In many ways we have never been more ‘free’. We have the means to follow our dreams, set goals and live the life we choose. Yet mental health issues are sky-rocketing. Anxiety and depression are rife and more people feel overwhelmed by daily living. The 21st century increasingly seems to breed distraction, pressure and discontent. So, is all our so-called freedom nothing more than a trap of our own making? Are we, as the saying goes, simply decorating the cage that keeps us imprisoned? What can we do to change the status quo? The Freedom Trap is an inspiring call for clear thinking and a freshappraisal of what our freedoms mean and can become. This challenging,confronting and eye-opening look at what freedom actually is examines it fromphilosophical, psychological, political, social, legal, ethical, scientific, historical and neurological perspectives. Mindfulness expert and Associate Professor Craig Hassed explores how we can alleviate our burdens and find a life of peace, happiness and harmony — true freedom. With this guide, Dr Hassed aims to help people let go of their worries, regrets and material desires, and cut to the core of how to bring joy and contentment to our lives. Including practical thinking steps to help further your understanding ofwhat freedom means, this book is essential reading for anyone who hasever thought ‘there has to be more to life than this’.
Associate Professor Craig Hassed OAM is an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness who has widely presented at national and international seminars and conferences and has published extensively in the areas of mind–body medicine and mindfulness. Dr Hassed has devised and presented innovative mindfulness training programs as part of the core curriculum for medical and many other students at Monash University. His programs have also been included in elective programs at other universities in Australia and overseas. He has worked with many other experts in the area of mind–body medicine and mindfulness, and has been instrumental in promoting mindfulness as a simple, natural and accessible technique for enhancing wellness, preventing and managing illness, and improving performance within health, educational and corporate settings. Hassed is co-author of the two top-ranked online mindfulness courses in the world. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association, now Meditation Australia, and in 2019 received the medal of the Order of Australia for services to medicine.