This quite lengthy review covers a vast number of meditation books and apps on mindfulness and meditation, but also some trusted meditation centres and tools you may find useful.
Before you start, just a quick note that there is nothing you need in order for you to start meditating. Just allocate a certain amount of time and get familiar with a basic meditation practice (you can look up our instructions for meditation that concentrates on breathing here).
Yet many people find meditation apps useful because they provide guided audio meditation sessions, but also some helpful reminders.
Whether you are a beginner in meditation practice or an experienced one, it is great to have a go at some meditation books written by renowned scientists or simply followers of spiritual traditions.
As Ahimsa Meditation is completely secular, we do not focus on a particular religion or even Buddhist tradition in this review of meditation books and apps. It means that we urge you to approach meditation practice with your own common sense.
It is very easy to begin your meditation practice with Headspace. Simply choose their easy Take10 program, which is also free, and start on your meditation journey. They have a few really straightforward videos explaining meditation for a novice – from an observing guy sitting on a bench and watching the traffic to a cloudy sky that is blue when the clouds are gone. This, in essence, what makes Headspace truly great, it simplifies the practice and makes it accessible for everyone.
They charge yearly and also for a lifetime subscription for the app. Do your Take10 and then decide! You won’t be disappointed for at least a few years of practice with them – there are great sets of meditation sessions on anxiety, creativity, relationships and focus just to name a few.
One of the first ones, together with Headspace, this app went on a huge transformation recently. It was really very basic at the very start, but now it has basic practice (also free, but limited to 5 sessions), some further guidance and then a premium section where you need to be a paid member in order to gain access. It costs under £50 for a year and less than £8 for a month. Pay for this app instead of several cups of coffee and you are sorted. They have sounds and music channel too if that’s what will help you most to advance on your meditation journey.
A varied collection of meditation teachings, sessions, and guidance. It is not as cohesive as Headspace and Calm (with the previous ones to have a clear structure and a unified approach and even the voice-over), but they attracted a few really renowned meditation teachers and authors who are sharing their best practices. You need to pay to gain access to more premium sessions but there is some free content too.
A totally free app that offers practices to begin meditating, powerful breathing exercises and to get some help with sleep. It’s just it – very straightforward and easy. There is a progress tracker too, so you know how many hours you’ve dedicated to your practice so far. For a very basic practice and a beginner – these are very helpful guided meditations.
A vast collection, or shall we call it a marketplace of meditations, music, and guidance. This app incorporates the work of hundreds of teachers who upload their content for you to check and use. You can start with a free course on meditation (7 days), engage in their community and then crack on with 15000 guided meditations available. A bit much? Maybe, but it gives you a very broad perspective on different teachers and schools. You can also sign up for a course, but you’ll need to pay for a full version of the app then (they offer a 7-day trial for you to check it out).
A very basic app, they offer similar structure with some free sessions and then gradually advancing for you to subscribe. It is not very structured or advanced and in our opinion, you’d be better with one of the previous three.
Similar review as for Buddhify, it did not manage to wow us in any shape or form. Most probably it needs some more development and fine-tuning to find its audience.
Nice app, but unfortunately we found it off-putting to sign up before we can get any idea what’s going on on the inside. This app is made for a NY Times bestselling author Dan Harris and is called the same as his book.
They do not aim to overexcited anyone’s expectations by saying that meditation will change their lives. Yet just 10% happier would be great, don’t you think? Well, that’s where the focus ends, they did not offer anything new or more convenient, however, it is great to have it as a companion for the book if you are reading it.
There are more apps that serve as timers, yoga guides, sleep aid, and breathing exercises. They incorporate meditation practices heavily however they lack the depth and focus of the previous 6 we’ve reviewed.
Meditation Books and Mindfulness Guides:
“Whenever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat Zinn
Written by pioneer and a father of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practice, this book is a concise guide on how to practice and how to get your own ‘home’ in life. It is a bestselling classic, not too wordy and very well-worth your time.
“The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hahn
If you do not know Thich Nhat Hahn, you should remember this name. He is a prominent figure in the world of meditation and even though his Zen tradition has its particular aspects to it, it is simple and very cheerful. He talks about the importance of half-smile in our life and that we can make more and more mindfulness moments in our life. That would be a miracle for all of us.
