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Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
Sonnet 60

I am pleased to publish an extensive review by Vin Harris of Mindful Heroes-stories of journeys that changed lives. Vin states:  The bookmakes the connection between the Hero’s Journey and the inner journeys of people who study and practice mindfulness. 

I’ve no wish to supercede Vin’s evaluation in my praise for this book, but rather let the readers enjoy an appreciation of his account of this unique edition.  The four stages of the hero’s journey are:

  1. DEPARTURE: leaving the normal world and entering strange new territory.
  2. DESCENT: encountering obstacles and receiving help.
  3. INITIATION: facing challenges and finding freedom.
  4. RETURN: coming home and being able to help others
    (cf A Conversation with David Brazier published in Many Roads in 2014.)

Also included in this month’s Many Roads is a short contemplative film by Sitar Rose, No Lockdown on the River Garry.  Sitar is an accomplished documentary fimmaker with a wide range of titles.  She says of herself:  I specialise in health education work and the arts and frequently work with sensitive and difficult issues.

Lastly, there is a series of photographs taken in and around Edinburgh from the u3a group.

Albert Harris, editor




Yeshe Dorje: River Braan, Hermitage Wood, Dunkeld, Scotland.

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Wishing all a happy and relaxing time.


Mindful Heroes – stories of journeys that changed lives


Mindfulness is well recognised as an effective way to deal with the challenges of modern life. So many people have experienced for themselves the power of allowing things to get better by not making them worse. But hopefully the story doesn’t end there. Might the mindfulness journey also prove to be an expression of a deeper imperative that compels us to search for meaning and purpose?

The book “Mindful Heroes – stories of journeys that changed lives” makes the connection between the Hero’s Journey and the inner journeys of people who study and practice mindfulness. Chapters in the book are based on the post graduate research projects from the MSc in Mindfulness Studies at the University of Aberdeen. The authors set out on the path of mindfulness and went on a journey that would change their world. These 26 men and women from 10 countries creatively applied mindfulness to a variety of settings across Education, Health, Business, Sport, Creative Arts and Community work. Having experienced for themselves the benefits of mindful awareness, compassion and insight, they wanted to share what they had discovered with others. Continue reading