Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky? Or delighted in the uplifting tunes of nature's songsters? Birds can do wonders for our hearts and minds - if we simply pay them attention. With The Art of Mindful Birdwatching, Claire Thompson reveals how the practice of mindfulness enriches our birdwatching experiences - and explores how birds are, in turn, the ideal inspiration for the practice of mindfulness.
A new exhibition at the Bodleian's Weston Library revisits approaches to mental health, using objects from our vast collection to highlight common experiences and connections over time. Curated by Oxford experts in mental health research, the exhibition shows how medieval thought finds surprising echoes in contemporary psychiatry and prescriptions for mental health. A New Anatomy of Melancholy Running from 29th Sep 2021 - 20th March 2022