and argues that it is this trait that will not only lead to our own individual happiness and the happiness of those around us, but will guide us in a world that has become cold, anxious, difficult, and frightening. Amazon, BN, Indiebound, Books-a-million
240 pages, $14.95, ISBN 9781585429004
In this revelatory book, Lokos draws on years of Buddhist practice, as well as interviews with a wide range of people who have had their patience tested-and often sorely so-in order to discover where the heart of patience lies. A step-by-step guide to weathering life's storms from an inspiring spiritual teacher, Patience will help readers discover greater peace and contentment in their lives.
Amazon, BN, Indiebound, Books-a-million
How Philosophy Can Save Your Life
352 pages, $14.95, ISBN 9781585427468
This inspiring new book from the bestselling author of Little Big Minds reveals how the heartbeats of philosophy—clear thinking, quiet reflection, and good conversation—are essential ingredients in a well-lived life. Full of great discussion ideas and activities you can do with a group, How Philosophy Can Save Your Life is framed around ten "big ideas"—themes that, according to McCarty, are necessary to grasp if one wants to live a truly fulfilling life.
Amazon, BN, Indiebound, Books-a-million
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell, M. Ed.
272 pages, $14.95, ISBN 9781585422951
Born out of a series of parents' workshops that combined Siegel's cutting-edge research on how communication impacts brain development with Hartzell's thirty years of experience as a child-development specialist and parent educator, Parenting from the Inside Out guides parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children.
Amazon, BN, Indiebound, Books-a-million
Today we are experiencing extraordinary technological advances in the diagnosis and treatment of illness while at the same time learning to take more responsibility for our own health and well-being. In this book, Saki Santorelli, director of the nationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, explores the ancient roots of medicine, and shows us how to introduce mindfulness into the crucible of the healing relationship. His approach revolutionizes the dynamics between the patient and the practitioner. He also offers insights and effective methods for cultivating mindfulness in our everyday lives.
304 pages, $17.95, ISBN 9780861712922
Mindful Therapy offers ways in which therapists of every variety can mindfully care for themselves amid the challenges of their practice. Comprised of a useful, highly-readable balance of theoretical groundwork, personal experience, case studies, and practice exercises, this book is a welcome and much-needed addition to the literature for psychotherapists, therapists-in-training, and occupational therapists and other types of teachers.
By Deborah Schoeberlein
224 pages, $16.95, ISBN 9780861715671
Mindfulness has gone mainstream, and author Deborah Schoeberlein pioneers its practical application in education. By showing teachers how to tune into what's happening, inside and around them, she offers fresh, straightforward approaches to training attention and generating caring both in and outside of the classroom. This book is perfect for teachers of all kinds: schoolteachers, religious educators, coaches, parents-anyone who teaches anything.
By Lauren Alderfer | Illustrated by Kerry Lee MacLean
32 pages, $15.95, ISBN 9780861716838
This wonderful picture book for children and adults alike introduces the powerful practice of mindfulness in a fun and exciting way. With the delightful characters Monkey and his serene friend Happy Panda guiding readers to a calmer and more attentive mind, this whimsical yet universal and warm presentation will delight all readers.
Arnie Kozak, Ph.D
240 pages, $14.95, ISBN 9780861715763
This engaging and accessible little book presents 108 metaphors for mindfulness, meditation practice, the nature of the self, deep acceptance, and other related concepts that Dr. Kozak has cultivated over twenty-five years of meditating, practicing yoga, and working as a clinical psychologist. These mentally catchy metaphors can motivate us to practice, show us how and where to bring mindfulness to life in our personal experience, and help us employ powerful methods for transformation.
This vibrant and funny children's book is a playful and hilarious way to introduce children to the power of meditation. With full color illustrations by the author, Moody Cow Meditates is a wonderful book for parents and children to share together.