“10% Happier” by Dan Harris
An author who wanted to simplify and somewhat de-mystify mindfulness, he decided not to portray it as an impossible task. It is not about nirvana or any kind of magical states of mind, it is about getting at least 10% happier. And it is wonderful. It is written in a very engaging format.
“Meditation for Beginners” by Jack Kornfield
Written by a priest who teaches mindfulness meditation now, it is a great beginner manual to meditation. It is very simple and focuses on the very basics of meditation practice.
“Meditation and Mindfulness” by Andy Puddicombe
Andy is a founder of Headspace and it says a lot! Being an ex-Buddist monk, he knows his stuff. He has got several books published and a very engaging TED talk, so feel free to buy one of his guides, watch his talk or download Headspace app. His first title was called “Get some headspace”
“Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat Zinn
Coming back to Jon Kabat Zinn, and this time it is his most detailed and descriptive work that can easily intimidate anyone with its over 600 pages. However he writes in a very plain English format, showcases some stories but it is all very down to details on meditation practice and how it is important to look directly into the pains and suffering that everyday life brings. True acceptance of that brings inner peace and that if the essence of Full Catastrophe Living – bold, brave, somewhat fearless, but also compassionate, kind and peaceful.
It is important to change your entire paradigm on how you see wholeness and healing. This book, which is a cornerstone of every MBSR course, explains in detail about how you can look differently into healing your mind and body by means of meditation, but also mindful yoga, consumption, and nutrition as well. The main focus of this book is meditation, but Jon covers it from a very holistic mindset. Highly recommended read.
“How to Meditate” by Pema Chodron
We love Pema and her works. Our favourite, that goes slightly off our meditation topic is ‘When Things Fall Apart’. She talks about how crisis reveals a true character within and how it is all a signal to grow. However, we do recommend reading her meditation guide too, having such a compassionate and warm teacher is truly beneficial.
“Search Inside Yourself” by Chade-Meng Tan
Now, if you look at the book’s cover you think that it has some connections with Google, it has a very similar colour scheme. You won’t be far from the truth actually. You will be reading a book that is, in a nutshell, a course that is being taught and delivered in Google. The book showcases how it is done and why the results it brings and much more. Delivered by Google employee for other Googlers, it is a good case study on how businesses can benefit from mindfulness meditation too. It is clearly shown that it is easy.
“Mindfulness” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
This book is actually a course, you can follow their 8-week program on how to start meditating and form this as your habit. It speaks to people leading very busy lifestyles and in need to slowing down and getting some grips over their own life. It’s a slightly rigid program, that’s what we’ve heard as a feedback, but a very credible resource if you want another perspective on getting into a meditation practice.
“Why Meditate?” by Richard Matthieu
A scientist turned Buddhist monk, Mr. Matthieu is not a novice to meditation practice. He has also been named as the happiest person on Earth, funny, isn’t it? His approach to teaching meditation for beginners is to fully explain why they need to do it. It is a very straightforward guide, so feel free to flick it. It’s fun and also engaging.
“Mindfulness” by Joseph Goldstein
A basic guide to mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein who is an expert in mindfulness meditation and runs is own retreats. He is very well known in American meditation centres and people who are practicing for a while. It means you can gain a lot from his experience.
“Frazzled” by Ruby Wax
Do you remember ‘Ab Fab’ with Pasty and Eddina? Well, you should remember Ruby too, she was mostly behind the scenes but she is a brilliant comedian.
What’s more, she has suffered from her own mental health issues. She then pursued a degree in neuroscience and learned first hand about the most recent research in mindfulness. Her work is hilarious but also very useful.
She covers a 6-week mindfulness course and in her very witty way describes how one approaches meditation for the first time. It’s not a guide per se (though it’s called a Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled), but a very entertaining read.
“The Science of Meditation” by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson
This is an ultimate scientific guide to meditation. If you want a critical but informative piece of work on mindfulness meditation, this is your book. They have quote Aristotle who said that we are not by nature virtuous but we can become so through the right effort. In his view, that effort is self-monitoring, the ongoing practice of noting our thoughts and acts. It’s the beginning of vipassana practice.
