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When Vanessa Potter woke up one day to find herself blind and paralysed, she was stunned to discover that it was rudimentary meditation techniques and not drugs that aided her arduous recovery. The fact that an imaginary place – a mental sanctuary – evoked such positive healing left her with enormous respect for the power of her mind and a deep curiosity to understand it more.

Yet, despite this startling epiphany, after her recovery Vanessa found herself thrust back into the everyday stresses of modern life, never seeming to get anything done and spending much of her life in a dizzying haze. Convinced she had much more to learn, she wondered if lifting the lid on her own consciousness would show her the key to contentment, and came up with a plan to rigorously explore different schools of mediation in turn, under expert guidance from teachers and gurus.

It’s not every day a harassed mother decides to run her ownscience experiment from home and manages to persuade Cambridge neuroscientists to help her. This unconventional partnership allowed scientists to watch her inner exploration inaction. It is only after 200 hours meditating that they finally revealif she successfully trained her mind.

For fans of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, Julia Buckley’s Heal Me, or Marianne Power’s Help Me, Finding My Right Mind delves beyond the surface of meditation to reveal the fascinating world of the mind and offering us a glimpse of the possibilities within.