Mindful Health is about making your health an actual priority, not something you try to squeeze in if the demands of your workday allow it. It is about prioritizing your physical health – largely through exercise, good food and enough rest – and about prioritizing your mental health – largely through meditation to cultivate calm, awareness and compassion. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything
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10% Happier : How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story – Dan Harris
This is the book that sent me down the meditation rabbit hole. An accessible and easy read, told with humour and wisdom. Great if you’re curious to learn more about meditation.
Full Catastrophe Living : Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness – Jon Kabat-Zinn
This is the ultimate mindfulness and meditation handbook. I wouldn’t start with this one if you are new to meditation, but if you’re ready for a deeper dive and for learning more about the science behind meditation this is an essential read. Packed with insight that I return to time and time again.
After years of teaching introductory psychology at the University of Virginia, Haidt wrote this book to distill down the key lessons of human psychology 101. Covers ancient philosophy, modern science and the formula for happiness, all told in a highly accessible and interesting way.
Four simple guidelines for a life well lived. A quick and easy read with a lasting impact. These little gems of wisdom pop up in my day often and I’m so glad they do.
This is a deep existential read on consciousness and the journey within. It’s a powerful teacher on how our thought patterns and emotions shape our lives. Also check out The Surrender Experience, Singer’s life story, for a more accessible read on how to let go and go with the flow.