Contemplating the concept of a purposeful walking and the notion of mindfulness to walks, ranging from a simple journey to a personal odyssey in the Australian outback. The author Adam Ford explores the idea of the walk as both medium and metaphor, and considers ideas of pilgrimage alongside the notion of the walk in literature. Drawing on his personal experience of both spirituality and walking. This book celebrates and enhances those moments: both for the hardened hiker and those who like to contemplate past walks from the comfort of their armchair. As an Anglican priest and former Priest-in-Ordinary to the Queen, a lecturer in Buddhism, and a devoted walker, Adam Ford is an inspiring guide with a refreshingly eclectic viewpoint.
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