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5 Mindfulness Books with the Power to Change Your Life

There is nothing more liberating than realizing we have the power to control our destiny. 

There is nothing more rewarding than recognizing our innate capacity to care for ourselves.

There is nothing more nurturing than remembering we know how to love and be loved by our family and friends. 

But, somehow, we get lost along the way. We get lost as we hurry to get to work, are stuck in traffic, are late for an appointment, struggle to meet deadlines, can’t find time to balance cooking, cleaning, exercising, meditating – and we become so burnt out we no longer have the energy to do the things we enjoy. We get caught in a vicious cycle, doing more but feeling less satisfied, less grounded, and less ourselves

The philosopher Osho reminds us: 

"Action comes out of a silent mind—it is the most beautiful thing in the world. Activity comes out of a restless mind—it is the ugliest… Action is moment to moment, spontaneous; activity is loaded with the past. It is not a response to the present moment, rather it is pouring your restlessness, which you have been carrying form the past, into the present. Action is creativity. Activity is very destruction—it destroys you, it destroys others."

We get lost in the activity. Then we lose touch with our creativity, our ability to nourish, and become distant from our inherent calmness. But there is always a way back.

Homecalming’s mission was inspired by a handful of books that explore how to get back to ourselves even as we are pulled in so many directions and overwhelmed by so many responsibilities.

1.The Tao-te Ching, By Lao-Tzu

This is the OG book of wisdom for a mindful life. Written over 2,000 years ago (!), this classic Chinese text is recommended by successful authors, entrepreneurs, artists, actors, and even the pro-surfer Laird Hamilton.  

2. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown 

Greg McKeown asks: Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? It's hard to find someone who would answer no to that question. Our busy brains struggle to differentiate meaningful choices from choices that drain our energy, but McKeown’s sharp insights show us another path. 

3. Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport

It's not just our physical space that would benefit from less clutter: every time we check our phones, open our laptops, turn on our televisions and tablets, we get drawn into distraction. We can’t avoid using these devices, but Cal Newport has some useful and effective strategies on how to feel more in charge of our digital worlds. 

4. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Marie Kondo

Maybe you’ve seen Marie Kondo’s Netflix special, where she uses the principle of “tidying up” in order to make space for a more joyful life. Her wonderful book on the topic provides an accessible guide to change basic habits that will have a huge impact on your well-being. 

5. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, Tara Brach

How can we move towards the “silent mind” that Osho says is fertile ground for creativity?

Meditation teacher and psychologist Tara Brach uses a combination of Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness techniques to provide ideas and daily practices that encourage emotional balance and presence. 

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