During the really rough period of my marriage, where we separated for around three months, there was someone I knew that was receiving treatment for cancer. While talking to a friend one day, she asked me how I was and I told her something along the lines of "I'm fine".
I stand here silently for about 5 minutes paying attention to the sensations of my breathing and heartbeat, as well as the sound of birdsong all around me. I find this silence and solitude deeply enjoyable, but this has not always been the case -- in fact, I used to hate it.
UK workers were more than four times as likely to feign illness to get time off work compared with their European counterparts, meaning there is potentially at least a four fold scope for reduction of sick days in the workplace in the UK.
Historically, we have always defined abuse as something that is primarily external, someone treating us with violence or cruelty, but the definition of abuse has yet to include the many ways in which we abuse ourselves with cruelty and internal violence.
How much are men missing out on in terms of healing? How much aggression is mounting in them? I see no reason other than peer pressure and conditioning that man should not be allowed the freedom to express through tears.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor whose work I enjoyed very much, died this week, apparently from a drug overdose. The efforts to get rid of unpleasant feelings and to replace them with pleasant ones can take a powerful toll on a human life.
A year ago I went along to a three day re-educational seminar called Turning Point, delivered by best selling author and international speaker Dr Rohan Weerasinghe. I was blissfully unaware at the time that my life was about to change for good.
Ok, I'm sorry but even as you go through your divorce, as bitter and acrimonious as it is or can be at the time, there are some things that may happen, which you might indeed surprise you, hurt you or just plain "make you have kittens" as my friend June would say.
It's not always practical to own a pet, especially in cities: it's undoubtedly a sign of responsibility to not acquire one, when the environment and resources to give an animal a good life are not there.