Little do we find time out of our busy daily lives to meditate that leads our way towards self-realization and elevates us higher in the world of spirituality. Meditation is the key to awaken our inner selves and open ourselves to uncertainties and challenges in life. It helps us cope stress and brings a peace of mind. It inculcates discipline in us with a feeling of self-awareness, self-motivation and self-worth.
Here, are the best books to read on meditation and self-realization for beginners.
Yoga Meditation: The Supreme Guide to Self-Realization by Stephen Sturgess
The author says Yoga teaches you the focus of mind. In this book, he teaches people to use the Yoga meditation practices to gain a higher state of consciousness. The initial chapters explain the significance of yoga meditation in our modern everyday lives. The book talks about an approach to the different stages of yoga and enlightens us to work on the internal energy system. Sturgess teaches us about the key meditation postures along with hand gestures and energetic seals. Also, he discusses the purification practices, meditation techniques and breathing exercises for the welfare of mind, body and spirit.
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
Dalai Lama wrote this book to train the human outlook which alters perception. According to him happiness is the purpose of life, and it can only be determined by a state of mind. It elaborates at length about warmth and compassion, transforming suffering and overcoming obstacles like anger, hatred and anxiety and realizing self-worth. It closes with talks of basic spiritual values.
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
It is based upon the teachings from Tibetan Buddhism and explores the concepts of evolution, rebirth and karma. It wades through the structure of mind and the way to train it through meditation and go a long way on the spiritual path. It tells to adopt compassion as a practice and care for people while dying.
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
One of the spiritual classics, this writing may help you to avoid trappings of intellectualism. The audio book has frank transcriptions of talks from the Zen master himself arranged into chapters running for 180 minutes. While discussing topics like sudden enlightenment and concept of meditation, he returns to the mind of a beginner stating that original nature is the true nature.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
It explains pitfalls arising out of self-deception while seeking spirituality, termed as spiritual materialism. It is actually a process through which ego grasps your progress and accomplishments of self over the spiritual path and the edition gives ideas to deal with it.
Read them as they are the best books on meditation and self-realization for beginners.