June Update

Hello! I hope this post finds you safe and well. Please bear with me, as this may be a long introduction, although it will make sense in due course.

But first of all, where has this month gone? I suppose I always sit down to write these monthly updates with the same thought, but since I’ve finished my university degree, the weeks seem to have flown even faster than usual!

It felt quite surreal the day I submitted my final online exam and, to be honest, it was a bit of an anti-climax. Coupled with the fact that I was alone in my house, I just did a quick victory jig, cheered and went to sit in the garden and read. It probably still hasn’t sunk in, but I hope it will once my results come through.

For now, I will get to the heart of the matter, as I need to say two things:

Firstly, I’m going to take a few weeks off from the daily blog and deliberately not schedule any posts, so here is the heads-up before the radio silence.

Secondly, and more importantly, during this time off I will try to ‘disconnect’ from the blog and the world of technology, but I will be thinking of you, the readers, and what to do about my blog.

For almost two years now, I’ve written and posted my daily musings, stories and observations. We’ve grown this blog into a little community of over 200 readers. I want to thank you, first and foremost, for reading my ramblings. It’s been a wonderful outlet throughout my time at university. The obligation (a good one!) and discipline of publishing what I’ve thought about and written have kept me going. It’s a hard task, but one I take pride in and enjoy doing.

Now I’ve come to the end of my time at university, I’m thinking and planning my next steps. This will involve starting my own business, with a new website and a new language-learning blog. 

However, I know that that is taking “a hard left” and something very specific, compared to this wide-ranging blog of my scattered thoughts. It will take time and the writing process will be different.

Basically, this is a long-winded way of saying Adiós for now, but not forever. I will be back and will try and design some sort of survey to ask all you readers what you think should happen to this blog because I’ve still not decided myself, in all honesty.

But in the meantime, if you have any thoughts, ideas, suggestions or anything to say about the blog at all (good or bad!), I would love to hear from you. As ever, you can reach me @PhilsDailyBlog, via email at: phils.blog21@gmail.com.

Once again, thank you for reading my thoughts. Keep listening, thinking and dialoguing!

And now, for the good stuff! Enjoy the June update!

Something to Read…Two articles this month! One about Psilocybin (more commonly known as magic mushrooms) from the New York Times and another about MDMA from the BBC. I’ve linked two in case of a paywall that blocks you from reading the NYT one, but I think you can read a couple of articles for free online first. Both are about the potential healing and medical benefits of psychedelics and found them both fascinating about what future research may bring.

Something to Listen to…The Future of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy – In a similar, I found this Ted Talk by Rick Doblin to be very thought-provoking. As a scientist who has worked for decades in this subject area, it was interesting to hear how the consistent, hard work he and many other researchers have been putting in for years is finally starting to pay off.

Something to Watch…Lupin – I have to confess that my girlfriend and I have raced through and finished the second series of this gripping show pretty much as soon as it came out! It’s been another great find for practising languages (I watched the first series with Spanish dubbing pre-exams, but now I want to learn French, we had the original audio on for Part 2). The plot and characters had me both hooked and laughing, and the only criticism for me was that there weren’t enough episodes. But here’s hoping Part 3 will be out very soon!

Something to Do…Meditation Practice – Again, very much on the Mindfulness and Psychedelic theme of this update, I wanted to recommend a couple of apps I’ve been using for my meditation practice. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about this topic, but in case you haven’t seen it, I’ll link it here, as well as the links to the apps Headspace and Waking Up.

Something to Ponder…

For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death – the only certainty that life holds for us – must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life” 

 – Stanislav Grof

If you’ve enjoyed this update, please give me some feedback. What was your favourite ‘Something’? What would you like more or less of? Any other suggestions? Please let me know. Just send me a tweet to @PhilsDailyBlog and put #Juneupdate at the end, so I can find it or drop me a line via email to phils.blog21@gmail.com

Sending blessings for the month ahead,

Phil x

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