The 8 Best Mindfulness Books of 2021

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Our Top Picks

Don’t Hate, Meditate! 5 Easy Practices

"The pick unpacks the five spiritual mindsets and offers up meditations and quizzes to help the reader learn more about themself."

In Courage Journal: A Daily Practice for Self-Discovery

"Touching on everyday themes like stress and burnout, it also offers motivational excerpts, mantras, and affirmations."

Go All In Journal

"With space for jotting down your long-term goals and dreams, the journal's meant to be written in every day."

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

"Each day, Beattie offers up a new meditation that leads readers back to a place of compassion and mental well-being."

Turning the Mind Into an Ally

"Written for those unfamiliar with meditation, this book breaks down the foundations of the practice in an understandable way."

The Mind-Gut Connection

"A must-read for understanding how the brain and gut are connected, the author shares how to implement changes for better immunity."

Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28-Day Plan for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Self-Care

"Stiles preaches the importance of self-care, and shares her four-week detox for the body, mind, and spirit."

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

"Ideal for those looking to get started with breathwork, the author explains the history and offers several techniques."

No matter what your day-to-day looks like, mindfulness can be a helpful tool to come back to calm and be more present. Defined, mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment—without judgment—rather than dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. Generally, it involves focusing on certain senses wholly, like noticing your breathing or focusing on the feel of your feet on the ground, while being as focused on the moment as possible. 

If you’re looking to learn more about mindfulness and figure out how to implement it more regularly in your life, finding a book that explains different aspects could be extremely helpful. Also, worthwhile, as research shows that mindfulness can help reduce illness and cell aging. With a little help from top experts, you may just find new ways to make the most of each day.

Here, the best mindfulness book options on the market.

Don’t Hate, Meditate! 5 Easy Practices

In this book, Meghan Monahan unpacks the five spiritual mindsets (presence, acceptance, intention, non-judgment, and trust) and how they are the key to unlocking happiness with your life. She also offers up themed meditations and quizzes to help the reader learn more about themself, in a fresh, friendly voice that feels like you’re catching up with a good friend. 

In Courage Journal: A Daily Practice for Self-Discovery

This book touches on a lot of themes that we deal with in everyday life, including stress, anxiety, burnout, and more. With excerpts offering motivation and encouragement for some of our most difficult moments, via mantras and affirmations, this is more than just a guided journal. Owners will be encouraged to complete prompts daily, with the overall goal to further process emotions, practice regular self-care, and be more attune to gratitude.

Go All In Journal

Go All In Journal

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Start off your mindfulness practice with Rachel Hollis’ step-by-step guide meant to help you figure out exactly where you want to go. Start by doing some guided visualization work and jotting down your long term goals and dreams. Then, the book is meant to be written in every day.

Each morning, the journal asks you to focus on one of three things: gratitude, dreams for the future, and one big goal. For more guidance on your journey, Hollis offers up supplementary podcast episodes and information on her website. 

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

If you want to be more mindful but aren’t exactly sure where to start, this pick from Melody Beattie will make you take a moment to stop, reflect, and think. Every day, Beattie offers up a new meditation that leads readers back to a place of compassion and mental well-being.

Turning the Mind Into an Ally

Written for individuals with little or no knowledge of the science of meditation, this book breaks down the foundations of the practice in an easy-to-understand way. Sakyong Mipham offers up easy-to-understand advice that can help readers establish a dedicated meditation practice. 

The Mind-Gut Connection

You’ve certainly experienced a connection between your mind and your gut—think of an unsettled stomach before a first date. But, if you haven’t taken the time to understand your microbiome and how your brain and gut are connected, this book is a must-read. Using research-backed strategies, Emeran Mayer, MD, shares some small changes readers can implement within their diet for enhanced immunity, an overall joyful mind-set, and even weight loss.

Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28-Day Plan for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Self-Care

If you’re the kind of person that’s tethered to your phone, this book will make you rethink a lot of things. Tara Stiles preaches the importance of self-care, and shares her four-week detox for the body, mind, and spirit that can be done on your own at home. Touching on everything from how to eliminate toxic relationships and establish a meditation practice to eating clean and moving regularly, think of this read as a blueprint for a more mindful, happier you.   

