Modern society has made sitting still a near impossible task with its constant mantra of being connected. Our brains never get a break and the result can be increased stress, anxiety, insomnia and left unchecked, even depression. But there is something you can do – nothing!
Matthew Johnstone’s new book, a follow-up to his bestselling black dog series, is a simple, accessible, step-by-stop guide on how to mediate. Stripping back the mystical concepts that often put meditation in the too-hard basket for many of us, Johnstone’s book utilises his trademark stunning illustrations to make mediation as easy as sitting down and focusing on the breath. In a world where finding even ten minutes to 'do nothing', the benefits of meditation can be profound. Meditation is simply a way of giving our brains a well-deserved break and can actually help our brains to function healthy and happily. This beautifully illustrated guide is an inspiring and practical book which shows you how to meditate without the need for uncomfortable lotus positions or prayer beads! With his typical gentle and insightful humour, Matthew's guide to meditation will enable to you to feel more present, more youthful, have more energy and greater concentration, improve your mood and sleep more soundly.
Matthew Johnstone had 15 years + as a creative in advertising where he worked in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He worked for some of the world’s best agencies and won many industry awards.
In 2005 he published I Had a Black Dog an illustrated book on what it is to suffer depression and what can be learnt from it. This book has been a best seller and is now published in 20+ countries.
In 2008, with his wife Ainsley, he published the sequel Living With a Black Dog, a guide to those who care for people living with depression. This also was a best seller and made the top 10 best-selling books in the UK in February 2009.
In October 2009 Matthew, along with his co-author; James Kerr, published Alphabet of the Human Heart: The A to Zen of Life. It’s a book about balance. This book went to number 3 in the UK in March 2011.
His new book, Quiet the Mind is an illustrated guide on how to meditate which came out in March 2012 and went to number 1 in the UK book sales.
His two latest books: The Big Little Book of Resilience and Capturing MIndfulness
Matthew also works as the Creative Director of the Black Dog Institute developing various creative, educational programs on understanding mental health, mood disorders, mindfulness and resilience for schools and the work place.
He also delivers talks to community groups, schools, corporations, health resorts, sporting groups and the farming community. He has talked extensively all over Australia and the UK.
When he’s not working for the Institute he is an author, illustrator and father of two.
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