Nowadays, there are so many information sources that you can choose from if you are wanting to deepen your knowledge and wishing to gain more information about any particular topic, that you are interested in. There are YouTube videos, podcasts, and different social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook with endless number of influencers on them. But there is the personal favourite of mine, the good old-fashioned books. (The real, actual physical books and not the Kindle type; do not take it wrong, no judgement here at all towards anyone owning one and enjoying the benefits of reading via that device. I am happy for you. All I am saying is to me, when it comes to reading, I enjoy doing so with the physically touchable and smell able objects that has real papers in them, and you get to feel the heaviness and thickness of it and get lost in them that way.)
But, to circle back to the topic of today’s blog, first see how you exactly end up reading that book you are ending up reading. When it comes to picking a book from the many, the reason you are leaning towards a certain book is most likely, because you heard one of your friends, family members or colleagues talking about it or maybe it was the influencer, life coach you are following on social media, whose podcasts, videos you were listening to, who mentioned how life changing that or those particular book or books were for them. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But what is important here, just like with anything in life, is to make sure that you are doing the things because you want them to, they feel amazing and give you joy and happiness within, they are in alignment with you and your values and they are talking to you. Just because a person who you admire, whose advice you are taking on most of the times, offers something to you, it does not mean that you should do it or in this case, read it. What worked for them will might not work for you. And that is okay. Reason why I am saying this is because it happened to me, that a book I was told how amazing and transformative it was, I managed to read and honestly, I could not wait to finish it, it was so bad for me. It was a struggle to get to the end of it and I was draining each time I was having it in my hands.
I had occasions when I was recommended a book and when I went to do research about it, it was just not talking to me. I did not feel connection to it, I did not feel the relevance of that topic or book at that moment in my life. I listened to my intuition and I decided to leave it. However, after a certain period of time, when I became more evolved spiritually and mentally, when I became more mindful and understood things clearer, I went back to a book that I did not feel alignment with at the time, it connected to me, made sense and helped me a lot to put things into perspective and I got to understand and apply its teachings and insights. Because that is the thing with books relating to mindset, self – growth, and transformation. I think it is very important to make sure we are reading them in the right time of our lives to make sure we are open and evolved enough to understand them. Or read them more than once in different season of our lives because as we are changing, our mindset is changing, and the same book will be seen and understood from different perspective as we shift and unfold more and more.
But anyway, back to my theme for today’s blog; book recommendations to reach mindfulness. Even within this subject matter, there are many, many numbers of authors and even more numbers of books you can happily go through to see and to feel which of those to choose in order to hopefully get from it what you are aiming for, to serve your benefits the best way possible. If you allow me, I would like to offer you different books (not in any particular order) on the topic that might resonates with you in your current life period and will be helpful to make you take one step ahead towards the next level of your unfoldment.
My List of Recommended Books:
One of the best mindset books I have read, and I can genuinely recommend to anyone, especially to those who are at the beginning of their journey, is “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh. (FYI.: I had a short part of this book written in one of my other blogs, titled Yoga is Life.) This book is so beautifully and easily explaining what it means to be mindful. Thich Nhat Hanh uses simple, everyday examples to make the reader understand what his teachings are about and how to apply them and his insights in our everyday life.
The second would be another easy-to-read book that was extraordinary and life changing. It is “The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer. Regarding this one, I think you have to be already in a certain mindset and be evolved spiritually to make sure that the meaning and the insights of the book are sank in and to make sure that you understand what the writer is trying to make you see. It explains what life is about, how everything is influenced by the mindset and perspective of yours, who you really are, how to life a fulfilled life, how to handle life’s happenings and experiences, and so on, just to mention a few touched topics in this book.
The third recommendation of mine is “Seven Spiritual Law” by Deepak Chopra. This is, again, a great read for those who are understanding when I say, you are the Self. It has different offerings for you that are advised to apply and live by in your everyday life if you are aiming to reach enlightenment and wishing to gain permanent abundance. Very well written and well explained book about how to let the Self unfold fully and completely. How to give to receive back, what Karma is, how to be detached, and what dharma is.
I think anyone who is truly and genuinely determined and committed towards transformation and growth, has to have on their book list the “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It is written in novel format comparing to the previously mentioned books. It follows the journey of a shepherd boy to find the treasure he was dreaming about. Through his experiences, and travelling, you get to understand powerful life lessons that are needed on your path to self – growth and to fulfilled life.
Lastly, if you allow me, I would like to recommend a book from the World of Yoga not just for a Yogi. It is “The Journey Within” by Radhanath Swami, who is a spiritual activist, teacher, and a monk amongst many other things. The book is written in different story telling parts that are mostly about the writer’s personal experiences. The reader, through these stories, gets to understand how life “works”, how your current circumstances are not defying you, he helps you to understand what love is and how to remain connected to your true self, to who you really are in today’s World.
So here it is, the list again in no particular order: The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh; The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer; Seven Spiritual Law by Deepak Chopra; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Journey Within by Radhanath Swami.
There could have been many, many other amazing and life transforming books that I could have mentioned. These are just ones that I found really enjoyable to read and truly helpful on my journey. But, as I have mentioned above, you have to find the ones that are bringing the greatest benefits for you on your very own and unique journey to mindset change, to self – growth and towards enlightenment.