July 14, 2016


Here are some of our favorite books, websites, and apps.


We encourage you to find these  (and likely some other wonderful books) at your local independent bookstore, although we have included the link for each book on Amazon.com.

General Mindfulness Books

Tara Brach:  Radical Acceptance;  True Refuge

Charlotte Joko Beck:  Everyday Zen

Pema Chodron:  When Things Fall Apart;  Taking the Leap:  Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears;  Awakening Lovingkindness

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Wherever You Go, There You Are;  Coming to Our Senses

Jack Kornfield:  A Path with Heart

Dalia Lama: The Art of Happiness:  A Handbook for Living

Thich Nhat Hanh:  The Miracle of Mindfulness;  Peace is Every Step

Dan Siegel, MD:  MindSight

Psychological Health Mindfulness Books

Mark Williams:  The Mindful Way through Depression:  Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

Jan Chozen Bays:  Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food

Russ Harris and Steve Hayes:  The Happiness Trap:  How to Stop Struggling and Living Life

Other Recommendations

Hoff, Benjamin:  The Tao of Pooh  Not a mindfulness book per se, but a delightful discussion of the benefits of appreciating the present moment.  Winnie-the-Pooh epitomizes the “nothing-to-do” mind.

Local Mindfulness Instruction

Seattle Insight Meditation Society – six week introductory course on mindfulness.  They also offer an online audio or video version of the introductory course for free.

Online Resources 

Tara Brach:  podcast:     http://tarabrach.com/audiodharma.html

The Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkley:  articles, links to videos of talks related to mindfulness, and videos of mindfulness exercises   http:/greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness

Rick Hanson:  psychologist who writes and speaks about mindfulness, neuroscience, and well-being;  website has writings and videos                      www.rickhanson.net

Mindful Magazine/Website:  has a number of resources: http://www.mindful.org/resources

Kristin Neff:  self-compassion exercises   http://selfcompassion.org/

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center;  guided meditations  http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22


Headspace:        Free 10-day, 10-minute mindfulness guided exercises.  They charge for a subscription for access to the exercises beyond the first 10 days.

Insight Timer:    Has guided meditations from many teachers.  Recommended teachers are those authors listed above, plus Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein.

Stop, Breathe and Think: A friendly, simple tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations (as short as 5 minutes) for mindfulness and compassion – created by Tools for Peace, a non-profit organization.