With August right around the corner, it might feel like summer’s already coming to an end. But there’s still plenty of time to take a vacation, squeeze in some R&R, and really enjoy the dog days of summer. Whether you’re heading to the beach, sitting by the pool, hopping on a plane or just staying inside to beat the heat, we can’t think of anything better than reading to help you unwind.

So what are we reading this month? Here are 9 of our favorite mindful books and articles (plus one awesome podcast we can’t get enough of):

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1. A look at how to connect to people—aka network—more mindfully: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/make-the-difference-you-want-to-make-by-expanding-your-network-mindfully/

2. Five wellness tips + tricks for attracting more financial abundance in your life: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29603/5-wellness-practices-to-attract-more-financial-abundance-a-psychic-explains.html

3. In 12 Rules of Life: An Antidote for Chaos, you’ll learn all about author Jordan B. Peterson dozen go-to golden rules for living a happier, kinder, more satisfying life: https://www.amazon.com/12-Rules-Life-Antidote-Chaos-ebook/dp/B01FPGY5T0/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

4. If you’re traveling this summer, why not make it a more transformative experience?: http://wellandgood.com/good-travel/millennials-love-transformative-travel/

5. News from around the world can be overwhelming, to say the least. Here are a few spiritual practices for coping, while also making a difference: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/spiritual-practice-for-dealing-with-overwhelming-news

6. Something we could all use: easy advice on how to be mindful every single day: https://www.mindful.org/how-to-be-mindful-every-day-of-the-week/

7. Mindfulness + meditation apps are everywhere these days. Here’s a handy little guide to some of the best ones out there: https://layoga.com/practice/meditation/how-do-you-take-your-mindfulness-to-goplease/

8. Remember that terrifying cave rescue of a children’s soccer team and their coach in Thailand this summer (how could you not?). Here’s a heartwarming story of how meditation helped to keep them calm + hopeful in the life-threatening situation: https://www.vox.com/2018/7/9/17548512/thai-cave-rescue-soccer-boys-meditation-buddhism

9. This 2016 book—The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck—is still a best seller for a reason. It’s a refreshingly honest self-help book about challenging the “positive thinking” mindset and thriving amidst adversity: https://www.amazon.com/Subtle-Art-Not-Giving-Counterintuitive-ebook/dp/B019MMUA8S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

10. In case you can’t squeeze time into your routine to read, we’d definitely recommend giving the Almost 30 podcast a listen. The hosts, Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik, take on health + wellness topics across the board through insightful (and funny) conversations with expert guests: https://www.almost30podcast.com/

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