Behind the scenes: The bus metaphor

In chapter 3 of ‘on being me’ I illustrate one of my favourite metaphors – the bus metaphor. This metaphor is an exercise from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I use ACT both personally and professionally. For me it is the perfect combination of existentialism, mindfulness, (a bit of) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and pragmatism. My one sentence description of ACT is ‘A therapy that helps you identify and become the person you want to be’. ACT places emphasis on values, choice, and living in the present moment.Continue reading

When Ted met Death

This one is for my grandpa Ted.

My grandpa passed away yesterday. He would have loved the idea of being in one of my cartoons – and I’ve loved drawing this for him.

The amazing thing about my grandpa wasn’t that he lived to be nearly 101 – but that he was in love with life right up until the end.Continue reading

Telling the stories that don’t get told

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. I’d like to tell you a story. In fact – I’d like to tell you lots of stories. One of the many wonderful things about my job is that I get to work with some fascinating people and uncover some powerful human stories. As a researcher my job is often over once I’ve published these stories in a research report. I’d like to change that. I want to tell these stories in a way that everyone can engage with – not just academics and researchers. I want to share these stories with you – because they are great stories and they need to be shared.Continue reading

Biocentrism – Is seeing believing…or creating?

Every now and again I have a ‘thinking day’. These are a highlight in my diary – a whole day dedicated to creativity and thought. I rarely have an agenda for these days – it’s normally more fun just to see what happens. However, on one recent thinking day I decided to spend some time pondering a book I had enjoyed reading – Robert Lanza’s Biocentrism – How life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the true nature of the universe.  I stumbled across this book thanks to the many podcasts that I consume on a weekly basis and found the whole topic area to be very fertile ground. So it was great thinking day material.Continue reading