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HC James is from London and worked as a teacher before switching careers to medicine. He currently works as a doctor in a south London Emergency Department and in his spare time visits family in California.   


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Ways of Liberation

February 1, 2018

February 1st is 'Time to Talk' day, a project by the Time-to-Change organisation to get people talking about mental health issues, to 'break down the silence' that still hangs around mental health. Undoubtedly there remains a taboo surrounding mental health. Mention th...

November 29, 2017

"It should be obvious that the solution to our ecological crisis and our social and economic problems are the same thing. We harmonise ourselves with nature, we harmonise ourselves with each other. 'Work' in the sense of mechanical, repetitive, compulsive collective be...

November 8, 2017

'When we do something with a complicated mind, in relation to other things or people, or society, our activity becomes very complex.'

- Shunryu Suzuki

The overall theme of this website is that the Ways of Liberation - methods and ideas from Asia dating back thousands of...

November 3, 2017

Here is a common scenario: You see a piece of chocolate. You like chocolate, but you know you shouldn't eat too much. After some internal wrestling you eat the chocolate and then spend a few moments justifying to yourself why it was okay to do that. Perhaps you resign...

September 27, 2017

At a recent presentation one of the participants raised the issue of trauma. They challenged that it was very well to say that our mental well-being lay within our control, it being all in our mind, as in the Ways of Liberation (yoga, buddhism, mindfulness, etc.); that...

September 15, 2017

In the film The Matrix (1999) the character of Thomas 'Neo' Anderson (Keanu Reeves) inhabits a world familiar to most of us: busy, urban, with a tedious job and a pokey flat. He is searching for something beyond this humdrum existence. The answer comes in the form of m...

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