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Vanilla love

In this poem I continue to imagine the embodiment of parental love. It is an extension of my previous short poem (a Haiku) called Parental Bone-Weariness.

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Seeing our beauty (meditation)

An invitation to recall a recent situation when we saw our beauty and goodness through the eyes of another person. It includes paying attention to the stirrings in our hearts and using loving words to express what the person saw in us. Note: It’s best to let the scene gently emerge in our mind’s eye.

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Cube meditation

“Once wandering thoughts are totally abandoned, magical displays are no other than that.” – Machig Labdron (1055-1149)

Sometimes we find that a nagging thought or heavy feeling overwhelms us. We see the thought or feeling as our only experience, as if nothing else exists, and it makes life very difficult. Using the image of a cube with its different faces or sides, this is a chance to take a step back and look at our inner experience from multiple perspectives.

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Zen lessons for living

I share three lessons from a recent Zen retreat (25 to 30 August 2022) with Roshi Robert Kennedy SJ at the Dominican Retreat Centre in Dublin. They include looking at our inner experience from a three-dimensional (3D) perspective and tuning into the primary elements of fire, air, water and earth. Click on the link below to watch the video ».

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Shine

I was probed by an aggressive man while on holiday in the Irish countryside. I didn’t expect it coming during a time of peace and consolation. Like a trained interrogator, he asked question after question on the subject of my personal life. He laid into me about not doing enough paid work in my career. I gave him the benefit of the doubt – thinking it would be good to give him a half hour of my time. But I shouldn’t have given him a minute!

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Intimate understanding of your life

“For it is not so much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul, but the intimate understanding and relishing of the truth” – I explain a nugget of wisdom from Ignatius Loyola, a 16th century master of psychology and spirituality. I give examples in the context of contemplative practice and my own life, and I invite you to reflect on “what you were put on this planet to do”.

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