Unless you spent the whole of 2016 tucked away on a remote island somewhere with no internet access then you would have heard of terms such as hygge, clean eating and minimalism.
Every year there are certain lifestyle buzz words that seem to circulate around along with certain lifestyle trends. I mean if you didn’t get rid of 90% of your possessions in a Marie Kondo style frenzy then were you even alive in 2016?
One word that you will probably hear a lot more of in 2017 is Mindfulness.
‘The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something’
Mindfulness has been practised for centuries and is particularly popular with Buddhists as a form of meditation. It’s about being completely present in the here and now, without distractions or thoughts of the past or future.
The reason for its sudden popularity in the western world is mainly due to the advances in technology including social media and electronic devices. These days we are constantly surrounded by new information and ideas which can make it very hard for us to live in the moment.
How many times this week have you been completing a task, whether it be making a cup of tea, washing up or picking up your children from school and been thinking about something else whilst doing it?
We spend a disproportional amount of time either thinking about the future or dwelling on the past. How many times have you got to the end of the week and thought, where did that week go?
Mindfulness is about retraining your brain to live in the present moment. This may sound easy but it’s actually harder than you think. The brain has an amazing ability to wander and let in too much information in one go.
The aim of mindfulness is to learn to filter your thoughts.
‘Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.’ Oprah Winfrey
There are lots of different ways you can practise mindfulness. It’s all about finding a system that works for you. To help you I’ve put together a selection of books that will help you to get your mindfulness on.
The majority of the books are reading books but some are activity books to help focus your mind.
10 Mindfulness Books
Wherever You Go There You Are
Mindfulness meditation for everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
‘Mindfulness is considered the heart of Buddhist meditation. But its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to everyone. In Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in our lives, and awakening us to the unique beauty and possibilities of each present moment.’
The Power of Now
A guide to spiritual enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.
‘The phenomenal bestselling self-help book of its generation – for spiritual followers of the Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra. Eckhart Tolle demonstrates how to live a healthier and happier life by living in the present moment.’
The Mindfulness Puzzle Book
Relaxing puzzles to Destress and Unwind by Dr Gareth Moore.
‘Puzzle-solving is a favourite relaxation technique for many, and this book features a wide range of specially selected games to provide the perfect level of challenge and reward for your brain.’
The Little Pocket Book of Mindfulness
Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. Simply BE in the present with mindful meditation by Anna Black.
‘By adopting the ancient Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation, we can learn to pay attention to our daily experience and become more contented and fulfilled by daily activities.’
The Little Book of Mindfulness
10 minutes a day to less stress more peace by Dr Patrizia Collard.
‘This beautifully illustrated book will set you and your family on the road of mindfulness so you can lead a more mindful, peaceful and relaxed life.’
The Beautiful Thoughts of a Beautiful Mind Notebook
‘A gorgeous high-quality A4 notebook with a pastel coloured cover with cloud pattern and ‘the Beautiful thoughts of a Beautiful mind’ motif.’
Origami for Mindfulness
Colour and fold your way to inner peace by Mari Ono
‘Use mindful origami every day with these 35 projects designed to de-stress, calm and help you live in the moment.’
Mindfulness for Dummies
and if your still not getting it there is always mindfulness for dummies by Shamash Alidina.
‘Whether you’re looking to control your depression and anxiety levels, improve concentration and reduce stress, or just want to restore balance in your life, Mindfulness For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to slow down, become aware of what is going on around you and react effectively.’
Calming the Rush of Panic
A mindful-based stress reduction guide by Bob Stahl.
‘Introduces you to the practices of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) – a proven-effective meditational therapy to work through episodes of panic. This book promotes mindfulness-based practices and exercises to help you deal with the physical, emotional, and mental effects of panic.’
Art for Mindfulness
All of the above books can be found online at The Works or pop into your local store. There have 375 stores nationwide. We regularly by books at our local store as they have some fantastic deals on and we also make use of our reward card which you can find out more about on their website.
Some of the books pictured above are currently priced as low as £2! So hurry while stocks last.