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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...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
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...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
26
Aug
mindfulness work

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
good work blog

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
food as therapy

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
therapy

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...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
24
Jun
hats

Wisdom - a short guide

It’s one of the grandest and oddest words out there, so lofty, it doesn’t sound like something one could ever consciously strive to be - unlike say, being cultured, or kind. Others could perhaps compliment you on being it, but it wouldn’t be something...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
19
Jun
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Where to go on holiday – and why?

Going travelling is one of the most exciting pastimes of all. It’s up there with love in terms of the happiness it can bring – though, unlike love, it is generally assumed to be a straightforward process entailing no big theoretical or philosophical issues....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
02
Jun
beach

Why you get so angry – even though you are nice

It is, of course, a form of madness. You pick up the largest jam jar and fling it to the floor. You go up to the attendant at the counter and deliver a stream of obscenities. You accelerate and overtake on a narrow...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
27
May
rexclouds

Clouds, trees, streams

No one, probably, has ever much doubted that these things are nice. Clouds, trees and streams represent nature in its most gentle, tranquil guise. Their appeal is instinctive. But we take them for granted. They form a pleasant background to other things: out of...
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