A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A longtime advocate of mental health awareness, Ruby Wax is no stranger to depression, a fact that is poignantly illustrated in her audiobook, Sane New World. Now she wants to share her vision of how to be happier and healthier versions of ourselves by embracing mindfulness - a simple concept that can seem challenging in regular practice, but this audiobook deftly illustrates a more accessible and sensible guide to finding peace in a hectic world.
Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we have invented this concept, and now we let it rule us. Rest has become a dirty word, and our idea of satisfaction is answering the last email. We're sleepwalking through our own lives. Ruby Wax shows us how to wake up from this stupor with a scientific solution to modern problems: mindfulness.
Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax shows ordinary people how and why to change for good. With practical exercises for your daily routine and a six-week course based on her studies of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with Mark Williams at Oxford University, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled is the only guide you need for a healthier, happier life.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||28 January 2016|
|Publisher||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,970 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
31 in Stress Management
71 in Mental Health (Audible Books & Originals)
94 in Stress
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2016
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Wax often refers to her horrible childhood experiences and depression, but does not seem to appreciate that a lot of readers will not be coming from such harrowing places. Therefore, I struggled to find the content accessible. I picked up this book, knowing that I often feel very stressed and worried about a whole variety of things, from big to small, and hoped to feel some comfort and support with these worries. However, all I got was an account of Wax's journey in learning about mindfulness, a list of scientific definitions, some not funny anecdotes, and a list of mindfulness exercises that I struggled to place into my every day life.
I was also disappointed that it was not clear on buying the book online that two whole chapters (out of nine) are aimed at parents and children. These were quite interesting but wholly inapplicable to my life. Maybe I'll look back if/when I have children of my own and find them useful, but I felt slightly misled by the general title of 'A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled'.
Overall, I don't think the book is bad - I'm sure that a lot of people have found it interesting and helpful - it just was not what I was looking for.