Recommended Reading and Listening

Books, audio books, magazines and more to help you expand your practice.

Adyashanti

Emptiness Dancing

In Emptiness Dancing, Adyashanti invites you to wake up to the essence of what you are, through the natural and spontaneous opening of the mind, heart, and body that holds the secret to happiness and liberation.

Herbert Benson, MD and William Proctor, JD

Relaxation Revolution

Recent scientific breakthroughs—demonstrating that mind body strategies can actually “switch off” or “switch on” gene activity associated with health and disease—have triggered a mind body revolution in the medical world.

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Stephen Bodian

Wake Up Now

In Wake Up Now, author Stephan Bodian–nationally recognized expert on meditation and spirituality and former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal–reveals that spiritual awakening is not some faraway dream, or overly complicated to achieve, but an ever-present reality that is always available here and now.

Stephen Bodian

Beyond Mindfulness, The Direct Approach

Recent scientific breakthroughs—demonstrating that mind body strategies can actually “switch off” or “switch on” gene activity associated with health and disease—have triggered a mind body revolution in the medical world.

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Pema Chödrön

When Things Fall Apart

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined.

Deepak Chopra

Total Meditation

With this book, Deepak elevates the practice of meditation to a life-changing quest for higher consciousness and a more fulfilling existence. He also incorporates new research on meditation and its benefits, provides practical awareness exercises, and concludes with a 52-week program of meditations to help revolutionize every aspect of your life.

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Sonia Choquette

Your 3 Best Super Powers

In Your 3 Best Super Powers, Sonia uses meditation to tap into your other super powers, allowing you to clear mental space and to take charge of the source of all creativity, imagination–which is essential to envisioning and enacting your heart’s desires. Then she seamlessly guides you to your sixth sense, intuition, to help you make the smartest, safest, and most satisfying decisions in your personal and professional life.

Thomas Cleary

Minding Mind

Minding Mind is an extraordinary compendium of instruction manuals dealing primarily with ways of attaining the mode of experience characteristic of the highest form of meditation in the Zen tradition—pure, clear meditation arriving at being-as-is. The seven meditation manuals included here are some of the greatest treasures of the Zen tradition.

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Joan Duncan Oliver

Commit to Sit

From the pages of Tricycle, the country’s most widely read Buddhist magazine, comes Commit to Sit, an introduction to the art of meditation. In recent years, interest in meditation has grown to include not only those on a spiritual search, but also those who are simply working toward a healthy and meaningful life.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life

In this book, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today’s modern world. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne’s researching of 12 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries. Each chapter is designed for actually living the Tao or the Great Way today.

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Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison

Meditations from the Mat

As more and more people in the West pursue yoga in its various forms, whether at traditional centers, in the high-powered atmosphere of sports clubs, or on their own, they begin to realize that far from being just another exercise routine, yoga is a discipline of the body and the mind. Whether used in the morning to set the tone for the day, during yoga exercise itself, or at the end of the day, during evening reflection, the daily reflections in Meditations from the Mat will support and enhance anyone’s yoga journey.

David R. Hamilton Ph.D.

Why Woo-Woo Works

Alternative therapies, healing modalities, and spiritual practices are often referred to as ‘woo-woo,’ – but many of these approaches are actually supported by compelling scientific evidence.

In this dynamic and thought-provoking book, David R. Hamilton PhD dives deeper into the true nature of consciousness and presents the cutting-edge research behind energy healing, crystals, meditation, and more.

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Rick Hanson, Ph.D

Buddha’s Brain

By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha’s Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you’ll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. 

Dan Harris

10% Happier

In 2014, Dan Harris published his memoir 10% Happier. The book—which describes his reluctant embrace of meditation after a drug problem, an on-air freak-out, and an unplanned “spiritual” journey—became an instant bestseller and Dan, to his own surprise, became a public evangelist for mindfulness. Hoist on My Own Petard is the story of what happens to Dan Harris after the runaway success of his memoir and the lessons he had to (re)learn in the process.

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Louise Hay

The Power is Within You

Louise Hay expands on her philosophy of “loving the self” and shows you how to overcome emotional barriers through learning to listen to your inner voice, loving the child within, letting your true feelings out, and much more!

John Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go There You Are

No matter how busy you are, find quiet reflective moments in your life—and reduce your stress levels drastically—with this classic bestselling guide from a mindfulness expert.

