Reading is a fantastic way to reduce stress and get centred. Those literary pages beckon you into a distant world, far far away from the present stressors of your daily life.

If you are looking for some inspiration, below are five of our favourites that sit on our book shelf in the Centred Meditation studio:

  1. Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Naht Hanh
    Beautiful tips from a world-renowned zen master, spiritual leader, and author on how to bring the awareness that you might experience during meditation, into your every day life.
  2. Be Here Now by Ram Dass
    A unique reflection (through interesting illustrations and quotes) on what one man discovered during his journey from a psychology professor at Harvard University as Dr Richard Alpert to a spiritual teacher and yogi as Ram Dass.
  3. The Art of Happiness A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama & Dr Howard Cutler
    The ultimate book on how to be happy! The powerful messages of this incredible spiritual leader of Tibet are eloquently contextualised by psychiatrist Dr Howard Cutler to give us an insight into how to overcome life’s obstacles and discover lasting inner peace.
  4. Quiet the Mind by Matthew Johnstone
    An insightful picture-book on how to meditate. Through simple metaphors, this long-term meditator straight-forwardly illustrates how to turn down the chitchat of our monkey minds and experience some peace and quiet at last.
  5. Island by Aldous Huxley
    You might recall Aldous Huxley as the author who wrote that book that you studied in High School, Brave New World. In contrast to the disturbing dystopia that Brave New World portrays, Island offers us Huxley’s take on a utopian world. Set on the fictional island of Pala, his final novel is a culmination of his life-long exploration of eastern philosophies, psychedelics, and mysticism.

We get how reading sounds easy enough, but for some reason is so difficult to fit in! Perhaps start by picking a book that intrigues you, putting it on your bedside table, and setting an intention to read only two pages a night. Just remember, it’s not just a luxury, its a way to #getcentred and improve your health 🙂