Before you consider me a sad person indeed for taking textbooks on holiday, in my defense I did finish a cracking thriller written by Kate Atkinson and at least started (a potentially great read) Sally Rooney’s Normal People.
But the book I did find quite inspirational is about Integrating Contemplative Practices (into other psychological therapies) edited by Victoria M. Follette and others. When I picked it up, I knew that I needed the luxury of time to best appreciate it – and what a good book it is.
Many of the chapters explore the use of mindfulness as a way in to helping people with mental and physical trauma. I came away feeling my ambition tempered and perhaps less likely to rush the whole process – no bad thing.
It reminded me of the room where I first attended creative therapies in order to increase my own psychological insights. There on the wall was a postcard that had the simple yet profound extract: “Tread softly as you tread on my dreams” (WB Yeats).
How great to be reminded what a privilege it is to work with the minds of others.
Reading some excellent books at the moment: Puliafico & Robin’s Workbook for Kids with OCD (published by Harbinger in 2017) should prove a great resource for my work with children. It is written for parents and children and so can supplement attendance for therapy, or instead of therapy for those with milder symptoms.
I am also reading Yuval Noah Harari’s book on 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Penguin, 2018), which is confirming the benefits of mindful meditation and especially helpful in enabling a better perspective at a time when we are bombarded with so much questionable information.
1 Andrew Marr’s Radio 4 (UK) Programme “Start the Week” is always delivers an interesting listen and this weeks was no exception. An interview with author Yuval Noah Hurari who wrote *Sapiens” and made a strong case for the importance of emotional intelligence and mindfulness. Andrew Marr in considering Hurari’s work concluded that mental health was far from just being on the periphery but was now one of the most crucial areas to work in (my words). https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000m7b
“Start the week” today (8.10.2018) is compelling listening for those interested in personality and its testing and will reward being looked for and listened to.
3 This Radio 4 Programme on the “Anatomy of Loneliness” has its heart in the right place and balances this alongside the stats which makes for a fascinating blend: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06mflm5