John-Paul Flintoff

A mindful dishcloth

Everyday objects to give your life more meaning

Earlier in 2015, I was given a fiendish challenge. To combine my interest in conversation, mindfulness and coaching – in a range of commercial homeware. This 3 min film shows what happened…

A mindful dishcloth

100% cotton tea towel, made in the UK

Washing up can be a chance to be present, and appreciate the people and things around you. Click on the picture, above, to find out more about the dishcloth, and to find out more about how I got interested in this, take a look at the story below.

How Richard Gere Changed My Life

First published in The Sunday Times

Richard Gere with the Dalai Lama

A few years ago, I was sent to interview the Hollywood star Richard Gere about Buddhism.

I wasn’t thrilled, because I’d heard he wasn’t an easy person to interview.

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Time for a chat?

Time for a chat?

A pair of blue and white china mugs to inspire honest and surprising conversations

Conversations can change everything, but sometimes we assume we can’t get to the heart of a problem unless we have hours to spare. In fact, two people meeting for a few minutes over a hot drink can have a deep, powerful conversation almost instantly, if the conditions are right, and if both are willing. Click on the picture to find out more.

“Happiness is the attitude we take to life”

The networking guru Carole Stone tells me about a short conversation that changed everything – and says we can all experience that.

Using Pinterest to gather ideas

I've been collecting images of blue and white china for some time. Here are some of the images that helped to inspire my range.

What's on your plate?

What’s on your plate?

Testing the plates on a group of 50 people, with The Big Lunch in Belfast.

A modern willow pattern plate to help you reflect on key areas of your life

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Why hand-made matters

A few years ago, I made a decision: I would never again buy anything “cheap” if I could help it. In other words, I would buy less than I had bought in the past, but it would all be good quality.

Home decorated plate, "Eye love you", by Nancy

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Department Store For The Mind – the launch

From left: broadcaster Gemma Cairney, feminist-showgirl Brigitte Aphrodite, Department Store For The Mind founder Sophie Howarth, and me, launching Sophie’s new venture at Shoreditch House, London.