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Written by Charlott

4. June 2021

5 books that teach mindfulness

The term mindfulness has become more and more popular in recent years. But what exactly is behind it, only a few know: It’s about concentrating on the here and now in order to reduce the stress and pressure of everyday life.

Mindfulness can be applied to all areas of life and learned through certain techniques. Here you will find five reading recommendations in order to be more attentive to yourself and those around you.

Eckhart Tolle – Now! The power of the present

Eckhart Tolle is convinced that living in the now is the way to happiness and enlightenment. With the help of advice and tips, he explains how you can get out of the negative spiral of thoughts, detach yourself from tormenting thoughts and focus on the moment. A book that introduces you to the mindfulness way of life and gives many suggestions to live more consciously in the present.

Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication

We communicate constantly: in direct conversations, over the phone, in writing via emails and text messages. We shouldn’t have a problem with that, should we?

What makes up a large part of our everyday life is actually not as simple as expected. What we say and communicate is important. Sofer’s method combines mindfulness exercises with those of nonviolent communication. Using three basic guidelines, he explains how you can bring mindfulness into your daily communication in order to achieve a happier relationship – be it with colleagues, friends, partners and family members.

Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

A book about leadership that has a different approach than most on this topic: The focus is not on the external improvement points such as delegating, motivating and leading employees, but on yourself. It’s about facing your own demons as a leader, because every self-doubt, every uncertainty and every prejudice has a direct influence on how the people you lead are dealt with.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Just take a deep breath – what sounds so easy, many of us still get it wrong. The journalist James Nestor describes in this book that this can have devastating consequences for us humans. He traveled the world to find out the history of our breathing.

Nestor describes the physiological changes in humans over the centuries and explains the changes in our breathing and what consequences this had for us. In addition to various breathing techniques, he also explains their origins and their influence on health.

Ulrich Ott – Meditation for Skeptics: A neuroscientist explains the path to the self

If you are looking for a good, descriptive introduction to the subject of meditation, this book is the right place for you. In addition to many instructions for various exercises, he also brings the reader to fathom his own motivation for meditation in order to find out the most effective way for himself. He also summarizes current research and its results on the subject of meditation practice in an understandable way.

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