I do find it ironic that the NHS (especially in Oxford) is putting money into the essentially buddhist practice of Mindfulness meditation (within the NHS it's called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT, as they can't be seen to be endorsing any particular religion. That wouldn't be PC and might freak out the muslims/christians/sikhs/jews etc. living in this country) which I have done myself, and which is supposed to reconnect you with nature and with observing the little, joyful things in life which make people happy (a bird - a flower - a tree - a smell - a sound) and yet the NHS Trust which runs the Warneford is prepared to sell off land and allow yet more building to happen on one of Oxford's last remaining open spaces. How bizarre is that???
My life was changed irrecovably by mental illness (beginning immediately after 9/11 by the way - no coincidence there) and in some senses I lost everything - my long-standing BBC career as a foreign correspondent, television and radio producer, my good name and reputation, and many dear friends who now refuse to speak to me. But in another sense I gained a lot: I have slowed down, work less, reflect and communicate more, and have more time for my friends and family, for my fellow buddhists and for people I know who are in need, for the planet. I'll always be grateful for that.
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I look forward to hearing from you.