The Headland Journal • 

June 2022

Wild Mind

Director Ned Brannigan, New Zealand

How does the natural environment around us affect our mental state? Ultrarunner Nathan Lungley reflects on his own experiences in the natural environment and how it affects him.

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Made in Ireland — Surfers of steel riding big gray slabs

Depressions — running with Rob Krar

Depressions in landscape & emotion: An unstaged, mid-run, terrestrial-based short with Rob Krar. Krar, new to ultra running, holds the speed record for the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim and has quickly become a dominant force in American races.

Tonic of the Sea — swimming for mental health

A mini-documentary showing the link between mental health and sea swimming. Katie swims off the rocks of Penzance, UK nearly everyday of the year. Swimming has helped her overcome some of the struggles that life all too often throws our way. The hope is that her story may help others who are faced with similar challenges.

Why we do things that we hate — Mark Manson

Dogs — they've got it all figured out

As a trail runner and a dog owner this video from Salomon grabs me from every direction! But regardless of whether you're a runner or into canines, we can all learn an enormous amount from this short film!

Dogs have it all figured out.

Happiness is so much simpler than you might think.

Real happiness is uncomplicated by the rush of life;

How much money you have, or don’t have;

What you have or haven’t accomplished;

And is beyond what you feel good or guilty about.

It’s about our relationships - with the earth, nature, and each other.

Always go out, even if it’s raining.

Enjoy the journey.

Never forget to play and feel the joy of life.

Jump for joy when you’re happy.

Surround yourself with the people you love.

Live in the moment.

Have boundless energy.

Listen more than you talk... But when you do talk, speak from the heart.

It’s never too late to learn.

Look for the best in everyone.

And be loyal.

Love unconditionally

...and shine with all of your light, all of the time.

I am the captain of my soul — Invictus

Invictus was written by William Ernest Henley in 1875. I found this copy of this poem by chance, hanging in the rain, damp and tattered from a tree on North Head. I thank whoever placed it in my path...

The dog-eared copy of 'Invictus' is now attached to my desk lamp


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.


I do not know who put it there, or who it was for, but as it was starting to rain heavily I popped in my pocket to save it from turning into sodden pulp. Today it's attached to a lamp on the side of my desk and I read it every day. Powerful stuff.

It was made famous by Nelson Mandela who relied on this poem for strength while imprisoned on Robben Island for 27 years. In this video Morgan Freeman provides insight and recites it by heart:

If you feel like you are no longer the captain of your soul get in touch and book yourself a free consultation to see how Headland can help you to become the master of your fate!

20,000 Days on Earth with Nick Cave

I listen to Nick Cave. A lot. Maybe too much (if that's possible).

He's not everyone's cup of tea, but his movie "20,000 Days on Earth" is a very watchable film about mortality and what we do with our lives. The end scene is a lesson for us all! Watch and learn...

"All of our days are numbered. We can not afford to be idle.
To act on a bad idea is better than to not act at all,
because the worth of the idea never becomes apparent until you do it.
Sometimes this idea can be the smallest thing in the world;
a little flame that you hunch over and cup with your hand and pray will not be extinguished by all the storm that howls about it.
If you can hold on to that flame, great things can be constructed around it;
things that are massive and powerful and world changing.
All held up by the tiniest of ideas.

In the end I'm not interested in that which I fully understand.
The words I have written over the years are just a veneer.
There are truths that lie just below the surface of the words...
...truths that rise up without warning, like the humps of a sea monster.
And then disappear.

What performance and song is to me is finding a way to tempt the monster to the surface.
To create a space where the creature can break through what is real and what is known to us.
This shimmering space, where imagination and reality intersect this is where all love and tears and joy exist.

This is the place.
This is where we live."


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