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The Inflamed Mind

There’s a growing body of research linking mental health and the immune system. In his new book, The Inflamed Mind, Professor Edward Bullmore claims that we need treatments that can break the vicious cycle of stress, inflammation and depression. Speaking … Continue reading

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“The body is always in the now”: Wise insight or foolish illusion?

Several years ago I had what I believed to be a profound insight; the body is always in the now. I wasn’t alone in reaching this conclusion and I later read other people saying the same thing. The mind is … Continue reading

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Thinking with place

I spend last week-end at an ecopsychology retreat in Lancashire. We were staying in a stone barn in the woods, very close to a peat stained river that surged over ancient rocks. On Saturday I paired up with a colleague for a ‘medicine walk’. … Continue reading

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Merleau-Ponty

This is the first of a series of posts that introduce thinkers who have been especially influential on my work. I begin with the French philosopher Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961), who was a pioneer in the study of embodiment. Merleau-Ponty was fascinated by our ‘being-in-the-world’ – the way … Continue reading

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Bodymind and Earth

A video I posted recently discussed ‘What is the body?’  It starts with Mark Walsh saying that the body is ‘not a brain taxi’, but that’s pretty much how many people experience their embodiment. There are many reasons for this dislocation of ‘self’ … Continue reading

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Your tiny mind

Our thinking is like an iceberg, with everyday awareness at the tip and 95% of cognition happening out of sight (Lakoff and Johnson, 1999: 13). Most of the time we identify that tiny 5% as ‘self’, discounting the hidden cognition … Continue reading

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Descartes’ stove: Philosophers and place

Descartes is considered to be the father of modern philosophy. No wonder we’re in such a mess! You’re probably familiar with his theory, but to recap: Descartes considered the possibility that some very powerful, cunning and malicious demon might be deceiving him. He reasons that there … Continue reading

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The Work that Reconnects

On Sunday I went to a workshop on Joanna Macy’s ‘Work that Reconnects’, an approach that calls upon systems theory, spiritual teachings, and deep ecology. I knew what to expect as I’ve been to similar events and facilitated a few myself, but what struck me was how fresh … Continue reading

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