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I haven’t read nearly as many books on meditation as I would like. But the ones I have read have been very worthwhile. I highly recommend those on this first list, and the second list is a collection of other popular titles for your reference. Popularity, after all, counts for something. At least with books.

Note that I will update this list as I discover more meditation authors; I know it is as yet far from complete.

Best Meditation Books:

Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
Meditation: How to Reduce Stress, Get Healthy, and Find Your Happiness in Just 15 Minutes a Day, Rachel Rofe
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, David Lynch
Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh

Other Top Meditation Books:

Jon Kabat-Zinn:

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Power of Meditation and Prayer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sogyal Rinpoche, Larry Dossey, and Michael Toms
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Myla Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Arriving at Your Own Door, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson

Sharon Salzberg:

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Sharon Salzberg
Heart as Wide as the World, Sharon Salzberg
Voices of Insight, Sharon Salzberg
Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Sharon Salzberg
The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion, Sharon Salzberg
The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, Sharon Salzberg
Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

Joseph Goldstein:

The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Seeking the heart of wisdom: the path of insight meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight meditation: the practice of freedom, Joseph Goldstein
The Path of Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate, Joseph Goldstein, with Sharon Salzberg
One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Joseph Goldstein
A Heart Full of Peace, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield

Thich Nhat Hanh:

Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, Thich Nhat Hanh
Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh
‘Hermitage Among the Clouds’, Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice, Three Leaves, Thich Nhat Hanh
Cultivating The Mind Of Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart Of Understanding, Thich Nhat Hanh
Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962-1966, Thich Nhat Hanh
Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Raft Is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness, Thich Nhat Hanh and Daniel Berrigan
The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Thich Nhat Hanh
A Pebble in Your Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
Essential Writings, Thich Nhat Hanh
Anger, Thich Nhat Hanh
Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Death, No Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh
Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations with the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Teachings on Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Understanding Our Mind, Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Power, Thich Nhat Hanh
Under the Banyan Tree, Thich Nhat Hanh
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, Thich Nhat Hanh
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Novice: A Story of True Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Communicating, Thich Nhat Hanh
Blooming of a Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, Thich Nhat Hanh
Is Nothing Something?, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindful Movements, Thich Nhat Hanh

Clark Strand:

Waking up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, Clark Strand
Waking the Buddha: How the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is Changing Our Concept of Religion, Clark Strand
How to Believe in God: Whether You Believe in Religion or Not, Clark Strand
The Wooden Bowl: Simple Meditations for Everyday Life, Clark Strand
Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey, Clark Strand

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

Beacon Light of the Himalayas, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditation: Easy System Propounded, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Science of Being and Art of Living – Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Love and God, Spiritual Regeneration Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Yoga Asanas, Spiritual Regeneration Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita – A New Translation and Commentary, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditations of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Alliance for Knowledge, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Creating an ideal society: a global undertaking, International Association for the Advancement of the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Results of scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation program, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Enlightenment to every individual, invincibility to every nation, Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Freedom behind bars: enlightenment to every individual and invincibility to every nation, International Association for the Advancement of the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Dawn of the age of enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Life supported by natural law : discovery of the Unified Field of all the laws of nature and the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Thirty years around the world: dawn of the Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Programme to create world peace: global inauguration, Age of Enlightenment Press, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s master plan to create heaven on earth, Maharishi Vedic University Press, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
A Proven program for our criminal justice system: Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Corrections, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Vedic knowledge for everyone: Maharishi Vedic University, an introduction, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Government – Automation in Administration, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi University of Management – Wholeness on the Move, Age of Enlightenment Publications, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Constitution of India Fulfilled through Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Inaugurating Maharishi Vedic University, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Defence – Sovereignty in Invincibility, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Celebrating Perfection in Education – Dawn of Total Knowledge, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Forum of Natural Law and National Law for Doctors – Perfect Health for Everyone, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Speaks to Educators – Mastery Over Natural Law, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Speaks to Students – Mastery Over Natural Law, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Celebrating Perfection in Administration, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Ideal India – The Lighthouse of Peace on Earth, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Bhagavad-Gita – Chapter 7, 2009, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Other Authors:

Zen Meditation in Plain English, John Daishin Buksbazen
Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jack Forem
The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Meditation: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice, Richard Chilson
Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility in Your Life, Brian Weiss
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, Stephen Batchelor
The Zen Way, Myokyo-ni
The Way of Zen, Zendo
Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das
Theta Healing: Introducing an Extraordinary Energy Healing Modality, Vianna Stibal
Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness, Osho and Osho International Foundation
Love, Freedom, Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships, Osho

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I really don’t know how to be humble.

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Reading the wonderful Matt Kahn’s book, Whatever Arises, Love That. (Great title, eh?) So, the main message is to send love to whatever comes up in your experience, which is what Eckhart Tolle, my friend Leta Hamilton, and many others agree is one of the most useful spiritual practices you can do.

And man, I super suck at it.

I don’t love a lot of things. A whole lot of things. My ego is just always–right–there. I can’t let go of my opinion long enough to love what is, even though I know that doing so is the core definition of humility.

I really don’t know how to be humble. But I’m working on it.

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My meditation

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For quite a while now, I’ve been saying a daily meditation prayer–one that I wrote in order to remind myself often of all the different ways to enter into an experience of the Divine. Each stanza is, for me, a consolidation of a great spiritual principle that upon contemplation can allow us to feel the feeling of feeling good (my definition of the state of meditation).