They’ve also suggested a few practices crucial to facilitate a change to a better, calmer and more emotionally stable you:
- ethical stance (moral guidelines, inner compass),
- altruistic intention (practice for the benefits of others),
- grounded faith (a mindset that a particular path has value and will lead you to the transformation you seek),
- personalised guidance (a knowledgeable teacher who coaches),
- community (supportive circle of friends on the path),
- supportive culture (recognition of virtues at attention and compassion),
- the potential for altered traits (liberation).
We can talk about this book for hours. If you need scientific evidence and guidance, here is your book on meditation.
“Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” by Shunryu Suzuki
It’s one of the most read books on Zen Buddhism, but it doesn’t insist you follow that tradition. In fact, it doesn’t mention it much at all. On the contrary, it is a bible of simplicity and minimalism. It describes a very straightforward meditation practice and underlines frugality.
Many people found it very easy to get on with meditation with this book.
“The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hahn
If you can picture a man wearing his Buddhist robes, sitting under a plum tree, this would be Thich Nhat Hahn probably. He is a Vietnamese monk, who has established a centre called Plum Village located in France. He since became one of the most prominent authors on mindfulness and the art of living a happy life. His half-smile is infectious, his simple instructions are easy to follow and his dedication is second to none. This book tells a story of him finding his way and helping others to overcome oppression and hardship.
“Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation” by Sharon Salzberg
You will find Sharon in US retreats and teaching mindfulness. This book is her contribution to the flow of mindfulness meditation. She teaches from her heart and it shows. It is bubbly and engaging, cheerful and enthusiastic.
“Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach
A very sharp piece of work that covers compassion, loving-kindness, and acceptance when it comes to meditation practice. Some can say that you need to have a bit of experience meditating in order to fully appreciate this work. Evidently, Tara brings a very warm and hearty attitude and this is infectious.
“Advice not Given” by Mark Epstein
Here is the work of a medical practitioner who is a long-term meditator as well. He has written a few books before but this one specifically focuses on getting out of your own mind in order to find an increased inner peace. Dr. Epstein emphasizes the importance of paying attention to day to day actions. He urges self-observation, which could be precursors of insight. Treat this book not a piece of advice but rather as a story or a talk that will trigger some interesting insights in you.
To give you a small preview of what kind of contemplation is available, here are a few quotes:
“Even the most disturbing material loses its hold when successfully observed without attachment or aversion.
We can meet the challenges with equanimity, not make them go away.
Awareness and openness manifests in the willingness to be surprised.
Mindfulness gives the freedom to act differently.
Instead of being right, let go! Stop being the prisoner of your ego.”
“Mindfulness for Health” by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman
As the title suggests, a health-focused book that is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. It is one of the first top-notch programs that were released as a book and an accompanied CD with guided meditations. It has been one of the top mindfulness books and guides for many years. With a rise of apps and more interactive programs, it is losing its modern feel.
“The Meditation Bible” by Madonna Gauding
Mental peace and having less emotional reactivity are mentioned as benefits of meditation practice. This book also focuses a lot on the benefits of meditation. You can learn how meditating on breath lowers your blood pressure, how it slows down your heart rate and eases your anxiety. Meditation is recommended as a complementary practice or alternative medical treatment. It can help to heal from various illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. The author stated that it can help manage pain and prevent illnesses by helping you stay physically balanced and healthy. It creates contentment, peace, and joy. It promotes longevity.
“Against the stream” by Noah Levine
It is a book for rebels. You won’t find much of the usual calm or tranquillity here, instead be prepared for a straightforward and sometimes blunt truth. He said that ‘The real revolutionary is committed to nonviolence. The Buddha’s radical stance of nonviolence is a wise and practical path to personal and societal change.’
Just to give you a preview of what you can find in this rather short book, here is a 4-fold Manifesto that Noah suggested: defy the lies, serve the truth, beware of teachers and question everything.
“The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” by Thich Nhat Hanh
If you want to dig deeper into teachings of Buddha but do it in a rather secular way, so it will have less of rituals and glitter but more of substance, this is your book.
Thich Nhat Hahn in his usual calm and delicate manner explains the very core of Buddhist teachings. He does it in a way that transcends specific traditions that are present now and sometimes divide Buddhists.
He says that it is all teaching us to realise suffering as suffering and to transform our suffering into mindfulness, compassion, peace, and liberation.
You can make parallels with lifestyle too: each person should critically assess what’s good for them, do it with awareness and wisdom and take in what’s accepted by them wholeheartedly.
