My Elephant Journal article and meditation book recommendations

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Hello, everyone!

I wanted to share my brand new article which was just published in Elephant Journal – Learning to be Still: Lessons from a Former Child Actor.  I write about my experiences with anxiety, therapy and finally learning to find a little peace.

I’ve had many people write me to say that they have issues with anxiety, too, and I’d love to offer a little more information about meditation for anyone who might be interested.

First of all, I know that some of you roll your eyes when you hear the word “meditation.” Maybe you have zero desire to be a dread-locked hippie, burning pachouli incense and randomly using Sanskrit  – you just want to chill out a little. That’s totally fine. Books #1-3 on the list have very little woo-woo shit at all!

But, if you are down with the Dharma, there are some books here that get a little more into the spiritual history of meditation and use words like Sangha and Buddha-nature. You’ll get a little more of that in books #3-5.

But all the books here have practical advice in managing panic attacks and anxiety. Most of them sit on my bedside table and have gotten me though some tough times.

Happy reading and most of all, just remember to breathe!

1.    Wherever You Go, There You Are – Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D: He’s a molecular biologist, you can’t get much more straight shooting than that. He’s reasonable, logical, and he has an entire center dedicated to the PROVEN medical benefits of meditation (or mindfulness, as he calls it, so that people don’t get intimidated).  I like everything the man has written.

2.    The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook – Edmund J. Bourne: This is the first book my therapist started me off with. It has clear directions for anxiety reducing techniques and short writing exercises.

3.    Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation – Sharon Salzberg: I love this because it’s a 28 day program that comes with a CD of 15 minute guided meditations.

4.    After the Ecstasy, the Laundry – Jack Kornfield: Besides that it’s an awesome title, this book has some great thoughts on waking up to our life.

5.    Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life  – Thich Nhat Hanh: He is a beautiful writer and puts complex ideas into simple to understand concepts.

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