4 Books for Meditation Beginners

Congratulations. You have decided to enrich your life through the practice of meditation.

The benefits of meditating daily are numerous. Reducing depression, anxiety, and stress. Also improving relationships and focus is only a few of the many scientifically proven benefits.

If you are at the beginning of your meditation journey then there are a few things you should be aware of. First, this is a practice you need to work into your daily life. Secondly, this is not a “quick fix”. But a practice that can help you open spiritually and help you see the benefit in every situation both negative and positive. Thirdly you need to be dedicated to yourself and your practice in order to experience the changes you desire, which means practicing daily, for at least ten minutes.

At the beginning of my own practice, I felt overwhelmed at times. Through my own demands and discouraged by the lack of results. I began with the wrong kind of mentality. With the wrong motives, and being ill-prepared. As a result, I lost interest in meditation for many years.

I eventually found my way back with a new outlook and more knowledge. I was able to begin a practice that is doable for me.

Perhaps you have tried to meditate a few times already and find yourself a little self-conscious of your method and maybe even discouraged by your results. Or maybe you are interested in trying but unsure how and where to begin.

In order to receive the benefits emotionally, mentally and spiritually that you are searching for it is important to not only to practice meditation but also to study. These books acted as wonderful references for me in those earliest days of practice and I hope they can provide you with the motivation, inspiration, and guidance that is essential for beginning gently and correctly.

Good luck!

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The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

Pema Chodrons approach to sharing ancient Buddhist wisdom is very direct and easy to absorb. This makes her lovable to both beginners and the experienced. She was twice divorced and is an American. Making her relatable and inspiring in her writings.51hf76-kpql-_sy344_bo1204203200_

This is a beautiful book for those who are dealing with a fear of any kind. Fear in relationships, fear in practice, fear of the future, you name it we all have it. In this book, Pema teaches a totally different approach to dealing with the difficulties that this emotion can have on us.

Each chapter you read is filled with dozens of thoughts and opinions that will widen your perspective and help you embrace all emotions in your life even the scary ones. A perfect reference to gain inspiration and begin practice with the right mentality.


When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times 51jdx-q-yl

Another amazing book by Pema Chodron. Pain and difficulties in life are things that we all deal with, there is no avoiding these situations. However,  Pemas acknowledgment of the suffering, that we cause ourselves in our own minds and her gentle practical approach on how to overcome this suffering is what makes the teachings in this book so profound.

In this book, we see a collection of talks given by Pema from 1987 and 1994. Her straightforward approach to spirituality is the perfect way to “get your feet wet”.


Turning the Mind Into an Ally

Written by the current Sakyong which is the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, the 314jps-hqclBuddhist tradition in which I practice, this book was the most beneficial to me when it came to beginning meditation practice. I will be reading it again soon. This is the kind of book you can refer to over and over again.

In this book, you will discover not only how to meditate but also the different stages that follow the process. This is a great reference for beginners, providing inspiration and helping supply confidence throughout all stages.




The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

Written by the late Chögyam Trungpa of the Shambhala 4188deod1hl-_sy344_bo1204203200_lineage this is another wonderful reference book for anyone beginning mediation. Chogyam Trungpa was a Tibetan Buddhist who like many including the Dalai Lama fled Tibet after the Chinese communist invasion.  This book prompts us to look at the true motives for our desire for freedom. Are we driven by ignorance,

He later went on to bring Buddhism to the west and create the Shambhala tradition. His ancient Buddhist wisdom is perfect for those looking to understand more about the ancient practice of meditation.  This book prompts us to look at the true motives for our desire for freedom. Are we driven by ignorance?

This book prompts us to look at the true motives for our desire for freedom. Are we driven by ignorance, greed, and negativity? Looking more closely at our motives in the beginning of our meditation practice is a useful way to begin. It helps put us on the right path and to begin practicing mindfulness in the process.


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  2. Cookie Crumbs | 26th Feb 17

    Reblogged this on Cookie Crumbs and commented:
    If you’re looking to begin a meditation practice or even dig deeper you should check out this post! I’ve tried meditation on and off for years now but I’ve never really studied meditation. I can’t wait to dive into the books that Stephanie shares here. Join me in digging deeper and practicing and studying meditation!

  3. Jo (Fallen Angel) | 26th Feb 17

    Thank you for these recommendations. I am really wanting to work on my spiritual side a lot more. I feel I have never really cultivated it. I have put ‘The Places that Scare you’ in my Amazon list. I’m knee-deep in studying at the moment but will try and devote more time 🙂

    • StephJ | 27th Feb 17

      It is a great book, I don’t think you would be disappointed. Let me know what you think when your done 🙂

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  9. angelanoelauthor | 15th Feb 18

    The last two seem to be speaking to me right now. I have been feeling that extra anxiety that comes from a new job, and wanting to do all the “I should..” things in life at the same time. Meditation, and a regular yoga practice, are both things I want to begin immediately. I think I’ll start with “Turning the Mind into an Ally.” Seems right where I want to be.

    • stephaniewp | 19th Feb 18

      Turning the mind into an ally has been the best resource for me. You will love it!

  10. Simon | 15th Feb 18

    This kids really interesting, I’ll have to try one of these ☺️

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