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

More on Burning Man

(1) Comments | Posted 23 September 2015 | (00:00)

(Continuation from last week on my Burning Man experience)

On day four, I had a bit of an accident at the giant boot installation. You enter through a door into a fairy tale world of tiny elaborate scenes behind glass involving toy mice, dolphins, dragons, elves - the usual once-upon-a-time-stuff,...

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On Burning Man

(6) Comments | Posted 18 September 2015 | (00:00)

The Mother of all festivals has got to be Burning Man. I went - it did not disappoint - a Fellini film on acid, squared. It's not for the faint hearted because a few times a day you have to eat dirt. I refer to the frequent whiteout dust storms;...

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Silence Is Golden?

(4) Comments | Posted 3 September 2015 | (00:00)

For the end of my book Mindfulness for the Frazzled I wanted to be my own guinea pig so had a brain scan done before and after a silent six day retreat practicing mindfulness eight hours a day. It's a mental boot camp called Tigonos Retreat Centre somewhere in the...

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My Take on Teens

(2) Comments | Posted 20 August 2015 | (00:00)

I'm doing research on the teenage brain for my book coming out in early January A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled.

Raising a teenager makes the terrible twos seem like a holiday in the Maldives. But his erratic behaviour isn't something he's doing on purpose to torture you it's because...

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Waking Up

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2015 | (00:00)

Finishing writing my book last week, feeling like the baby's head is out but the lower half is still in my and I'm pushing as hard as I can. I'm still trying to get my head around explaining mindfulness (how I see it). Some people might say it's about becoming...

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You Can't Learn Mindfulness by Taking a Pill

(2) Comments | Posted 7 August 2015 | (00:00)

What keeps me practising mindfulness is that even if I'm not in the mood and believe me, that's often the case (mostly the case) is what I'm learning about how it impacts the brain. With a sit up you'll see the results to keep you going; you'll have some ripples...

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On Glastonbury

(1) Comments | Posted 23 July 2015 | (00:00)

I had the Glastonbury experience a few weeks ago for the first time. I can check that one off my bucket list. No one told me to bring wellies; I thought - it's summer, why would it rain? I ended up impacted in mud having to beg passers-by to help...

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Mindfulness and Teens - Will They Ever Work Together?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2015 | (00:00)

I'm deep, deep into the heart of finishing my book, either called, Wake the F...K Up or Frazzled, I want the first title but I'm told it might not make it into bookshops and that would send me over the cliff face. I'm pretty obsessed with it now as my...

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Pay Attention

(4) Comments | Posted 9 July 2015 | (00:00)

"Parenting is a mirror in which we get to see the best of ourselves, and the worst; the richest moments of living, and the most frightening." (I didn't say that, why would I?)

If a child is going to become an emotionally successful adult he/she needs to begin to learn...

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Mindfulness for Babies

(1) Comments | Posted 2 July 2015 | (00:00)

I'm now in full turbo to finish my new book, which is due in about ten minutes. It's on mindfulness and is called Wake the F*ck Up. It comes out at Christmas so please buy one because writing this is like a worm crawling through the Sahara and I've just...

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Me and the Dalai Lama (I've Never Said That Before...)

(6) Comments | Posted 18 June 2015 | (00:00)


So, I went to Australia to meet the Dalai Lama, as you do. I was asked to speak at a conference called, "Happiness And Its Causes", like I know? I told them this was not my specialty as I am a cynic but...

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Why We're Chasing Our Tails

(1) Comments | Posted 11 June 2015 | (00:00)

I'm going to stick my foot out and say part of what keeps us away from tasting that elusive thing called 'happiness' and why many of us are on the verge of a nervous breakdown is because our minds drag us from one sensation to the next, never settling in...

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A Word About the Body (Actually More Than One Word)

(3) Comments | Posted 3 June 2015 | (00:00)

The word mindfulness isn't helping itself, as it suggests the mind is separate from the body but the name bodyfulness would be even worse.

The brain doesn't end at the neck - it continues down the spinal cord and emanating from that are millions of miles of ventricles (enough...

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On Cleanses

(8) Comments | Posted 26 May 2015 | (00:00)

As life gets more complicated, I've noticed conversation gets shallower. I won't go to cocktail parties anymore because that's exactly what you do at them, wag your cock at everyone. It's implicit in the dialogue that there's one-upmanship in the air: "What do you do?" "Where does your kid go...

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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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