13 Books, Websites + Apps for Developing Your Mindfulness Practice
October 19, 20184 min read
When you hear the definition of mindfulness—paying attention to and accepting the present moment exactly as it is, on purpose—it sounds pretty simple. But when it comes to actually practicing mindfulness, it can be a little more challenging than that. Primarily because our brains are hard-wired to work on overdrive, rehashing the past and worrying about the future on an almost continual basis. Add to that the advances of technology—which have a tendency to keep us distracted from the present moment rather than living fully in it—and mindfulness becomes even more difficult to practice in this increasingly digital world.
Fortunately, there are a lot of great resources out there for strengthening your mindfulness practice, whether you’re a mindfulness newbie or someone who’s been at it for years. Although there are almost too many to count, here’s a quick roundup of 13 of our favorite books, websites, podcasts, apps + more for creating and maintaining a mindfulness practice (in no particular order!):
Wherever You Go There You Areby Jon Kabat-Zinn Written by the founder of modern-day mindfulness, this book is a great starting place for anyone interested in developing a mindfulness practice. It not only helps you understand what mindfulness truly is—and why it’s important—but also helps you incorporate it into everyday life.
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh In one of his many incredible books, the Zen master gives practical tips for learning how to be mindful, aware and grounded in the present moment—whether you’re washing the dishes or taking a stroll through the park.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer A guide to discovering greater peace, serenity and happiness through the art of living in the now, this book helps you let go of the pain and distractions that hold you back from remaining mindful and unleashing your true, authentic self.
The Power of Nowby Eckhart Tolle This book takes you on a journey toward finding your true self, enhancing your spirituality and realizing the potential of your personal growth—all through the practice of mindfulness and remaining present.
10 Percent Happier by Dan Harris Perfect for anyone who’s brand new to mindfulness (or admittedly a little skeptical of it), this book was inspired by author and Nightline anchor Dan Harris, who turned to mindfulness and meditation after experiencing a nervous breakdown live on air. It gives a real-world look at how a mindfulness practice can reduce stress and improve happiness.
Headspace If you’re the kind of person who’s on their phone a lot anyway, a meditation app like Headspace is the perfect way to inject a little more mindfulness into your life on a daily basis. Headspace is filled with 100s of themed mindfulness sessions and guided meditations at the tap of a finger, and is a great way to get started building your own practice. You can download it for free on the App Store or Google Play.
Calm Updated with a new guided meditation every day, this app is filled with audio meditations, sleep stories, relaxation music and more. Try the “7 Days of Calm” class to learn the basics of mindfulness meditation; listen to one of the Calm Masterclasses on topics like “The Power of Rest” and “Breaking Bad Habits”; or watch a “Calm Body” video for mini lessons on mindful movement. Download it now in the App Store.
Omvana Filled with everything from guided meditations to inspirational speeches, Omvana curates a customized library of audio tracks that help you relax, focus and meditate. And it doesn’t just help with mindfulness. It’s also great for improving sleep, productivity, focus and inspiration. Download it in the App Store or Google Play, or sign up for the web version at www.omvana.com.
Zencast This podcast series features 45-minute talks on topics like “Wholehearted Dedication to the Task at Hand” and “The Art of Concentration,” with a variety of hosts (including Jack Kornfield). Download it for free on iTunes.
Meditation Oasis Featuring guided meditations, meditation music and more, this podcast is led by long-time meditation teachers Mary and Richard Maddux. Download episodes for free on iTunes and Google Play.
mindful.org This website is the online home for Mindful magazine, and is filled with articles and tools to help you get started on your mindfulness journey and deepen your practice.
Elisha Goldstein + The Center for Mindful Living As the co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, Elisha Goldstein is a valuable resource for all things mindfulness. His website is filled with articles, audio tracks and videos that help improve your ability to stay present and bring mindfulness into your every life. Keep an eye out for his “A Course in Mindful Living,” hosted a few times a year. This 6-month coaching and mentorship program helps you use mindfulness to make meaningful changes in your life.
Mrs. Mindfulness Speaker, mindfulness + meditation teacher, and co-founder of The Mindfulness Summit conference, Melli OBrien has a wealth of knowledge on the topic of mindfulness—all of which she shares on this interactive website. Watch mindfulness masterclass videos, get free mindfulness meditations and enroll in her “7 Days of Mindfulness” course for free.
What are your favorite mindfulness resources? Share them with us in the comments section!