Hmmm…a book on taming the mind written by a comedian. This could be interesting, I thought. In the first few pages I began to worry that the author, Ruby Wax, was going to treat mental illness with sarcasm, or belittle it; but as I continued, and as I read about her direct experience of depression, my concern turned to admiration. It’s a fantastic book particularly for anyone who has ever wanted to take control of the endless blah blah blah of our thoughts, and also wants to know the science behind it all.
The text doesn’t just focus on the problem; the last part of the book provides one solution through the practice of mindfulness, and includes some very easy exercises to start learning it. I particularly admired Wax’s courageous willingness to share her personal journey with depression.
This book also acknowledges that like exercise, mindfulness and meditation are really useful, and yet many people find it difficult to make the time to do it. Even though it makes such a positive difference to your well-being.
Also, gotta love a particular quote: “novelty creates neurons”. You’ll know what that means after you’ve read the book. Enjoy!
Disclosure of source: I borrowed this book from the library.