The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
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“Reality is reality. It transcends every concept. There is no concept which can adequately describe it, not even the concept of interdependence.”
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist Monk and spiritual leader, once nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. The Miracle of Mindfulness is one of many of his books on the spiritual practice, and by far my favourite.
Despite its spiritual nature, the practicality of the book ensures its relevance for a wider audience, so even those who do not like to delve too far into religion will be able to take something away from it. The guide teaches the importance of meditation and mindfulness in daily activities, working as an effective reminder/tool to ground the soul.
Everyone should read a book on mindfulness at least once. Indeed, there are many practical, Westernized guides available for those after something more science based (see other book suggestions below). While nodding to the empirical uses of mindfulness, this book has the addition of the sincerity and poetic beauty of the spiritual practice, and for those open to it, The Miracle of Mindfulness is a great place to start.
Despite the depth of its message, the book is still a quick and easy read, so full of great quotes and metaphors that you can't help but take notes as you go. The Miracle of Mindfulness is the kind of book you want to keep by your bed or carry around with you and read over and over again.