“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”
This zen proverb holds true more today than ever before. According to the 2015 report, the average American spends 40 minutes on Facebook and 25 minutes on Snapchat, a day. Woah. With statistics like that, the excuse that there is no time in the day to practice mindfulness is total bullshit!.
The lack of motivation to begin a mindfulness practice oftentimes is the root of the issue. Here are 5 books to introduce you to the subject of mindfulness and ease you into your own practice. These authors take Eastern philosophy and make it digestible for us Westerners.
Dan Harris is a host for Good Morning America and wrote 10% Happier to help people with the belief that you can still maintain your edge while being a mindful human. He once had a panic attack on life TV, and this is his exploration of mindfulness in the wake of that.
In an interview with Dan Harris and Sam Harris, Sam said he would prefer that readers read 10% Happier prior to Waking Up, as it is dedicated to convincing those skeptics of the benefits. Harris, a neuroscientist by profession, studies the path to enlightenment and the positive effects it can have.
Tara Brach is simply amazing. She brings her on personal experiences to Radical Acceptance, on her path of acceptance as well as her work in therapy. Her core belief is believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering, and this is the root of crippling self-judgement and unhappiness.
Eckhart Tolle is a very interesting dude who claims he found enlightenment while homeless on a park bench. Regardless of his story, he provides a self-help guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past or future. A much easier said than done approach, but still very powerful words.
This book was recommended while at a bar actually. It is a book for those who are spiritual but not religious, who are disillusioned by the state of the world, who are sick of their jobs, who like to drink and having sex and hate being preached at, who are striving to deepen their social interactions beyond the digital realms of Twitter and Facebook. Truly written for the millennial generation.
Pick one of these book and get started on your journey today. Read to decompress at night, or get the audio for your commute to work!
If you have another suggestion for the community, please post in the comments!