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Sally Kempton

Meditation for the Love of It

With Meditation for the Love of It, Sally Kempton shares practical secrets to help us turn meditation into an unconditional embrace of the fullness of our experience―on and off the meditation cushion. With the gentle wisdom and compassion of one who understands the nuances of practice, she opens us to the joy of exploring the deep and mysterious inner landscape of the heart, mind, and body.

John Kabat-Zinn

Meditation for Beginners

Have you ever thought about trying meditation, but didn’t know how to get started? With Meditation for Beginners, Jack Kornfield shows you how simple it is to start – and stick with – a daily meditation practice. This complete course, created especially for beginners, offers a straightforward, step-by-step method for bringing meditation into your life.

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Swami Muktananda

Meditate

Swami Muktananda offers, in straightforward and often humorous language, an understanding of meditation.

This revised edition includes a new chapter by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. “Meditation is looking within,” says Gurumayi. “Look within. Meditate. You will find your own peace. You will find your own treasure.”

James Nestor

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. In Breath, journalist James Nestor travels the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.

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Reginald A. Ray

The Awakening Body

A senior Buddhist teacher offers fundamental body-based meditation practices that prove enlightenment is as close to you as your own body

Matthieu Ricard

Happiness

In this groundbreaking book, Matthieu Ricard makes a passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves as least as much energy as any other in our lives.

Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific research, and personal experience, Ricard weaves an inspirational and forward-looking account of how we can begin to rethink our realities in a fast-moving modern world. With its revelatory lessons and exercises, Happiness is an eloquent and stimulating guide to a happier life.

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Bob Roth

Strength in Stillness

Once a skeptic, Roth trained under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the twentieth century’s foremost scientist of consciousness and meditation, and has since become one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in the world. In Strength in Stillness, Roth breaks down the science behind Transcendental Meditation in a new, accessible way. 

Sharon Salzberg

Real Happiness

From Sharon Salzberg, a pioneer in the field of meditation and world-renowned teacher acclaimed for her down-to-earth style, Real Happinessis a complete guide to starting and maintaining a meditation practice. Beginning with the simplest breathing and sitting techniques, and based on three key skills—concentration, mindfulness, and loving kindness—it’s a practice anyone can do and that can transform our lives by bringing us greater resiliency, creativity, peace, clarity, and balance.

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Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Yoga Nidra

Satyananda Yoga Nidra™ is a simple yet profound technique adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati from the traditional tantric practice of nyasa. This text explains the theory of yoga nidra in both yogic and scientific terms and includes class transcriptions of the practice. It also presents the various applications of this versatile technique, which has been used for deep relaxation, in stress management and therapy, to enhance the learning process in education, to harmonize the deeper unconscious and awaken inner potential, and as a meditative technique.

Agapi Stassinopoulos

Wake Up to the Joy of You

With warmth and wisdom from a lifetime of spiritual seeking, inspirational force Agapi Stassinopoulos guides you through fifty-two weeks of letting go of what doesn’t work for you and finding what does. You’ll cultivate the building blocks of self-care (meditation, health, making time for yourself) and confront the common roadblocks we all face, like pouring your energy into other people or living in denial. You’ll explore your “conflict” areas, such as relationships, money, self-esteem, anxiety, and your childhood. And you’ll learn to trust your creativity, keep your heart open, and connect to the bigger spirit that lives inside you.

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Rod Stryker

The Four Desires

For more than three decades, master teacher Rod Stryker has taught yoga in the context of its deepest philosophy. His course, called The Yoga of Fulfillment™, has helped thousands recognize their soul’s call to greatness and to achieve their dreams. Now, in this wise and richly practical book, he has distilled those broad teachings into a roadmap for becoming the person you were meant to be. It is filled with revealing true stories, provocative exercises, and practices for unlocking your inner guidance.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Ph.D.

Vishoka Meditation

In Vishoka Meditation: The Yoga of Inner Radiance, Pandit Tigunait makes meditation as practiced by the ancient yoga masters accessible to a modern audience, offering step-by-step instructions to guide us to this illumined state of consciousness. Grounded in the authentic wisdom of a living tradition, the simple―yet profound― practice of Vishoka Meditation is the perfect complement to your existing yoga practice, as well as a powerful stand-alone meditation practice.

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Eckhart Tolle

The Power of NOW

It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks

In Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle illuminates the fundamental elements of his teaching, addressing the needs of the modern seeker by drawing from all spiritual traditions. At the core of the book is what the author calls “the state of presence,” a living in the ‘now’ that is both intensely inspirational and practical..

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