As I reflect on the past year there are lots I have missed but lots I have gained. Like many, if someone had told me last March we would all still be in lockdown I really would have struggled to believe it. Yet, here we are…………………….what I am writing is familiar to all of us. I feel the need to document how the year has been so that I can read this back in a few years.
Once this was announced last March I sort of went into overdrive , spring cleaning the house emptying cupboards filled with clutter doing jobs that I had not had time to do. Walking my 5k morning noon and night literally !!
Then came the garden. It has always been a little sanctuary for me ………..and boy did the garden become my saviour. I felt that somewhere out there in the universe a divine decision was made to give us glorious weather to help us adjust to the new restrictions.
I can honestly say the house was never so tidy and the garden never looked as well.
I had to learn a whole set of skills I might never have learned………..I am not very technically minded………..but negotiating zoom, waveband, and the like I am not as afraid of it all.
I never thought I would ever have sessions online “ it couldn’t possible be the same “ I said. Yet, I adapted like many and now will continue to offer sessions online and by phone when this is all over.
So how did I cope ……………I got busy, then I got creative………I decided to write a couple of guided meditations and then I wrote a few more ………………………I began to do some short guided meditations via zoom which were well received.
I then had an idea to record them with music and photography. My wonderful friend was going to put the whole thing together but now we couldn’t meet.
Further technological trial and error …………..lots of error on my part !!
I bought a microphone online …………..That was a first !! Then began to record each meditation over and over the self critic was alive and well………..too fast too slow……….too loud ………too soft. Eventually accepting that they were good enough.
I have just completed a series of five meditations from Irish monastic sites they are little different from the usual as they bring the listener on a journey sharing some history of each place. About 10 to 12 minutes duration with the most beautiful photography and accompanying music. Each place is special as they hold both happy memories and spiritual experiences for me. I wrote these with need to connect with Irish everywhere and bring a little sense of Ireland to them when they are unable to visit at present.
I feel very lucky to live in a country with such amazing landscapes………….I think this past year has brought people back to nature appreciating the simple things in life. It has also made me reflect on how fragile life is and how every moment should be treasured. I long for the day I can hug my family and friends again…………..I really hope that day is not too far away.
What is Sound Therapy?
Sound is the energy, or waves, that all living things, or matter, produce, when they vibrate.
Sound healing works on the human body, by sound waves of specific therapeutic frequencies, travelling down to the cellular level to re set cells to their natural state.
It can, and will balance emotions, the nervous system, energize the human body, calm the body, yet make it stronger at the same time.
Therapeutic sounds from healing instruments, can feed and nourish every aspect of our being. They can heal, balance, undo states of disharmony and restore us to the perfect being we were born as.
Blockages can be cleared from our bodies that have arisen in our lives, often from emotional traumas. Old energy can be released and new energy brought in, allowing the body to self heal.
Sound Therapy Workshop Sessions Include:
1) Vocal Chanting/Sounding.
Balance your chakras and raise your vibration with your own voice.
By chanting one word power mantras, we can tone our chakras.
Learn the sounds of Power.
Benefits of chanting, include, but are not limited to:
Increased oxygen in your cells,
Lower blood pressure and heart rate,
Reduced levels of stress related hormones,
Increased lymphatic circulation,
Increased production of nitric oxide,
2) Nourishing the Inner Child.
Do you bear the scars of being told "you were not good enough," as you grew up?
Were you told "you couldn't do this or that?
Do you remember hearing "you would never amount to anything"?
If so, these statements may have been stated along with your name each time. Does this make you dislike, or even hate your name?
Have you changed your name,a little, or completely at some point in your life?
If you do not always like the sound of your name, you could be making life very difficult for yourself, every time you hear it.
How good would it be to hear your name sung lovingly by others?
This beautiful, empowering experience offers the chance of both giving and receiving, love and compassion, as you nourish your inner child, through singing others names to them, in a safe and sacred place.
3) Singing into Pain.
Learn how to use your voice to sing into any pain in your body,
Learn how to intend your voice to heal that pain.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SING, OR BE A SINGER TO TRY OUT THESE BEAUTIFUL HEALING THERAPIES. IN FACT, BEING NEW AND OPEN TO USING YOUR VOICE FOR THE FIRST TIME, OFTEN PRODUCES BETTER RESULTS.
What is a Sound Bath?
During a sound bath, you are immersed in an amazing mix of sounds and vibrations from sound healing instruments, including, Tibetan singing bowls, Crystal bowls, energy chimes, tuning forks/pipes, drums, gongs, voice and silence.
A sound bath is very healing to the mind, body and spirit.
Some people use a sound bath as a meditation.
