Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax, popular comedian and bestselling author of Sane New World, is a respected mental health advocate. After writing and performing in her own widely popular television shows on BBC for 25 years, and serving as Script Editor on the entire run of the hit series “Absolutely Fabulous,” she earned a Master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford, becoming an activist—successfully petitioning Parliament and Downing Street to change the laws around discrimination and mental health. Her Global TED Talk “What’s so funny about mental illness?” has received nearly 1.4 million views. Follow her on Facebook and @RubyWax on Twitter.

Entries by Ruby Wax

Why Mindfulness Is the 'It' Girl

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2015 | (00:00)

I've heard the jungle drums that some people think Mindfulness is another trend and will soon go the way of the Jane Fonda aerobics regime (forgotten for most of us). There's my retort. Mindfulness isn't about smelling a butterfly wing, though if you're into it be my guest, what it...

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OBE and Me

(7) Comments | Posted 30 April 2015 | (00:00)

Since childhood, there are very few moments in my life that can be identified as raw happiness, when it feels like a forth of July firework display is happening in your heart and you've leapt out of your skin. Last week I had that moment. All it took was a...

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Me and My Brain

(2) Comments | Posted 17 April 2015 | (00:00)

I'm in the midst of research for my next book. I feel like while I'm learning about what happens in our brains, I'm learning about 'me' and what I can do about it. Hurrah! I don't feel so crazy.

We have 100 billion neurons or so in constant gossip...

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What Was That Pilot Thinking?

(18) Comments | Posted 1 April 2015 | (00:00)

I went on a TV show here in Sydney the equivalent of Question Time called Q and A. They were discussing recent topics and I got landed with a particularly hardball. They asked if I thought in the light of the suicide plane crash did I think all pilots should...

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Being Mindfully Frazzled

(2) Comments | Posted 26 March 2015 | (23:00)

My show ended in London. When I started to write this blog it had only been one day and I was in mourning. On the last night a woman asked me how I deal with the constantly critical loop tape playing in my head as it does in hers. I...

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Going Down Under

(2) Comments | Posted 18 March 2015 | (23:00)

I'm about to take my show Sane New World global - I'm heading to Australia next week. I've done it many times on tour but it's always nerve wracking showing it to new people. It reminds me of in my past doing show and tell at school and hoping everyone...

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My Mental Audience

(2) Comments | Posted 11 March 2015 | (23:00)

I just finished the first week of my Sane New World show at the St. James Theatre in London. I can say for the first time in a long time, this is as close to happy as I get. To me the feeling of being happy is very...

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An Announcement...

(5) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (23:00)

I thought I'd tell you a little about my next book, which I've called Wake The F ** K Up - A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.

It was only in the final chapters of my last book Sane New World did I begin to describe mindfulness and why...

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On Compassion

(4) Comments | Posted 18 February 2015 | (23:00)

I just returned from a silent retreat called Kimpala in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. You may ask why go so far to be silent? Answer: I couldn't stand the sound of my own voice anymore and my brain was starting to fry from ruminating on things that had no answers...

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Hindsight is 20:20

(6) Comments | Posted 23 January 2015 | (15:55)

The black dog has left the building. I'm back to myself; returned to the living. I swear next time when this happens (if it happens again), I'll be more on the lookout for signs. I looked back in my diary and read what I was doing just before I had...

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Learning to Be Kind to Me

(8) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (23:00)

I've decided, in the deluded spirit of making resolutions in the new year, to try and change an aspect of my lifestyle; I'm going to dip my toe in the water of an attempt to be kind to myself. My problem is I can't tell when I'm being nice to...

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Digging Myself Out of the Black Hole

(19) Comments | Posted 31 December 2014 | (23:00)

"So I've tried to not put pressure on myself and I have just realised I don't know what to live with no pressure IS LIKE. I'm adrift. I've spent my pressured LIFE usually in the name of moving my career up a few notches."

The depression is lifting slowly, slowly...

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Still Drowning, Not Waving

(40) Comments | Posted 25 December 2014 | (23:00)

A week ago, I left the institution for the bemused and bewildered. I was wrenched out of that safe and warm womb where the only appointment is with my bed. What a gift. Only in this place can I forgive myself for lying on my bed like a sea slug...

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Waiting It Out

(33) Comments | Posted 21 December 2014 | (23:00)

Still depressed with no end in sight. I suppose this is my brain saying "you went too far, you pushed me too far and now I'm shutting for the season. I'm going to shut you down make sure you can't do anything even if you tried". In a way it's...

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Drowning, Not Waving

(118) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (23:00)

I remember why depression is so awful now that I'm back in that land; there is no specific sharp, jabbing or throbbing pain, there is no feeling. This is the sensation people are after when they take certain drugs to forget but even then they know it'll wear off. This...

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On Depression

(23) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (23:00)

Ever since my departure from America where I was launching/pimping my book, I've slowly descended into what some call 'the black dog'. I call it depression. Unlike past bouts, I could feel this one growing; creeping up on me like a thief stealing my personality.

There were many contributing factors...

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Staying Sane in the New World

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (23:00)

I am trying to launch my book Sane New World but in America you're nobody unless you're somebody famous and being unknown here means I don't exist.

I started my journey to publicise the book in New York. Everyone tells me they love New York, to me it's a...

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Addicted to Our Own Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (15:55)

I've said mindfulness is about paying attention, which is a whole different bucket of fish from the idea of 'focus'. To most of us they are more or less the same.

Focus is when we're cocooned in that single minded pin-point concentration lasting a limited time before you start...

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Infomania - The Newest Obsession on the Block

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2014 | (23:00)

A female honeybee larva can grow up to be either a queen or a worker depending on what food it's fed. I didn't make that up. Hives are complex social structures with different kinds of workers, such as harvesters, nurses and cleaners. There are no hedge fund bees or celebrity...

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I'm No Evangelist

(1) Comments | Posted 21 October 2014 | (16:36)

I'm in the early foothills of Mount Everest as far as writing my next book. Hard? Don't make me laugh. This next book (still with humour) is about mindfulness since that happens to be the 'it' girl these days. Who knew when I studied mindfulness at Oxford it would become...

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