Books We Recommend

Brach, Tara (2004).  True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart.  How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? 


Brach, Tara (2004).  Radical Acceptance.  Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.


​Cozolino, Louis (2014). The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain (Second Edition).   A revised edition of the best-selling text on how relationships build our brains.

Davidson, Richard J (2012). The Emotional Life of Your Brain.  This book offers a new model for understanding our emotions – their origins, their power and their malleability.

Goleman, Daniel (2006). Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition.  Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.

Gunaratana, Bhante Henepola (2002).  Mindfulness in Plain English.  Presents an introduction to meditation, describing the advantages of the practice and addressing some of the difficulties that can come up.

Hanson, Rick, (2013).  Hardwiring Happiness:  The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence.  This book shows you how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better.​


​Kabat-Zinn, Jon (2013, revised). Full Catastrophe Living. Dr. Kabat-Zinn has become known for his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshops. This book provides a foundation for MBSR and contains lots of good and very up-to-date (in the 2013 revision), useful material. A great companion to the MBSR course.


Kabat-Zinn, Jon (2005). Wherever You go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. An elegant, daily-practice form of learning mindfulness. Neat, brief and very useful "chunks" of practice.


Kabat-Zinn, Jon (2005).  Coming to Our Senses:  Healing ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness.  This is the essential guide to mindfulness practice.  After reading, you will have considered it from every angle & you will likely learn of new possibilities for being in the meditative space.  ​


​Keltner, Dacher (2009). ​ Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. In this startling study of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered question of human evolution: If humans are hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short,” why have we evolved with positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and cooperative societies? Illustrated with more than fifty photographs of human emotions, Born to Be Good takes us on a journey through scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy. Positive emotions, Keltner finds, lie at the core of human nature and shape our everyday behavior—and they just may be the key to understanding how we can live our lives better.

Kornfield, Jack (2008). The Wise Heart. Here is a rare treasure that will give readers greater access to the secret beauty within - and without.

Lucas, Marsha (2012).  Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness. Understanding the neural wiring behind afflictive emotions can be transformative - in learning to accept that some of us are wired for more intense reactions and in having a plan to rewire the brain to be less reactive and more responsive.


Lyubomirsky, Sonja (2007). The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want.  This book is a comprehensive guide to understanding the elements of happiness based on years of groundbreaking scientific research. It is also a practical, empowering, and easy-to-follow workbook, incorporating happiness strategies, excercises in new ways of thinking, and quizzes for understanding our individuality, all in an effort to help us realize our innate potential for joy and ways to sustain it in our lives.

Rosenberg, Marshall B. (2003). ​Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life.  This book partners practical communication and emotional literacy skills with a powerful consciousness and vocabulary to help you create the life you want peacefully.​


Salzberg, Sharon (1995).  Loving-Kindness:  The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.  Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy—both with others and with ourselves—creates feelings of pain and longing. But these feelings can also awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path.  In this inspiring book, Sharon Salzberg, one of America's leading spiritual teachers, shows us how the Buddhist path of lovingkindness can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us.

Santorelli, Saki (1999).  Heal Thyself.  Saki Santorelli directs the Mindfulness Institute, working alongside Jon Kabat-Zinn to promote healing among healers, people with pain & illness, and others wanting to improve their experience of living life.  This book is a wonderful peek into the world of an 8-week mindfulness program, with reminders that on the journey of seeking healing, we are all student and teacher, alike. 


Seigel, Daniel. (2007). The Mindful Brain. If you are really interested in knowing where the science of mindfulness is, and where it's going, and if you are patient with needing to use your intellect to read through something, this is very worthwhile reading!

Stahl & Goldstein (2010).  A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook.  Joining a group is a much easier way for most of us to learn mindfulness meditation.  But if you prefer to try it on your own, or if you wish to explore your practice further, this workbook with cd of guided meditations may be right for you.

Tan, Chade-Meng (2012). ​Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace).  With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work. Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.

Williams, Teasdale, Segal & Kabat-Zinn (2007).  The Mindful Way Through Depression. Book is very straightforward, easy to read, full of great examples, includes a cd of guided meditations, and is equally applicable to anyone suffering from stress or anxiety.​

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