A sound bath will bring you on a journey into deep relaxation, and help to induce a wonderful feeling of peace and calm.
How does it work?
Every cell in your body vibrates at a particular frequency.
As the sound travels through your body, the healing frequencies and vibrations, are absorbed by every cell, tissue and organ, helping to release stress and tension, and return the body to a state of homeostasis.
What actually happens during a sound bath? You lie down on the floor, on a yoga mat, or similar, with cushions and blankets for warmth and comfort.
When the sound begins, you enter into a world of vibration and sensation.
What happens afterwards?
Most people will have a deep feeling of relaxation, although some do find it stimulating and energizing.
The days following a sound bath can see old emotions released, with feelings of stress and tension reduced and a continued feeling of calm.
A Wellness Workshop incorporating a Sound Therapy session will be held on 22 September 2019. Why not join us and experience this wonderful relaxation for yourself?
This is one of my favourite films. Despite the theme of loss, the characters travel all over the world, seeing the most beautiful places. It is really a message about love and friendship. One character has had lots of love but not had the life experience he thought, full of knowledge about places he has never seen. The other character has seen it all but has not really allowed himself experience love.
They give to each other and realise that the greatest gift is the gift of their friendship.
If I were placed in the position of knowing my time was limited, I think I would want to make memories with my son and family and close friends. Making the time left with them have meaning. I would wish that they feel loved and have memories that bring laughter. For me that is what endures; the physical body may go but the love does not end.
In grief we need to hold on to some sort of consistency and it takes time to work through what is really important. Different things have huge importance at specific times. Senses are heightened away from the visual, smell, sounds, touch become so important. Initially it is some way of keeping the sense of the deceased alive, because the loss is so difficult to comprehend at an emotional level.
My wish would be to create experiences that over time they could remember and smile and laugh and know how much I loved them. There are places in the world I would love to see, but it is more about how you feel in the experience. There is really such beauty in the most simple things.
Day to day life is so very busy, constantly rushing from place to place but, we can.... if we just take a moment, notice something beautiful. Notice the robin singing his heart out in the tree outside the office. Notice a child's laughter in the park, notice that even now in the month of January when the sky is grey the snowdrops and daffodils are pushing through the earth as they do every year.
It is interesting that when we are on holiday or have time off our senses become more aware. We really don't need time off to notice beauty it is all around us and if we just take a few seconds to notice that moment of magic it can stay with us through out the day.
This moment does not have to be visual....can be the smell of fresh coffee, the feeling of warm water on your skin in the shower......
I challenge you..... just try it and feel the impact, it only takes a few seconds.....
I hope this poem resonates with those you are grieving .. in my personal experience there is a fear of letting go ... initially it feels surreal ... how has this happened?
Then the excruciating reality of the loss ... desperately trying to recall the voice ... the feeling of their touch the experience of being with them the need to keep the memory alive ...
after a time the desperation eases and the memories flow .. this brings tears but also eventually smiles at the joy and love shared ...
love never dies it just presents as a different energy to be embraced and folded into the heart where love resides x
My Black Coat
Where has my coat of colours gone?
Gone to a space with my happiness and my love.
I search and search but can not find, any colours in my mind.
I'm feeling numb and cold and shocked.... in limbo my emotions locked.
And in the corner of the room, a big black coat of doom................. doom doom.
It mocks and frightens me I think, that this black coat my only link..... to where I am inside and out.
I want to howl, I want to shout, but keep it in …........am terrified I feel a part of me has died.
A year has past I don't know how.....................in the house alone, just now,
my heart is aching, I rub my chest to ease this massive pain........I guess
and slowly tears being to fall, I am shouting out his name........... I call
I reach out for the big black coat and wrap it round me........... and I fall
Into the depths of my despair, I scream and howl it isn't right it isn't fair.
I wear the black coat all the time and slowly I accept it is mine
some days its heavy....................some days light but with this coat I no longer fight.
I wear my coat with pride you see because it is a part of me.
The years roll by and life moves on where has my coat of colours gone?
I close my eyes and then I see, the colours are in memories
My coloured coat was always there, I couldn't see it …..........was unaware
and so I look back and forward too, making memories anew for others when my time is done
Whatever coat I choose to wear.
I smiled a deep, connective smile at the prospect of this task, as ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ was the first gift my late husband had given me. It deeply moved him and deeply moved me on reading. We continued over the years to gift each other the latest Mitch Albolm book published. We went to see the stage production in a tiny theatre in Dublin which only seated thirty people. The actors were marvellous, I remember speaking with the director afterwards saying “everyone should see this, it should be on in The Gaiety, .........& several years later it was.