Category Archives: Growing mindful

ways to achieve mindfulness, stress reduction and psychological harmony in the garden and in life

A lie on the grass.

When did you last just lay yourself down on your lawn and look up at the sky. A lie on the grass is not just a pleasant rest, it evokes the awe-inspired carefree activity of childhood – a transportation to … Continue reading

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The three good reasons of mindfulness

Trí saghas incheann: inchinn reatha, inchinn cloiche, inchinn chéarach – The three kinds of brain: a running brain, a rock brain, a wax brain. In Ireland we have a long tradition of triads – poetic, insights clustered in threes; like … Continue reading

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Banishing snakes

When Saint Patrick came to Ireland and banished the snakes, no one said what are you on about. No one pointed out that snakes were not native to or even known in Ireland. Because we got the concept – it … Continue reading

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a spring clean can also mean a mind detox

It is good to declutter the shed or the house on a regular basis, many wait until the brighter days of spring to find their motivation. And sure enough a bright blue sky provides a hit of serotonin and a … Continue reading

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Leave the bad luck to the last, in the hope that it may never come.

There is an old Irish saying Leig an donaschundeiridh, a n-duil s’ nach d-tiocaidh se choidche – Leave the bad luck to the last, in the hope that it may never come. We often say it jokingly but boy does … Continue reading

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The mountain is good mustard

There is a wonderful old Irish proverb that says Maith an mustárd an sliabh – The mountain is good mustard. On one level it is about how work (climbing the real mountain or the work load mountain) works up an … Continue reading

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turn a new leaf this autumn and get more mindful

Looking this time of the year at the autumn leaves slowly change colour and fall, always reminds me that change is natural and letting go is normal. I see the lessons of cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness within the natural … Continue reading

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