The first two books I ever read about mindfulness and meditation were 10% Happier by Dan Harris (thanks for the rec, Wattsy!) and Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg. In hindsight, I'm sensing a real theme here hehe.
Four years later, I still look to these books for advice. Like this from Sharon:
"Mindfulness isn't difficult, we just need to remember to do it."
"Meditation is like going into an old attic room and turning on the light. In that light we see everything - the beautiful treasures we're grateful to have unearthed; the dusty, neglected corners that inspire us to say, "I'd better clean that up"; the unfortunate relics of the past that we thought we had gotten rid of long ago. We acknowledge them all, with an open, spacious, and loving awareness.
"It's never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn't depend on how long it's been running; a shift in perspective doesn't depend on how long you've held the old view. When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn't matter whether it's been dark for ten minutes, ten years, or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see things you couldn't see before. It's never too late to take a moment to look."
If reading this lights something inside you, maybe it's your time to learn more. You could start where I did. As I write to you, the Kindle edition of Real Happiness, which comes with audio files of guided meditations by Sharon, is on sale for $1.99. Did it just get a little brighter?
Here for you,