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The Heart of Well-being

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The Heart of Well-being – Seven Tools for Surviving and Thriving

As we go through life, the challenges and changes we meet can either help us move forward, or undermine our health and resilience – often without our even noticing. The purpose of this unique guide is to discover a way not just to survive the knocks in life, but to positively thrive and enhance well-being on every level.

The Heart of Well-being is a beautifully illustrated self-help book with inspiring audio tracks to enable us to be more in touch with and responsive to how we feel – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This publication is also available as an ebook.

The information, audio tracks and simple, practical exercises will help to recover, protect and improve personal well-being, in order to:

  • feel energetic and well
  • cope with worry, stress, change and loss
  • care for one’s self and develop self-confidence
  • sustain good relationships with others
  • discover personal fulfilment and inner meaning
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Author: Jan Alcoe

Jan Alcoe is a clinical hypnotherapist, writer, publisher and facilitator in health and well-being, and is Training and Publishing Consultant to The Janki Foundation. She was one of the core group that designed and wrote the training programme Values in Healthcare: a spiritual approach (The Janki Foundation, 2004), a personal and team development programme for healthcare practitioners. Jan is author of Lifting Your Spirits: Seven Tools for Coping with Illness (Janki Foundation, 2008), which she developed following treatment for cancer. In this guide, Jan continues her journey towards discovering well-being, drawing on personal experience, her work and latest research in the field. She has recently co-authored a third self-help book Stillness in the Storm: Seven Tools for Coping with Fear and Uncertainty (with Dr Sarah Eagger, Janki Foundation, 2020).

Editor: Dr Craig Brown

The late Dr Craig Brown was a retired general practitioner and as a medical adviser to the Janki Foundation, he was one of the core group that designed and wrote the Janki Foundation’s Values in Healthcare programme. He trained facilitators for the programme in the UK and other countries. He also ran holistic health modules for medical students at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and facilitated groups exploring older age issues for The University of the Third Age.

Book of the Week: The Heart of Well-Being
This slender volume (much more readable than acres of words) with its two CDs is one of the few self-help guides worth having. Written by hypnotherapist and cancer survivor Jan Alcoe with GP Dr Craig Brown, chair of the British Holistic Medical Association, it never fails to provide support ‘for surviving and thriving’, as the subtitles has it. Today’s message? Lighten up! (For how to, read the book.)

Mail on Sunday. YOU Magazine, 20 Feb 2011

Heartfelt Reading
This is an excellent and extremely PRACTICAL book that covers the importance of managing ourselves on the four dimensions of being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The chapters’ focus on the ‘seven tool’ for surviving and thriving, which includes relaxing, using your imagination, being creative and discovering peace. The book is accompanied with two CDs which contain simple guided visualisations to help you achieve inner peace and wellbeing, and by working with the book and the guided meditations, you will soon feel healthier, cope with the stress, learn new skills, improve self-confidence and discover personal fulfilment and meaning in life.

YOGA Magazine

The Heart of Well-being is a crystal-clear, no-nonsense, immensely practical guide that conveys the importance of managing ourselves on the four dimensions of our being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.”

Neville Hodgkinson, Medical Journalist

Content of the Book

A beautifully illustrated book with 7 audio tracks. Together they provide information and examples to support the reader, guided relaxations and meditations, short daily practices and positive thoughts to enhance well-being on all levels.

  • What is well-being?
  • What supports our well-being?
  • How ‘well’ do you feel?
  • Tool 1 Relax and tune in
  • Tool 2 Use your imagination >> samples pages
  • Tool 3 Think Positively
  • Tool 4 Be creative
  • Tool 5 Lighten up
  • Tool 6 Value yourself
  • Tool 7 Discover peace
  • Personal plan for well-being
  • Going forwards

Content of Audio Tracks

The 7 tracks that are an integral part of this guide comprise guided visualisations and meditations, and are cross referenced throughout. They enable the listener to:

  • experience the essence of each tool in a multi-sensory way
  • practice using each tool
  • benefit from deep, healing relaxation

The audio tracks can be accessed by playing the two CDs accompanying the book or playing/downloading the mp3 files (a link is supplied with the book). The ebook option* contains the tracks within the text so that they play automatically.


How to purchase the Book

The Heart of Well-being: Seven tools for surviving and thriving

This book is available in both print and epub formats for purchase through our publication partners Inspired Stillness and M-E Books via the links below.

Printed book (Paperback, A5, 92 pages) with 2 audio CDs and online access to audio tracks: £12.95 plus postage and packaging. ISBN 978-0-9548386-2-1

Available here

eBook*: £9.99 ISBN 978-0-9548386-6-9

Available here

*The ebook is delivered as an epub3 file, with audio files embedded, and can be read and listened to on different devices including  PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. If the file does not automatically open, you may need to download a free epub reader like CalibreAdobe Digital Editions.

Printed book - the link for the audio tracks can be found within the book under the section 'How to use this guide'

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Printed Book & two audio CDs

The Heart of Well-being

£12.95 + P&P

ePub eBook

The Heart of Well-being


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