Archive for November, 2011

Does this bother you?

British GPs’ prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen sixfold since 1991 to 1.4 billion a year, according to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Abuse. More than 500 million prescriptions a year are written for sedatives, sleeping pills and tranquillisers, and the prescribing of benzodiazepine tranquillisers for anxiety has also risen.

It bothers me.

These are colossal figures and they are very, very sad. Not only is level of prescribing unaffordable, but it is increasing – this is not sustainable health care! But more importantly, I feel, what about all the pain, sadness, anxiety, sleeplessness and so on which this prescribing is supposed to address? Shouldn’t we be developing and delivering health care (without drugs) which sustains health, which supports resilience and vitality, which helps people to cope with daily stresses, and shouldn’t we be getting a handle on what all this stress is about, and actually dealing with that? It seems our current social and economic system is well broken!

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Probably one of the best ever examples of how its the photographer not the equipment which makes a great photo. Stunning shots in this little video, and a great story too. Watch it and be inspired!


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november reflection

In my twelve monthly themes, November is the month of reflection. Why not take a moment to reflect on the year so far? Or even on TODAY so far??

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This is one of the most inspiring, funny and moving TED talks I’ve seen so far.
Brene Brown’s qualitative research has led her to conclude that one of the most important issues for human beings is connections – we need to be connected, to belong, to love and be loved. This need for connections is the basis of our feelings of vulnerability, and that vulnerability can be the basis of feelings of shame, of feeling not good enough, not deserving of love or connections.
She found that well, “whole hearted” people, feel just as vulnerable as those who feel anxious or depressed by their vulnerability. The difference is in how they handle it. Many people choose to numb out these painful feelings, but in so doing, they numb out ALL their feelings. The whole hearted recognise vulnerability and painful feelings as part of reality. They acknowledge and accept them, but focus on personal authenticity…..anyway, check out this fabulous talk, enjoy it, and make up your own mind.

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