BooksThere are numerous books, CD’s and videos available to help you in your journey. Here is a list of some that Dr. John and I have found useful over the years. Enjoy!

BTW – As you will notice, the authors are listed alphabetically, by first name. A bit of an aberration when it comes to bibliographies, but still useful (I hope!!).


(There are many more that have been borrowed from the Library over the years, but these are the ones that are on our bookshelves!)

Anodea Judith: Eastern Body, Western Mind

Brene Brown: Daring Greatly – How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead

Brene Brown: Rising Strong

Brene Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection

Brene Brown: Braving the Wilderness – The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Chris Hadfield: You Are Here

Chris Hadfield: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Claudia Naranjo and Robert Ornstein: On the Psychology of Meditation

Dalai Lama: The Art of Happiness

Daniel Aman: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Davidji: Secrets Of Meditation

Deepak Chopra: Ageless Body Timeless Mind; Quantum Healing; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu: The Book of Forgiving

Don Miguel Ruiz: The Four Agreements

Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth; The Power of Now; Stillness Speaks

Jack Kornfield: A Path With Heart

Jack Kornfield: After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

Jack Kornfield: No Time Like The Present

James Redfield: The Celestine Prophecy; The Secret Of Shambala

Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight

John Kabat-Zinn: Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are

Joseph Goldstein: Mindfulness. A Practical Guide to Awakening

Khalil Gibran: The Prophet; A Tear And A Smile

Lama Surva Das: Awakening the Buddhist Heart

Lawrence LeShan: How To Meditate

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Bhagavad Gita

Mark Epstein: Going To Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective On Wholeness

Mark Manson: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK (warning – offensive language permeates this otherwise informative book)

Martin Levine: The Positive Psychology Of Buddhism And Yoga

Michael Stone: The Inner Tradition Of Yoga; Awake In The World

Norman Doidge: The Brain’s Way of Healing

Norman FIscher: Training in Compassion

Pema Chodron: When Things Fall Apart; The Places That Scare You; Comfortable With Uncertainty; Taking the Leap; Living Beautifully; Fail fail fail again fail better

Radanath Swami: The Journey Home

Rick Hanson: Buddha’s Brain; Just one thing; Paths to harmony. Also a CD: Meditations To Change Your Brain

Rick Hanson: Change Your Mind (CD)

Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness

Rick Hanson: Resilient

Rick Hanson: Stress-Proof Your Brain (CD)

Roshi Phillip Kapleau: The Three Pillars of Zen

Sakyong Mipham: Turning The Mind Into An Ally

Sam Harris: Waking Up – A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

Sharon Salzberg: Loving Kindness

Stephen Covey: First Things First

Steven Porgess: Polyvagal Theory

Stephen Shafarman: Awareness Heals – The Feldenkrais Method for Dynamic Health

Swami Vivekananda: Meditation And Its Methods

Tara Brach: Finding True Refuge; Radical Acceptance

T.K.V Deskichar: What Are We Seeking

Takuan Soho: The Unfettered Mind

Wayne Dyer: Wisdom Of The Ages; Gifts from Eykis

Online Resources:

If you have access to the internet, there are many wonderful resources available online, many of which are FREE.

YouTube has many great meditations. Just do a YouTube search for some of the authors named above, and you can select guided meditations offered by them. has GREAT dharma talks. This site also has many beautiful guided meditations of varying lengths. I heartily recommend you checking this site out.

Dr. Rick Hanson has a free newsletter called, “Just One Thing” that I also recommend. If you follow the link HERE and sign up for the newsletter, you will receive a weekly publication offering a simple practice aimed at enhancing your emotional well-being.

Cell Phone Apps:

There are some wonderful apps to support your meditation practice if you like using your cell phone. I like the freedom and mobility that the apps provide, because I can use them anywhere, anytime. Two apps that I have found particularly useful include Insight Timer and

RISE is another excellent app, no charge, for daily insights and short teachings.

Online courses:

Buddhism and Modern Psychology: Robert Wright, Princeton University (Coursera). A free course from Princeton U, comparing the essential themes of Buddhism to Darwinian psychology and the “Multiple Mind” theory

Foundations of Well-Being: Dr Rick Hanson. A one-year programme of weekly practices and talks to increase emotional well-being. Well worth the investment of time and money.

Hinduism Through Its Scriptures: The fifth module of EDX’s programme of World Religions Through Their Scriptures. A free 8 week course that reviews the foundational literary works of the Hindu religion

Sounds True: Another great source of interviews and sessions, some of which are free

The Science of Happiness: University of California, Berkley: A free course offered by Berkley on the elements of happiness and what we can do to increase our own sense of joy.

YogaU: A great variety of lectures (many are free and downloadable!) based on the yogic wisdome traditions