Minority stress and gay men

I was 9 years old when I first registered that the world didn’t like me. Not for anything I had done, but because of something I could not change and had no choice over. It should have been a fun evening, watching […]

The power of nature to heal

As we enter another lock down it’s important to find ways to care for your mental health and emotional well being.  A few weeks ago I heard a report of some research that looked at the impact of giving people […]

Why is it so hard to love ourself?

I’ve been teaching the Loving Kindness practice in the mornings on YouTube and chatting with the people coming to the session has revealed how many people find it hard to feel this love for themselves. It feels much easier for them […]

It’s ok not to be happy

This week I started re-reading ‘The Happiness Trap’ by Russ Harris. I read it five years ago and it was fascinating to read again and see be reminded of the key points I had learnt from it on first reading. It […]

Self-care through kind touch

Over this period of Covid induced restrictions one of the recurring themes on a Monday night is people feeling isolated, lonely and in need of physical contact. We are mammals and social creatures. Our animal body needs touch and nurturing. Whilst […]

Donations for disaster relief in Beirut

Many of you will have heard on the news the disaster that has occurred in Beirut. As well as the destruction caused by the explosion itself, and life lost, there will be ongoing hardship as the port has been destroyed. Lebanon imports […]

Needs and Wants

Last weekend I was on a new two day course for gay men called “Who Am I”. I led a meditation session at the start of the Saturday session and then participated for the rest of the workshop. As gay men we […]

Productivity and home working

Really interesting programme on Radio 4 exploring productivity whilst working from home. Firstly what is productivity? At its simplest it’s the amount of work or goods a worker produces per hour. The premise is that if you can raise the […]