Here is my prayer. Filch as desired.

Angels, guides, God and all there is,  

1.
Please. Please.  
Help. Help.

2.
Notice. Notice.  
Accept. Accept.

3.
Surrender. Surrender.  
Flow. Flow.   

4.
Love. Love.
Give. Give.

5.
Body. Body.
Energy. Energy.

6.
Thank you. Thank you.
Life. Life.

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Things I would be, think, and do differently if not for the opinions of others or other self-imposed limitations: A complete-as-I-can-get-it-right-now list

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  • I wouldn’t wash my clothes every time I wore them.
  • I would collect beautiful garbage everywhere I went and use it to make amazing art pieces.
  • I would never negate a compliment.
  • I would never argue.
  • I would never defend myself.
  • I would someday “walk the earth,” stopping only to sleep in hotels and eat at restaurants.
  • I would sip coffee all day.
  • I would eat stir-fry every day.
  • I would never wear a bra. Ever.
  • I would never say “yes” to things I didn’t really want to do. (That includes sharing my food.)
  • I would never be in a hurry.
  • I would spend more time digging in the dirt.

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Here’s your chance to tell somebody what you *really* think

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As I’ve no doubt mentioned before, my life is blessed with many wonderful people. A few of those people: those who give me feedback on my writing.

And yet, there is something in this area I still lack.

See, I have fans–super awesome fans who read, like, everything I write. And I have a few naysayers as well. But lately I’ve been wondering: What about all the people in-between? Might they have something even more valuable to share with me on the topic of my books–namely, really, really helpful commentary and critique?

And I’m guessing the answer to that question is yes.

And so, as I’ve done a few times on my blog before (thanks again to those who participated!), this week I’m extending an offer to you, my blog readers: If you buy any of my books, then send me a quick email telling me what you *really* thought of it and why, I’ll refund your purchase price (or send you a different ebook or printed book of your choice) with almost as much gusto as I use during the writing process itself. If you’re a writer and would prefer an in-kind critique, we can arrange that, too.

And that’s not all! I’ll also send you a whole bouquet of loving happy vibes–for free! (Can’t you just feel that gusto?)

Now, don’t worry: If you love the book you choose and have no real criticism to share, I’m actually find with hearing the good stuff, too. (You can also post a review on Amazon with the same, though note that I’m not basing your refund on that.) But a few “wasn’t really into it for this reason” comments would be super, super helpful as well.

Just email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com with the review (anonymous comments are totally fine).

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The very last time. Maybe.

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This is the librarian who now hates us.

When a friend of mine mentioned her love of the library recently, a idyllic image came to mind. There was a mother, there were two happy children, and there were three large piles of loved books.

I really should take my kids, too, I thought. It’s time I stopped slacking off. So, I packed us up and off we went.

There was screaming. There was peeing. And there was a dramatic parking lot escape. And the next day, all I had to show for it was a pile of books in the trunk of my car that would soon have to be returned . . . to the library.

Last time I compare myself to anyone ever again. Last, I tell you. Maybe.

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Two things I may or may not have learned since last Sunday

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  1. I cannot handle parenting more than two children under the age of five at once.
  2. It’s perfectly okay to admit that you can’t handle parenting more than two children under the age of five at once.

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Three things I may or may not have learned since last Sunday

best-books-for-mystics-111. A difficult three-year-old is almost twice the work of an easy baby. Added bonus: they don’t nap.

2. A fireman costume layered over a bathing suit layered over regular clothes and topped with a motorcycle helmet is appropriate attire for every occasion.

3. Television isn’t nearly as bad for kids as I used to think.

Science.

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Sometimes, meditation is just hard work.

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Recently on The Law of Attraction Project, another blog I run, I posted a summary of a great book called 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by news anchor Dan Harris. In it, he says that just maintaining the meditation discipline is enough; it’s not necessary to actually feel better afterwards. Sitting down, coming back, trying again is “the whole game.”

Sometimes, meditation is just hard work.

I like this idea, and yet … I kinda hate it. Esther Hicks always harps on the importance of finding a good-feeling place. Feeling good, grateful, etc. helps us manifest what we desire, after all. If there’s a day in which meditation isn’t doing this for me, shouldn’t I spend my free time on something that does? Like going for a walk in the woods, or playing volleyball, and doing it in a meditative frame of mind?

What do you guys think?

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You met *how* many gurus in your lifetime? Sure, buddy.

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Recently, on The Law of Attraction Project, I wrote about a book called Autobigraphy of a Yogi by Paramhausa Yogananda. The book is, more or less, a litany of miracles and gurus the author witnessed firsthand—and it is quite lengthy. My first reaction: how did one fairly normal young man growing up in India meet so many enlightened masters in one lifetime? I mean, granted, he was training to be one, too. But seriously.

My conclusion, which may or may not be true, was that at least at the time the book was written, India was a culture of belief. Even people who were without the author’s fanatical, wholehearted search for God (like his brother Ananda) believed strongly in omens, predictions, etc., as evidenced by the stories in the book. Therefore, more miracles actually occurred.

This reminds me of the beloved Indonesian guru in Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. His parents told him his whole life that he was spiritually gifted, so he just never questioned it. As a result, he became a very intuitive miracle worker.

There is, and was, and always will be, a whole lot to be said for simple faith.

What do you think? Does more faith mean more miracles? Or are there the same number of miracles happening either way, but when less faith is present more of them just go unnoticed?

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