The Times reports on moves to get the NHS prescribing forest bathing for stress.
We should all walk in quiet wonder through the woods, from time to time. I posted about the healing power of woodland before, here and here, and The Times’ article offers some background and guidance:
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…from Patrick Rhone.
Mostly here: Rhoneisms at PatrickRhone.net.
But also here: TheCramped.com – Celebrating The Unique Pleasures of Analog(ue) Writing.
And his books, here: PatrickRhone.com. Looking back, I see I read Patrick’s Some Thoughts About Writing back in 2014, so I’ve been following him since before then.
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In talk, mark carefully what is being said, and when action is afoot, what is being done. In the latter case, look at once to see what is purposed; and in the other, make certain what is meant.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.4)
You love your home-office, with its perfect desk and everything within reach of your perfect chair. But sometimes, you lean back in the perfect chair … and find you’ve been asleep for half an hour.
Or, maybe you just can’t focus, can’t find the way into the new project.
Sometimes, you just need a change of scenery.
Here are four alternatives to consider for a fresh perspective.
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How is my soul’s helmsman going about his task? For in that lies everything. All else, within my control or beyond it, is dead bones and vapour.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (12.33)
This week, I finished Donald Robertson’s new book How To Think Like a Roman Emperor. And, what a remarkable book it is.
It succeeds in being a practical introduction to Stoicism whilst combining biography, history, psychotherapy and philosophy. Each chapter uses a period in Marcus’s life to illustrate an issue, for example, conquering desire or relinquishing fear. It describes Marcus’s situation, then demonstrates Stoic exercises that deal with the topic in question.
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I never have time to write…
But, no longer with the power of the incremental, courtesy of Execupundit:
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What good will new countries do you? What use is touring cities and sites? All your dashing about is useless in the end. Do you ask why your flight is of no avail? You take yourself along.
You must shed the load that is on your mind: until you do that, no place will be pleasing to you.
Seneca (4 BC – AD 65), Moral Letters to Lucilius (28.2)
Give it the whole of your attention, whether it be a material object, an action, a principle, or the meaning of what is being said.
This disappointment serves you right. You would rather hope for goodness tomorrow than practise it today.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.22)
If you want to make progress, put up with being thought foolish and silly with regard to external things, and don’t even wish to give the impression of knowing anything about them; and if some people come to think that you’re somebody of note, regard yourself with distrust.
Epictetus (c.50 – 135), Handbook (13)