The practice of mindfulness — paying attention to the present moment without judgment — can improve your mood, help you manage anxiety and stress, reduce pain, and even give your immune system a boost.
Being present is a happy side effect of practicing more mindful drinking habits, too.
These five books on mindfulness offer great insights on practicing this powerful lifestyle strategy and bringing its benefits to all aspects of your life.
Tolle’s best-known book, The Power of Now, has already helped to change many lives for the better. Written with Tolle’s characteristic flair, the themes draw from philosophy, spirituality, and religion to provide advice for how to make every moment count and live in the present.
Dan Harris famously had a panic attack on live television back in 2004. That fateful moment forever altered his world view and led him on a journey of self-discovery and healing. In his book 10% Happier, he takes the reader along his path from panic-ridden news anchor to meditation advocate, using wit, charm, and science-backed prose. It is sure to capture your attention and your mind!
Michael Singer is a former software engineer turned motivational speaker. His book The Untethered Soul is a fascinating dive into the mind. It explores how our thoughts and concepts of self are formed. Singer’s writing style is easy to digest, making the most complicated ideas simple to understand.
Heart-wrenching yet uplifting, Laura McKowen’s debut memoir We are the Luckiest is a hard look at how we can lose control when we don’t acknowledge our true selves. Her courageous and matter-of-fact storytelling anchors a harrowing tale of addiction, recovery, and the beauty of finding ourselves in the present.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and activist. The quintessential guide to mindfulness, The Miracle of Mindfulness finds itself on many a book list. For anyone looking to understand mindfulness at its core and practice it, this is the best introductory text you can get!
While “mindfulness” gets thrown around a lot as a buzzword, it’s essential to acknowledge how advantageous it is to be present, grateful, and engaged moment to moment. Small, 5-minute check-ins with yourself can yield tremendous results, including making different choices when it comes to alcohol. When you practice being aware of your surroundings, you’ll find very little desire to escape!
Cheers and Happy Reading.