This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Being Present. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.
This product was recommended by Chel Gacrama from Castnoble
What I like the most about this book is that it is absolutely friendly to beginners. One of my pet peeves about spirituality books is that they use too much jargon and philosophical talk that turn off most entry-level readers. This classic is the exact opposite. It is written in a Q&A format and uses real-life examples that everyone can relate to. If you are just beginning to learn about being present and spirituality in general, this book is a must-read.
This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder
The authors have drafted this book in a poetic form. They talk about the value of every moment in life. Consider every day as a chance to explore the world despite the hardships. Living with love and friendship adds extra flavor to life, and the authors request the leaders to observe life with multiple dimensions. This book provides a second sight to every reader that makes them look at life from a different perspective.
Wherever You Go, There You Are is the book I recommend time-and-time again to family and friends when they ask about my mindfulness practice. The main thesis is stated in the title: whatever you are thinking, wherever your mind is wandering to – that is where you are in your life. If you focus on past events – loss, anger, confusion – this is where you will find yourself. If you focus on the present moment – what is currently around you, you will find yourself in a much less judgmental place and be able to enjoy the stillness that comes along with mindfulness practice. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the master of presenting the science of mindfulness in an approachable, enlightening way that anyone can enjoy. The book is not preachy – it simply provides an easy-to-understand roadmap on how to live a more present, mindful life. Favorite Book Quote: “Give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is, and allow yourself to be exactly as you are.”
Ikigai is a wonderful book that breaks down finding your purpose and passion. It talks about how you can be present in everything you do to achieve a flow state and appreciate the less obvious things in life. When you can start to see the beauty in things that you never noticed before, life starts to become a lot more fulfilling. It also features some interviews with some oldies from a blue zone and how they have lived such long and happy lives. If you’re looking for a new perspective on life and work this book is highly recommended!
This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax
Written by a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, this book encourages us to live fully every day. It shows us how to be there for ourselves and our loved ones. Reading the book will make you feel peaceful and grounded. The book doesn’t engage your mind. Instead, it is simply and beautifully written yet profound. If you want to learn how to live one day at a time, this book is great for you. The author provides you simple practices that you can add to your daily life to cultivate mindfulness. This book is more suitable for people who are open to different religions. Although the author mainly uses Buddhist teachings in this book, his occasional use of words such as “Kingdom of God” might offend some readers.
This is by far the best book on being present. This book is truly a mentor for thosewho want to acquire knowledge form it. This book tells you about the thoughtsand emotions that makes you being in present. I would recommend you to must try it.
This product was recommended by TJ Nelligan from TJNelligan
Life lessons can come from the most unlikely sources. An entrepreneur, advocate and former Chairman & CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, TJ Nelligan is a man of action who has made it his life’s mission to benefit others. Inspired after his son’s sudden passing, Live Like Sean provides a first-person perspective on seeing the world through the eyes of his special-needs son, who taught the world more than it could ever teach him. This uplifting story is told through personal anecdotes and focuses on traits that came so easily to Sean like kindness, perseverance, and the importance of being present. Chapter 2 of Live Like Sean, entitled Be Present highlights how Sean lived in the moment, engaging with the people around him rather than focusing on what comes next or looking at his phone. Sean had a gift of making everyone in his presence feel like they were the only one who mattered by providing his undivided attention, always listening, never passing judgement and doing so with a smile. TJ’s book, Live Like Sean, shows others how life sometimes does not go as planned; however, the lessons learned along the new path can be far better than anything we could have ever envisioned.
This product was recommended by Max Dewkes from maxdewkes
The book explains the complex journey of our spiritual evolution in a clear and invigorating way. Being present is good advice, but it’s also the equivalent of being hurled in the deep end of a swimming pool without knowing how to swim. Sadhguru remedies this in Inner Engineering by explaining the processes that create the necessary situations that allow someone to experience a present state of consciousness.