I am not much of a birdwatcher but I am learning to become a thought watcher and I was intrigued the other day by a metaphor which connected the two ideas. For about six months now I have been practising meditation. Practising is what you do when you are not very good at something and... Continue Reading →
I’ve been leading a mindfulness group for the last 9 weeks. “Leading” is actually a slightly misleading word. All I did was invite 10 to 12 friends to purchase the same book that I myself had decided to read and then I set up a closed group on Facebook with the idea that we could... Continue Reading →
To those of you who have been aware that at the end of July I suddenly experienced acute neck pain, a quick update and some BIG APPRECIATIONS. If you prayed for me, thank you. There were many other practical things that contributed to my recovery physically but I do not think any of us fully... Continue Reading →
I've been exploring the whole idea of 'mindfulness' in more depth recently. There have been two books that have helped me with this Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality by Tim Stead, who is an Anglican priest and Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Williams and Penman. This last one is described as a "life changing... Continue Reading →
This is an absolutely fascinating read. Written by a scientist, it explores the research into ways our minds influence our physical well-being, our tolerance of pain and our immunity. The first chapter is all about the placebo effect. So far so good, most of us have heard of this and feel slightly self-conscious about the truth... Continue Reading →
I'm reading a book about a woman through whom God does amazing things. This is very challenging to me as my petty ego says to me 'how come God doesn't do amazing things through you?' (please don't anyone answer that with reassuring platitudes about me being amazing, I get that I'm 'amazing' in the normal... Continue Reading →
Sharing here some very thoughtful reflections on the rise of mental health issues in our society: Taking Back Our Mental Health, Taking Back Our Culture.