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Me, the House of Lords, Russell Brand…and a spiritual pioneer!

Last week I attended a book launch at the House of Lords hosted by former Archbishop Rowan Williams. Today, my resulting review of the occasion put me side by side with Russell Brand on the front page of Huffington Post Books (see screenshot below). More importantly, it’s great to see the subject in question highlighted in a “featured blog”, […]

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Are there other possibilities homeopathy points to?

If homeopathy works for some of the people some of the time might it be pointing to even more intriguing possibilities? My latest article published on the Huffington Post UK as “Homeopathy, Bebop and Other ‘Revelations” explains how a pioneer thinker on health took just that view… Below is an excerpt… Take homeopathy, conceived in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann on […]

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What’s not to like about the world’s shortest “listicle”?

Just in case you don’t know: “LISTICLE: A short-form of writing that uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article…” The article below was published on the Huffington Post UK as Looking for a Listicle to Lean On? Oldies Can Be Goodies? Here […]

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Depression and the spiritual dawning…

One of those friends…credits both ‘beauty’ and ‘a growing sense of God’s absolute and unshakeable love’ as being the ‘tools’ of his recovery.

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Will tomorrow’s medical textbooks teach spirituality?

Medical textbooks have their limits according to a top doctor. For while medicine is a science, Dr Clare Gerada learned from her GP father it was also an art, demanding skills that can’t be gleaned from just reading. Interviewed recently on BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour, the outgoing Chair of the Council of the Royal College […]

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What’s the deal with chronic pain, God?

A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God’s divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him. That view has always mystified me. When I was a kid and ill my parents comforted me. They did all they could to help me. And later they would celebrate my recovery. So […]

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Finding the true ‘you’ beyond the labels…

It was probably just a simple misunderstanding between a physician and her patient but it had life-changing consequences. The woman being diagnosed recalled: “The doctor at the hospital kept asking me if I heard voices. “I didn’t know what she meant by this. Was she checking my hearing, my awareness? Was she using a metaphor? […]

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The stage brings The Boss respite from self-hatred. Can we all find a fuller freedom?

Despite leaving university with a newly-minted mathematics degree in my back pocket a passion for music saw me take a cool but unlikely first step up the career ladder. I stacked shelves at a hip London record store. A colleague and I shared a love for all things Bruce Springsteen and one afternoon I accepted her invite […]

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What’s “the glory of being alone”? And can it ease our loneliness?

‘Only the lonely, know the way I feel,’ Roy Orbison sang in his 1960 hit single. More than 50 years have now passed and during that time many who have felt forlorn have identified with the Big O’s chart-topping lyrics. Stephen Fry has just added himself very publicly to the list. The multi-faceted British writer and broadcaster made […]

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Is there a spiritual answer to the stress of caring?

Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray. Caring doesn’t sound like it should be one of those in-tray items. Helping family, friends and strangers can often be uplifting. But when we become ‘carers’ and the demands […]

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