Lone tree Lake Wanaka. NZWhat is the earliest event that you can remember? How old do you think you are in this memory? How do you experience the memory? Is it vivid or vague? Positive or negative? Are you re-experiencing the memory as it originally happened, through your own eyes, or are you watching yourself “acting” in the memory?

Lucy V Justice, Martin Conway & Shazia Akhtar

Inner voice

Autunno in Lombardia, Autumn in LombardyWith inner speech clearly established as a chisel for the young mind, many more questions remained. Do people in adulthood experience inner speech in the same way as children – or even as each other? Do most of us even have an inner voice – an internal commentator narrating our lives and experiences from one moment to the next?

Philip Jaekl


TreeThink of your loneliness as an opportunity
To tenderly cradle and gently reassure
the anxious and vulnerable
Elements of your own soul.

Diane Walker


Russell Lupins in Lake Tekapo.NZNo mud, no lotus.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Tide lines at Sunset.The term ‘loneliness’ first crops up in English around 1800. Before then, the closest word was ‘oneliness’, simply the state of being alone. As with solitude – from the Latin ‘solus’ which meant ‘alone’ – ‘oneliness’ was not coloured by any suggestion of emotional lack. Solitude or oneliness was not unhealthy or undesirable, but rather a necessary space for reflection with God, or with one’s deepest thoughts. Since God was always nearby, a person was never truly alone. Skip forward a century or two, however, and the use of ‘loneliness’ – burdened with associations of emptiness and the absence of social connection – has well and truly surpassed oneliness. What happened?

Fay Bound Alberti