Hard lessons: On making the most of our mistakes

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body. Seneca When discussing failure, I often worry that whatever is said will come across as tired, well worn aphorisms. In fact, I imagine you would be hard pushed to find a single individual that doesn’t already agree with the following: That our mistakes are something toContinue reading “Hard lessons: On making the most of our mistakes”

A crisis of control: On coping with Corona

I don’t get it, even what’s happening here. All official proclamations begin with, “No cause for panic, don’t panic”, and then all that they tell you is reasons to panic. Slavoj Zizek At first I really didn’t want to write about this topic. Like, I really didn’t want to. I mean, what more can beContinue reading “A crisis of control: On coping with Corona”

Awaking to engage: Premeditation over mindfulness

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional, and the views expressed are merely my own opinions based upon my own experiences. These should not be taken asContinue reading “Awaking to engage: Premeditation over mindfulness”

Dangerous Polemics: Society and the need for Philosophy

In times such as ours there is a great pressure to come up with concepts that help men understand their dilemma; there is an urge toward vital ideas, toward a simplification of needless intellectual complexity. Sometimes this makes for big lies that resolve tensions and make it easy for action to move forward with justContinue reading “Dangerous Polemics: Society and the need for Philosophy”

Building Gods: On Creating Comfort in Chaos

Love is my religion — I could die for that — I could die for you. My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet. John Keats, Love Letter to Fanny Brawne In an 1819 letter, a young poet John Keats, famously said to the “love of his life” Fanny Brawne that love isContinue reading “Building Gods: On Creating Comfort in Chaos”

Beautiful frauds: Dealing with the impostor within

Judgement does not come suddenly; the proceedings gradually merge into the judgement. Franz Kafka, The Trial During a conversation with some of the others from my course, the concept of impostor syndrome came up recently. This got me thinking back on my own life, and the times in which I have felt inadequate, as ifContinue reading “Beautiful frauds: Dealing with the impostor within”

Kintsugi: Gabrielle Aplin on the beauty in scars

These perfect fractures, telling of such subtle truths, that we have survived, Kintsugi, by Shaun Beale Since my post on Enter Shikari’s Stop the Clocks and its portrayal of certain issues surrounding mental health, I have been excited to approach numerous other songs. The list of possibilities is pretty much endless, with so many artistsContinue reading “Kintsugi: Gabrielle Aplin on the beauty in scars”

When The Clowns Are Silent: It And The Horrors of Unspoken Trauma

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win. Stephen King Anybody that knows me well will be aware that I am a great lover of horror fiction. In fact, so much so, my degree dissertation was on Gothic literature specifically. It is hard to say where thisContinue reading “When The Clowns Are Silent: It And The Horrors of Unspoken Trauma”

#MenAreTrash and the shackles of gender

Sexual difference is probably the issue in our time which could be our ‘salvation’ if we thought it through. Luce Irigaray As I sit down to write this blog post for what is now the second time I can’t help but hesitate. It might just be the lingering pain of having had my 1600 wordContinue reading “#MenAreTrash and the shackles of gender”

Expectations: A barrier to progress?

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Alexander Pope In taking the steps I have towards training as a counsellor and therapist, there is one thing that almost stopped me in my tracks. The biggest hurdle I have had to pass in reaching this point is nothing more than myContinue reading “Expectations: A barrier to progress?”