Ways of Seeing: How a book on art criticism led me to mindfulness

This week I've been reading John Berger's 1972 publication Ways of Seeing. This seminal work on how we perceive images and how artworks are created and 'read' with an eye to the cultural context of the viewer, remains relevant and insightful today - not only when thinking about art, but more broadly, in relation to the [...]

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Step to it!

Last year David Sedaris wrote an essay, published in The New Yorker, entitled 'Stepping Out', in which he reflected on his relationship with his Fitbit. In his inimitable style, Sedaris described how the acquisition of this little watch-like pedometer turned walking from a hobby into a competitive sport and then into an obsession. With his [...]

30? I’ll take that.

If you had asked me two weeks ago how I felt about turning 30 the response would have been less than positive. It's so easy to get hung up on the idea of a number; a target by which we believe that certain arbitrary goals should have been reached. In the dying days of my [...]

What’s your priority? Why it’s ok not to do it all.

'What's the priority?'; 'get your priorities straight'; 'you need to prioritise' - these are all phrases that we've either heard uttered or used ourselves at some stage, be it linked to work, an exercise schedule, romantic relationships, or family and friends. Last week I read an article by Catherine Turner in Women's Health, which really [...]