‘The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see’ (Earon Davis).
Meeting the challenges of a complex world can be tough, especially when life appears overwhelming. Creating space to be mindful in our daily lives can have a trans-formative effect on how we experience ourselves, and our day-day encounters.
‘Mindfulness refers to the awareness that emerges by paying attention, on purpose, non-judgementally to the present moment’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn).
Scientific research has confirmed that the regular practice of mindfulness can have a significant impact upon our health & well-being. It can boost the immune system, reduce stress, increase energy & improve memory. It can also ‘unlock’ confidence, inspiration & a renewed sense of purpose.
Exploring more vitality-enhancing lifestyle options (including managing technology), and compassion for self & others (building positive relationships) can be fun & rewarding.
‘In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go’ (Jack Kornfield)
In addition to classes or workshops, nature-based meditations are a wonderful way of de-cluttering the mind & emotions. Focus upon the breath; breathe in the sensations of the world around you, and bring your attention into the present. Let nature guide your senses, as you move from an intimate experience of self, to an expansive awareness of your connection to all things & the people around you.
Lovely Mindfulness Meditation in the Presence of the Past & Present Beauty of Annaghdown Castle, Galway, Ireland.
Last weekend I took a gentle stroll into the sun around the original trail of St. Brendan the Navigator, to the ancient heritage site of Annaghdown (Eanach Dhúin) Castle. This site of both natural & archaeological beauty has been gracefully restored by Dr. Jessica Cooke, well-known folklorist, and a specialist in the area's medieval landscape. St. Brendan is thought to have died in 570 in the convent of his sister, Briga at Annaghdown. The views across Lough Corrib from both the castle & the monastery are truly breath-taking. It was the perfect moment for inspiration, and a stunning site to take some 'time out' from a seemingly complex and confusing life.
Be Inspired By The World Around You!