15 Aug 2018, Posted by Nick in Coaching, General, Psychology, Spirituality, 0 Comments

Is relaxation over-rated?


HAS anyone ever told you to “chill out”? If you’re anything like me, this injunction creates the opposite effect – intense irritation, followed perhaps by shame that I haven’t yet mastered the art of inner peace. But recently I’ve noticed I’m getting more relaxed about tension. While low-level stress rightly gets a bad rap, I’d like to give alertness its due. A few weeks ago at the airport, for example, I was so determined to chill out about a 90-minute flight delay that I almost Read more [...]
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01 Mar 2018, Posted by Nick in Coaching, General, Psychology, Spirituality, 0 Comments

Drawn to Dance


NICK THORPE tries a novel way to let go of perfection and embrace the messy moshing of collaborative art. Recently I learned to sketch with my feet. It was one of several unusual skills I acquired at Drawn to Dance - a bizarre and exhilarating two-day experiment in which twenty of us gathered in a converted barn to find out what happens when you mix dancing and drawing. What was most challenging at the outset was not so much learning to grip a charcoal stick between my toes using a rubber Read more [...]
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19 May 2017, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Journalism, Menswork, Parenting, Spirituality, 0 Comments

A life-changing friendship


First published in The Porch Magazine In memory of my dear friend and colleague, DAVID DRYSDALE, who inspires me daily to embrace who I am and live life as a gift. I FIRST met David Drysdale in the year of my 40th birthday, at a time when being a man still felt to me like a guilty admission. As father of a newly adopted son, I was determined to defy gender stereotypes and throw myself joyfully into shared parenting, but I found the exhausting front-line reality was triggering all kinds Read more [...]
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07 Dec 2014, Posted by Nick in Book Reviews, Features, Interviews, Journalism, Spirituality, The writing life, 1 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Michel Faber interview


A STORY OF FAITH AND SEPARATION

The novelist Michel Faber talks about his new book, his Evangelical background, atheism, and the loss of his wife.

ARRIVING to interview Michel Faber, I feel awestruck and slightly puzzled.

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06 Nov 2014, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , ,

My Adoption Journey


In National Adoption Week, NICK THORPE reflects on the most challenging and fulfilling experience of his life... MONTHS before we met our son for the first time, I knew in my gut that I wanted to be his dad. The description from the social worker chimed for both of us: “A lively, sociable three-year-old with a sunny personality and a streak of mischief, C loves to talk about his feelings and listen to story books…” My wife and I put in our application, made a DVD to introduce ourselves, Read more [...]
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30 Oct 2013, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Journalism, Spirituality, 0 Comments

Sorcerers’ Tales


RENATO Cardenas lives alone in a bleached wooden house, shielded by pine trees and the kind of mysterious smile you might expect from a wizard. Not that he will admit to being a wizard. "I've heard that people call me El Brujo Cardenas," is all he will concede, tantalisingly, as he ushers us inside, amusement twitching at the corners of his pointed grey beard. He has good reason to be reticent. According to the luxuriant folklore of Chiloe, this mist-shrouded archipelago a few miles and Read more [...]
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23 Jan 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Books, Eight Men and a Duck, Journalism, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, The writing life, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

TEDx Talk: On Meaningful Risk


TEDx conference, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania  November 2012 "My name is Nick Thorpe, I'm a writer and journalist, and I have a fascination with risk-taking. Despite my innate anxiety - or perhaps because of it - I seem compelled to stretch myself, force myself into the present moment. But what's changed over the years is the kind of risks I take. In the past it was physical, an adrenalin buzz from a reed boat adventure or a leap off a cliff. But I like to think I am learning Read more [...]
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10 Aug 2012, Posted by Nick in Interviews, Journalism, Menswork, Spirituality, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Rites of Men


Psychotherapist Michael Boyle is in Edinburgh tomorrow (11th August) to talk about his visionary approach to directionless or delinquent young men - lead them through a modern rites of passage they will never forget.  Published in The Herald on 10th Aug 2012 AMID the depressingly high statistics for male youth offending, unemployment and suicide, Michael Boyle believes society has forgotten a simple truth – that to grow up at all, boys must somehow be initiated into manhood. While shipbuilding, Read more [...]
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08 Aug 2012, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Eight Men and a Duck, Parenting, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , ,

My travels in 6 minutes


A few weeks ago I took part in an unforgettable fundraising Night of Adventure at the Vue Cinema in Edinburgh - the biggest-screen slideshow of my life thus far. It was organised by the intrepid and slightly nuts Alastair Humphreys in aid of Hope and Homes for Children - a charity close to my heart because it matches abandoned or orphaned children with permanent families who can love them. (Donations always welcome). My task was to tell the story of all my adventures Pecha Kucha style - that Read more [...]
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22 Jun 2012, Posted by Nick in Menswork, Spirituality, 1 Comments Tagged , , , , ,

The Power of Menswork


"Most men don't have a life. Instead we have learned to pretend. Much of what men do is an outer show, kept up for protection. Like a tiger raised in a zoo - confused and numb, with huge energies untapped. He feels there must be more, but does not know what more is." Steve Biddulph, Manhood After spending many years trying to prove myself on expeditions and voyages, it’s strange that the bravest acts I’ve ever witnessed have turned out to be ordinary men daring to tell the truth about their Read more [...]
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