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21 Great Books About Living in the Present Moment

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Living In The Present Moment. 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.

Heartwood by Barbara Becker

This product was recommended by Barbara Becker from BarbaraBecker

I am writing to you about the book HEARTWOOD: The Art of Living with the End in Mind (Flatiron Press) which is a beautiful exploration and rumination on loss. A love letter to life, viewing grief not as a problem to be solved, but rather a sacred invitation—Heartwood offers an opportunity to let go into something even greater, a love that will inform all the days of our lives.

Mindfulness for People Who Suck at Being Mindful by Melissa Maxx

This product was recommended by Melissa Maxx from A Maxximized Life

Being present can also be described as mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice holding a nonjudgmental state of complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions and experiences as they happen each moment. In short, mindfulness is awareness and acceptance. Awareness is noting what currently IS at any given moment. It includes taking inventory of our circumstances, our physical presence, our emotions, and our reactions. Acceptance is letting those things be as they are, whether pleasant or unpleasant. It is choosing not to resist, push them down or rush through them. While being mindful doesn’t necessarily mean being happy, leading a mindful life can bring about an overall feeling of acceptance of what is and surrendering to what will be. It can help us to struggle less and feel more, which ultimately can lead to more contentment and happiness throughout our lives. Written in a fun, down-to-earth, easy to understand way Mindfulness for People Who Suck at Being Mindful presents 6 shifts we all can all use to make mindful choices, find mindful meaning daily, reclaim our power and lead more fulfilling lives. A more mindful way is waiting for us all! This book is for you IF: * You are curious about mindful living but don’t know exactly what that means * You want to feel in control of your life again. * You’d like to feel more fulfilled but don’t have time to start a big self-help or person development practice. * You are intrigued by the ideas of meditation and mindfulness but find them daunting and overwhelming. * You’d like to learn about Mindfulness is a not TOO woo-woo type of way, with practical, actionable, tips, practices and lessons.

Flow Learning by Joseph Bharat Cornell

This product was recommended by Terry Curran from Crystal Clarity Publishers

Nature’s pristine presence is always eager to touch human hearts. During magical encounters with nature, we are like a cell fed by osmosis – absorbing our immediate environment. As an outdoor educator, I was thrilled to discover how immersing oneself in play absorbs people in the natural world—-so much so that players feel themselves, with osmotic movement, flow into the surrounding landscape flowing into them. Joseph Cornell is one of the most revered American nature educators in the world today. His teachings unite intelligence, heart, and spirituality to convey a unique magnetism that brings people back to their own nature. Participants experience the joy of learning with a pure heart, evoking love and respect for the environment. No one is more effective than Joseph Cornell in connecting people of all ages with the profound peace, joy, and exhilaration available to us through direct experience of nature. Cheryl Charles, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of Children and Nature Network and the co-leader of IUCN’s #NatureForALL

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This product was recommended by Shokouh Hatch from everlur

This book changed my perception of what it means to live in the present moment. By disconnecting from the monkey chatter of the mind and coming to the present moment, we can not only find out who we are to the core but also find happiness and serenity.

May All Beings Be Fed by Dana Humphrey

This product was recommended by Dana Humphrey from Whitegate PR INC

I LOVED reading about Dana’s life story and her very unique quarantine situation during the pandemic. WOW! Dana really knows how to turn every challenging situation into a positive one. Life for sure has its ups and downs, but it’s so important to count your blessings as we pass through this world. Dana does just that as she expresses her journey in a very creative and captivating memoir, Rebecca Symon. Everyone has the ability to shine their inner light, but sometimes we need guidance on how to turn that light on! This motivational, self-help, book will do just that and more!

Rise & Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw

This product was recommended by Lisa Blackshaw from Rise & Thrive

If you want to learn to live in the moment and greet each day with positivity, this is the ideal guide for you! Wake up to Rise & Thrive with this simple yet successful morning routine! Rise & Thrive is an ethos to live by – an ideology built around reflecting on motivational thoughts and channelling the significance of the carefully selected quotes. Rise & Thrive was written to help optimise your morning routine. By focusing on the uplifting words of wisdom, it encourages you to set your intentions, create good habits whilst eradicating bad habits and make beneficial lifestyle choices. Find motivation and become more present by reading Rise & Thrive daily, to manifest a positive mindset which will lead you to flourish and prosper.

Truth Lives by Mary Ellen Ciganovich

This product was recommended by Mary Ellen Ciganovich from Ask Mary Allen

Why? My latest book Truth Lives was released on November 24, 2021. This book is designed to assist all people to discover a new way of thinking. A way to keep people from worry, anxiety, stress and fear by living in the NOW moment. Truth Lives inspires the reader to look at life with a new perspective. At the beginning or end of any day this book brings you tools you need to get results for the life you want to create. Truth Lives is composed of 120 Truths, not facts, unchangeable Truths, to show you a new way to think. Through using these Truths, as a new way of thinking, you will understand how to manage any situation. You will see your life in a new light of love and peace. Your perception of life changes. A new life of positivity is born. Truth Lives is a book like no other as it brings heightened awareness to your thought processes as you see life differently. Now, you can create the pain free, less stress filled life you want to enjoy.

Inner Engineering by Sadhguru

This product was recommended by Rohan Kadam from Bikingknowhow

This is an amazing motivational book. The book addresses the importance of being in the present moment. Moreover, the book also covers simple exercises which will help the readers practise awareness and stillness. This book helped me tremendously during current uncertain times. It has simple practices that anyone can do to stay driven, motivated, and in the moment. This is a must-read book, especially during current pandemic times. I highly encourage this book to be read.