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

We breathe without thinking about it every single day. But when was the last time you actually paid attention and used this process to your advantage? In "Breath," journalist James Nestor explains the history of the way humans breathe, and shares his science-backed theory that no matter how much you exercise or how you fuel your body, if you’re breathing incorrectly, that won’t matter. With a few different techniques, Nestor writes that you can truly make lasting change to improve your wellbeing.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a guided journal, you really can’t go wrong with Alexandra Elle’s “In Courage Journal,” which will make you rethink the way you speak to yourself and promote a healthier inner dialogue. If you’re looking for quick fixes of mindfulness, Melody Beattie’s “Journey to the Heart” is an ideal nightstand companion. And if you want to cozy up with a title to really learn more about our brain and its inner workings, “Turning the Mind Into an Ally” is a solid pick.

What to Look For in a Mindfulness Book


There are plenty of different paths you can go down in the mindfulness category. Perhaps you’re looking for something science-based and want to learn more about why we are the way we are. Or, maybe you want something that allows you to do some inner exploration, being mindful about your habits and self-care practices (or lack thereof). Luckily, this category is filled with options.

First ask yourself: 'What do I want to get from this book?'

The best thing you can do when hunting for the perfect mindfulness book is to know exactly what it is you’re hoping to get by reaching for a certain title, says Tara Stiles, cofounder of Strala Yoga, mindfulness expert and author of "Clean Mind, Clean Body."

“If you want to change a certain area of your life, it’s nice to go in thinking ‘OK, I want a 30-day plan,’ or ‘I’m just looking for some inspiration,’ and seeking something that fits with that,” she says. “Just like you wouldn’t go pick up Chinese food from a pizza place, there won’t be one book with all of the answers. But there is something for everyone, as long as you get specific.”

A book that empowers you

You also want to look for a book that makes you feel empowered, not completely out of the loop. Each person’s journey with mindfulness will be different, and you want to learn from an author who you can relate to.

“The person writing a book could be nice and great, but you won’t connect with everyone,” says Stiles. “I often think about a scenario where if I were to meet this author, would I be excited to sit down and have tea or a conversation. I’d want to feel like they would give me the time of day.”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the core principles of mindfulness?

    There are three core principles of mindfulness. The first core principle of mindfulness is the ability to observe some of the activities of one’s mind and body as they occur, in real time or something close to real time. “This is a trainable skill that can be developed in virtually any adult,” says Perzan K. Irani, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Director of IOP at New Method Wellness. ”By training our attention on what is occurring in our minds and bodies in the present moment, we can observe all sorts of activity.” 

    These activities include physical sensations, impulses to move or speak, images, moods, emotions, thoughts, and judgements of others.

    The second core principle of mindfulness is not reacting. Non-reactivity distinguishes mindfulness from reflection, and is the discipline to not react to or feed any of the associations or responses of the mind during the experience of being mindful (mindfulness practice).

    The third core principle of mindfulness is to not let your attention wander. “When your attention wanders during a mindfulness practice, you notice it and gently bring your attention back to the mindfulness practice,” says Irani.

  • How can I be a more mindful person?

    Strengthening your capacity to be mindful requires practice. You can start becoming a more mindful person by developing your mindfulness skills slowly and one step at a time. “Begin by developing a mindfulness practice,” suggests Irani. “Sit comfortably with your eyes open or closed for five minutes and only notice physical sensations and impulses in your body. Of course, your attention will wander during the mindfulness practice, and as it does, gently ‘wake up’ and return your attention to noticing the physical sensations and impulses in your body in the present moment.”

    To find success in your practice, Irani recommends to start slow and aim low. Five minutes daily for several weeks and you will be well on your way to being a more mindful person.

  • How quickly does mindfulness work?

    Mindfulness works as soon as you start observing your mind and body. After weeks and months of a daily mindfulness practice, benefits such as being less reactive, calmer, clearer, and more present will emerge in your daily life.

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