The following books on mindfulness, neuroscience and illness narratives give me much inspiration.  I hope they do you too.




Living Well with Pain and Illness by Vidyamala Burch


Mindfulness for Health – Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing By Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman


The Little Mindfulness Workbook by Gary Hennessey


Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn


Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn


Coming To Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn


The Art of Forgiveness, Loving Kindness and Peace by Jack Kornfield


The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh


Peace is Every Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh


Sane New World by Ruby Wax


Mindfulness – A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman


The Mindful Way through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn


The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher K. Germer


I am here now by The Mindfulness Project


Mindfulness for Women by Vidyamala Burch and Claire Irvin



The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge


The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks


It’s All in your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

Illness Narratives


The Wounded Storyteller by Arthur Frank


The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt


Black Rainbow by Rachel Kelly


The Illness Narratives by Arthur Kleinman



Instrumental by James Rhodes


Waking – A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence by Matthew Sanford


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi