“Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life” by Dr. Stuart Shanker

This groundbreaking approach to understanding our behaviors and the behaviors of others makes it a must-read for families. Dr. Shanker teaches us how to more calmly respond to stressful situations, in effect changing the way we perceive behavior as a whole.

“Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.

Mindfulness pioneer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, makes meditation accessible to everyone in this bestseller. Learning to observe our thoughts just as they are is the central theme of this book, making it a bookshelf staple for anyone struggling to be at peace with their circumstances.

“How To Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide For the Chronically Ill & Their Caregiver” by Toni Bernhard

This book is a great read for anyone who wishes to move toward greater acceptance of any illness. With firsthand experience of chronic illness, Bernhard discusses how her diagnosis impacted her and her partner’s lives, and how Buddhist principals helped them discover inner freedom.


“The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” by Brené Brown, Ph.D.

Living authentically is easier said than done, and can be a challenge when we feel flawed. Beloved author, Brené Brown, explains the psychology of imperfection and presents her research-backed “ten guideposts” for releasing it.

“Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation” By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Neurobiologist and mental health visionary, Dr. Dan Siegel, explains the learnable skill of “mindsight” – how it can change the brain to improve our emotional responses and therefore enhance our relationships. This book is a must if you’re struggling to understand others or communicate.

“Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha” by Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Feelings of unworthiness or imperfection are common, especially when we are living with limitation. Meditation teacher and psychologist, Tara Brach, helps us get out of the mind-trap of fear, shame, and comparison by guiding us toward forgiveness and presence, and acceptance.


“No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering” by Thich Nhat Hanh

The beautiful lotus flower would not exist if it didn’t rise out of dark, muddy water. The legendary Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and insight on how to transform suffering in this book – explaining that we must acknowledge and grow through it, rather than run away from it.

“Dancing with Elephants: Mindfulness Training for Those Living with Dementia, Chronic Illness or an Aging Brain” By Jarem Sawatsky

Written specifically for those with health challenges, this book helps reduce fear and build confidence. Sawatsky shares humorous stories of his own life with an incurable disease as well as practices for living more mindfully with one.

“The Self-Acceptance Project: How to be Kind and Compassionate Toward Yourself in Any Situation”

A collection that everyone should have, this book compiles works from leading teachers. In its pages, we’ll find short essays divided into the topics of practicing, embodying, and awakening self-acceptance — no matter our circumstances.