Many of us can go through life very stressed, overwhelmed with the challenges that get thrown at us and the obstacles we must overcome to achieve true happiness.
With out emotions in the way, events in life can continue to affect us throughout our lives, even after years have passed. Many of us are filled with worry at the thought of anything negative happening again, which can actually turn us into very negative people.
Mahayana Buddhists believe in karma and that however we act in our lives, will return to us, urging people to be more caring and peaceful, instead of filling their lives with negative feelings and actions. They also believe that people must try and change themselves for the better, banishing any of these feelings that we have that could stop us from living a happy life.
To do this, many meditate to clear the mind and surroundings of negative energy however, we could actually get into their frame of mind by reading books about this way of thinking.
Reading itself is a very peaceful activity and can help you forget about anything going on in your life. We think it’s a brilliant idea to pick a new book every week and try it as an emotional journey, leaning something new from every chapter.
In life, you should always try and look towards to future, instead of stopping and looking at a past which you cannot change. Learning to be a happier person with an optimistic attitude is easier said than done, especially when you have lost your direction in life.
However, it’s important to remember that you make your own direction and you should try and find comfort in other people’s words of wisdom and experiences.
That is why we have decided to list 7 books for your Inner Buddha which can help you start to think a little differently about your life and perhaps give you a whole new outlook. Whether you already meditate or don’t really fancy doing it, these 7 books are perfect if you want a little spiritual pick me up without the complicated terminology.
After reading one, who knows, you could become a lot happier for the rest of 2015!
The Alchemist is a well loved book by millions of people because of it’s so wonderful to read.
The story follows an Andalusian Shepherd boy who embarks on a life changing journey that tells us to listen to our hearts and follow our dreams, wherever they make take us.
Many people have felt spiritually enriched after reading this book, which proves it serves a large purpose for people who want a book that will make them feel positive about life.
This book would be an excellent choice for someone who needs a little guidance on what path they should take next in their lives, especially if this involves a big move.
Don’t be fooled by how small this book it- it certainly packs a lot of inspirational and spiritual messages that can be read with ease whilst waiting for the train.
This isn’t a novel. Instead, it is a book full of quotes and ideas on how to make yourself happier in life and how to help others, too.
This pocket book teaches us to live our lives to the max and just go for what makes us happy, instead of letting the negatives stall us.
This book is ideal for someone who wants a quick read (plus something to come back to) that is going to perk them up
Now, this book is certainly controversial, especially because of the title however, it’s a brilliant read which will open your mind to a completely different way of thinking.
This book has a very funny and blunt way of making you see that holding onto something is probably causing you a lot of upset in your life. Reading this will teach you (in the most realistic way) to let go and banish things in your life that are doing you more harm than good.
This book is excellent for the sceptical types who aren’t spiritual in the slightest. It’ll tell them that you can still be logical whilst trying to find happiness and at the end of the day, changes are completely down to you.
This book was written by the excellent author, Bhante Gunaratara who is actually a Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk. He wrote this book about mindfullness that many readers can understand easily, without being too full on. Many people find that while they want to learn about peace and spirituality, they can’t understand exactly what the author means. This is why this book is fantastic, because it speaks to us in simple terms, without complicating spiritual lingo.
This book is ideal for someone who wants to learn more about mindfullness but doesn’t have a clue where to start. It’s an uplifting yet simple read that does the trick.
5. You Are Here: Discovering The Magic Of The Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh
Here is a book that is written by Zen Monk called Thich Nhat Hanh who can offer wisdom for many lives that are struggling with negativity and feeling stuck.
Reading this book will help you learn to live for the moment and appreciate the beauty of life itself. It will help you see the bright side of live and will guide you to become someone who is more mindful of others around you and the way you act on a daily basis.
This book is perfect for someone who is heartbroken and may feel as if they have lost the ability to love. It will help you love yourself again and will help accept love from others around you.
This is another book written by the wonderful Thich Nhat Hanh and it is absolutely brilliant.
When we read books, we can sometimes find it difficult to connect with the character or narrative if it is different from ourselves.
However, this book discusses what humans do when they are unhappy, which is often brushing it under the carpet or indulging in things that are bad for us, such as lots of food.
This book will help you to embrace the negatives as a part of life and turn them into positives, which can lead us to a happier life.
This book is the right choice for someone that is going through a tricky patch who wants to look towards the future.
The Art Of Being Brilliant is an excellent book that deletes all the complications of out trying to find happiness. Instead of talking about spiritual techniques that many can find out of their comfort zone, it teaches the reader to simply find what makes them happy and to make it a regular activity.
This book is very light hearted and easy to read, which will perk many people up who want a little cheerfulness in their lives.
Whilst reading this, you’ll think a lot more about your wellbeing, career and closer relationships to find what’s best for you.
This book is ideal if you want to get the fun back into your life.
Have you read a book that has offered you a spiritual enlightenment or a positive way of thinking? We’d love to know so we can give it a read!