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.
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.