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Book Review: Mindful as F*ck

Mindful as F*ck by Emily Horn is aimed at people who've slept through yoga and can't stand green juice. It's lighthearted, and provides 100 mindfulness exercises for readers to try. The exercises draw on meditation, yoga, Buddhism, Ayurveda, reiki, chakra healing, and the law of attraction. The book is part mindfulness with a big dollop… Continue reading Book Review: Mindful as F*ck

Book cover: Mindful Somatic Awareness for Anxiety Relief
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Book Review: Mindful Somatic Awareness for Anxiety Relief

Mindful Somatic Awareness for Anxiety Relief by Michele L. Blume presents a body-based approach to dealing with anxiety. It's based on Somatic Experiencing, which is a type of trauma therapy. While the book talks about fear, worry, and anxiety, there's no explicit mention of anxiety disorders. The book describes anxiety this way: "Anxiety is a… Continue reading Book Review: Mindful Somatic Awareness for Anxiety Relief

book cover: My Beautiful Psychosis by Emma Goude
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Book Review: My Beautiful Psychosis

My Beautiful Psychosis: Making Sense of Madness by Emma Goude is a gripping, up close and personal look at what it's actually like to experience psychosis.  The author's honesty and complete openness quickly shatter any stereotypes of psychosis being frightening and dangerous. The book begins with the events leading up to the author's first episode… Continue reading Book Review: My Beautiful Psychosis

Book cover: My Colour-Coded Life: Living with Schizoaffective Disorder
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Book Review: My Colour-Coded Life

My Colour-Coded Life tells Megan Jackson Hall's story of living with schizoaffective disorder. She writes that she hopes the book will help to destigmatize mental illness. The book is made up of diary-style entries from 2008 to 2018. It offers a fascinating insight into living with active psychosis on a day to day basis, written… Continue reading Book Review: My Colour-Coded Life

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Book Review: Liar Liar

Liar Liar by Laurie Katz tells her story of being raped in her first year of college, and the school's (mis)handling of the matter. It's part of the Inspirational series by Trigger Publishing, a mental health publisher. The book opens with the night she was raped. Afterwards, contrary to society's expectations that someone go to… Continue reading Book Review: Liar Liar

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Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel

Don't Believe Everything You Feel by Robert L. Leahy uses an emotional schema approach to help you manage anxiety and depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tools are ussd as part of this approach. It's set up as a workbook, with a substantial amount of text interspersed with worksheets. Some of the worksheets are fairly structured,… Continue reading Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel

book cover: The Gratitude Project
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Book Review: The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project, edited by Jeremy Adam Smith et al., is a project of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley in California. It includes chapters by a number of different authors on various aspects of gratitude. I liked that the book took a realistic approach to what gratitude can and can not do.… Continue reading Book Review: The Gratitude Project

Book cover: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
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Book Review: Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is written by Kristin Neff, a prominent researcher in the area of self-compassion.  It includes research findings, a variety of exercises with room to complete them in the book, and stories from the author's personal experience.  The author draws on Buddhist teachings, and she writes that:… Continue reading Book Review: Self-Compassion

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Book Review: The Silent Scream

The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle, and Hope is put together by Maria Alfieri. There are 10 other contributors to the book using their full names, including myself, and other writing anonymously. In the introduction, Maria writes: "It is through our vulnerability that our liberation from our inauthenticity starts. Through honest conversation we… Continue reading Book Review: The Silent Scream

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Book Review: My Heart’s Song

My Heart's Song: Emotional Musings 3 is a book of poetry by Maria Pratico, who you may know from her blog Emotional Musings. She explains in the introduction that after a messy divorce, she realized that her purpose was to use her own experiences to help others heal. She describes the poems in the book… Continue reading Book Review: My Heart’s Song