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Life Happens: Waking Up to Yourself and Your Life in a Mindful Way (Book & CD) [Paperback]

Cheryl A. Rezek
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1 Sep 2010
Life happens to all of us - for better and for worse. Modern attitudes can often lead us to believe that life is all about success and pleasure, and being upbeat and high-achieving. They suggest that everyone is capable of everything, with no obstacle being too great to conquer. This message leaves little room for our humanness, vulnerability and imperfections. In addition, for those trying to cope with illness, addiction, life disruptions or relationship problems, a whole new set of life-impacting changes and demands are raised. We bring into this moment a condensed version of all our yesterdays, and we live out our beliefs about ourselves in a variety of ways every day. Paying attention to your life and making sense of what might have seemed senseless is one way of shifting from getting through your life to getting involved with it. This book is written by an experienced clinical psychologist who aims to create an interest in people about themselves by providing a straightforward, uncomplicated and totally accessible book. It looks to combine the curious nature of being human with an awareness of how we can approach life situations and difficulties in a mindful and thoughtful manner. A key aspect of this book, and what makes it so readable and different, is that it is realistic and human, serious and funny, quirky and direct. It lays out the information and then gives you the choice. It s for anyone - men, women, the well, the ill, parents, professionals or anyone who makes decisions not only about their lives but about those of others. Essentially, it s for everyone, especially for those who would never even consider reading something like this.

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Leachcroft Ltd (1 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956602002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956602008
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Cheryl Rezek is a clinical psychologist with a long-established clinical and academic career. She is a leader in the adaptation of mindfulness work for use in a modern western world. Her extensive experience in the field of mental health and programme development has allowed her to develop the use of mindfulness in a unique and effective way. She also has an APP iMindfulness on the go that is full of information. She combines psychological concepts with mindfulness in order to enhance the experience of engaging with mindfulness in everyday, clinical, health and organisational settings. Her aim is to make these concepts straightforward, easy to understand and accessible to everyone regardless of their work position, social role or health condition. Mindfulness is an approach to life that includes mindfulness practices and it is by combining these with her understanding of people and her experience of what works that makes her approach effective, engaging and easy to use.
She has a clinical practice, teaches and runs workshops internationally in various forms, adapting them to suit, for example, leaders and staff at government level or in organisations, health and other professionals, those with chronic pain, health related conditions, depression, trauma, addictions or relationships issues and parenting as well as for anyone looking for an adapted way of managing their lives in an increasingly changing world. www.lifehappens-mindfulness.com
Her work is sought after by those who value how she enhances the use of mindfulness with her refreshing approach and knowledge of psychological and emotional real-life struggles, concerns and desires. She works with the media as a way of expanding their readers' awareness of the benefits of mindfulness work and how it can have a positive and profound effect on their lives without it being promoted as a magic wand or quick-fix.
Dr Rezek is the author of two books, Life Happens: Waking up to yourself and your life in a mindful way (2010) and Brilliant Mindfulness: How the mindful approach can help you towards a better life (2012). Both are written for those wanting an insightful but practical approach that leads them though each step while at the same time engaging them in a dialogue about their personal attitudes, behaviours and perspective on life.

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I loved the book! It s really so deceptively simple, easy to understand and yet the more you read it, the more profound it becomes. It is powerful and life-changing and goes beyond those books [that are] so unforgiving of individual weaknesses and the ups and downs of daily life. This book gives the tools and, more importantly, the space to feel that it s OK to not always know best. Dr Sanda Ionescu, Sociologist & Business Coach --Author referral

What a remarkable book - original, immediately engaging and funny. One can t help but get taken along by the insight, gentleness and remarkable ability of the author to make a statement that stops you in your tracks. It really is a book for everyone and it has a charm all of its own. Dr Erica Warner, Clinical Psychologist --Author referral

Cheryl Rezek has rendered a great service to everyone who has ever wondered why life isn t quite what we want, or expect, it to be. Her clear and accessible explanation on how to regain a sense of balance and perspective [by] engaging with life, with all its complexities, its sorrows and its joys ... will provide the support that will enable us to tread caringly and carefully through life, balancing strength and flexibility and clearly seeing the links between our actions and their consequences. Pip Hardy, Director of Pilgrim Projects and co-founder of the Patient Voices Programme Life Happens is a book that I know I will read many times. Cheryl Rezek combines the depth of knowledge that comes from an experienced clinical psychologist with humour and easy advice. It encourages you to both like yourself and to recognize and deal with issues. It is a journey I can recommend! Roger Puttick, Marketing CEO I found this book extremely readable and thought provoking. In our sometimes very busy and need to aim high world, it made reflecting on the past and its effects on the future understandable. It is an easy book to dip in and out of. Maureen Kirby, Administrator --Author referral

