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A University of Bolton lecturer has published a book and is launching a new service, including a self-help app which can be used as a tool to improve mental health and wellbeing.
'Why Mindfulness is not Enough: Unlocking Compassion with Equanimity' is written by Dr Joey Weber, a lecturer in the University’s Health and Social Care foundation degree.
Dr Weber says ‘equanimity’ practice involves heightening awareness towards your own likes and dislikes to enable compassion for self and others.
His book aims to highlight its importance, particularly in the increasingly polarised world we live in.
He believes that equanimity can enhance the positive potential of mindfulness, which has become hugely popular in recent years amongst people trying to cope with the stresses of everyday life.
Dr Weber says that mindfulness delivers many benefits to those who practise it.
However, he adds: “As well as mindfulness, there is another important element that I want to bring to people’s attention – if more people practised equanimity it would make our increasingly fractious society more cohesive.”
His book brings equanimity to life with case studies, guided meditations and step-by-step approaches, and is insightful for anyone who wishes to improve their mental health.
Dr Weber added: “My hope is that the book will provide a method to help society become more aware of its biases and more compassionate as a result.
“In a world of increasing inequality and divisiveness, it seems now, more than ever, that we must look inward for the answers.
“We are mega conditioned by society to judge everything from a very early age; everything fuels judgement and divisiveness.
“Equanimity looks to address that. It’s a kind of sat nav for the mind - making sense of the complex world and our place in it.”
The book, and Dr Weber’s research, is also being used to launch a new ‘Equanamee’ app, featuring an illustrated character guide called ‘The Equanamoose’.
The app will provide a practical and accessible guide to improved mental health and wellbeing.
He added: “I wanted this to be a down-to-earth, easy to understand and practical guide and I believe it can make a real positive impact on your daily life.”
'Why Mindfulness is not Enough: Unlocking Compassion with Equanimity' is available from: www.equanamee.com/book and Amazon, priced 12.99.
The ‘Equanamee’ app will be available later this year.