Ruby Wax

The People I Meet

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

A few nights ago, in the second half when it was the audience's turn to speak, a man asked how mindfulness would work for someone with multiple personality disorder. I asked if he was kidding and he and his partner said he wasn't and that he had a disorder called D.I D.

Compassion (An Extraordinary Tale)

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
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I went to the gallery and met Tiffany; young, great looking and gushing with sweetness, saying that even though she paid £1,300 she doesn't mind, she wants me to take the computer because it would be bad karma if she didn't give back what was mine.

On Dangerous Emotions And Bias

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK
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We get into the 'them' and 'us' mode, based on something we're not even aware of. We now have Trump at the wheel of the car who has no emotional insight whatsoever. This is like having a live grenade in the White House who may go off at any moment and take the world down with him. Happy New Year.

On Success! And Failure...

Ruby Wax | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
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Hurrah!!! A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled became number one in the first week of its life in paperback. Thank you all... I'm celebrating now but ...

Carrie And Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
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Carrie Fisher was greater than a trillion Star Wars, she was a comic genius. Like a composer hears notes in his/her head when composing, she would imagine words and phrases, craft them to perfection and reel out daisy chains of comic jewels. If the emails she's written me were ever published I know she'd win a Booker Prize. We'd often lie in bed together (not sexual) she'd call me 'mommy' and read out scrawls from her notebooks and I'd just lie there thinking, 'how lucky am I to have this woman as a friend?' To the end of my life I'll never get over that.

Frazzled?

Ruby Wax | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
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If you think being present sounds fluffy ask yourself how much money you spend trying to get there? And if you can sit back and enjoy the ride rather than get to the finish line the fastest, that is my definition of happiness; the rarest commodity of them all.

Pssst - There's A New Book Coming

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
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I'm working on my next book. You say (and by you, I mean me) you'll never write another one, the next thing you know is that you're expecting. The fa...

On Escaping

Ruby Wax | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
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When I heard Trump won the election, I did the only sensible thing I could think of. I picked a destination as far away from anywhere as I could find, which happened to be a far away island in Indonesia called Raja Ampat West Papua.

Donald And Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
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When my crew and I finally got to Atlantic City, via some of the most bizarre sights to be seen in the US (you can see this on the first half of the show), we hunted him down at the beauty contest in Atlantic City. There we watched him charm his people telling them dirty jokes. One is about someone who went to the toilet and didn't wash his hands. I forget the punch line. I spent a lot of time with Roger Stone discussing how he gets his hair that way.

Frazzled Cafes - A Safe Place Where We Cut The Bullsh**t

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
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Frazzled isn't an illness, it's the syndrome of not being able to stop those churning thoughts; that we're not doing enough, not good enough, that we're riding by the seat of our pants and we're going to get caught.

On Silence (Part 1)

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
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I was always curious what the effects of a long silent retreat would be? Would I be enlightened? Would I have a nervous breakdown? You have both experiences but they alternate minute by minute. Just when you think you've reached Buddhahood because your mind is clear, the familiar negative thoughts smash in and shoot you down; reminding you what a jerk you are.

On Compassion

Ruby Wax | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Why do we always need to find someone to blame for our discomfort in being alive? If I can figure out this 'c' thing I may be able to save the world or at least myself.

Jolts of Jealousy

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Part of my illness (a trigger) is when I hear I'm going to meet someone like Matt and I immediately want to look up which one of us sold more books. I have learned to hold back because if it's him, I know I'm going to get that jolt in the stomach that signifies envy and if I accumulate a lot of them, I can tip into the foothills of madness.

I Suggest a Riot

Ruby Wax | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Facts: The current annual economic cost of mental illness in the UK is £70billion, which is equal to the entire National Health budget. By 2030, the World Health Organization predicts more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem.

My Frazzled Cafes

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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I started off creating a website where people could chat anonymously called Black Dog Tribe. Now I think it's time to meet with another human who knows how you're feeling because he or she has been there. There is no replacement for connecting with people like you and feeling that they care.

Promises, Promises - Where's the Action for Mental Health?

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
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As terrible as the world is, if we keep our attention off the button of de-stigmatization, we'll never get anywhere and those in this country who are suffering from a mental emergency won't get any help. I've heard too many stories about someone not finding a hospital, even on the verge of suicide.

The Answer to 'What Is Happiness'? Maybe

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
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The question that remains the most perplexing of all isn't who shot Kennedy or what happened that made the Big Bang, bang. The most perplexing question of all is 'what is happiness?', and also 'how do you get some?' More books are written about it than everything else combined.

We're Addicted to Stress

Ruby Wax | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
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My position is actually that we need stress, otherwise nothing would get us out of bed. We'd all be playing banjo on our porches in Alabama. Stress is part of our legacy from the Stone Age for reasons of survival otherwise we would have ended up as pieces of jurassic finger food.

Why Is Enough Never Enough?

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Here's another 21st century foible that enrages me; after someone asks you what you're doing, even if you tell them you're running a triathlon in Papua New Guinea or shooting a sex scene with Nicole Kidman, the person who's asking says, "And what are you doing next?"

My OBE

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
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My ceremony for the OBE was set at the Priory at my request. I haven't got a British passport so am not allowed to go to the palace and meet the Queen in case I start another Tea Party Revolution, I suppose. It was Mental Health Week so I was paying homage to those who suffer from the stigma.

Endings and Beginnings

Ruby Wax | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
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Do I think I've given myself too much pressure? Yes and no. We all need a certain amount of pressure, and even stress, otherwise nothing would get done; we'd still be sitting on our prehistoric behinds, grunting at each other while sharpening our spears.

Tribute to Alan Rickman

Ruby Wax | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Alan Rickman died two weeks ago and I am broken, as is everyone else who knew him. I just wanted to share a few more words about him.

Walk-In Sessions

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
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I had the first walk-in session last week at the Arts Theatre and it was a hit - if a walk-in session can be a hit. People came in in all sizes; young, old, straight, gay, all nations represented. It's pretty clear everyone wants and needs to talk, just to feel heard and understood by compassionate people who feel the same.

For Alan Rickman

Ruby Wax | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
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He died last week and it's more heart-breaking than anything I've felt before. I feel like my insides have been gouged out and nothings left. He formed me and saved me. I know that by now I'd be either institutionalised, heavily medicated or dead. I have to thank him and can't.

#Frazzled?

Ruby Wax | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

An enormous benefit of mindfulness is that you get a free ticket to that rare destination: the present. Okay, I hear you say, 'What's so great about being in the present moment? What if I don't want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of a windchime? I have places to go, people to meet.'