The history of meditation stretches back millennia, with the earliest reports dated at around 3500BC. Although it’s impossible to know for sure when the practice started. It’s believed to have originated in India. Ancient history also notes that meditation was practiced in China and Japan too. Often, meditation is associated with Buddhism.
This is due to its influence in these regions, and because of Buddhist’s shared values of inner peace. Meditation started in popularity in the Western world in the 18th century. This was a time when historical Eastern philosophy texts were translated and became available for many to study.
By the mid 20th century, meditation was being used in scientific studies in the US. The practice was soon to become appealing to more and more Westerners. Since the mid 1960s, its popularity has exploded. In this article, we’ll look at five of the best meditation books to bring you to the next level, or to simply help you get started on your meditation journey.