I have always loved Rudyard Kipling’s uplifting poem ‘If’ – it’s too long to repeat here, but easily available. Just a few lines …
“If you can dream and not make dreams your master
If you can think – and not makes thoughts your aim.
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
And treat those two impostors just the same.”
Wandering through one of those increasingly rare independent bookshops on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I picked up ‘Stressed Unstressed‘ – a collection of over 100 ‘classic poems to ease the mind’. Published by William Collins in 2016 the poems are categorised into groups such as stress-beating, meditating, stopping, grieving, moving on and positive thinking. Lovely stuff and ‘If’ was in it!
At NOI we hold the fundamental belief that the arts have a potent yet sometimes unrecognised place in the treatment of chronic pain. This book is so welcome as a resource. These are mostly powerful poems and I love being overtaken by the concentration of language – I can almost feel it eke out to the deeper recesses of my brain, surely working multiple neurotags and connecting to a few new ones!
Lovely to see Australia’s own Les Murray represented as well …
The Meaning of Existence
Everything except language
Knows the meaning of existence.
Trees, planets, rivers, time
Know nothing else. They express it
Moment by moment as the universe.
Even this fool of a body
Lives it in part, and would
Have full dignity within it
But for the ignorant freedom
Of my talking mind.
‘Stressed Unstressed’ is unique in that its editors are a mixture of people whose skills lie in both the worlds of art and health. Jonathan Bate is a literary scholar, best selling author Paula Byrne who is also the founder of reLit: Literature for mental health, Sophie Ratcliffe a writer and literary critic at Oxford and Andrew Schuman, a medico in the NHS.
We agree with Emeritus Professor Mark Williams who comments “this anthology is an extraordinary gift to the world”.
– David Butler
In the tradition of the ‘What are you reading (and what are you drinking with it)’ – ‘Stressed unstressed’ was read over time with Rooibos tea. Coincidentally, the readings reduced my need to reach for a Shiraz.
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