Every year the warm fruiting brambles of late summer draw me outside into the country lane behind the house to pick blackberries. This is something I did with my mother when I was a teenager. We would set out walking with our small buckets and find a field where the hedgerows caught the sun.
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Here's a delicious fantasy. Imagine that the ancient Greek philosophers, those boring old men who founded our tradition of scientific rationalism, had also taught meditation. Picture them going on pilgrimage to India to study with the yoga masters there.
Before I started my counselling training and my therapeutic journey I lived in a container of anxiety for most of my life. There was a part of me that clung to anxiety as it was all I really knew. I was a victim of Stockholm syndrome and anxiety was my captor.
[noun] a Hindu or Buddhist mystical or ritual text.
[mass noun] adherence to the doctrines or principles of the tantras, involving mantras, meditation, yoga, and ritual.
The beauty of shared sound and song is that it is free. Everyone can do it, and it helps us to build self-esteem and dissolve friction. It also helps us to generate forgiveness and healing, happiness, and self-knowledge.
As a psychologist with more than 35 years’ experience, it never ceases to amaze me how many parenting articles, programmes and talks are out there advising us on how to manage our teenage children. Clearly, parenting becomes trickier when our children come into adolescence.
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