Don’t be fooled. Positive thinking is a way to set the default to optimism rather than to pessimism. Some people are squeamish about showing optimism, it has been given the connotation of naïveté but optimism derives from the Latin word optimus, meaning “best,” – and that is all we are doing when we exercise optimism, […]More
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Nothing beats a bit of realism and the Irish proverb Is annamh earrach gan fuacht – Seldom is spring without cold is certainly sobering if not a genius prompt to resilience thinking. The climatic truth is that even after a long winter, the Spring still has some cold within it. The proverb reminds that while we […]More
Walking around holy wells and up sacred mountains was and is an important part of pre-Christian and Christian traditions in Ireland. Walking is a form of intentional prayer, a sacrifice of movement, a dedication of energy. Pilgrimages the world over in all faiths demand/require movement, the physicality of journeying mirroring the desire for spiritual movement, […]More
Today is the vernal equinox. It marks the juncture at which the earth starts to align an angle with the sun, which will bring some extra nurturing warmth and a stretch in light levels. Bringing the two factors conducive to more consistent plant growth into play. It is as such a feast day to the […]More
Ok, we know the story; St Patrick the snake banisher with his possible Stockholm syndrome-induced love of the Irish, came back to his former hostage place and explained the holy trinity through this little plant, thus freeing us from our pagan ways of mutual respect, female deities and nature worship to a different system altogether […]More
‘Gan scaoll’ means ‘without panic’. Not a lot of that in modernity. The modern world built upon apprehension, fomo, hyper-vigilance and status anxiety. You can’t spell pandemic without p a n i c … but the way to survive it is with calm rationality and appropriate behaviour. Survival is not always running faster than the […]More