Take a few minutes to reflect this Christmas and New year…. make it meaningful
There were just too many thoughts flying around my head this morning to share with you all, so I did the quickest thing and got them down in a video. I am not a fan of the old here I am look at me 🙂 and the video clearly agreed with a cut off after a few minutes!!
So here is a short video message from me reflecting on Christmas and goal setting for the New Year followed by a mash-up on voice recording to complete the message.
Please do take the time to ponder what Christmas means for you, how to be present in all the chaos, and take time to be mindful of your New Years goals.
Please enjoy and add comments about your own goals and desires. Lets make them happen in 2016….
and please click here to continue 🙂
There are no prizes for counting the number of “so’s” and “you know’s” haha!
Please enjoy the very random photos that I had to select to get this recording online. The last approximately 20 shots are taken locally from the University of Limerick, St Mary’s Cathedral, and local Limerick in 2010 when we had our big freeze. This is the effect of freezing fog and not snow; there was no snow and isn’t it incredible! And the final few are taken from Keeper Hill back in 2004 (oh gosh).
Be brave and add feedback and if you like some of your goals… no better time to start having a think and sending the message out to the universe that you mean business!
And enjoy this wonderful art by Josephine Wall; take a moment to see all that is in the image
PS In my self consciousness I omitted what to me is perhaps a significant reason for my goals and aiming to grow all that I am, and that is for all I can be and give in my relationships. Most importantly in my relationship with my boy :-). I spend a lot of time reflecting on my relationships with others and myself and what true connection means. It would be remiss of me to not add this here because for me my relationships and connection to other people give the meaning to everything that I strive for in my life, work and profession. Relationships and connection are the purpose for my passion and desires to become my most loving, giving, expanding and aware me. ❤
Last night, December 22nd 2014, we went to a beautiful Christmas Carol service in Abington Church, Murroe (County Limerick). Mum, Dad, myself and my love all bundled into the car after a long day; it was one of those evenings when it would have been easier to stay at home.
The service was an ecumenical service and the little picturesque church at Abington was packed to the rafters with locals from all denominations including representatives of the Catholic church, the Protestant church, and Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman and Father Anthony from Glenstal Abbey.
There were readings, prayers, a collection for the St Vincent de Paul Society and carols. There were lots of carols and LOTS OF SINGING. The roof was almost sang off with hearty lung-filled performances and the organist Koki was close to heart failure more than once as she attempted to contain the competitive fractions vying for hymn speed. I had the biggest smile on my face; I wonder was God laughing too. There was Christmas spirit in the air in abundance and it was beautiful. Just the singing alone was enough to shift the weight of worries from every shoulder.
We all headed back to “the big house” as tradition would have it for too much mulled wine, far too many biscuits (cakes, pies, and tarts) and colourful chat and entertaining stories. There was enough Christmas love for it to not matter that one car never survived the parking in the mucky field.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about India from Father Anthony; he seemed more Indiana Jones than Monk if you ask me and confessed to wanting to be Hindu. He had me sold on India; one more mark on my world map of travel destinations.
There was no religious separation tonight;
just people and stories and
The rekindling of old and forging of new connections.
Just how it should be!
This is a superb article that I just stumbled upon that is worth sharing; to read the entire article please click this link: 10 Principles of Unconditional Parenting by Rainbow Recognizer.
Unconditional love is the most important thing that every child deserves to experience in their life from pre-birth to adulthood. In fact I would go so far as to say that unconditional love is something that we all require as part of healthy development; more than anything else. So if as a parent you worry about money, and providing “things”, and education then maybe take a rain check and ask yourself am I loving enough, is it without conditions and am I giving my child time and connection? Be an example of unconditional love in all that you do and in all the ways that you interact with others. Your child learns everything from you.
Depression, Suicide and Healing
By Andrea Cullen, May 6th 2014
This morning spirit nudged me to write about depression. Honestly I wanted to argue with this but I know there is no point as the words will stream right through me incessantly until I get a pen to paper. So I nestled myself into several too many coffee’s in Country Choice Coffee Shop in Nenagh and honoured the stream of words that came to me. Depression is a topic that I barely feel sufficiently qualified to write about yet one that I feel overwhelmingly passionate about healing. Every cell in my body wants to take away your pain; because I feel it.
By Andrea Cullen, May 3rd, 2014
My heart hurts today with an empty feeling and my head wants to take this story of why and spin it upside down, inside out, and into such a powerful vortex that it consumes swallows me right up….
I have a choice
Our generation is at a cross roads splitting off into vastly different directions and where the roads lead to results in vastly different feelings, emotions and outcomes.
Today I met with a representative of Cycle Against Suicide, Colin, to offer all that I can to assist their cause. I will be doing volunteer work contributing with the skills that I have. I promised to write a blog about mental health and suicide awareness; as well as other helpful and more typical and expected endurance nutrition information and educational support.
Mental and emotional health and suicide…..
These are deep topics, both sensitive and serious in nature; where do I start? I thought about this the whole way back in the car from Mallow to Limerick and so many thoughts and insights whizzed through my head about all that I wanted to say to YOU.