A Return to Silence

I have just returned from a short retreat at Bethlehem Abbey in Portglenone, Co. Antrim.  Immersed in a Cistercian tranquillity, the troubles that have assailed my mind for so long evaporate; in such a setting, I can embrace solitude and quiet once more – it has been such a long and arduous journey to reach … More A Return to Silence

A Beautiful Silence

Kay Redfield Jamison entitled her biographical account of living with bipolar ‘An Unquiet Mind’.  An apt descriptor if ever there was one. Over the last year or more, I have experienced the unquietness of a devastating depression and the euphoria of hypomania, cycling rapidly and unpredictably, competing with each other for pre-eminence.  Finally, my regime … More A Beautiful Silence