Three Circles Living by Todd Burrier

This product was recommended by Brian Wagner from BrianWagner

This book revolutionized the approach I take to my career and life. It presents a mindset focused on three aspects of your life: your health, your relationships, and lastly your career. I was struggling with balancing my marriage and career when I started reading this book. By the end, I pivoted my career and improved how I quantify what success is and what it means to me. It was actionable advice and a book that I consistently recommend because of the positive and lasting impacts it has had on my life.

A Guide to The Present Moment by Noah Elkrief

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

Living in the moment is one of the keys to long-term happiness. This book offers a significant message to share: undesirable feelings are generated solely by your thoughts about an incident, not by the facts directly. Despite my inexperience with regular meditation and giving myself time to observe my thoughts neutrally, I can confidently say that I have started to experience peace for a more extended time and that I have begun to live and enjoy my life at the moment, just not in the story that my thoughts are saying. I choose this book looking for PEACE. I wished to be NOW. True to its word, the book does just that. Glad I read it! Recommend to anyone in a similar scenario or wanting help being PRESENT.

The Present by Spencer Johnson

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

This book teaches you how to feel and live in your today because it’s a ”Present”. A famous author Spencer Johnsons explains simple wisdom by a short fable of a young man who wants to get the Universe’s gift, “The Present”. This intriguing story convinces a person to think how frequently we are let down by the flow of events in our lives? We all have our own objectives and aspirations, but occasionally we fail to accomplish them, resulting in feelings of anxiety, wrath, and stress. The author’s simple truths about life have changed millions of lives. When you read this book, you will discover how to live in the present moment, understand the mysteries of the past, and build a better future for yourself. The author gave a solution to how to cope with your failures and problems, be thankful for what you have, focus on your current tasks and always be enthusiastic for a new beginning.

Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

This book reminds you to live in the present moment and appreciate the little things in life. Happiness is found anywhere in the world, and the air we breathe brings us joy. A walk can be both enjoyable and calming for the soul. Even the blue sky can be lovely if we take the time to appreciate it. If you live a busy life and are looking for ways to live mindfully, this is the book for you because it will help you restore your peace of mind and assist you in finding joy while in the dull moments.

Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This product was recommended by Gelen Revilla from Good Noise

This book gives you more insight into the skill of mindfulness and shows you how you can end your enslavement to the mind and become its master instead. He also provides simple techniques to go beyond your ego-based consciousness and argues that they hold the key to abolishing all the vices that have corrupted the world today. It shows us how to free ourselves from “enslavement to the mind.” The aim is to be able to enter into and sustain an awakened state of consciousness throughout everyday life. Through meditations and simple techniques, this book shows us how to quiet our thoughts, see the world in the present moment, and find a path to “a life of grace, ease, and lightness.”

Doing This ONE Thing Will Change Your Life Forever! by Jacqui Olliver

This product was recommended by Jacqui Olliver from End the Problem

Emotional and intimacy issues which contaminate relationships are solved in this book along with a proven strategy for enhancing all aspects of personal connection. These insightful answers can transform an adult or teen from feeling frustrated, insecure and isolated into a happy, radiant and confident person.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert M Pirsig

This product was recommended by Deepasha Kakkar from Crackitt

This novel is written from the father’s standpoint and understanding of reality, or rather, as he attempts to establish one. The book is brimming with profound philosophical thoughts, and notions culled from the greatest brains who have ever walked the face of the earth. The incidents in this novel are described in such vivid detail that reading it became a form of escape for me.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

This product was recommended by Danielle Edenworth from Healthy Land

It’s a book that reminds you how valuable life is. Basic and mundane actions like eating, breathing, and thinking are brought to light in this novel, demonstrating how wonderful they truly are. Dan Millman penned this as a depiction of his own life, from college athlete to enlightened seeker. Socrates, the strange gas worker who becomes Dan’s instructor, teaches him all of the eternal teachings he has learned.

You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

Thich Nhat Hanh reveals the private to true happiness, and it isn’t about running out from life or its responsibilities. Instead, it is about being current and engaging in living consciously. It is for Mindfulness. you should get it right. In the end, he says you will be able to taste absolute freedom and live life to the fullest. Because it will help you, you should buy it.

How to Live in the Now by Ernest Holm Svendsen

This product was recommended by Derwin K.K. Nunes from The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center

This book is excellent because it offers lots of practical exercises to help you live more mindfully. I believe that practicing these skills is essential to using them in everyday life. The author has more than 25 years of experience as a life coach.

Born to Travel by Sara Tyler

This product was recommended by Sara Tyler from Nomad Publishing

Born to Travel features stories by 12 unique families who have decided to give up their American Dreams, in order to travel the world with their children. From immigrants and single mothers to ex-military and digital nomads, each of the authors have made it possible for their families to live one moment at a time. Sacrificing relationships with friends and family and taking on the educational responsibility for their children, they strongly believe that their lifestyle is well worth it.

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

This product was recommended by Tim Sutton from CoffeeGeek TV

Written by one of the most influential spiritual teachers in the world, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, the book is a wonderfully direct introduction course to the skills of mindfulness and the practice of meditation to become more awake and aware. The reader can appreciate every living moment to gain peacefulness and a better understanding of oneself.

Living in the Moment by Anna Black

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

The book is named Living in the moment, and it takes you back to basics with making you realize you should be in the moment of what you are doing no matter where you are and what you are doing. Anna Black has created page after page of delightful mindfulness exercises to inspire us to practice. The illustrations are home-spun and friendly and Anna’s embodiment of mindfulness shines through. This is a great book to pick up at any moment of the day for an injection of present moment awareness. Very accessible to someone starting out on the mindfulness journey and equally valuable. Through simple mindfulness meditation, learn to live in the moment and enjoy a life that is more vivid, awake, connected, and true. Highly Recommended!!!

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