’This is a book with a wide appeal and could be of benefit for many people who face anxiety in their lives and want approaches to face it and work through it’
Title: Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety
Author: Richard Gilpin
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press
Reviewer: Lynne Partington, project coordinator and specialist advisor, The End of Life Partnership, Cheshire
What was it like?
This is a beautifully presented and clearly laid out book in hard-back format. It has a traditional feel with illustrated section dividers and graphics making me want to read it as soon as I had seen it! Although I have previously read books considering the management of anxiety, I have less understanding about mindfulness, so was curious to know how this therapeutic technique could be employed with anxiety. This is not a traditional ”self-help” book, but much more of a guide to working with anxiety, but with a psycho-philosophical slant.
What were the highlights?
To me, the elegance and eloquence of the writing really stood out. The author shares many personal experiences of facing up to his own anxiety and the candid descriptions he offers make it feel real and that he really understands what is happening to a person having either an anxious moment or an anxiety attack. The content is broken down into four chapters, providing a good flow from what is occurring, both emotionally and physically, during anxiety, through to chapters on dealing with the moment, and how to move forward. There are a number of practical exercises that can be tried out at various stages of working through anxiety.
Strengths & weaknesses:
A real strength is the focus on the practice of mindfulness, or the connection needed with the moment rather than racing forward to the future fears that our minds create. Meditation is a strong feature of the book and there are several aspects explored within the text.
Conversely, it was sometimes the language or lengthy descriptions that made me want to turn pages over a bit too quickly, particularly towards the latter end of the book. I found some of the writing a little flowery for my personal taste, however, despite that, I still wanted to finish it and I think that was down to the sensitive approach and the author’s compassion, which encouraged that.
Who should read it?
This is a book with a wide appeal and could be of benefit for many people who face anxiety in their lives and want approaches to face it and work through it, but may not be so appropriate for those wanting a more conventional style handbook?
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