Recommendations

People often approach me looking for recommendations, whether it’s for a meditation book for beginners, an app, or a meditation cushion. I have listed my favorites below so it’s all easily available to you in one place!

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Below you’ll find recommendations for:

  • meditation apps
  • meditation support (cushions, benches, mats)
  • books, podcasts and more

If you still have a question, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Meditation Apps

While the live support of an experienced teacher and the accountability of a group that a course provides is ideal for establishing and deepening your mindfulness practice, starting out or complementing with a meditation app is really useful. Check out and download my favorites below!

Insight Timer is a free app where you can find and follow your favorite teachers, as well as use their nifty timer if you want to meditate without guidance. Click here to check out my 6-minute meditation and follow my profile, more meditations to come!

App Store | Google Play

Headspace is the app that started my meditation journey. They have 10 days of 10-minute meditations for free, but the paid app is worth it and a great place for beginners.

App Store | Google Play

10% happier has some free content and a paid subscription. I haven’t personally paid, but they have terrific teachers and I really like Dan Harris who is behind the app. Also a great option for beginners as well as more advanced meditators.

App Store | Google Play

Meditation Support

Formal meditation is typically done sitting, standing, walking, or lying down. Here are some of my favorite and environmentally conscious product recommendations. I use and love the regular-sized foldable meditation bench and the biodegradable yoga mat. You can of course also sit on a chair, but whatever you choose, make sure you keep your knees below your hips. Click the bullet points below to read more about the product and purchase.

Books

Alongside taking a structured course or using an app, books are a great way to delve deeper and stay motivated on your mindfulness journey. At the bottom, you will also find podcast recommendations and more.

Full Catastrophe Living

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Written by the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, this book is considered the bible of mindfulness.

Altered Traits

by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson

A no-BS look at what the research actually says about meditation, and the incredible potential benefits for your mind, brain, and body.

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

by Dan Harris

Research supported, funny and practical how-to meditate book following the popular 10 % Happier book.

 

 

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

by Bob Stahl

A week-by-week guide. If you wanted to repeat the MBSR course on your own at some point, using this workbook would be a great way to do it.

 

How to be Human, the Manual

by Ruby Wax

A light, funny read where a comedian interviews a monk and a neuroscientist; About the mind, the body, the brain, and mindfulness.

 

The Mindful Way through Depression

by Williams, Teasdale, Segal & Kabat-Zinn

Experts in the field draw on Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy.

Heal Thy Self

by Saki Santorelli

Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine; A beautifully written book for health care practitioners and meditation practitioners alike.

The Pocket Pema Chödrön

by Pema Chödrön

“Designed for on-the-go inspiration, this is a perfect guide to Buddhist principles and the foundations of meditation and mindfulness.” (You don’t have to be a Buddhist to enjoy this!)

The Body Keeps the Score

by Bessel van der Kolk

Not a mindfulness book, but a renowned and important book within the trauma and larger mind-body field – where mindfulness can have an important role.

Awareness

by Athony De Mello

Despite the name and book description, this book is loved by spiritual and non-spiritual readers alike. About the importance of awareness, which of course, is what mindfulness is.

Digital Minimalism

by Cal Newport

Not a mindfulness book, but an excellent read on why and how to cut down on screen time to make time for what matters.

The Daily Stoic

by Ryan Holiday

Also not a mindfulness book, but a popular book on the art of living with bite-sized wisdom from Stoic philosophy to ponder daily.

Podcasts

  • Ten Percent Happier by Dan Harris
  • Practicing Human with Cory Muscara (shorter episodes, start from the beginning)
  • Meditative Story (“part first-person narrative podcast and part guided meditation”)

Find them where you get your podcasts.

Connect with me

Join my Meetup group for guided mindfulness walks in Amsterdamse Bos! Disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature and yourself.

Follow me on the free meditation app Insight Timer; a great way to see if you like my style if you are considering a course with me!

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