Thursday, 7 January 2016

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax

There is so much to look forward to in 2016.... and I can't wait to get back to blogging. This is one of my first blog posts of the year and is dedicated to one of my favourite people. 

Kicking off the new year is the publication of Ruby Wax's much anticipated new book called "A Mindfulness Guide to the Frazzled" - its out TODAY

At last - Something to help us through January and beyond ! I have been feeling very frazzled recently and the year has hardly started.

Although the book is only out today, I was lucky enough to receive my copy before Christmas so have had a chance to read it and here is a little review I wrote on the Notting Hill Post...

The word Mindfulness is everywhere at the moment - and in this book Ruby explains exactly what it means, how to do it and why its so important to live "in the moment". The book includes a six week mindfulness course, which has been put together with the help of her Oxford university tutor, Professor Mark Williams (he is literally the GOD of Mindfulness) - this includes mindful thinking, mindful movement, mindful eating. I'm guilty at not eating mindfully - unwrapping a chocolate bar and practically swallowing it hole without even looking at it let alone really tasting it.

I found Chapter 3 particularly interesting "How Our Brains Work and the Science Behind Mindfulness". We spend so much of our lives thinking about the future, worrying about the past - and forgetting to notice the here and now. 

The book is laced with humour and Ruby's own experiences - she is brilliant at making the complex subject of the brain easier to understand. The book has been well researched and there is a long list of references at the back including: Teenagers Translated by Janey Downshire and Naella Grew and Daniel Goleman's The Brain. As with her last book Sane New World, it has been brilliantly edited by Joanna Bowen. 

There is something for everyone in this book - parents / teenagers / teachers.... and even if you aren't one of those (I'm not), it is one of those books I will go back to again and again as its such a good manual for mindful and healthier living.

Don't forget you can see Ruby perform Sane New World for the LAST time at the Arts Theatre in London's West End in Jan / Feb. Click here for tickets and more info. Don't miss out !

1 comment:

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