Book Review A Mindfulness Guide For Survival By Ruby Wax

I was kindly gifted an advance copy of the book A Mindfulness Guide For Survival by Ruby Wax from Maddie Dunne-Kirby at Welbeck Publishing Group. Thanks again Maddie, I love all the books you’ve sent.


Dear Reader,

I have written this workbook for you to use as a guide on how to drop anchor when life, and the world around you, gets too daunting. It’s filled with exercises and information for when you’re suddenly forced to confront the hard truths or as I like to call them the BIG SIX realities – difficult emotions, uncertainty, loneliness, change, dissatisfaction and death.

It isn’t just about how to get through a pandemic… Or the post-pandemic fall-out. It is a WAKE UP call. One that will increase your awareness of every moment through mindfulness.

So SCRIBBLE in it. DOODLE in it. Take it EVERYWHERE. No one is going to see what’s inside but you. This is not just another self-help book. Think of it as an evolve-yourself book.

I do hope it helps you hold the rudder straight, no matter how turbulent the waves, and that you come out the other end buoyant, with a new appreciation for the privilege of life.

Love RUBY x

Publishes 2021

176 pages

My Thoughts

This book couldn’t come at a better time, we’re all being faced with situations, emotions, and difficulties we may have not been faced with before the pandemic. Ruby’s book gives you the tools to understand and help work thru each with proven techniques. 

Ruby tackles what she calls the Big Six realities-difficult emotions, uncertainty, loneliness, change, dissatisfaction, and death with exercises in a workbook-style book. 

She also walks you thru the five pillars of Mindfulness, insight, stress reduction, emotional awareness, presence, and kindness or compassion. 

Ruby takes her approach from Buddhism even though she isn’t a Buddist. She feels the ideas are perfect for her approach in this book and in life. 

It’s a very fast read and you will want to keep the book handy to reference when you experience any of the Big Six in your life. No doubt we all face them and this is a great workbook to walk you thru each by making you look inward to complete each exercise. 

I found the book interesting and had some Ah-ha moments when reading about the Big Six. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to get in touch with their actions and emotions. 

Welbeck Publishing Group

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Happy Reading


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