Join comic legend, bestselling author and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax as she introduces her new book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled at the Croston Theatre, Westholme.
Tickets are priced £10 (plus booking fee) and include entrance to the event, a copy of Ruby's book and access to a Mindful Marketplace which will take place in the theatre foyer.
500 years ago no-one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. We might have evolvedto be able to miraculously balance on seven-inch heels, but as far as our emotional development is concerned we're still swimming with the pond scum. If we don't advance our more human qualities then we're doomed evolution-wise to become cyborgs, with an imprint of an 'Apple' where our hearts used to be. Ruby Wax shows us a scientific solution to these modern problems: mindfulness.
I know what you're thinking - what if I don't want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of a wind chime? My definition of mindfulness isn't about sitting erect on a hillock, legs in a knot, humming a mantra that's probably the phone book sung backwards, it's something that can help us all: learning to notice your thoughts and feelings so you can truly experience life.
Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax shows ordinary people how and why to change for good. With mindfulness advice for relationships, for parents, for children and for teenagers, 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.
Ruby Wax, OBE (born Ruby Wachs; 19 April 1953) is an American actress, mental health campaigner, lecturer, and author who holds both American and British citizenship.
A classically-trained actress, Wax came to prominence as a comic interviewer, playing up to British perceptions of the strident American style. Her autobiography, How Do You Want Me?, reached the Sunday Times best-seller list.
Wax pursued a distinguished academic career, graduating in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and gaining a master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University. Wax is currently a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey.