10 best meditation books for beginners

10 Best Meditation Books for Beginners

Let´s face it. Most of us know how beneficial it is to meditate. Most of us know that meditation is scientifically proven to make your body and mind healthier. That is why most of us want to begin meditating.

However, most of us also keep procrastinating.

For beginners, meditation can seem like it comes so easy to those who do it regularly and impossible to master.

Thankfully for us, meditating is actually very simple and just requires regular practice.

In order to help those of you that want to begin meditating but don't know how to begin, we have scoured the web and looked to our own experience in order to compile this list of the 10 best meditation books for beginners.

This list comes in no particular order of preference.

All you need to know is that if you read any of the books on this list you will have a very solid foundation and will be able to enjoy the benefits of meditation in no time!

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​THE MIRACLE OF MINDFULNESS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION BY THICH NHAT HANH

The Miracle of Mindfulness shows up on a lot of lists for meditation books, and for good reason. In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practical suggestions and accessible anecdotes to help anyone learn to practice mindfulness. With a healthy mixture of spirituality and practicality, this book offers practices for every part of your life, from eating a tangerine to washing the dishes.

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10% HAPPIER BY DAN HARRIS

2004, award-winning journalist Dan Harris suffered from a panic attack during a live broadcast of Good Morning America. This book takes us through his personal journey of learning how to tame the voice in his head, along with discoveries and striking facts about mindfulness meditation along the way.

If you’re not convinced of the benefits of meditation or mindfulness, this is the book for you. Don’t expect how-tos and guides, but rather an introduction to the world of mindfulness meditation through an entertaining, first-person narrative.

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MINDFULNES IN PLAIN ENGLISH BY BHANTE HENEPOLA GUNARATANA

The most effective way to express something that people understand is to use the simplest language possible. This book is a great introduction to meditation especially if you are new to it or find it confusing.

The focus of this book is in Vipassana meditation (also known as insight meditation). In Vipassana meditation, you cultivate two mental qualities in a balanced ratio — awareness and concentration. Both are needed for meditation.

This book teaches you how to deal with distractions when meditating, what to do with your body and mind, where to sit, and more. If you are someone who needs a detailed yet simple guide on how to meditate, this is the book for you.

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REAL HAPPINESS: THE POWER OF MEDITATION BY SHARON SALZBERG

The Power of Meditation delivers a 28-day program that covers almost every element of the practice, from the basics (like learning how to properly breathe and understanding posture) to the more advanced (calming the mind and dealing with distraction). The book, written by leading meditation teacher and spiritual author Sharon Salzberg, features 12 meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation and walking meditation.

People who have read the book say that Salzberg does a great job of explaining the benefits and the science behind meditation. They also agree that she offers practical advice that eliminates the frustration many people can experience when learning to meditate for the first time.

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WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE YOU ARE BY JOHN KABAT-ZINN

This classic book is ideal for meditation newbies, as it covers everything from an easy-to-understand explanation of meditation, free from trendy buzzwords, to simple techniques that you can practice in everyday life.

Although it was first published in 1994, the message and practices in this book are, perhaps, even more relevant today. Escapism is everywhere and everyone is, at some point, guilty of it. Whether it’s through classic rituals of binge-watching your favorite Netflix series or endlessly scrolling through filtered lives on Instagram, the message in this book is clear and simple; Wherever you go, there you are. It challenges you to be in the present moment and wholly accepting of where you are, right here and right now.

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THE UNTETHERED SOUL: THE JOURNEY BEYOND YOURSELF BY MICHAEL A. SINGER

We all have an inner monologue that rambles non-stop, all day, every day, like clockwork. This voice is always talking, changing how we pilot our lives, and almost never shutting off. The first step towards a life of freedom and peace is realizing that this is going on, because then you can pause, step back, and view your thoughts from a totally new perspective.

The Untethered Soul is my most recommended book for anyone looking to get out of their own head, transcend their ego, and get a handle on their anxiety in the process. This was the book that helped launch my own journey of self-exploration and mindfulness.

My favorite lesson from this book (that becomes clear quite early) is that your thoughts do not define you, they’re simply outputs of an always active mind.

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ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND BY SUZUKI ROSHI

This classic text is largely responsible for the explosion of Zen practice in the Western world. Suzuki Roshi sharply communicates the foundational philosophy of the Soto School, elucidating the meditation practice of shikantaza, or “just sitting.”

He transmits the teachings of his authentic lineage through a rhetoric that is simultaneously sparse and elegant, definitive and spacious. “To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body,” says Roshi. If you’ve ever wanted to begin practicing Zen, this is the place to start.

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HOW TO MEDITATE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MAKING FRIENDS WITH YOUR MIND BY PEMA CHODRON

Beloved teacher of meditation, Buddhist philosophy and practice, Ani Pema Chödrön offers a “practical guide” to meditation.

The explanations are highly accessible to anyone interested in sitting, even while having their roots in the traditional Buddhist canon. Ani Pema explains how to use mindfulness of the body, thoughts, emotions and sense perceptions to connect with well-being and “live wholeheartedly.”

The author invites us to “Consider that what needs your attention and consideration is your own mind, and how you view […] outer circumstances. You can befriend your circumstances; you can have compassion for your circumstances and for yourself. What happens when you do that?”

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A PATH WITH HEART BY JACK KORNFIELD

Jack Kornfield has been teaching meditation internationally since 1974 and trained as a monk in Thailand, India and Myanmar.

This book is rife with the wisdom and meditation methods that he accrued throughout his years as a monk and teacher. He systematically walks the reader through some of the various challenges that arise in meditation. The teachings he presents have the flavor of Buddhism, but are more or less non-denominational. 

At the end of each chapter, Kornfield offers a technique that can be employed to experientially recognize what he has conceptually outlined. He presents several methods of attention training and offers exercises for cultivating sensitivity and kindness.

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PEACE IS EVERY: THE PATH OF MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE BY THICH NHAT HANH

If you are after a beginner introduction to meditation, you are not going to find a more accessible book than Peace is Every Step. You can easily read it in less than a day.

The writer, Thich Nyat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, who is a famous teacher and writer of more than ten books.

His writing style flows effortlessly and truly reflects his nature: It’s peaceful and elegant. With some fantastically, simple ways to develop mindfulness in our busy lives.

I only read this four months ago and the main thing I gained is the perspective that meditation can be enjoyable. And through the example of Thich Nyat Hanh, it is possible to become a better person.

Wrapping it up

This list of books will help you a lot if you want to start meditating. I can say I wish I had read any of these years ago.

Having said that, books are great to begin with, but the best way to maximize results is to combine reading with audio.

If you want a quality guided audio meditation practice, you should try the amazing Zen12 meditation program.

It is an amazing program that we vouch for. Plus, they have a free trial, so you have nothing to lose!