We first aim to understand it for ourselves, listen to “teachers”, engage with similar minded to find our own meaning and fully benefit from it by putting principles into practice. This all awakens a true self.
Meditation “The Buddhist Way of Tranquillity and Insight” by Kamalashila
When you have learned the basics of meditation practice, you can dig deeper with this book. It goes much more in detail about possible obstacles of meditation and how to work with them. There is a particular bit in this book that is beautiful, it tells us how to live in full colour.
We would like to quote:
“The key to deepening, and broadening, our mind is the development of reflexive consciousness or self-awareness. This is the state of being aware that we are aware and of knowing that we know. Reflexive consciousness is what brings colour and depth – and sometimes pain too – into our lives. Sometimes we can feel when this dimension is missing – life lacks its usual colour and interest, and our experience seems to be painted in unrelieved shades of grey.
It may be that at such times we would really prefer not to be self-aware; sometimes we feel that awareness is all too painful, and so we retreat into ourselves or deliberately distract ourselves. But at those times when we do fully acknowledge our own existence, we start living in full, glorious colour. The colours we experience may sometimes be harsh, but they can also be beautiful. It is in these moments of reflexive awareness that we are fully alive and fully ourselves.”
“Notes on a nervous planet” by Matt Haig
Matt Haig has written ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’, ‘Humans’ and more. His recent book showcases how deep we are in the crisis called stress.
Here is a quote he made in his book “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self”, said by Aldous Huxley. So true, wanting is lacking. The more we want, the more we drip ourselves away.
We also love Matt’s saying “When depression slugs over me I close my eyes and enter the bank of good days and think of sunshine and laughter and turtles. I try to remember how possible the impossible can sometimes be”.
“Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche
A prominent Tibetan teacher said that “Fear of death and ignorance of afterlife are fuelling that destruction of our environment that is threatening all our lives”. He wants us to know that the key to finding a happy balance in modern lives is simplicity.
This book is not easy to read. It showcases those moments of our lives when we say goodbye to our loved ones, but then this moment will come for every one of us. There are a lot of aspects of this book that showcases specific Tibetan beliefs. Yet apart from that, it is an invitation to realize the truth that we all die. It is a liberating thought, and when fully accepted, it can transform your life.
It shows then that we may idealise our freedoms, but when it comes to our habits, we are completely enslaved.
“Sane” by Emma Young
In research published in 2013, Benson and his team found that meditation doesn’t just change brain activity, blood pressure and reports of how stressed people feel. It changes the activity of certain genes. And it does it so within minutes. Even first-timers show an increase in the activity of genes involved in the function of mitochondria and secretion of insulin (which regulates blood glucose levels). There is also a drop in the activity of genes involved in triggering potentially damaging inflammation (linked to depression) and stress-related pathways. Benson investigated that the duration of individual meditation should be 10-20 minutes a day.
This book can teach you to manage your everyday response to stress and aid some relaxation too. Emma suggested that in meditation, you can mentally say ‘peace’ on exhalation and then return to it with ‘oh, well’ when the mind wanders. You accept your imperfections and let go of your self-critique for a while. It is very liberating.
“The Happy Brain” by Dean Burnett
Consider this quote from this book: “Drinking, smoking or unhealthy foods are bad because they can cause you harm, and so make you unhappy. But if you are unhappy anyway, what have you go to lose?”
Indeed, people regularly do things that damage their bodies and brains. They are often harming someone else too. This is an important message from Mr. Burnett. This book covers more on neuroscience than just happiness, so be prepared to get some scientific proof o what he says.
“The Happiness Trap” by Russ Harris
Mr. Harris describes ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ that was previously developed by Steven Hayes. It is based upon 6 core principles to develop ‘psychological flexibility’: defusion, expansion, connection, the observing self, values, and committed action.
It is a great book about clarifying and connecting with your values. It’s an essential step for making your life meaningful. Values provide direction for your life and motivate to make important changes. You then take committed with ease – an action that is based on values. You take it, again and again, no matter how many times you fail.
“Meditation is not what you think” by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Let us quote Mr. Kabat Zinn with his definition of mindfulness first: “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally”.
Jon is a pioneer of mindfulness research and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is second to none. He is an author of multiple books which are simply great as they are serving different purposes. What stroke us the most in this book is his contemplation of peace.
