When I set out to write the best mindfulness and meditation book of 2021, I promised myself that I would read every big book on the subject. That way, I would know exactly what I needed to put into my work to write the best meditation book ever.
As a mindfulness teacher, writer and avid reader, I have read all of the best meditation books out there. And some of them are genuinely sensational.
But which are the absolute best?
In this list, I will share the absolute best mindfulness and meditation books for 2021. We’ll look at some classics and some new publications, and I will help you find the best meditation book for you based on your personal needs.
So, let’s dip right in.
The Best Mindfulness & Meditation Books For 2021
As well as the books below, I’ve written lists of the best meditation books and mindfulness books on specific topics.
Take a look at my lists for:
1. My own book
You can read my book here.
While I was reading through dozens of meditation books, it occurred to me that there is not one single publication that covers everything.
There are books about mindfulness, chakras, Buddhist methods, Daoist methods… but no one title that covers every aspect of the practice.
So, I changed that.
I wrote the best meditation book for 2021. In it, I teach you all the best techniques. You will learn methods from Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga, and modern techniques too. And I will show you how to use those techniques to make your life better. Start reading today.
2. Meditation In Action (get it on Amazon)
This is one of the best meditation books because it delves deep into the subject.
Too many reads just scratch the surface of what meditation is, and they don’t show you how to use it in your everyday life for real-world change. This one goes further.
Written by Chogyam Trungpa [Tibetan Buddhist teacher], this inspiring read shares insightful pearls of wisdom that will open your mind.
Trungpa’s insights on generosity, discipline, patience, energy, clarity, and wisdom will inspire you to live a good life, and his teachings on various meditation disciplines will help to advance your practice.
3. How To Meditate: A Practical Guide To Making Friends With Your Mind (GET IT ON AMAZON)
Pema Chodron is one of the most popular authors on Buddhist practices. She’s written some of the best meditation and mindfulness books over the years, including the exceptional Heart Advice For Difficult Times.
Picking Chodron’s best meditation book is not easy. But if I must tip my hat to one of them, it has to be How To Meditate: A Practical Guide To Making Friends With Your Mind.
What I love about How To Meditate is that it makes it so easy for newcomers to start meditating. The tutelage is easy to follow and fun. The simple guides will get you meditating in no time. Even if you have never done it before and you don’t have the slightest clue what meditation is, this read will tell you everything you need to know, and in simple-to-follow guides.
4. Peaceful Piggy (GET IT ON AMAZON)
Are you a parent trying to get your kids to meditate? If so, you will love this little picture book.
Naturally, this is an elementary book. It provides fun, straightforward instructions and advice to help get kids meditating. And it shows how kids can get a handle on difficult emotions like sadness and anxiety.
Peaceful Piggy is an excellent choice for both teachers and parents. What I love most about this book is how simple it is to read. Even younger children will find it easy to understand the messages in this book.
5. Meditation Secrets for Women ( GET IT ON AMAZON )
In this excellent meditation book, Camille Maurine & Lorin Roche share illuminating insights and wisdom. They cover the entire gamut of the human experience and explain how the practice can help in all areas of life.
This is the best meditation book for women. It takes all the wisdom of the practice and puts it into action in the real world. It shows women how to use the practice to help with their real-world problems.
Definitely one of the best meditation books. And it isn’t just for women, either. There are insights in this publication that apply to everyone.
6. Zen And Now (get it on Amazon)
In Zen And Now I (it’s my book) show you how you can meditate anytime any place.
I show you how you can meditate at home, at work, at the gym, while eating… basically everywhere.
I wrote this book to make it very easy for readers to find ways to meditate in their busy lives. So, if you think that you just do not have time to meditate, read this book and let me prove you wrong!
7. Meditation For Beginners (GET IT ON AMAZON)
I bet you were wondering when I would get around to famed author Jack Kornfield. After all, he’s written some of the very best meditation books ever.
In this inspiring but straightforward publication, Jack Kornfield provides a short and sweet (it’s less than 100 pages) guide to getting started with the practice. The book comes packaged with a CD of guided exercises, which are a great way to relax.
This is the best meditation book for beginners because it is so clear and concise. Plus, it is effortless to understand and very easy to follow.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Good things happen when you connect with the present moment.
One of the best mindfulness books for living in the moment is The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
This is unmistakably the best mindfulness book for mastering the art of mindful living.
The Power of Now is not directly marketed as a mindfulness book, but in reality, it is precisely that, and one of the very best mindfulness books too.
This is one of the most famous self-improvement works ever and has inspired millions of people around the globe. It’s a must-read.
Mindfulness in Plain English By Henepola Gunaratana
The single best book on the practice of Vipassana meditation (a mindfulness-based meditation) is Mindfulness in Plain English.
This text is designed to revolutionise your life, and it will.
It is perhaps the best mindfulness book for learning the basics of mindfulness meditation, and it was penned by a Buddhist monk who is an authority on the subject.
Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh
If you follow our newsletter, you will know how invaluable it is to live in the present moment. One read that instructs you how to do that is the indispensable Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices.
Unquestionably one of the best mindfulness meditation books, Thich Nhat Hanh lays down the path through which we can achieve lasting contentment.
Best of all, he does so with uncomplicated and practical guidance, showing how chores such as walking, eating, driving, doing the dishes, and more can be used as mindfulness meditation to cultivate peace and serenity.
Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace in Every Step is a short book but a glorious one.
Written by Thich Nhat Hanh, the foremost figure in mindfulness meditation, it is packed full of practical activities and pointers.
This publication will make you look at the world in a whole new light.
The Mindfulness Solution by Ronald D. Siegel
Here’s a bright idea: be mindful while doing everyday tasks.
That’s exactly what Ronald Siegel discusses in this, one of the absolute best mindfulness books.
The Mindfulness Solution shows how mindfulness can be used in simple ways to help you relax you in your day-to-day life.
What makes this one of the best mindfulness books is that it incorporates mindfulness in such basic chores as walking the dog or driving to work.
As such, this is a mindfulness book you can directly apply to real life.
NEXT: See my pick of the best mindfulness CDs and DVDs
The Mindful Guide to the Law of Attraction: 45 Meditations to Manifest Health, Wealth, and Love Paperback by Paige Oldham
In this wonderful read, Paige Oldham teaches you how to combine the law of attraction with mindfulness to create your ideal life.
The law of attraction is about transforming harming negative thoughts into positive ones that attract positive experiences. Oldham combines this with mindfulness to create a way to intentionally manifest wealth, happiness, and love.
I found this to be a truly inspiring read that made me feel wonderfully optimistic. It is beautifully written and presents its theories in compelling, page-turning ways.
Life Falls Apart, But You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos
In Life Falls Apart, Julie Potiker shares personal stories about the challenges she has faced in her life and how mindfulness helped her. Julie was so stressed at one point in her life that she experienced the symptoms of a stroke. The event made her change her life and start living mindfully.
What I love most about this book is the combination of science and soul. The methods Julie shares in the book are backed by science and the writing is heartfelt and inspiring. It’s the perfect combination of personal insight and research-backed facts.
If I had one negative comment to say about this book it’s the cover. It’s a little generic, which is a shame, because the actual contents of the book are anything but generic, they are soulful and inspiring.
There are so many good meditation books to read today. And reading is one of the best ways to learn meditation. Picking the very best is far from easy.
In the list above, I’ve shared my favourite meditation books, which I think you will get an absolute ton out of.
How many of the meditation books on the list have you read? And which one was your favourite?
Leave a comment. And if you feel like being kind and doing me a great big favour, go ahead and take a look at my one (the link is above). Trust me; you are going to love it.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison