Looking for guidance on how to slow down your brain, improve sleep, clear up your life, and embrace zen? This hotlist of reads for inner peace is curated by Philip Blackwell of Ultimate Library and our Karma Group Literary Luminary.
1. Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki
In this hit Japanese bestseller, Fumio Sasaki, a writer in his 30s living in Tokyo explores the philosophy behind minimalism in the vein of Marie Kondo. His book offers a set of straightforward rules for a cleaner life- discard it if you haven’t used it in a year; be a borrower; find your uniform; all of which help us to lead simpler, happier, more fulfilled lives.
2. The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell
Emma Mitchell’s richly illustrated and evocative diary records her experience with nature over the course of a year and shows how being in the ‘wild’ benefits both our mental and physical wellbeing. As someone who suffers with depression Emma exposes the benefits of a life lead outdoors. Whether or not you suffer with low mood, this is certain to offer some inner peace.
3. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim
Hugely popular in Korea, Haemin Sunim is a Zen meditation teacher whose teachings transcend religion, borders and age. With insight and compassion drawn from a life of change, the bestselling monk succeeds at encouraging all of us to notice when to put the brakes on our busy modern lives.
4. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
Looking at sleep, the news, social media notifications, addiction, mental health, work and play, the bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on earth.
5. Quiet by Susan Cain
Susan Cain shows us how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues the power of introverts. In Quiet introverts are encouraged to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. With superb research and an array of anecdotes this book will permanently change how we see introverts – and also how you see yourself.