Good morning. I hope your weekend is soft and restful. As promised, I have backdated the January posts (here and here) for you and only posted the summary of each post on Substack. In this post, I am writing about the Slavic celebrations of midwinter with the Festival of Veles, quiet preparation for spring, enjoying reflection, the slow pace of those colder days and the practice of noticing the world around us. I will also speak about intentionally weeding out internalised patriarchy and resting from this work.
Welcome; I hope this post finds you well. It’s cold in Bristol; for the first time this year, we are experiencing frosty mornings. I sit under a pile of blankets, with a cup of hot chocolate in my hand, tidying up all my private and work areas. Working on a book chapter took all my energy, so I did not do my usual end-of-year organising. I am doing it now, a few weeks later. I am not even acting yet, just taking stock – in the garden, in the pantry, in our offices and in our calendars. Being relatively organised pays off, so I can see I am not far behind and things work smoothly.
Welcome to 2024. Welcome back. This post is (a backdated) the beginning of a new phase of my liberation psychologies Almanac project. The first phase was centred around the Celtic calendar. However, I have now decided to return to my Slavic roots and work with the January to December frame. I will honour the Celtic Wheel of the Year. I will also weave in Nature cycles from other cultures. Liberation psychologies celebrate diversity of views, and I work as an integrated practitioner, so it makes sense to me to invite a wide range of perspectives here. Last year, I followed my local Nature here in the UK, so I will continue with the focus on the Northern Hemisphere. However, in many cultures, January is the time to set intentions for the year ahead, so I am reflecting on this space, too.
Our December news is usually shorter to allow time for restoration and rest. All I will say today is this: it feels to all of us here at Voxel Hub that it was a heavy year, so we wish you a peaceful, calm and restorative Holiday Season.
In the autumn of 2021, we shared our tips on effective digital detoxing on our Instagram account. For many of our clients, 2023 was a heavy year, so as we enter the Holiday Season, we have decided to collate all our digital detoxing tips into a handy e-book. You can download it here.
We are delighted to announce that we are now on Spotify with our new podcast on digital wellbeing and digital futures.
Good morning. I hope this finds you safe and well. It’s finally frosty in the UK, so I put away the remaining spring flower bulbs and pulled out the warm blankets and hot chocolate. I am working on a project related to the Witcher universe, so the timing is perfect: I spend my evenings working on a geek therapeutics essay, so I am reading about Slavic myths, the feminism of witchcraft, and the liberation of female fantasy characters. I am still a little bit busy at work, but when things are quiet, I will also cook meals from the Witcher books. Literary stories can be healing, and at this time of the working calendar, people are so exhausted that tensions are running quite high. A healthy dose of escapism (I like the word!) allows for a good restoration, balancing out the intensity of human interactions.
A month of resistance not to post. You see, I started writing on Substack over a year ago to finish this autumn and publish the articles as a printed book – a digital wellbeing almanac, if you like. However, I’m not too fond of endings. Winter evokes grief anyway, and for me, the time between October and early January marks many anniversaries of losses – of close people, of significant parts of me and my identity. Both of my parents died in those months. I qualified as a counsellor this season (which shifted a lot in my inner world). A few months after receiving British citizenship in the early summer of a few years ago, in November of that same year the U.K. government introduced an immigration law which ended the certainly of citizenship of all its citizens (we can now lose the citizenship any time, with no explanation or right of appeal, and no information – we would only find out that it’s invalid upon the return to the country).
What is your relationship with virtual reality? Welcome to our October Newsletter. I hope this email finds you safe and well. As the days shorten, our clients report spending more time online and thus reach out to us to explore the benefits and challenges of virtual reality. We have hosted two events on the topic (more below) for the counselling profession and will continue with the subject in November as …
This month, we bring the key cyberpsychology concepts used in VR Therapy to you. Enjoy!