Recently I was a participant in Professor Jem Bendell’s Deep Adaptation retreat at the Haybergill Centre, Yorkshire. I was a little apprehensive before embarking on the six-hour drive from Wiltshire because I had read Jem’s deep adaptation paper, which doesn’t pull any punches predicting social unrest and financial collapse as climate crisis continues to unfold. Yet I … More Deep Adaptation: a time to come together
‘There are no references to the Sun turning red during the middle of the day,’ said folklorist Twm Elias this morning on Radio 4’s Today Programme. He was referring to the strangeness of what happened to our Sun yesterday. Chris French, professor of psychology at Goldsmiths and fellow guest, was in full agreement that this … More An Apocalyptic sign yesterday? May be so …
This article first appeared in the spring 2017 issue of Thresholds, published by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy©’. I wrote this article on the ageing process for the BACP’s spring edition of their Thresholds magazine. They have kindly agreed for me to post it on my blog. Growing up into Growing Older I … More Growing up into Growing Older
Eleven of us met up in Cirencester in Jane’s lovely garden lodge, surrounded by nodding daffodils and clusters of primroses. Right from the start a distinct theme emerged, which focused on preparing for death. “I would like to know the day and hour of my death,’ said one participant. ‘I like being in control, and … More Cirencester March Death Cafe: Clear out your stuff!
A couple of days ago I spent an overnight at the wonderful Elephant Village, about 20 kilometres from Luang Prabang, laid-back northern capital of Laos. Fourteen very fortunate females elephants, and two of their babies, live in harmony together – all saved from a miserable existence in logging camps. The Village was set up by … More What Would Buddha Make of it All?
Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed. Bertrand Russell I was really touched by the number of people who signed up to my blog after … More Be My Valentine: what envy and jealousy does to love