Best Mindfulness Books - Top 5 Honorable Mentions

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore, PhD

This is another one of these classic bestsellers that everybody should read. Ruiz goes toe to toe with the modern domestication of humans.


As soon as you're born, the world around you starts teaching you what is right and what is wrong. Even your religious beliefs and political views are dictated by the people around you.


Pursuing those opinions and forcing them upon yourself can quickly lead to self hatred.


We don't want to spoil every detail and concept in the book so we will give just a quick overview of what you are to expect and leave the rest to Don Miguel Ruiz. Credit where credit is due!


The first Agreement - Be impeccable with your word

Articulate your beliefs. Be honest with others and yourself.


The second Agreement - Don't take anything personally

What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. Don't get victimized by the opinions of others.


The third Agreement - Don't make assumptions

Communicate as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings.


The fourth Agreement - Always do you best.

Simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.


Learning about the Four Agreements and incorporating them into your own life will help to realize that everything around you is just noise distracting you from pursuing your own goals and dreams.


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The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore, PhD

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

While this book mainly focuses on Overcoming Procrastination, it has a lot in common with the basic principles of Mindfulness.


Neil Fiore teaches you techniques on how to structure yourself in a so called Pomodore manner, structuring your workload and projects into managable 30 minute sessions.


He combines this sessions with a reverse calendar called the Unschedule, emphasizing the importancy of spending your A Time when working of your tasks: being fully present in the moment and focusing on what you do for short periods of time.


The Unschedule also inherently fulfills the purpose of showing you what you've accomplished as you go so you can rest assured and enjoy your hard earned "Play" Time in these modern stressful times.


The reviews are full of former procrastinators, who normally wouldn't even touch the smallest essays out of free will, which goes to show that Fiores system really works.


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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

After coming to grips with himself and his beliefs former Heroin addict David Allen quickly rose to fame within the world of personal and organizational productivity.


His New York Times bestseller explains how everything in todays fast-paced world creates more and more stress and anxiety until you simply can't take it anymore.


This is especially true for people who can't say no to anything or perfectionist that want to go full-out on everything they touch.


That was the point where he started to heavily self-medicate with drugs and ultimatively lost the carpet under his feet.


He managed to get out of this hell by 1) realizing that the world throws things faster at you that you can handle until you're simply overloaded by responsibilites you never wanted to have in the first place.


And 2) regularly itemizing and categorizing everything that flies by, taking a step back, reflecting and opening up a dialog about it with yourself.


Do you really want to move forward with this? Is this even in your interest? Does it concur with your view of the world?


By looking at things this way, you gain the ability to negotiate a contract about your true beliefs with yourself, that you can follow in the future.


That's the time when you realize that most things you were doing weren't your interest at all. You were just reacting to it in an automated manner and lost your happiness on the way.


GTD gives a great manual on how to master stressful, heavy work loads without feeling stressed out or even depressed by it all the time.


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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

This one is more about motivation and not giving up - pursuing your dreams no matter what.


It does however has one key thing in common with Mindfulness: As long as you're honest with yourself, reflecting on what you really want, accepting that there will be things you can't control but have to react on accordingly, everything else - the whole universe - will conspire in your favor.


The Alchemist is about the young shepherd Santiago who travels from Andalusian to the African Desert.


Along the way he meets multiple people, who all point him in the same direction, the quest of a hidden Treasure.


He encounters many obstacles up to the point where it even seems unpossible to find the it.


Instead of giving up, he doesn't stop following his dream and soon realizes that the real treasure was hidden within him all along.


Not the worldly goods themselves but his journey towards them, the transforming power of pursuing your dreams and listening to your heart are far more worth than anything else.


Because of the wisdom of Santiago managing to step back, reflect, return to calm and taking actions reflected on his own beliefs on multiple occasion, we think that this extraordinary bestseller deserves to be mentioned in regards to Mindfulness.


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It's All in Your Head - Get Out of Your Way by Russ

It's All in Your Head - Get Out of Your Way by Russ

Russ is a 27-year old selfmade multi millionair who preferably acts as rapper, songwriter and producer.


Selfmade because he did it all on his own!


He had no big music labels backing him and no big marketing agencies that pushed him to fame.


What he had were many many people along his way that told him he wouldn't make it, who laughed at him and didn't take him seriously.


But that didn't stop him. It even fueled him!


After 10 years of everlasting grind and a shift of his eyesight on things that truely mattered to him, he managed to rise to international fame.


Today he is selling out arenas around the world on a regular basis, has many multi-platinum albums and more than 4+ billion streams.


It's all in Your Head summarizes his path to greatness.


How Russ kept his motor going by a) accepting the fact that bad things can and will happen to you in real life but b) not being victimized by them, taking a step back and reinforcing himself by reflecting on the world around him and the things he loves.


Mindfulness and It's All in Your Head meet when the author started to pay attention to the universe without judging, accepting it and working with it rather than getting stressed out and screaming "everything is always so bad for me" like a bullying victim.


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