#FRIDAYFEELINGS - Get out of your head with this fresh find - You Are Not Your Thoughts by Frances Trussell #BOOKREVIEW

How many times a day do we worry about all the things that don't hold any weight, details that hold no meaning, and fixate on silly expectations? I'm sure if you're anything like me, it's almost impossible to NOT have those thoughts which in turn generate that deep anxiety over things I literally have no control over, or that simply don't have any weight in my life.

I've taken up Meditation and Yoga and have practiced at a few Ashrams before settling into a Kadampa Peace Temple several years ago. I contribute my new found calmness to the tools they provide during weekly peace prayers but even when armed with the best tools, we, at times, forget how to use them. Times get tough, we're tested emotionally and physically, we suffer and our minds like to make more out of situations than is ever needed.

The trick is to master your mind, it can be done. Don't let it tell you otherwise!

Even though I have the tools, it's books like this that help get me back on track. A fast 104 page read, gives you everything you need to remind yourself that you've got this. It also makes for a perfect gift for someone who's going through a difficult time. After all, a book is often enjoyed over and over again and what better tool to arm yourself with than with one that keeps you grounded and helps you take control back over your happiness?


We all wish to be more mindful, engaged, present, loving the life we are living, but is this possible and how? You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness makes the journey into a mindful way of being a profoundly simple one, both to understand and to access. It is a book for those who want to truly know the power of mindfulness to transform their experience of life. '...There are thousands of books out there to help us combat our inner self-destructive voice... if I could go back in time and read only one book on the subject, this is it.' Joe Pasquale, Comedian and Actor

About Frances Trussell

Frances Trussell is a Mindfulness teacher, author, speaker and therapist.


She lives in lovely Hampton Court, just outside London. She is passionate about making mindfulness accessible to all and has taught mindfulness meditation to many hundreds of people in a range of settings.
Her client base delights in diversity including high profile stars and CEO’s, builders and stay-at-home parents, school children to mature clients in their 90’s and a vibrant mixture of everyone in-between. Her experience has taught her that whatever stage we are in life, or however we define ourselves, we all face the same human challenges and can help ourselves to have a richer experience through mindfulness. 
She recently appeared on ITV1's Sugar Free Farm as Mindfulness Coach and was a main stage speaker at this years London Mindful Living Show. As well as advising on mindfulness on TV and to the media she is involved in teaching and advising on policy in schools, charities, public sector employers and across the corporate world. She is a pioneer of Mindfulness-based RTT in her 1-1 work, transforming clients to quickly overcome fears, addictions, depression and phobias so that they can be more present in their lives.

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Frances' first book: 'You Are Not Your Thoughts; The Secret Magic of Mindfulness' is published by O'Books in November 2018 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. 

Frances is also a retreat reviewer and advises on retreat and wellbeing centre facilities internationally. 
Her background is in broadcast journalism, and she has spent time as a Media Manager, Journalist, Production Manager and Treatment Writer. 

Continually taking part in regular CPD through both the Oxford Mindfulness Centre & Zenways Frances makes an ongoing commitment to attend regular retreats as a key foundation to practice; so far in 2018 attending at least one residential retreat or CPD workshop each month. She has attended training to the highest level to become an ‘Advanced Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher’ under the direct tutorage of Zen Master Daizan Roshi. She has multiple .bMiSP Teacher Training qualifications through the Mindfulness in Schools Project. In addition she is a qualified RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapist), a ‘Marisa Peer Method Therapist’, and qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists. She has a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, a 1st Class BA hons in Drama & Media Art. 

She is also Mum to two incredible little people.