About the Author

Dr Cheryl Rezek is a clinical psychologist who has worked as a consultant across various fields of mental health for more than twenty years. She has combined clinical and academic work, working with children, families and adults with a range of psychological difficulties. She developed a number of specialist treatment programmes, and provided consultation on service development and clinical matters to a broad set of individuals and organisations. She maintained close academic and teaching links to doctoral training courses for clinical psychologists, lecturing at various universities and managing a specialist teaching unit. She was on selection panels, an external marker, and a supervisor and mentor. In addition, she provided teaching and supervision to qualified individuals from various professions. She lectured on a wide range of subjects, from psychodynamic therapy and supervision, addictions, women's forensic services, female sex offending, and trauma to mindfulness within therapy. She lectured to the public on the implications of addiction on the individual and the family system, and on death, dying and the family during her years with hospice. Dr Rezek was a leading member of a national health trust committee involved in the development and evaluation of risk assessment tools in general and community psychiatric areas, and she was on a working party for the development of a needs assessment project for the Department of Health. She has researched and written material on mindfulness, therapy, depression, traumatic experiences, substance misuse and offending.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, easy listen, excellent results 22 April 2011
I really enjoyed the author's approach, like previous reviews I found the book extremely accessible. Firstly it is in plain English - thank you! (But does include a comprehensive bibliography.) Secondly there was something in her openness and simplicity that made it all seemed so obvious (clear examples followed by straightforward exercises) the whole idea and benefits of Mindfulness begin to click really quickly. Thirdly it was really concise, I mean less than a 100pages, which meant I could read it all in a day and then start doing the exercises straight away (dear author - please don't change this). It also comes with two CD's which talk you through the exercises, the voice (the author's) is again clear, precise and well recorded, it is in real time so you just have to stick it on and get going. All in all excellent value.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic read - 14 Nov 2010
Great book - the author makes a complex subject accessible to everyone. Written with wit and humour, I really enjoyed reading this book - apply its philosophy daily to gain perspective... and watch the magic of your life unfold ! Thank you for writing the book. It's definitely a 'must' for everyone! and it makes a great gift.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I started reading Life Happens with a series of questions in my head. How would this be useful in clinical practice? How could I incorporate intentional awareness into my work with people who self-harm or who attempt suicide? How could developing a more mindful way influence my teaching? I hadn't expected that Life Happens would provide such an essential guide for self-awareness and professional development for all mental health practitioners. Although it is presented as a self-help tool kit of exercises, work choices, reflections and guided mindfulness meditation practices, it is not something that should only be used by patients or service users. Every mental health professional could benefit from this approach to enable increased awareness of self and how we use ourselves therapeutically.

The book is presented in an immediately accessible way. The accompanying CDs give a real voice to the author, but the text also feels like a conversation that engages the reader in a nurturing dialogue. The eleven sections are well structured and have a logical flow that could form the arc of a brief intervention to help develop someone's impulse awareness and control, to develop choices, to be aware of the decisions they make and to build their repertoire of responses. The concept of shifting rather than changing makes this approach ideal for working with people who want to notice and manage their personalities which may have caused problems in the past. The text is interspersed with cartoons, poems, aphorisms and other quotes which enable the reader to engage with the concepts in a variety of ways.

The collaborative nature of Life Happens would make it ideal as a tool to use with a client.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and sound 22 Nov 2012
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I enjoyed reading Life Happens. I've read many books on mindfulness, and as a teacher of it myself, am always looking for books I can recommend to my students. This one I definitely can - it's very accessible, is written clearly and in non-jargon language, and contains much wisdom about how to live well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book 2 Jan 2013
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I have enjoyed this book as a patent and appreciated it's simplified approachable to opening minds to self-awareness. As mentioned by others I did like the reference to shifting rather that changing, it even sounds much bigger and quicker. The cartoons were a plus just to see the Elephant that I thought no one else could see. This book is a real inspiration and it is with me all the time although hidden out of sight, (why)? I found the tapes so relaxing that you may find yourself asleep at several attempts to listen to them, not a bad thing. Thank you very much Cheryl.
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