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A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

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Homeopathy is clearly bollocks, ditto for Reiki, and you can shove your crystals where the sun don't shine. There is also a realisic guide for parents (and how to snatch those moments of mindfulness wihin the self chaotic family life).

I loved hearing Ruby read but some parts of the more helpful parts were harder to follow when listening. In short, I think this is a good, readable introduction to mindfulness, if you bear in mind that Wax's own issues are on the extreme side and the practice is supposed to also be useful for less dramatic situations. Well, as sceptical as I am (and, believe me, I am)from reading this book it seems to me that 'mindfulness' is just another way of saying 'be present in the moment, actually experience your life rather than sleepwalking through it on autopilot'. Ruby Wax's acting and presenting career has spanned stage and screen, and her writing talent has created some of our favourite television comedies, from Girls on Top to Absolutely Fabulous.I think Ruby's perspective on this subject is addictive to read and has opened me up to trying methods I wouldn't of known about and to address my own thoughts. As you would expect, it's well put together, funny and a occasionally little manic (just like Ruby). Ruby eventually got a chat show after drunkenly interviewing Michael Grade (who was head of Channel 4 at the time) in a tent at the Edinburgh festival. She is the author of books Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled , and has toured all over the world with the accompanying one-woman shows. Knowing that a celebrity who has plenty of money, maybe a fancy house and all the things I don't, goes through the same feelings and issues I have is reassuring that despite your gender, race, financial situations etc.

I didn't really have high hopes going into this book but I do like Ruby Wax and thought I'd give it a shot as I'm on the lookout for any help with depression and anxiety. As I've often had to tell people, though, three stars is still a good read on my scale, so this isn't meant to be a scathing review by any means.

Thought provoking, interesting and a really helpful practical help on how to use the mindful brain 'exercises' that are outlined in a six week mindfulness course in the book, which take a few minutes each day. It isn't the first book of its kind, but it is probably the first of its kind with an injection of wit and humour. It’s an easy-to-understand introduction to mindfulness, weaved together with Ruby’s trademark wit and humour. Something I'm always looking for (even though I know there's no real solution for a mental health illness). So they're interesting, and I suspect relevant to anyone who has any sort of contact with babies, children or teenagers, even if they're not your own.

That said, the nature of mindfulness does require commitment, so you still need to do the practice to get the results!I was so shocked, I played the section back about five times because I thought I must have misunderstood something.

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