Ancient Word of the Day: Sansai

Sansai. n. ‘mountain vegetables’ from Japanese. Sansai grow wild in marshlands, and grasslands, or in the forest. Japanese people have been gathering wild food to cook with since ancient times. In fact, wild plants or Sansai have helped Japanese when food has been scarce because of drought or some other natural disaster. When food wasContinue reading “Ancient Word of the Day: Sansai”

Book Review: Shinrin-Yoku The Art and Science of Forest Bathing by Dr Qing Li

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Publisher: Nippon Medical School/Penguin Books. Genre: Non-Fiction, Health, Nature, Spirituality. Review in one word: Immersive This is one of the most supremely nourishing books to gift yourself or someone you love. Shinrin-Yoku is your guide to the ancient Japanese art of ‘Forest Bathing’, which is the English translation of the eponymous title. IContinue reading “Book Review: Shinrin-Yoku The Art and Science of Forest Bathing by Dr Qing Li”

Surreal vintage mental health posters from Japan

I found these amazing Japanese advertisements and vintage posters advertising Abilify, Zoloft, Ritalin, Serenase and other medications that are used for a variety of different mental health conditions. Despite me not knowing how to read Japanese, the storytelling here through design is evocative, straight-forward to understand and incredibly imaginative. It brings to mind Dali andContinue reading “Surreal vintage mental health posters from Japan”

Comforting Thought: the sacred lives in the soft fur of a cat

When life is pulling you under, and you need to love something. I suggest you find a cat. If you are sensible enough to like cats. Place the cat before you and stroke it from the roundness of its head across its satiny back, right to the end of its sinuous tail. Repeat this processContinue reading “Comforting Thought: the sacred lives in the soft fur of a cat”

The essence of trauma is that it is overwhelming, unbelievable and unbearable

Who can find a proper grave for such damaged mosaics of the mind, where they may rest in peices. Life goes on but in two different temporal directions at once. The future unable to escape the grip of a memory laden with grief. The essence of trauma is that it is overwhelming, unbelievable and unbearable.Continue reading “The essence of trauma is that it is overwhelming, unbelievable and unbearable”

Comforting Thought: The dancers are free

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what each of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life,Continue reading “Comforting Thought: The dancers are free”

Comforting Thought: Anxiety is a doorway

Carl Jung said that if you find the psychic wound in an individual or a people, there you also find their path to consciousness. For it is in the healing of our psychic wounds that we come to know ourselves…In the evolution of consciousness, our greatest problem is always our richest opportunity. ~ Robert Johnson

Comforting Thought: The seat at the head of your table

Self-actualisation is not a sudden happening, or even a permanent result of long-effort. The eleventh-century Tibetan Buddhist poet-saint Milarepa suggested: “Do not expect full realisation, simply practice every day of your life”. A healthy person is not perfect but perfectible, not a done deal but a work in progress. Staying healthy requires discipline, work, andContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The seat at the head of your table”

Comforting Thought: We pretend we aren’t vulnerable, but this is an illusion

We pretend we aren’t vulnerable, but this is an illusion. We are incarnated in a delicate body, intertwined in the community of life. Our senses have evolved to be exquisitely tuned to the ever-changing world of pleasure and pain, sweet and sour, gain and loss.

Comforting Thought: Love is not ‘out there’ waiting for you

What my marriage taught me is that real love is only what you give. That’s all. Love is not ‘out there’, waiting for you. It is in you.