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A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

- Einstein

The aim of 'Zest: the Book Project' is to provide a growing self-help workbook covering key areas relevant for health & wellbeing.  My hope is that this format will make the information easily available both for other health professionals and for all of us who want to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives.

The first phase of the Project involves providing links under each chapter heading to material that has already been published on this website.  The second phase (which overlaps a bit with the first) is the writing of new material for each chapter.  

As a health professional, I'm a bit unusual in having trained both as a medical doctor and as a psychotherapist.  My interests are broad, ranging from physical health & lifestyle, through ways of preventing & treating psychological disorders, to a fascination with the health benefits of relationships, and an awareness of emerging work on meditation & positive psychology.  Besides being a clinician with over 40 years of experience, I also read a great deal of research.

As I'm also working full time seeing clients & teaching, writing this book needs to fit in around the edges of what time is available.  My rough guess is that the Project will take three years, with completion aimed for late 2020.  We'll see!



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