Book: Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat

While this really is an outline with practical instructions for a 3-day retreat, including Eating Meditation and Walking Meditation, the format is bite-sized and her kind + gentle voice and stories are ever so encouraging whether you’re on retreat, sitting daily or coming back from a sitting-hiatus.  Every chapter is relevant to your sitting and mindfulness practices on or off retreat.  Her experience is real, as if she’s right there sitting-along with you.  I use this book when I go on self-led silent retreats and it is instructive and supportive.  

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat by Sylvia Boorstein

Book: Inviting Silence: Universal Principals of Meditation

One of the very, very best books out there.  Gunilla Norris’ writing style is poetic and practical.  I use some part of this book in every adult 1-on-1 and Group Sit.  Broken down into 4 main sections-Beginning Silence, Growing Silence, Practicing Silence, and Sharing Silence-she recognizes our deep longing for silence even as we “snail forward” toward silence “our deepest nature.”  This is a must have on every sitter/meditator’s bookshelf.

Inviting Silence: Universal Principles of Meditation by Gunilla Norris