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