Believe In Love

‘Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love, there is a strength, and a blessing, so large, that you can travel as far as you wish, without having to step outside it’. Rainer Maria Rilke

What Is Psychotherapy?

As philosopher Alain de Botton points out in this excellent short film, ‘having some psychotherapy is just about the most significant and interesting thing you could do to improve your chances of contentment – in relationships, at work, and with friends and family’. We are all complex creatures who are flawed and struggle at times to … More What Is Psychotherapy?

Etty Hillesum: A Story Of Spiritual Transformation

Look at Etty Hillesum’s entry in Wikipedia and you’ll see that her occupation is listed as ‘writer’.  In actuality, she was so much more than that; anyone who has read her diaries, or secondary sources based on them, would be strongly inclined to bestow upon her the moniker of ‘mystic’ too.  Such mysticism was inextricably … More Etty Hillesum: A Story Of Spiritual Transformation

Living the Amish Life

The Amish are a group of Christians that intrigue me. Their beliefs are, in essence, very simple; they live a life focused on their own interpretation of biblical principles, where modern technology is eschewed and there is an emphasis on family and community life. But there are contradictions: the Amish practice forgiveness, but are also … More Living the Amish Life

Living Philosophy

A few words of wisdom from Henry David Thoreau which remind us that we can, and should, all be philosophers: To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, … More Living Philosophy

A Journey Through the Seasons of Life

Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s Buddhism-inspired extended 2003 meditation  – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring – takes place on an isolated lake nestled among scenic mountains on which floats a small, one-room hermitage housing two monks, one old and one young. The narrative unfolds over the course of several years, and is divided into five sections … More A Journey Through the Seasons of Life