As you embark deeper on your journey to meditation, I would like to share with you a couple of books on mediation.
1. "Wherever you go, there you are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn: I
recommend this book because it is composed of small chapters that you
can read and incorporate the wisdom into your life bit by bit. The
chapters are 2-3 pages long only with a practice at the end of the
chapter that provokes your thinking. I also love the anecdotes that
Kabat-Zinn shares in this book. Take a look and enjoy. Here is also a video review of the book that I did on the book.
2. "Turning the mind into an ally" by Sakyom Mipham:
I have a special connection with this book. When I was living in New
York, I visited many yoga centers and buddhist centers. One day, a
friend of mine, Nancy and I walked into a meditation center in
Manhattan. We began talking with one of the volunteers who was helping
out the center in the daily running of the place. We chatted a little
and I asked him about the book he was holding in this hand. It was this
lovely book with a white cover that had an eloquent script for a title.
He explained to me how this book was influencing him for being more in
tune with his inner world. Then, as we were leaving, he said to me,
"Here you go". He was handing me the book. I gave him a surprised,
joyful glance. He said that this book belongs to me now. This kind
gesture was truly heartwarming and even after so many years, this gift
from a "stranger" is a source of warm feelings.
I have read this book with great
gratitude and joy. In the reading of this book, I have gained a sense
of peace. The author offers an intimate view of meditation and in the
way he describes what happens to us when we are meditating, is simply
eye-opening. He uses the analogy of a horse to describe our mind, an
analogy that clearly brings to me the message that meditation needs to
be a practice done daily. Only then can we train our mind to become our
ally. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is serious about
changing their habits, improving mental health, and refining their
concentration and sharpening their sense of focus and clarity.