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Publisher's Summary

In today’s fast-paced world, we’ve never been busier. We’re surrounded by pressures from work, family, study and social media. It can feel like there’s never time to truly switch off and relax. But the answer is simpler than you think - and it’s within you. Through simple, easily learned techniques The Book of Rest reveals how to find a moment of peace even in the busiest of days and a path to a calmer, happier and more relaxed you.

©2019 James Reeves and Gabrielle Brown (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Impossibly wonderful." (Daily Telegraph)

"James’s heartfelt gentleness and masterful wisdom shine through in his teachings. His expertise lies in his ability to light the path for others to find their own way." (Richard Miller, clinical psychologist, researcher and yogic scholar)

"James has been the most amazing teacher. Not only am I fitter and more flexible but also I feel better balanced, mentally and emotionally." (Emma Watson)

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  • 20-05-2020

The eye of the storm

I fund this book very soothing not forcing answers on you but quietly asking questions you knew in heart were there all the time .It will be a book I read many times .Thankyou

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  • 28-09-2019

A treasure

This book invites the reader to find ease, depth and peace in life. It’s a rich, practical guide and it will be a book I return to time and time again.

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  • mistry
  • 27-04-2021

wonderful

Beautifully written, this book will help to guide you into a place of deep peace, acceptance and rest. James is an amazing guide on this journey.

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  • Cinnamon gal
  • 22-03-2021

we need this book now

James and Gabby have put together a great resource for us and we need it now. This book is beautifully written and to listen to, as the two voices seamlessly weave together helping to keep our attention and creating interest. It is full of gems and nuggets a blessing for us right now. Thank you

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  • Fairy Beth
  • 14-04-2020

Thoroughly relaxing

I could listen to James's voice all day! Some interesting concepts and investigations. Would recommend

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  • Natalie Price
  • 26-01-2020

Profound and blissfully insightful

Profound and blissfully insightful

Much gratitude for this audiobook 💙
It’s helped me through a tough time. Will be revisiting lots.

I originally listened via my local library but it was too good that I wanted my own copy.

Recommend to everyone. James’ voice is soothing AF

Some quotes:

“when we allow ourselves to do nothing and just be, we start to experience the always-OK part of our experience. Our consciousness starts to shine forth through the gaps of our however-chaotic-or-not life, and we begin to feel the truth of the possibility that our essential nature is already rested and whole.”

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“proper rest will engender action that is most connected with your truest self.”

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“We might find ourselves experiencing a new kind of wisdom, one that is less in the mind and more from our whole, deeper being. This deeper knowing has a quieter quality; it’s more of a whisper and less of a shout. We hear it only when we’ve turned all other noise down, and although it demands an acceptance of the unknowable qualities of life, it feels like the only truth.”

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“Rest is the ultimate act of allowing everything to be just as it is. It is not dependent on anything other than a surrendering of control, desire and condition. Rest has no conditions. If you find yourself trying to control rest, remind yourself that if there is one thing you need to do about your restlessness, it’s nothing.”

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“When we rest close to the edge of sleep, the two sides of that edge might fuse into a ‘waking dream’ state, when we are neither awake nor asleep. This is your opportunity to practise it:

As you find yourself unable to sleep, or get back to sleep, rather than fight the experience, can you embrace it? Consider this time as an opportunity to be with yourself, and rest...

... Allow your mind to shift from worry about the lack of sleep to a looser, more accepting state”

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“Welcome unease with ease”

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“approach yourself with inquisitive kindness – being with yourself, listening to yourself, sensing into your body and becoming aware of how it is feeling.”

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