Stillness in the Storm

(6 customer review)


This unique book offers seven practical self-help tools drawn from a broad range of positive psychology, therapeutic, and spiritual models and approaches, each designed to help us discover the ‘stillness in the storm’. Additionally, the book has 20 audio tracks containing short meditations and visualisations and is available as a paperback with online mp3 files, as an ebook or as an audiobook. 


SKU: 2297 Brands: Dr Sarah Eagger, Jan Alcoe


About the book

7 tools for coping with fear and uncertainty

We live in a world of change and uncertainty – we always have. But presently it’s as if a storm were raging round us, churning up feelings of anxiety and fear and making it difficult to respond resourcefully to our own needs and those of others. This unique book offers seven practical self-help tools drawn from a broad range of positive psychology, therapeutic, and spiritual models and approaches, each designed to help us discover the ‘stillness in the storm’ –our sense of peace and inner wholeness. The book includes simple exercises, audio meditations and commentaries, emergency responses, and positive affirmations to help the reader put its powerful ideas into everyday practice.

‘A delightful, practical and healing book of treasures to carry through the storm.’ (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Kent)

‘Covering the multitude of areas essential to our well-being and all in one book. It was like having a companion who just sat quietly in the corner and consciously held the space for me as I read. Balm for the soul.’ (Mental Health Expert by Experience)

‘A very welcome, gentle and practice-based guide to learning to live more lightly in our ever-changing world.’ (General Practitioner, London)

Additionally, the book has 20 audio tracks containing short meditations and visualisations. For the print version of the book, the link to downloadable mp3s can be found within the book. For the ebook* and audiobook, the tracks play open automatically as the reader or listener reaches them.

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. For Kindle you will need to convert the file to .mobi which can be easily done through Calibre, full instructions on how to do this will be sent after your purchase, please note audio files embedded in the book will not work on Kindle these will be sent as a separate link after purchase.

Authors and Foreword

Jan Alcoe (BSSc PsychHons, DHypPsych(UK)) is publishing and training adviser to the Janki Foundation and has a background in writing and publishing in health and social care. She is trained in clinical hypnotherapy and has written two previous Janki Foundation self-help guides based on her professional experience and from coping with personal, serious illness, Lifting Your Spirits and The Heart of Well-being. She co-edited the self-development programme Values in Healthcare: a spiritual approach for the Janki Foundation. Jan has retained a lifelong interest in positive psychology, the power of the mind-body connection and spirituality in healing, and was a past vice-chair of the British Holistic Medical Association.

Dr Sarah Eagger (MB,BS, FRCPsych) is Chair of the Janki Foundation. She worked for 30 years in the NHS as a consultant psychiatrist and honorary senior clinical lecturer in the department of Psychological Medicine, Imperial College, London, and also worked in private practice for 15 years. She is on the executive committees of both the Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry section of the World Psychiatric Association and the Special Interest Group on Spirituality at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). She is also past chair of the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum and the British Holistic Medical Association. As a practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation for over 40 years and a certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher, she is an advocate of a values-based approach to healthcare – one that embraces peace, love, positivity and compassion for the benefit of oneself and others.

Additional information

Weight .500 kg



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No of Pages

Physical / DIgital

Physical Book, Digital Book (epub), Audiobook

6 reviews for Stillness in the Storm

  1. Professor Michael West CBE Senior Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund Professor of Organizational Psychology, Lancaster University Emeritus Professor, Aston University

    Stillness in the Storm is a deep source of wisdom and compassion. It describes how to be in moments that vary from great pain to delight and happiness. More than that, it describes the simple steps we can take to learn to be happy, fulfilled and at peace with this wonderful existence in each moment. It provides a set of resources – practices, recordings, phrases, insights – that can enable us to transform from lonely suffering to present fulfilment and happiness. It is a rare blend of knowledge about human behaviour, pain and happiness with spiritual insights and confidence, distilled into clear and straightforward practices that achieve that alchemy. Any of us on this mysterious and wonderful journey of existence can learn, grow and feel connected and happy by practising the seven steps to achieving Stillness in the Storm that Sarah Eagger and Jan Alcoe describe. All it requires is taking the steps they describe, one at a time in the storm, actively and purposefully towards a better being.

