Reading is a wonderful! Weather you read for information or pleasure it can be a mindful practice. It improves comprehension, vocabulary and imagination. Does reading improve spelling? That seems to be debatable.
Why is reading mindful? Reading is a mindful practice because it keeps your attention in the moment, it’s hard to think of other things if you are engrossed in what you are reading. If your attention is wandering then whatever you are reading hasn’t engaged you. This happens to me when I’m reading a boring non fiction book or manual and it is good mindful practice to bring my attention back to the moment and what I’m reading.
Some meditation and mindful books can be boring and I find it a struggle if the sentences are too long and the font is small. Here are three of my favorite books.
“Sex, Drugs and Meditation” – Mary-Lou Stephens
I loved this book. It’s a funny and hard to put down memoir of Mary-Lou Stephens journey to a 10 day Vipassana retreat, what got her there and how she fares once on the other side.
Mary’s 14 days of silence are spent at the Vipassana Centre in Pomona so the imagery and connection were stronger for me because its here in Queensland. Whilst Vipassana isn’t my thing, I was happy to experience it vicariously through this great read.
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head …
Dan Harris is an American Journalist who had a panic attack on air and this is his story of how he found self-help that actually works.
In his no nonsense investigative style, Dan researches and documents several different types and styles of meditation. This book is written well, it’s easy to read and absolutely laugh out loud in some parts. Dan Harris makes Mindfulness accessible to everyone, you don’t need funny clothes, there’s no cults, ashrams or happy clappy. Meditation is for everyday people like you and me and there is a place for us between meditation-induced equanimity and the competitiveness required to succeed in the corporate world.
Below is Dan Harris explaining meditation. Link courtesy www.mindful.org
Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are – Jack Kornfield
I love this book and constantly refer to it. This book is beautifully written, no waffle and very easy to read. Jack explains Buddhist teachings in such a way that we understand how easy it is to implement love and compassion practices into our lives.
This book has helped me realize I don’t need to move to an ashram or monastery to find inner peace. Right where I am right now, just as it is, is the perfect place to be.