Random ideas and observations from Rob Watson as he travels about and does mostly mundane and ordinary things. The anti-influencer!
Distraction Therapy 033 – Ways to Wellbeing
Today I met with Kajal Nisha Patel, who runs Lightseekers, which aims to equipping each of us with tools and knowledge to better manage periods of stress. The aim is to cultivate healthier communities, which are centred around the concept of care. Kajal told me about how she has developed the idea of Lightseekers, and why she believes that a mindful and caring approach to individual and community wellbeing is important.
Starting 14th May and running through to 13th June, Lightseeker’s is running a programme of free online courses with the theme ‘Ways to Wellbeing’. The programme – free and funded by Near Neighbours – brings together a range of practitioners interested in supporting individual and community health & wellbeing. During the sessions, attendees will learn techniques, acquire knowledge and information to support their journey towards physical, social, mental, environmental and spiritual health. Personal wellbeing sessions in May include yoga, improving emotional health, pranayama (breathing techniques), gut health, reflexology. June workshops are community focused, with sessions on community repair and reuse, connecting with nature and ways to better manage time and energy.
We sat and chatted outside Leicester Coffee House, and watched the people and traffic go past.
Pastoral – Christian Löffler, Parallels: Shellac Reworks
Fearless – Pink Floyd, Meddle
Asymmetrical – Howard Shore & Metric, Cosmopolis OST
Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) – Gotye
I’ve Got A Feeling – The Beatles, Let It Be… Naked
Nightclubbing – Grace Jones Nightclubbing
Distraction Therapy 032 – May Meadows Walk
Earlier I went for a walk to Aylestone Meadows in Leicester and captured the sound of the birds and wind rustling through the trees. I find these walks are a good way to capture my half-developed thoughts. Today I wanted to try to articulate more of my understanding of the importance of Carl Jung, and the role of depth psychology, and particularly that of the essential role of myth in our lives. One of the reasons that myth is so important in our lives is that are grounded in stories that help us to make sense of the world. These myths change over time, and different societies and cultures have different defining myths. It’s got me thinking about what our myth is and if it has been redirected or reshaped as a result of the pandemic?
Music in this edition includes:
Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe – We’re Coming Back from Rebuilding Paradise OST
Polaris – Zero 7
Within You, Without You – The Beatles
The Main Theme from Bullitt – Lalo Schifrin
Gentlemen Take Polaroids – Japan
Electric Dreams – The Human League
Distraction Therapy 031 – Leicester May Day
Wandering around Leicester city centre yesterday, and seeing people return to the cafés and bars left me with mixed emotions. On the one hand I’m dealing with the anxiety of going out to public places after being at home for so long. Then there’s the pleasure that comes with seeing people enjoying one another’s company.
This is helped by people sitting out in the open and sharing the street space rather than being locked away. Finally, there is the overwhelming feeling that we need to find a collective voice for our grief and anguish after so many have lost and sacrificed so much.
Rather than rushing to buy shoes and home accessories, or to get pizza and drink to our returning sense of freedom, we can’t let the feeling of loss, suffering and pain go unacknowledged and unremembered. 2020 should not go down as a lost year. This hasn’t been a dream, it’s been real, and we need to speak about it and record our feelings about it.
Music in this edition, in no particular order includes:
Can You Hear Me? – David Bowie – Young Americans
The Passenger- -Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder
Hit Parade – Tim Booth & Angelo Badalamenti – Booth And The Bad Angel
Circles – Moon Duo – Circles
Distraction Therapy 030 – Leicester Backstreets
I was late in getting out to put this soundwalk together, so there’s not as much recorded content as usual, and I didn’t really focus on getting good recordings. I only went for a stroll around my neighbourhood, and because I was worrying about another project I’m working on, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to what I was recording, so it feels a little random. Maybe when I listen back to it one day, it will feel better than I think it sounds now. So, it is what it is, and we all have an off day. So I’ve added a couple of extra music tracks, in no particular order, which are:
The First Cut Is the Deepest – Cat Stevens
Takin’ It To the Streets – The Doobie Brothers
Golden Years – David Bowie
Stand By Me – John Lennon
She’s Lost Control – Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Distraction Therapy Podcast 029 – Leicester Soundwalk
Today I went for a stroll in Leicester city centre and visited a couple of shops, bars and cafés to get a sense of how people are responding to the easing of the lockdown. Seeing people back in the shops got me thinking about what our culture is and how our sense of identity is not strongly understood or defined, except in terms of brands, cars and beer.
Distraction Therapy Podcast 028 – Leicester Starts to Open
I had a quick walk through the city centre today, and captured some sounds as the cafés and the bars opened up. I’ve not missed the sound of drunks making lots of noise, and as the bars are only doing table service outside, it might take some getting used to. The weather was cold today, so perhaps this will keep people away.
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