  2. Sarajane Aris, AFBPS, CPsychol, FRSA, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

    This is a remarkable little book containing so much wisdom to draw from to navigate the challenging seas of our times. Each chapter, is clearly written, straight from the heart , easy to absorb, beautifully illustrated, straightforward to read, with practical examples of how to still the storm, based on research. A real gem. A ‘must have’ to travel with, and a compass to navigate and sustain wellbeing during these challenging times. Highly recommended- I can imagine this would be of great value for people from all walks of life.

  3. Dr. Christine Braehler, Clinical Psychologist, MSC Teacher Trainer

    Whatever the cause of your distress, you will likely find some instant relief by perusing this easy-to-use and profound guide by UK mental health experts, Dr. Sarah Eagger and Jane Alcoe. Integrated meditations allow the reader to directly build resources from the bottom up. Relaxation and inner safety are followed by guidance to promote kindness and acceptance towards our bodies, distressing emotions and thoughts. And it does not stop there: it invites the reader to develop a sense of connectedness to the whole and to our spiritual Self to inspire hope and trust to see us through times of uncertainty.

  4. Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, psychotherapist and author

    “The title says it all. This is a true gem of a book helping the reader to find stillness in the
    inevitable personal storms of everyday, inner and outer. It offers the reader easy to follow
    thoughtful exercises as well as meditations, where we learn to develop spaciousness and
    awareness. There are also practical exercises that help us to choose compassion and
    forgiveness, self-soothing and returning to the present moment.
    I particularly enjoyed the idea of discovering the ‘eye’ of the storm and practising resting

  5. Andrew Clark   Book review editor for the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

    The spirituality that underpins the book is inclusive and practical and, as such, the guide will be of
    help to people from different faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not feel a connection with
    any particular faith tradition. Overall, the book is full of warmth. It is presented with clarity and
    heart. It has a beautiful simplicity which is a hallmark of deep wisdom.

  6. Marina Malthouse, retired palliative care doctor

    This Janki Foundation book is a self-help guide for weathering the storms of life. Written during the
    coronavirus storm of 2020, the two authors offer us how to live more peaceful, authentic, inter
    dependent and inter – connected lives, whatever the storm. Eight short chapters explain and address
    anxiety, depression and emotional distress and with its different philosophical and psychological
    ideologies, also act as a self-discovery guide to inspire reflection and further study. Both authors are
    affiliated with the Janki Foundation (, a UK charity that promotes the
    integration of spirituality into healthcare. Kindness and compassion towards others and ourselves
    are key to their approach for maintaining wellbeing and preventing illness – any reminders of these
    essential elements must surely be welcome as we negotiate life’s storms and too often, are
    forgotten about in healthcare. If there is any measure of value in the book’s content, the founding
    president of the foundation (Dadi Janki) died in 2020 at the age of 104, serving actively until she
    died. An unanswerable question but given the book’s ethos one worth asking, is whether the 80
    years she spent developing her own inner peace and power contributed to her reaching this
    incredible age? Each of the first seven chapters stand alone or together as spiritual tools to help
    build resilience to deal with the stuff of life – overstimulation, high expectations, too much choice,
    abusive and difficult home life, and issues of illness and disability. Within each chapter is an
    explanatory guide and audio tracks, rescue remedies and positive affirmation tips – all aimed at
    anyone wishing “to live a fulfilling and contented life in an uncertain world”. If we are to find
    strength from building and maintaining resilience, I think it is worth readers investing their attention
    in all chapters. When read sequentially, the chapters lead their readers through our systems of
    survival, doing and soothing. If too much weight is given over to the first two of these, problems
    arise that need soothing. Rather than seek out misdirected pleasure seeking distractions that can
    lead to unwanted addictions, far better to soothe with this book’s approaches for spiritual wellbeing.
    Each aims to recover our identity of wholeness and connection, make sense of personal challenges
    and maintain a stable core of calm and resourcefulness within. Of vital relevance is the value in
    learning to associate mind with body particularly where emotions have such a strong physical
    component. The book gives us permission to meet these needs in a healthy way. The authors give us
    a quote by Julian of Norwich, ‘All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be
    well’. Can we ever hope to reach this place where all is well? This book is a good place to start even

    if you already have some of this knowledge. No promises are made but with the different practices
    on offer you could find your stillness and inner peace to enter ‘a realm of pure experience that
    includes tranquillity and love’. So inhale deeply and breathe in the possibility that all will indeed be

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