Can I invite you to take a couple of minutes, and ask what gives you your sense of reality? Maybe your physical surroundings, other people, and news media and social media. But remember that most of us seek out others who share our views, and social media selects messages to send you which confirm your beliefs. News media focuses on bad news, because that’s what we pay most attention to.
This blog offers you some ways into different views of reality which can give you more perspective, and stop you being moulded by the media. Read more
One of my big life-changing experiences was co-leading a dozen retreats in the Tunisian Sahara with Bedouin guides. They had grown up as true nomads, moving around the desert with their camels and goats, but now living mostly in a town because many desert wells had dried up.
Our Bedouin guides had few material resources, little control over their situation, yet were living happily with huge levels of uncertainty. I regard them, and nomads generally, as a really valuable lead indicator for all of us, as we face rising disruption and less control on many fronts. So here are my pointers to what we can learn from the nomad way of living. Read more
This fascinating new novel, The Mountain in the Sea, will help you to see life through the eyes of an octopus, and other species. For Alan's blog, click here.
Natural Happiness Online:
Small groups and coaching
Alan Heeks writes: linked to the upcoming publication of my Natural Happiness book, I am offering two formats for online groups (or in person in Dorset):
Small groups: a mini-workshop of 1-2 hours, using Natural Happiness approaches, tailored to the group's wishes.
Coaching: one-to-one sessions of 1.5 hours, drawing on Natural Happiness processes.
All sessions will be experiential and highly participative. Timings and cost negotiable. If you're interested, contact Alan.
In his Deep Adaptation approach to climate change, Jem Bendell has consistently highlighted food shortages as a major driver of the societal disruption he foresees in the next few years. Now for the first time he has issued a well-researched, detailed 24-page report on the food security outlook. To download it, click here.
Alan's fourth book is titled Natural Happiness: use organic gardening skills to cultivate yourself. The copy editing stage has been completed, the book cover is taking shape, and publication is due in early 2024.