Pragmatic hope

Is it hesitation or is it careful consideration? Is it “being nice” or is it “being fearful”? Is it doubt or merely kindness? Is it being in my power or is it being mean? There was a myriad of emotions which presented these last few weeks from these questions. And when the resolution arrived, it … Continue reading Pragmatic hope

How is your now?

Now that we are required to stay home, how are you feeling? How are you experiencing this global phenomenon? Remember when you couldn’t wait to get home from work? Are you now feeling “stuck at home”? Is it a little like when you felt “stuck at work” then? What makes you experience joy or suffering? … Continue reading How is your now?

The heart of the matter

What a fortnight this has been... while I have had the privilege of working from home for some time now, the intense preparation for the work-from-home measures at my workplace has left me tired, sombre and contemplative. As news of international travel bans, airlines implementing severe reduction in domestic flights, and borders closing were broadcast, … Continue reading The heart of the matter

Story of the clothes

Stories are everywhere, even on the clothes we wear. Cruising along the highway, for some inexplicable reason, I notice for the first time, these stories.  The canvas shoes from a country far away. I shudder recalling the moments after their purchase and their significant impact on my psyche for months to come. The distrust of … Continue reading Story of the clothes

Waking with gratitude

Days are flying by so it seems, and today I noticed my last post was 11 days ago. That's a long time between posts. I have been writing though, just not blogging. Sometimes the writing bug is satisfied elsewhere. And the privilege of choice did not escape my attention. Here, surrounded by books, writing tools … Continue reading Waking with gratitude

Composition of your life

I am short in stature, petite as some would say politely. Compared to others around me, I have not had many opportunities in my life to look down at anything. Look at, yes. Look up, often :-). Over the years as my interest in photography increased, I learnt to look at things from different angles … Continue reading Composition of your life

How do you carry your life?

What do you focus on? What do I focus on? We often hear “pay attention and you will see”. Or the common refrains - “be conscious” and “be mindful”. Yet sometimes, not paying attention isn’t such a bad thing. “Let it be” and “ignorance is bliss” as the sayings go. Exhortations, sayings, contradictions…which is true? … Continue reading How do you carry your life?

Travelling on my own

I walked the streets of Rome and Florence mostly alone, spent a bit of time with colleagues (eating is a communal experience), and did a couple of tours with groups of strangers. Oddly it was eating alone that was (relatively) most uncomfortable. Probably because I wanted to order a selection of foods and realized there … Continue reading Travelling on my own

A little protest

I marveled at the opulence and grandeur of the place, the awe inspiring visage it presented … for the glory of God, as it is proclaimed. Oh, I am speaking of St Peter’s Cathedral which I visited recently in Rome. The direction to the Treasury of the cathedral took me into a dimly lit room, … Continue reading A little protest

Man Down, a poem by Kate Tempest

Go to a quiet place, let the words rain on you, contemplate...   Man down Let it be known: no man is entirely alone No man is a man all through. I’ve seen you. Shivering. Fleeting weakness. Cold rain scuffing its feet on the beaches. Young human. You. All feeling, flesh. Brine eyes. Man, but … Continue reading Man Down, a poem by Kate Tempest

Acceptance #Haiku Challenge 181 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 181 with prompt words - Nightmare, Horror   The final post for 2017, and to everyone who has come by my posts or visited MeaningsandMusings, May you find grace and compassion in what was May you hold beautiful memories of this year past; May you find hope and peace in becoming May you … Continue reading Acceptance #Haiku Challenge 181 @RonovanWrites

Earth delights #Haiku Challenge 179 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 179 with prompt words - Flare, Steam     Passion erupting Light showers, the earth rumbles Effervescent life. ~ FlorenceT   And if you are wondering... 🙂 Flare = erupting Steam = effervescent © 2017 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.  

Book review by @FTThum – The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

A review I did on LitWorldInterviews.com a while back of a book worth recommending … still.

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I had read this book when it was first published in 2013. The second print was released in January 2014.  It is a book to share, a book that will change your perspectives which is why I have chosen to review it for my first post in LitWorldInterviews.

Though trained in therapy, this review is written not from the perspective of a therapist but rather that of a reader who happens to be a therapist.

Title:               The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find OurselvesThe Examined Life
Author:          Stephen Grosz
Publisher:     Chatto & Windus (3 Jan 2013)
ISBN-10:        070118535X
ISBN-13:        978-0701185350
Website:         http://www.stephengrosz.com/usa//
Pages: Hardback, 240 pages
Genre: Literary Non-Fiction – Psychology

What’s it about?

The Examined Life is a collection of essays based on Stephen Grosz’ case histories of his work as a psychoanalyst. In Grosz’ words, it is a book about ‘change and loss’.

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Brokenness #Haiku Challenge 176 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 176 with prompt words - Broken, Over   I must have time on my hands, or that these two words resonate... so here's three haikus from me... and there's more! When the world's shattered, as thunder roars and storms rage, Renew, start over. Broken spirit howls Enough, it's over; let me rest this … Continue reading Brokenness #Haiku Challenge 176 @RonovanWrites

Making peace

Twelve days, and it’s probably one of the longest period of absence from my blog. And in this “quiet” period, I’ve been spending time doing the things I love and with the ones I love, all in service of a certain malaise that hit. Long moments of reflection and pondering, of re-establishing a solid ground … Continue reading Making peace

Apocalyptic movie or documentary?

The promise of a movie night, with a simple dinner and a little sugar-filled treat we had bought for later. All seemed in place. She picked an apocalyptic movie – humanity’s only survivors from a climate disaster on a train to nowhere under the control of the greedy in power. Twenty minutes in and I’d … Continue reading Apocalyptic movie or documentary?