Reading List

This is by no means a comprehensive list. We have broken it up into two groups:


The Bedside List includes those books we believe deserve a place on everyone's bedside table because they enlighten, illuminate, and challenge our thinking


The Library List covers those texts we found influential in informing, enlarging, and consolidating our thinking and awarenesss in the rich and exciting area of mindfulness, and mindfulness meditation.  We recommend you add these to your 'Wishlist' and set about acquiring them for your own personal reference library


All the titles listed here are readily available online from  (no shipping charge to New Zealand) 

Ian Gawler's books can be purchased online, or direct from The Gawler Foundation Bookstore

The Bedside Reading list


The Miracle of Mindfulness - Thich Nhat Hanh     


Full Catastrophe Living - Jon Kabat-Zinn


Sane New World - Ruby Wax


The Mind That Changes Everything - Ian Gawler


The Brain That Changes Itself - Norman Doidge, MD    


The Woman Who Changed Her Brain - Barbara Arrowsmith-Young  

The Library Reading list


Meditation An In depth Guide - Ian Gawler & Paul Bedson  


The Mindful Path Through Shyness - Steve Flowers MFT  


The Power of the Mind To Heal - Joan Borysenko, PHD & Miroslav Borysenko, PHD


Mindfulness in Eight Weeks - Michael Chaskalson

Keep scrolling down for further details including a summary/review of these texts...

The Bedside Reading List


The Miracle of Mindfulness The Classic Guide to Meditation by the World’s Most Revered Master - (Random House) 1991


Thich Nhat Hanh Rider


A beautiful, simple, and easily accessible book filled with gentle anecdotes and practical exercises that show us the way forward step by step as we investigate the path of cultivating and living a mindful life.  You can dip into this on a daily basis for encouragement and insight into slowing down and beginning to live in the moment.


Full Catastrophe Living  Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness - Bantam (Random House) 2013 Revised & updated Ed


Jon Kabat-Zinn


Our all-time favourite!  JKZ wrote this in 1988 and this revised and updated edition twenty five years later remains a timeless and transformative classic.  The updated version includes the latest scientific input and research into stress and its impact at every level, from the individual to the collective, and globally, as well as current scientific investigation into mindfulness and its effects on health and well-being.  The book describes the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, and is written in a practical, common-sense, and optimistic way.  Despite the size of the book it is quite simply unput-downable.  Even if you purchase no other book on Mindfulness, you will be kept fed, nourished, and encouraged by this one alone.


Sane New World Taming the Mind - Hodder & Stoughton 2013


Ruby Wax


Ruby Wax talks candidly about her own on-going experience of depression and explains in her trademark funny and insightful style how the brain works, and how mindfulness can help us in the search for peace, freedom from depression, burn-out and the constant struggle for more and more in an effort to ease the feeling of pain and the sense of something missing from our lives.  This is a helpful text that describes the complex working of the brain in an easy to follow and illuminating way.  It is also filled with helpful hints and tips for developing peace of mind. Ms Wax gained a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University and applies her academic experience and learnings in the most practical and user-friendly way.


The Mind That Changes Everything 48 Creative Meditations that will Enrich your Life - Brolga Publishing 2013


Ian Gawler


Ian Gawler is an authentic authority on the mind and it’s potential. Having used meditation & imagery as the basis for his own remarkable cancer recovery several decades ago, Ian has pioneered and remained in the forefront as a teacher of these techniques. With his characteristic clarity and humour Ian takes us through a journey of evocative stories, practical wisdom and 48 techniques that range from the simple to the profound. It’s a must read for anyone seeking a more joyful, healthy and fulfilled life. In this book Ian truly demonstrates that “with our mind we create our life”.


The Brain That Changes Itself - Scribe 2010 Revised Ed.


Norman Doidge, MD 


If you were in any doubt as to the ability of the brain to be transformed, and of the extraordinary capacity we all have, even into old age, to change the way we do things and think about things, this book is for you.  The old saying “that’s just the way I am”  is challenged, and a whole new horizon of possibility and hope opens up for us when we explore what’s on offer inside of Dr Doidge’s remarkable work.


The Woman Who Changed Her Brain - Harper Collins 2012


Barbara Arrowsmith-Young


A remarkable text by a woman who was born with severe learning disabilities, and her journey of determination and courage to overcome the struggles she faced. 

A story of triumph and transformation for anyone who cares about their own potential, or the potential of those around them.

The Library Reading List


Meditation An In depth Guide - Allen & Unwin 2010


Ian Gawler & Paul Bedson


This is the text that supports The Gawler Foundation MBSM Course as written and compiled by Paul Bedson, with support from Ian Gawler.  It is rich with wisdom and knowledge drawn from the extensive personal experience of both authors in the area of meditation and its impact on mental and physical wellbeing.  Gawler and Bedson explain how to build a daily meditation practice, and show how meditation can be used to work with our emotions, aid healing, manage pain, or as a spiritual practice.  Written in an inclusive, approachable, easy to read style, without hype or jargon, almost as if the authors were in the room with you, this book is the go-to text for anyone wanting to start a meditation practice, or further their existing practice. 


The Mindful Path Through Shyness How Mindfulness & Compassion Can Help Free You from Social Anxiety & Avoidance - New Harbinger Publications, Inc 2009


Steve Flowers MFT     


This engaging book describes the debilitating impact of shyness and social anxiety and how developing a practice of mindfulness can transform that experience.  The author himself suffered from shyness and writes from his own personal experience as well as referring to examples from clients.  Techniques for mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioural therapy are provided to help the reader develop a greater personal awareness of thoughts, and cultivate self-compassion and kindness.  Regardless of whether one suffers from shyness or not, this is one of those books that can be dipped into over and over for tips and encouragement.


The Power of the Mind To Heal Renewing Body, Mind, and Spirit - Specialist Publications 1994


Joan Borysenko, PHD & Miroslav Borysenko, PHD    


The Borysenskos are medical scientists and pioneers in the field of integrative medicine, and Dr Joan is one of the pioneers in the field of psychoneuroimmunology.  Although written twenty years ago, this book provides insights into how and why we become ill, and looks at both the principles of healing as well as the art and practice of healing.  Challenging, illuminating and clearly written rom the heart, this is a key reference for anyone interested in mind-body medicine and the role of meditation in unlocking our healing potential


Mindfulness in Eight Weeks - Harper Thorsons 2014


Michael Chaskalson     


A fabulous introduction to Mindfulness with simple, easy to follow instructions broken down into ‘bite-sized’ and easily digested chunks of background, theory, and practical applications including meditations across eight weeks.  Straight-forward, comprehensive and informative, this is the perfect book to show you how to develop a daily practice of mindfulness. The book is based upon the very successful MBSR Course that the author runs in the UK. Highly recommended!

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