Great Mindfulness Resources
Updated: Jul 2, 2022
Whether you are new to mindfulness or already a mindfulness practitioner, it is always great to explore the topic from different sources and angles. Here is a list of further resources that you may find helpful.
Meditation for fidgety sceptics: Dan Harris, a high-flying American journalist who came to meditation following a panic attack on live national TV, has written a quite funny and easily accessible book about meditation. A great intro into the subject (not just focused on mindfulness) and highly recommended. Tip: Get the audiobook which includes guided meditations.
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman is another great choice if you are looking for an introduction to mindfulness.
The book is written as a standalone 8-week mindfulness-based intervention program to practice at home (including free audio meditation instructions).
Full Catastrophe Living: How To Cope With Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation by the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program Jon Kabat-Zinn is a book for anybody interested in more background information about mindfulness. It does not contain any meditations but explains the principles of mindfulness really well and in much detail. Tip: Read the chapter on stress first.
The Mindful Path to Self-compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions
by Chris Germer. As mentioned above under websites, self-compassion Chris Germer’s book shows how the concept of self-compassion can help us to get a healthier relationship with our inner critic.
Mindful Compassion by Paul Gilbert and Choden. In this ground-breaking book, Professor Gilbert, along with his co-author Choden, combines the best of Compassion-Focused Therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques. The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of wellbeing.
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax. Having suffered a major relapse in her depression, Ruby decided to make a change and proceed to undertake a masters in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford University. By doing so she learnt how to take personal control over her mind, mood and life. This book is a practical, honest and easy to follow guide that is about finding time and space for yourself in a world where the pace seldom slows.
A Mindfulness Guide for Survival by Ruby Wax. This highly practical book is filled with exercises and information to help you confront the big six realities; difficult emotions, uncertainty, loneliness, change, dissatisfaction and death. It is easy to read and work through.
A Monk’s Guide to Happiness by Gelong Thubten. This book provides readers with a philosophically insightful and practically useful manual on how to break free of suffering and achieve inner peace. Drawing from the authors 25 years of training at Buddhist monasteries and intensive mediation retreats, the book distils more than two decades of hard-won wisdom.
Ten Percent Happier: High-quality meditation app with single meditations and meditation courses around various themes (including brilliant sleep meditations), talks and also a coach function where you can ask meditation teachers questions. You need a subscription to access the full content but basic meditations and the basic course can be accessed for free. Ten Percent also run free meditation challenges once or twice a year which can be accessed through the app.
UCLA Mindful: Free mindfulness meditations from the Mindful Awareness Research Centre of the University of California Los Angeles. The app offers: Basic Meditations in both English and Spanish, longer meditations from podcast, wellness meditations for specific health conditions, meditation timer and informative videos.
Insight Timer: The most popular app in the World for Meditation, Sleep, Anxiety and Mindfulness.
The number 1 free meditation app. Guided meditations, sleep music tracks and talks led by the top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford and more. Music tracks from world-renowned artists. Join millions learning to meditate on Insight Timer to help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, manage stress, and sleep deeply.
Balance: Award-winning personalized meditation app which is currently provided free for the first year.
Headspace and Calm are other well-known meditation apps
The UK based charity The Mindfulness Network offers free online training sessions as well as audio tracks which can be downloaded: https://home.mindfulness-network.org
Many free mindfulness meditations and podcasts from the Mindful Awareness Research Centre of the University of California can be found here: https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/getting-started
A lot of us tend to be perfectionists and overly self-critical, and we often believe that we have to be that way in order to be good in our jobs. However, research has shown that being hard on ourselves is often counterproductive. On her website, psychologist Kristin Neff offers meditations and other helpful resources all around the topic of self-compassion, which can help us to enter into a more constructive relationship with ourselves: https://self-compassion.org