I’ve never actually used that word to describe myself but an evening with Ruby Wax, whose book is affectionately called ‘Frazzled’ made me wonder, just a little! But I’m better now, and my autographed copy is taking up a special space on my nightstand!
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’ (full title) is a hilarious look at life and our journey through it and in it Ruby shares how mindfulness can be used as a tool to help us on the journey to a healthier and happier life. So is mindfulness the key that we all need to unlock the door of the self-imposed cages we have created? I don’t think it is an exact science, but there is significant evidence that suggests it can offer us at the very least a glimmer of light in the darkness.
I once attended a mindfulness course and for eight weeks I sat patiently as the tutor guided me along a path to a more peaceful existence. It was a powerful experience, and I even began to connect with the energy around me and then I stopped!
But when you have laughed with Ruby Wax and closed your eyes as she guides you through a series of mindfulness exercises you cannot help but rethink it all.
Ruby Wax is living with depression but in her own words she has found a way to make it work for her. I know that’s a really bizarre thing to say. But when Ruby felt she had nothing left she told herself “I have depression so I’m going to use that” and two best-selling books later, a masters in mindfulness based cognitive therapy, and the beginning of a whole new movement (Frazzled Cafes) I think she has made it work.
A reminder to us all that there is power in the darkness and all we need to do is show up as ourselves warts and all!
Now for some mindfulness 🙂
Carole Pyke and Ruby Wax – I must learn how to take a selfie better