School of Life: Emotional First Aid Kit & Wisdom of Nature
A box of wise emergency advice for 20 key psychological situations, including: Friendship, Love, Sex, Work and Self.
We know how useful it can be to have a first aid kit to hand. A kit naturally can’t solve everything, but what counts is that it is immediately present and at once highly effective. It contains what’s most urgently needed to contain a situation - until calm returns or more substantial help can be called for.
This is a counterpart to that medical first aid kit, an emotional kit that provides a set of useful salves to some of life’s most challenging psychological situations.
Hopefully we won’t face them very often (if at all), but knowing how we might respond can lend us an important degree of confidence and resilience. This kit is an artful collection of some of what the wisest and kindest, most experienced and most thoughtful people might say to us if they were beside us in a crisis.
‘I can’t sleep’
‘I’m in the wrong job’
‘I might be turning into an addict’
‘I’m so envious’
‘I don’t know how to make friends’
‘I will never find the right partner’
‘I’m going to be disgraced’
‘I’m a failure, I’ve wasted my life’
How to Use the Kit
Keep the kit somewhere close to hand in readiness for life’s most testing moments.
Read through the whole kit to steel yourself for challenges you may one day face.
Give one to a friend experiencing a moment of crisis.
The design is modelled after medical first aid kits, reminding us of the crucial importance of emotional as well as physical health.
Wisdom of Nature: 20 beautifully presented picture cards, across varying themes of nature - a reminder to us all of the consolation and redemption we can take from the natural world. We are always being told that nature is good for us - and that we should spend more time in its company for the sake of our health. What is less well flagged up is that nature is as important to us as a source of nourishment for our souls. Nature is a kind of book, and when we open our eyes to it, we find its pages filled with distinctive lessons about wonder and serenity. In a set of alpine flowers growing on a hillside, we can read a defence of the value and beauty of the everyday; an evening sky can lend legitimacy and dignity to our melancholy states; there are invitations to calm in the unhurried motions of a Friesian cow; the sight of the distant stars can settle our anxieties by evoking our insignificance in the wider scheme. This set of cards highlights, with images and accompanying essays, some of the most psychologically nourishing landscapes, flora and fauna of the planet. It functions as a reminder of all the consolation and redemption available to us in the natural world.
The School of Life is a global organization dedicated to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. They apply psychology, philosophy, and culture to every day life by exploring life's big questions. They don't have all the answers, but will direct you towards a variety of useful ideas and inspirations that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish and console. Good thinking requires good tools.