Book review – Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning by Eric Maisel

Fiona writes: The title of Eric Maisel’s latest book had me nodding. I’ve never liked the idea of sticking labels onto people, either in my role as a psychotherapist or in my life outside the consulting room. In the first section of this book, Eric wants us to see how diagnosable mental health problems are […]

Which fifteen labels would you use to describe yourself?

I was reading the ‘labels’ section down on the right hand side of this blog this morning and chuckling about how well the list of words described me (or at least how I like to see myself). An edited selection of the list: authenticity, bad jokes, being a writer, books, crazy person, disclipline, egogooglaholism, gratitude, […]

The (unpopular) secret of gratitude…

Satya writes: Yesterday I had a busy day full of clients and Skypes and emails and errands and all those things that organise themselves into great long lists and make us anxious and knotty in our stomachs. I had one free hour. I sat down with a cup of chai tea and two ginger biscuits […]

Doing the work. small stone Day 27

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. ~Emile Zola Kaspa writes: Inspiration is all around us. One of the questions writers and artists often get asked is, “Where do you get your ideas from?” But my experience of talking to artists and writers, and of my own writing, is that there is often an abundance of […]

Let your journal take you where you need to go

“I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot… and memory is important.”~Judy Collins Kaspa writes: This morning it is cold and grey. Earlier, the cat puked over the edge of my journal. After I wiped the edge […]

Interview with John Fox: Poetry Therapist

We knew John Fox’s wonderful writing before we knew the man, and we use his book ‘Finding What You Didn’t Lose‘ on our mindful writing ecourses. He works in a similar field to us – where the written word and healing overlap, and where the magic happens. We feel very privileged to welcome him to our series of creativity […]

An interview with Sean M Madden: Creative Writing & Mindful Living Guide

When I found Sean’s profile it felt like I was reading Writing Our Way Home’s mission statement. It’s always lovely meet kindred spirits. And it’s also lovely to welcome him to our series of creativity interviews today. Welcome, Sean. What drives your creative work?A love and corresponding need to reflect back my own experience, my own inner […]

On the exquisite joys of being a writer

“Labels can be insidious. I enjoy meeting this boy, who moves into manhood, with his own unique personality and without prejudgment. In my opinion this was the message of the novel. Joe is different but so are you and so am I. Let us love one another because of our differences – not in spite […]