When I am feeling most lost at sea and straying from the path, I find that reading books on mindfulness and meditation help motivate me to remain positive and correct my course from veering into the rocks.
Here is a selection of mine and Harry’s favourite books to help guide you on your journey:
I first read this book when I was staying in Bali. I’d decided to take a solo trip to Indonesia after realising I was restless and unhappy in my job at the time and needed to create some space for myself to re-find my balance. It was ‘The Power of Now’, combined with the wonderful and inspiring people I met there, that helped me do this.
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
This is the first book I read about meditation. Harry recommended it to me whilst we were at University, I loved it as each chapter describes a different technique and it clearly outlines all the different methods of meditation. A brilliant beginners guide!
“When we try to meditate, the world doesn’t vanish and we don’t pass into oblivion. Thoughts still arise, a headache may remain and noises may disturb us. Gradually they become less aggravating and we feel more at ease regardless.”
This book opened Harry’s eyes to a more mindful way of living. He came across it when reading Steve Jobs’ biography – detailing that this book had really changed Jobs’ perspective on life. The final section of the book is called ‘A Cookbook for a Spiritual Life’ which is full of practical insights straight from the mouth of the wise Ram Dass.
“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”
For such a small novel, it carries a lot of weight. A timeless classic full of powerful messages, ‘Siddhartha’ succinctly tells the story of one man’s journey to enlightenment. It came to Harry at the perfect time in his life when it’s grounding message was most needed.
“We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.”
Harry and I met Ruby Wax at The Hay Festival last year, she was being interviewed about her new book ‘Frazzled’. As a comedian, she was of course hilarious but she was also practical and honest about her life and mental health struggles. Ruby’s journey is an interesting one and it has led her to become a mindfulness expert and a fierce mental health campaigner. Her book is brilliant, both outrageously witty and insightful, it is an easy-to-follow guide about finding the space and time to de-frazzle in a faced paced, demanding world.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re all in this together: many reside in the Land of Frazzledom, and we’re all trying to find some kind of exit route.”
We would love to hear your thoughts on these books and please do get in touch if you have any other suggestions for us. There are also many more incredible books by these authors – check them out!
Peace and Love