Odyssey Winter Edition #238
Thich Nhat Hanh left the earth plane in January this year; this renowned ‘father of mindfulness’, passed at the age of 95. The celebrated Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist was known throughout his life for the practice of ‘engaged Buddhism’. He also authored many writings, including a collection of insights titled How to Love, the inspiration for this feature in this edition. We also feature Vietnam in our eco-travel segment.
What is love exactly? It has been defined and redefined ad nauseam, its psychology has been dissected and applied to philosophical frameworks and – did you know? – a mathematical formula has been devised for attaining it. And yet anyone who has fallen in love – or out of love, for that matter – knows that love remains elusive, the most confounding mystery of our human experience.
Showing up and facing off with this mystery take us into the real and raw of aspects our being, often unwittingly into a primal dance of life. We commence this dance solo, with ourselves first, self-love is the purest and most powerful love of all and most of us need a ‘kick in the pants’ in the self-love and self-esteem departments.
Music therapy takes centre stage. In this edition we take a look at music therapy, recognised as a mainstream therapy to help individuals address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs.
Winter places the spotlight on professional coaching, asking the question: What is coaching really?