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23
Oct
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The Psychology of Colour

Alongside the notes of the musical keyboard and the letters of the alphabet, colours provide the building blocks of our emotions. It is not for nothing that we say we are ‘feeling blue’ or ‘seeing red’. Each colour is subtly connected to a web...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
23
Oct
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The Great Eastern Philosophers: Confucius

We know very little for certain about the life of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (a westernised version of his name, which means ‘Master Kong’). He is said to have been born in 551 B.C. in China; he may have been a student of the...
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19
Oct
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The Great Eastern Philosophers: The Buddha

The story of the Buddha’s life, like all of Buddhism, is a story about confronting suffering. He was born between the sixth and fourth century B.C., the son of a wealthy king in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. It was prophesied that the young...
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19
Oct
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The Great Philosophers: Thomas Aquinas

It seems, at first, weird that we might learn from him. Thomas Aquinas was a medieval saint, said in moments of high excitement to levitate and have visions of the Virgin Mary. He was much concerned with explaining how angels speak and move. And...
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26
Sep
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The Great Eastern Philosophers: Matsuo Basho

In the West, we have a vague sense that poetry is good for our ‘souls’, making us sensitive and wiser. Yet we don’t always know how this should work. Poetry has a hard time finding its way into our lives in any practical...
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26
Sep
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In Praise of Melancholy

Melancholy is not exactly a word on everybody’s lips. People don’t go around gossiping about how melancholic the new regional IT director is or drawing up lists of the more melancholy-inducing bits of natural scenery (Brighton Beach on an overcast morning; Rannoch Moor in...
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26
Aug
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How Can Mindfulness Help Us at Work?

When mindfulness is taught in the workplace, it’s often emphasized how meditation cultivates attention, helping us cope with demands in a busy job. Or we hear about mindfulness as stress reduction - if we can learn to manage our thoughts and emotions, we will...
Posted by Ed Halliwell
04
Aug
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Good Job! A Week About Work

This autumn we're harnessing that ‘back to school’ feeling, with GOOD JOB!, a week of work-related special events. From managing work stress with yoga to learning how to talk like a leader, the week is designed to help you be happier, healthier and more...
Posted by The School of Life
04
Aug
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Food As Therapy

Cookery books swamp us with recipes, most of which we never cook. We've created a new tool - Food as Therapy - which starts from the opposite pole. How we feel on a particular evening, and what we set about cooking in response...
Posted by The School of Life
29
Jul
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Utopia series: cathedrals of the future

In the developed, more secular parts of the world, it is common, even among unbelievers, to lament the passing of the great days of religious architecture.  It is common to hear those who have no interest in the doctrines of religion admit to a...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
26
Jun
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Why you need to go and see a therapist

In almost all countries and communities around the world, there is one central (usually unvoiced) suspicion that arises whenever someone lets slip that they are ‘having therapy’: they are crazy. Getting therapeutic help should – ideally – be an ordinary and wholly unsurprising thing, like...
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