It’s the morning of Gina’s thirtieth birthday, as her
follicles helpfully remind her: she finds her second grey
hair. At work, two birthday cards are propped up on her
desk. The first says ‘There’s no need to torture
yourself just because you’re turning 30...
When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I
remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my desk and
asking me to read a few sentences from a Dick and Jane book.
She pointed to a word. "Tuh-hee," I said,...
Meet Chad. Chad is a personal trainer, from the Coen
brothers’ film Burn After Reading. He is a fictional
character, but we recognize him immediately: muscular,
handsome, full of energy and positive thinking – and as
dumb as a sack of small stones.
Emotional health is the sense that what is happening, is
happening now. It is experiencing the world as first-hand,
immediate, rather than only knowing what was experienced
when you reflect upon it later. You are, as the sports
commentators put it, ‘in the zone’.
We are fooled by a scientific education if we believe that
the accumulation knowledge brings us ever closer to the
world around us. It is not knowledge that counts, when we
are talking about direct and immediate human experience, it
“There is a...
Picture yourself enjoying a meal outside an auberge in the
Provençal countryside. The fields of lavender roll off into
the distance. French voices murmur around you. You’re
served a beautiful chilled Rosé in a rustic earthenware
carafe. You ask what it is. The owner...
Somehow it is part of my nature, whenever something curious
or unexpected happens, to ask myself, “What can I learn
from this?” As I reflected on the stories I have
collected, I reached an unexpected conclusion: all of them
dealt with some sort of...
A Google image search for “me time” brings up familiar
photos: women (often with towels on their heads), holding
cups of tea (often in two hands, like prayer for sanity),
sitting in fragrant baths, or doing Yoga (often on the
For many, “me time”...
You can mark your progress breath by breath.
Literally. And it's there that I recommend you begin. Every
time you think I hate that f****** b****, I want you to
neutralize that thought with a breath. Calm your mind.
Breathe in deeply with intention,...
As Muhammed Ali entered the ring to face George Foreman
before their epic 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" fight, he
noticed that the humid Zaire air had slightly loosened the
tension in the ropes around the boxing ring. In that instant
Ali came up...
I'm currently sitting my living room, working, with the
balcony door open. There is no music on, but there is a lot
of sound. There's a long, underlying wash of distant
traffic, and differently-pitched drones of motorbikes and
cars close by, which swell and...