“Peace is not farther than this very moment. Peace is something that we can bring about if we actually learn to wake up a bit more as individuals and a lot more as species. If we can learn to be fully what we actually already are, to reside in the inherent potential of what is possible for us being human. There is no way to peace; peace is the way.”
He wanted to get a very important message across to people who are confused about what meditation is. He said that ‘meditation is a way of being; a way of seeing; a way of knowing, even a way of loving. Meditation is not relaxation spelled differently. It is not a way to control one’s thoughts. Meditation is not about trying to get anywhere else’.
This understanding of meditation is empowering and at the same time gives us a lot of freedom.
If you are thinking about getting your first substantial book on mindfulness meditation, get this one.
“Get some headspace” by Andy Puddicombe
You have seen our recommendation for Andy’s more recent book, but this one is where his meditation app got hold of thousands of people – it is a very simple introduction to meditation practice. Find his easy similes and guidance here.
On top of that, he has quoted a few pieces of scientific research on meditation such as:
Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin found that after 8 weeks of mindfulness practice, participants experienced a significant change in the activity from the right to left. It corresponded with the increased feelings of happiness and well-being.
University of Massachusetts Medical School: studied the effects of mindfulness-based meditation on a group of people suffering from generalised anxiety disorder. An incredible 90% of the participants documented a significant reduction in anxiety and depression, following just 8 weeks of learning. 3 years after, in a follow-up, they found that these improvements had been maintained.
“Attention Revolution” by Alan Wallace
Mr. Wallace is a prominent teacher and practitioner and his work on attention is very worth reading simply because we see how many children grow up and develop attention deficit disorder (ADD). This book suggests methods and provides with tools for every adult to start re-learning the attention skill. See more on the benefits to train your attention with meditation in our article here.
“Siddhartha’s Brain” by James Kingsland
Meet Siddhartha, or Buddha to you and me, a teacher for millions of Buddhists around the world. Mr. Kingsland’s book depicts a story how it all began, but he goes further on to showcase why it is important on the global scale right now.
He says that the aim of mindful meditation is to cultivate non-judgemental awareness of the present moment. He insists that a broader programme for promoting happiness and contentment needs compassion, both for oneself and others, and ethical behaviour.
His book quotes Mr. Jackson who said that ‘we are in the grip of what epidemiologists call “the happiness paradox”: life satisfaction decrease whilst living standards rise, growth in advanced economies’ (“Prosperity without growth”, 2011, Earthscan, p.40).
Research suggests that ahead of physical health, employment and freedom from poverty, mental health is the most important determinant of happiness in the developed countries. Worldwide, nearly a million people commit suicide every year (WHO, 2003 “Investing in mental health”)
These are very important reasons that you start practicing meditation today.
“Practical Zen” by Julian Daizan Skinner with Sarah Blades
If you want to broaden your horizon in terms of different practices, here is a book that focuses on Zen Buddhism. Yet don’t be alarmed, the authors focus on baseline practices, very secular and targeting health-related topics. Find a few straightforward practices, instructions and get on with your Zen meditation practice easily.
They have also quoted quite a lot of research down in these areas of mindfulness and health.
American Medical Association noted that stress is implicated in 60-90% of physician visits (Avey H. Et al., 2003, ‘Health care providers’ training, perceptions and practices regarding stress and health outcomes’, Journal of the National Medical Association 95,9,833, 836-845)
Prolonged exposure to stress hormones (especially cortisol) destroys healthy muscles, bones, cells, and weakens the immune system.
Awareness is important because the unconscious stress can lead to poor sleep, indigestion, chronic head and backaches, heart attacks. When our health deteriorates, we become more fearful and the situation becomes a vicious circle.
On the opposite side, avoidance mechanisms include denial, distractions (including ‘busyness’ and workaholism), shopping, alcohol, drugs, gambling, exercise (beneficial and excessive) and food (overeating and undereating). In this away, awarenesses heals. Read more in this book.
“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari
Change is always stressful and the hectic world of the 21st century has produced a global epidemic of stress (A. Williams in New York Times 10/06/17 – “Prozac Nation is Now the United States of Xanax”). He says that the world needs far more effective stress reduction techniques – ranging from drugs through neuro-feedback to meditation – to prevent the Sapiens mind from snapping. By 2050 a ‘useless’ class might emerge not merely because of an absolute lack of jobs or lack of relevant education, but also because of insufficient mental stamina.
