Mindfulness in the US military – is it mad?
Mindfulness in the US military – is it mad?

Mindfulness in the US military  – is that mad?

By Andrew White

I meditate. A lot. Meditation is profoundly life-changing and when I imagine a happy future for the human race, I imagine meditation being as normal as eating. But when I read recent coverage of mindfulness meditation, I’m only rescued from a whiff of despair by hysteria-tinged laughter.

To understand why, and what this post is about, please visit this link. It pictures US soldiers practising Buddhist mindfulness meditation to prepare for the stress of battle (including the stress of killing).  Continue reading

I’m now accepting Bristol Pounds
I’m now accepting Bristol Pounds

I’m now accepting Bristol Pounds

I’m now accepting Bristol Pounds. For those outside the Bristol area, the Bristol Pound is a growing local currency (bristolpound.org) which is so solidly-backed that you can use it to pay bills to the local council.

And why …? More and more I’m looking for ways that my work can contribute in some small way to creating a better future. Continue reading

The Cinderella Law to punish parents to make them more loving
The Cinderella Law to punish parents to make them more loving

The Cinderella Law to punish parents to make them more loving

By Andrew White.

If parents are seriously emotionally abusive or neglectful to their children, the children can be removed from the family by social workers. Reports suggest the government is considering a “Cinderella law” to make such abusive neglect into a criminal offence. What a truly foolish idea. Continue reading

Is this the mouth of the River Frome?
Is this the mouth of the River Frome?

Is this the mouth of the River Frome?

Bristol’s hidden rivers.

By Andrew White.

The unconscious mind works like this, that sometimes we find ourselves doing things that we didn’t choose or decide to do. To my absolute surprise, in the last couple of months I’ve become fascinated by the history of Bristol’s harbour. It’s amazing 1800s engineering from the days when a community, a city, could create their own future with their own hands by their own vision and their own bold action.

Mouth of the Frome to scale

Mouth of Frome in scale with ladder

Mouth of the Frome - close up

Mouth of Frome location map
Is this the mouth of the part of the River Frome diverted through Mylne’s Culvert into the Avon New Cut? It’s so tiny even (today) at the lowest tide of the year. The cursor arrow marks what the camera is pointing at. This is looking across the New Cut from the Southville side towards the Bathurst Basin. In the top picture, the mud bottom right is the disused entrance lock of the Basin from the New Cut, and the grass top right is “God’s Garden“, the unexpected micro-park by that entrance. Continue reading
Different clients, different needs: healing trauma
Different clients, different needs: healing trauma

Different clients have different needs: How do you heal trauma? (1)

By Andrew White. Different clients needs different types of healing. And one given client may need very different healing at different stages of the work. It’s very important not to impose the same therapy on everyone.

A while I had two clients one morning who illustrated that very clearly.

Harry [all case histories are anonymised] has a very traumatising childhood. Continue reading

Hard times, healing times: a Systemic Constellation resource list
Hard times, healing times: a Systemic Constellation resource list

Hard and healing experiences: a Systemic Constellation resource list

This is a growing post for resources which “explain trauma and trauma healing from the inside.” In other works, it’s resources that open up an inner understanding of painful and difficult things that happen to people.  I hope it may illuminate the understandings of Systemic Constellations work (aka Family Constellation Therapy) of how trauma shapes lives, and how healing is possible. Some are uplifting tales of healing and reconciliation with extreme perpetrators. Others are painful stories of families shaped by torture, totalitarianism and other extreme events. These shine light in dark places but don’t necessarily have happy endings. Continue reading

Therapy advertising – big bold claims (1)
Therapy advertising – big bold claims (1)

Therapy advertising – big bold claims (1)

I really sympathise with anyone trying to choose a therapist.  So many things that could go wrong – you could waste your money, look a fool, and get no better. And such a  deep longing for everything to go right,  for connection, self-respect and freedom from fear. But to get those, you’ve got all those advertisements to choose between, all those therapies with conflicting claims to sort out.

So before you can get help, you need help in getting help. That’s this blog! Continue reading