by Paul Raworth Bennett Feeling philharmonic (classically, at least) and yearning for a shamelessly emotional, musical catharsis? Sergei Rachmaninoff - an undisputed master at filling people's eyes with tears - was so utterly absorbed by his love affair with music that I wouldn't be surprised if while deep in thought, he'd walk into more than … Continue reading Music… our gateway to bliss!
Alfred Lloyd Tennyson famously said "I am a part of all that I have met." This little gem makes me reflect on how I affect others - perceptibly or otherwise, for better and for worse. And just as importantly, it reminds me how the people that I welcome into my own life can have a … Continue reading We Are Our Closest Circle
by Paul Raworth Bennett Hassan can, at a handclap, call a vassal at hand and ask that all staff plan a bacchanal. This surprisingly coherent little piece of verbal frivolity is an example of univocalics - a type of constrained writing in which all words use only a single vowel. The brilliant Canadian poet, Christian Bök, … Continue reading Vowelplay
by Paul Raworth Bennett Recently, highly stressful events in my personal life have made me want to improve my relationship with my own mind. Yep, that's right – between me and my own mind. For much of my life, my mind has gone by the name "Monkey Mind", and he's played some nasty tricks in … Continue reading Monkey Mind, interrupted.
by Paul Raworth Bennett As Valentine's Day approaches, many of us think about love - but what exactly is it? Ask someone and they'll quite likely utter "hmm… well… uh… gee…"… The essence of love is rather tough to capture, because we experience it in so many ways! There's the love shared by men and women... by pets and their owners... … Continue reading What, Exactly, is Love?
by Paul Raworth Bennett Frozen in your tracks... unsure what to do... unable to solve a problem... Raise your hand if you've ever felt this way. Wow, that's a LOT of hands! So how can we keep things moving? Well, one of my New Year's Substitutions is to replace overthinking with action (hmm… sounds vaguely familiar…). … Continue reading Antifreeze for your brain