We are building a nasty world. He says ‘the economic system pressures me to expand and diversify my investment portfolio, but it gives me zero incentives to expand and diversify my compassion. So I strive to understand the mysteries of stock exchange while making far less effort to understand the deep causes of suffering”.
Consider his quote that “we are researching and developing human abilities mainly according to the immediate needs of the economic and political system, rather to our own long term needs as conscious beings”. In a wide-spread example: “My boss wants me to answer emails as quickly as possible but he has little interest in my ability to taste and appreciate my lunch”.
You will love his straightforward explanation of world violence too.
“Every violent act in the world begins with a violent desire in somebody’s mind, which disturbs that person’s own peace and happiness before it disturbs the peace and happiness of anyone else. People seldom steal unless they first develop a lot of greed and envy in their minds. People don’t usually murder unless they first generate anger and hatred.”
We invite you to read his book and especially his chapter on meditation. He practices vipassana insight meditation. He then claims that “I realised that the deepest source of my suffering is in the patterns of my own mind”. We can only hope that all our visitors and supporters can join this prominent historian too. He said that ‘in principle, meditation is any method for direct observation of one’s own mind’.
As he focuses a lot on the power of AI and algorithms, he adds that ‘we had better understand our minds before the algorithms make our minds up for us‘. Powerful stuff and a highly recommended book.
“Beyond religion” by Dalai Lama
There are dozens of books written by Dalai Lama. We suggest to check the one as it provides guidance on secular ethics:
- Recognition of our shared humanity and our shared aspiration to happiness and avoidance of suffering
- Understanding of interdependence as a key feature of human reality, including our biological reality as social animals.
He quotes a very prominent scientist Charles Darwin: “the love for all living creatures is the noblest attribute of man”.
Dalai Lama says that ‘it’s from compassionate concern for the welfare of others that all our ethical values and principles arise, including justice’. He suggests the following practices to an ethical living: focused attention, present moment awareness, training in compassion and loving-kindness, equanimity and dealing with difficult emotions. In just one example of greed, he invites you to reflect on it, develop an awareness of it, realise how it feels and apply an antidote of generosity.
E-Books on Meditation and Beyond (Meditation Books in Digital Format Only)
This is our first version of a book on meditation, nonviolence, nutrition, and lifestyle that consolidates all the scientific literature on meditation we’ve collected and analyzed. It contains a very straightforward account of what is meditation (meditation definition and meaning). You can find out why everybody should meditate and how to approach meditation for beginners. We have included our tailored practices of meditation for anxiety, depression, and PTSD there as well. You can develop your meditation practice with our insight meditation (vipassana) instructions.
It gives an outline of what we call a Nutrition of Nonviolence – a plant-based whole-foods nutrition approach and framework, which finally makes sense. We finish by discussing our evolution and progress, and how it should all work for us and not against us. Being a non-profit, we will allocate all profits from sales to our promotional activities to get more people to meditate. We help to find an increased inner peace and contribute to a world of nonviolence. Thank you for your support.
Magazines on and around Meditation and Mindfulness:
A lifestyle magazine that also has an app, so you can subscribe and read it in a digital format wherever you are. It is all about living a less stressful life, breathing, yoga, meditation and all things hygge. It is sometimes a bit wordy and not very straight to the point, but will suit for a leisurely read during your relaxing weekend.
A very targeted magazine about mindfulness meditation with a few guided practices available. Also has an app, so you can subscribe and read articles on your phone and tablet. We loved how detailed but straight-to-the-point they are. Great guidance to meditation practice.
Dhamma.org – find a list of different centers around the world
Insight Meditation – a very popular and information meditation center in the US
Spirit Rock – another renowned center in the US
Dharma.org – a center with a busy retreat schedule, Insight Meditation Society with a base in Massachusetts, USA.
Amaravati – a monastery in the UK that provides retreats and also a lot of free literature on Buddhism and meditation practice.
Finally, we hope you have enjoyed this review on meditation books, apps and centres. You are hopefully found it helpful when choosing how to advance or simply learn how to meditate. We invite you to use our own Ahimsa Meditation free instructions on how to meditate and check out our article on the benefits of meditation.