Summary

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.
©2016 Ruby Wax (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By maria on 20-02-16

Empathetic

As I listened it was quite amazing how what Ruby discussed could have been about me, in fact it felt like I should have written it but was pipped to the post. It was intelligent and absolutely clear in its complexity. I've always been a great fan and empathise with her journey. A must read/listen for the 'Frazzled'. Full of practical ways to tame the beast that is the mind/brain conundrum. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark Brandon on 20-03-16

Fascinating, entertaining, gutsy and uplifting

Ruby Wax's latest offering is a must for anyone interested in depression, mindfulness and how to cope with the roadblocks thrown up by an increasingly complex world.

The author's narration amplifies the impact of the material and had me laughing out loud (which attracted a few funny looks in the gym!) and never left me less than thoughtful after every chapter. I don't have any kids, but even the chapters on using mindfulness with babies, kids and teens were engaging and informative.

The pinnacle of the book is Ruby's diary of her week of silent retreat, sandwiched between two brain-scans to determine whether mindfulness has any scientific/neurological basis. I won't spoil it with any revelations, but it was by turns gripping, hilarious and poignant.

A definite 'buy' from this reviewer.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Maya H Saric on 15-07-17

Neither touching nor adequately instructive

Poorly read with only chapters 6-8 providing any instruction about mindfulness. The rest is the authors sad path of agony and search for peace. I hope writing this has helped her. I just wish i hadn't paid to listen to it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Graham Hunt on 23-06-16

Excellent with just one flaw

Excellent listen with a great finish. Just one flaw for me is the description of exercises to do which goes on too long in audio version. It would be fine reading but not too great in audio.

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