A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled
Opinion in short: An easy to read beginners guide to a subject often made overly complex. Witty, practical, balanced and searingly honest. Fans of Ruby Wax won’t be disappointed!
Using her own story and sometimes desperate struggle with depression, Ruby Wax presents a summary of mindfulness – what it is, the beginnings of how to do it and the effects it can have.
The most striking things about this book – aside of the informative content itself – are her humour and honesty. These combine to make it both very readable and unflinchingly honest.
Personally, I’ve always considered Ruby Wax to be a person who seems a little intimidating. The she-might-do-anything-at-any-moment unpredictability can be scary. This book gives a sense of that person and what drives her.
Mindfulness is explained and then applied to her own struggle. This combo is a recurring theme throughout – that her search for control over her own turbulent mind resulted in the trial, exploration, application and now doctoral study of mindfulness.
Because Wax’s challenge was with depression, this book might particularly be a help to folk in a similar situation. But don’t let that put you off – there is application here for all sorts. Including parents of teenagers!
If you’re not familiar with mindfulness, looking for a first step into it or just want a witty and candid account of what it can do, this book is worth a read.
- Gets a bit laboured around the brain stuff – unnecessarily in my view (Though it’s very interesting, it might be a section some would choose to skip)
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