Would Mesmerism prove any more effective than any of the other thus far useless approaches which promised salvation?
Under the Bodhi Tree
A descent into silence and meditation. A search for the soul.
Chaos and Uncertainty
I have not found it any easier to accept uncertainty in recent years despite my intellectual acceptance that it is unavoidable.
On Choosing Happiness
I believe on any number of counts, including personal experience, that we have the power to choose to be happy but the road is not altogether straightforward.
In, and out of the Silence
Can or should you remain in a state or place of “silence” or must or ought you return to the world?
Hope and Despair
For the miserable, moody and mercurial, one’s outlook can swivel on a sixpence. Or dime, if you prefer. Not so … More
Out of Your Head
It is easy enough to empathize with addicts if, for large chunks of your existence, you have had an overwhelming need to get out of your own head.
Peace at Last
Very occasionally one gets a glimpse of peace and today was one of those all too rare days.
Depression – Mind or Matter?
The state of depression is easy enough to describe but it is doubtful whether mere words manage to convey the depth of the misery to one who has never suffered from it.
How to be a Happy Human
Given the basic needs of life and in the absence of physiological abnormality, the solution is fairly simple. The trick … More
The Shameful, Avoidable Horror of Dementia and Old Age
We would put an animal down, surely we can offer the same courtesy to a human?
For the ever mercurial Alfred the sun did not rise yesterday. After a splendid microdosed Sunday, he woke with a bump on Monday morning.
Facing down the Black Dog
Perhaps it is best to acknowledge the endless pawing of the black dog at your door. For some, it is a rare day that the gentle scuffling can not be heard.
Happiness and Genetic Bingo
We can expect limited success in our endeavours to change but some change is better than none. We may be able to tip the balance in our favour.
Really Bad Hair Day
Bad hair day doesn’t begin to describe the awfulness of a day of real negativity. There are days when the sun just seems to go out.
Free Legal High
Earlier this morning I had been contemplating nihilism. I was feeling nihilistic and unconstructive. I wondered if some pill or other could improve my mood and cheer up my day.
Corrosive, Obsessive Hatred
How can people not see what their untrammelled hatred does to themselves and those around them?
I am disappointed to hear that Scandinavian happiness is “more a matter of class whether you can afford to take time to take care of yourself”.
Embrace the positive avoid the negative.
Depression – Rational Enquiry vs Emotional Wallowing
Depression can only be defeated by science and rational enquiry not airy faerie emotional wallowing such as is to be found in most useless self help books.
The Abolition of Suffering
Philosopher David Pearce has a message of overwhelming significance: The Abolition of Suffering can and will be achieved.
Dealing with Depression
If you can deal with depression at all you need to determine whether your life is causing your anxiety or whether it is your anxiety which is ruining your life.
Peace which the World Cannot Give?
Can we find peace in this world despite what the Book of Common Prayer says?
Job Satisfaction and Happiness – Pigs’ Ears and Silk Purses
If you are not satisfied and fulfilled by your job it is a fair bet you are not happy. Certainly not as happy as you could and should be.
Self help gurus are guaranteed fakes. So are all other self anointed gurus. Avoid them – run for your life and keep your purse locked.
Happiness is perhaps best described as the absence of unhappiness.
Depression and Determinism – can we Change our Mind?
Depression and determinism: can we influence our moods, can we “change our mind”?