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...
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
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...