Some helpful resources on this journey:

  • Peak by Anders Ericsson 
  • Flow – Living at the Peak of Your Abilities by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks
  • Through the Dark Wood by James Hollis PhD
  • The Happyness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
  • The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler 
  • The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Living in Flow by Sky Nelson-Isaacs and Joseph Jaworski
  • Kosmic Konsciousness by Ken Wilbur
  • The Future of Spirituality by Ken Wilbur
  • The Magic of Awareness by Anam Thubten, Sharon Roe. 
  • Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer
  • The Art of Solitude by Stephen Batchelor
  • No Self, No Problem by Chris Niebauer
  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche – I read this when I was a young adult and it got me interested in Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Embracing the Unknown: Life Lessons from the Tibetan Book of the dead by Pema Chodron
  • The Art of Living by  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  • The Urban Monk by Pedram Shojai
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer.
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shyunryu Suzuki
  • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
  • Altered Traits: Science reveals how meditation changes your mind, brain and body by Daniel Goleman & Richard J Davidson.
  • The Mind Illuminated: A complete meditation guide integrating buddhist wisdom and brain science by Culadasa John Yates, PhD, Matthew Imergut, PhD, and Jeremy Graves – Great book
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh – This book was amazing!
  • Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment by Robert Wright
  • The Path is the Goal by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rich Hanson
  • A Symphony in the Brain by Jim Robbins – this is the book that started me on this journey and encouraged me to purchase the Muse headset.
  • The Buddha and the Badass by Vishen Lakhiani
  • Designing your Life – How to build a well-lived, joyful life by Bill Burnett and David Evans
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I read this a couple years ago and it inspired me to make this a project that I would document.
  • The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
  • Tools for Titans by Tim Ferriss – Once I read this, I started to see how many people use meditation as a performance enhancing exercise.
  • Less is More by Vandenbroeck
  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepolaa Gunaratana
  • Mapping Cloud Nine by Steven Kotler – tied together psychology, philosophy, and modern neuroscience.
  • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan – a short history of the psychedelic movements.
  • Your Best Brain – One of the Great courses covering Neuroscience.
  • Embracing the Unknown by Pema Chodron – great lectures on compassion.
  • Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins – inspiring book on being driven, rather than motivated. 
  • The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
  • Stealing Fire by Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler – about elite athletes, business leaders, and Navy SEALs tapping into altered states for higher performance.
  • Enlightened Vagabond by Matthieu Ricard – entertaining and educational stories from Patrul Rinpoche’s life.