16 Meditation Books to Help You De-Stress and Find Focus

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative ThinkingDeclutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Our inner voice helps us navigate tricky decisions and work out what we want to say before it comes out of our mouths, but when it turns into a panicked monologue, it can severely impact our quality of life. For anyone who feels too riddled with anxiety and worried thoughts to sit down and meditate, Declutter Your Mind is a wonderful tool to help you remove distractions, cut down on the mental chatter, and reclaim that space for calm contemplation.

If you prefer reading novels to philosophy texts, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a wonderful place to start on the journey to mindfulness. Touted for its pacing, narrative voice, and easily digestible concepts, this story of a father and son on a motorcycle trip serves as a metaphor for the underlying questions about the purpose and true nature of humanity.

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a DayGet Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day

Meditation, though a powerful tool, is not all that complicated to execute. Andy Puddicombe, founder of the Headspace app (and former Buddhist monk), argues that 10 minutes a day of quiet, focused breathing can make a world of difference in a busy life. This book breaks meditation down into very simple concepts, using analogies and stories to illustrate the point.

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

This eloquent memoir from neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi reflects on finding joy and beauty in life, as well as reconciling with one’s own mortality. Published posthumously, it is a philosophically insightful book, and also a true affirmation on the value of a life lived to the fullest.

Balance: Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1

Balance: Angie's Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1

Find your own stress-free, meditative flow with Angie Grace’s book of mandalas. The longer you work on coloring in one of its gorgeously illustrated designs, the more you’ll feel your stress melt away, leaving you with beautiful art to admire once you’re finished!

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

 

If you’re looking for advice on how to de-stress that’s more down-to-earth than spiritually focused, turn to the straight-talking guru of self-help, Dale Carnegie. Written in a friendly and upbeat voice, he dispenses practical wisdom in each chapter, allowing you to more easily meditate without sweating the small stuff.

52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy

52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy

Journaling is a great way to get in deeper touch with yourself, and to calm down your thoughts when your brain is feeling frazzled. If free-form writing feels too much like work, we suggest picking up Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists for Happiness. Each entry in this gorgeous list-making journal gives you a positivity-focused prompt to help you focus on the things in life that bring you the most joy.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

This top-rated read is all about looking inward. It helps readers understand their inner selves, and how to sit with their energy in meditation, even when it seems incredibly difficult. Anyone who feels like they fixate far too much on the little things would benefit greatly from the teachings in this book.

Real Happiness

Real Happiness

 Those at the beginning stage of their meditation journey will find Real Happiness approachable and easy to incorporate into a busy life. The book’s month-long program will help to change your state of being in order to unveil a more centered you.

Wherever You Go There You Are

Wherever You Go There You Are

This best-seller introduces readers to a deeper practice to help them significantly reduce their everyday stressors. Author Jon Kabat-Zinn places a big emphasis on the concept of being and not doing, using meditation as a means to become more present.

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