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Dark Nights and Clear Mornings

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Dark Nights and Clear Mornings

Can you imagine being outside on a night of the deepest midnight blue?   The silence.  The stillness. The sense of potential, of imminent rebirth.  Awe.  Just you and the cosmos.    You might feel terribly alone and small in the face of such infinity.    Or you might feel at one both with it and all of life.   Many people I know have spoken about going through the dark nights of their soul and yet when I sat to write this piece my spirit took me to the fullness of that midnight ‘cave’ in the sky.   The image of the midnight sky is literally...

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Being enough

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Being enough

Yesterday I was listening to Bréné Brown talking about wholehearted living and how she became aware of people who lived this way. One thing she said is that they told her that they were very focussed on living in a way that they knew they were enough. Bréné had been talking about our not-enough culture; we go to bed thinking we haven’t done enough and we wake up thinking we haven’t slept enough!     CASTLE Principles This strikes a deep chord with me and I was inspired to link this enough-ness with the CASTLE principles on...

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Actors or re-enactors?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Actors or re-enactors?

All the world’s a stage, indeed, and haven’t we all found ourselves embroiled in dramas of one sort or another or observing them play out?    The language we use always has a message, and sometimes we speak of not getting sucked into another’s drama, or we talk of melodrama or of the roles we play.    A while back, as I was thinking about such matters and observing another level of my own personal drama,  the quirky side of me saw a scenario something like this:     Scenarios Two actors are in the cafe after a...

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The connected self

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

The connected self

Last week, I met up with a very dear and long-term friend.  Since we had last met, she had become increasingly affected by rheumatoid arthritis, a very painful condition.  I mentioned that I thought that this was an autoimmune condition, and as the words came out of my mouth, I knew that this was significant.  Not just in relation to her, but that there was a gift in this that would reveal itself in time. We spent some time discussing an ongoing situation which we had both shared, one which had shocked and dismayed us.  Where we were...

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People can change

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

People can change

These pictures of a magnificent snow leopard from Dublin Zoo are here as they remind me of something Roger Steare, the Corporate Philosopher, said on a radio interview. Dr Steare works with corporations to assist them in coming into greater integrity, into values-based business.  He says that people can change, with training in and awareness of values.   During the interview he said something to the effect that it isn’t true that a leopard can’t change its spots or that you can’t teach a dog new tricks.      ...

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Common Ground

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Common Ground

Most spiritual systems speak of some kind of source, spirit, spring or inner core.  Many personal growth systems also speak of this inner power and also our interconnectedness.    In one sense, the terms we use are not as important as the essence which they seek to express.  Poets, songwriters, saints, scholars, philosophers, artists and countless others have expressed their understanding of this essence in their unique ways throughout time itself.         Collective collage Each expression, rather than being seen in terms...

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Generous love

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Generous love

There has been so much conditioning against loving and valuing ourselves.  In the Catholic tradition in which I was raised, self-denial was seen as a great virtue.  But denying ourselves, in the sense of denying our worth, not only damages ourselves.    It also ripples out into our environment.    If we deny our own worth then, directly or indirectly, we will also deny the worth of others.       Your own goodness Here is one the earliest videos from Ralph Marsden, creator of the Daily Motivator.    I found it deeply healing...

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Integrity and Self-love

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Integrity and Self-love

Have you ever noticed that when you learn a new word you come across it everywhere: on buses, ads, radio or wherever?   That word was probably always there, but you just didn’t see it because it wasn’t on your radar. And even more so, when you commit to focussing on an area of your life or on a concept, that it comes up often at unexpected moments?     Often with whole new levels of insight, or indeed challenge. Well, so it has been for me in building the next phase of my work around Integrity.  It’s as though...

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What is Love?

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

What is Love?

Love is one of our greatest aspirations.  We can talk a lot about it and march it around our various modes of cultural expression.  Yet it is also something that we can fight very shy of.  We can easily project it onto our outer worlds as a means of avoiding it.  We often want it in our lives without really knowing what it is.  We can often chase it without necessarily approaching it.  What is love? Love is not just an emotion.  It very often finds expression through the medium of emotions and feelings.  But such expression does not define...

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Life as Message

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog | 7 comments

Life as Message

Who comes to mind when you think of people of great integrity?   Many of us would think immediately of leaders like Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. This photo of Ghandi’s statement  “My Life is my Message” was taken on our visit to his last home in Delhi.    It is posted on the wall of his house, not far from where he was assassinated.   Yes, Ghandi’s life was indeed his message.   Not about perfection But isn’t that also true of me?   Of you?  Of the butcher, the baker and the...

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