Tantric visionary and educator Dawn Cartwright shares her beautiful insights about kindness in the bedroom, and the difference this can make to our intimate lives. This article appeared in our Spring 2019 issue.
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Happy Winter Solstice, Positive Lifers! In this extract from our Winter 2018/19 issue, acclaimed health and wellness coach Alison Canavan discusses some of the challenges of winter, and how we can learn how to thrive during the winters of life. Remember: the darkest hour comes before the dawn.
November‘s News: It’s official. Winter is here, and it’s time for the gloves and scarves to come out. Our summer heatwave is a distant memory … but there are many things to look forward to about this time of year. What could be better, for instance, than sitting beside a roaring fire, dressed in cosy pyjamas and enjoying some delicious hot chocolate, while the cold rages on outside? We have picked out a number of treats for you to check out this month, ranging from our very own Positive Nights events (look out for our extra-special speed dating event or Heartsongs with John Bowker) to an in-depth look at the gorgeous Calm Rooms of Monkstown, Co. Dublin.
Positive Nights: Some of Our Best Picks to Enjoy!
Following our successful speed dating events last November and April, we are ready to bring it to another level and help singles to connect once again. From your hosts with the most, Orla Bass and Paul Congdon, we present to you an evening of Speed Dating From the Heart on Thursday the 22nd of November, from 7.15 to 10.00 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Doors open at 6.45 p.m. Click here to learn more and get your tickets.
Also make sure you keep an eye out for our Heartsongs with John Bowker on December 6th, and our event with Andrea Hayes on December 13th. Details will be announced soon – watch this space!
The Organic Trust: Excellence Assured
The Organic Trust is the organic certification body of choice for professional organic producers in Ireland. The Trust describes their mission as, quite simply, “upholding the integrity of organic food.” The organic food sector in Ireland is in a continuous state of development, and the Organic Trust are proud to certify a huge range of organic products on retail shelves in Ireland (with the bulk of Irish-produced organic food being marketed under the Organic Trust logo). If you are an organic producer who wants to learn more, make sure you check out their website!
The Calm Rooms of Monkstown: An Oasis of Wellness
The Calm Rooms is a brand-new wellness hub in Monkstown Village, specialising in therapeutic treatments, meditation, yoga and pilates. This new business is hoping to establish themselves as a premium centre for wellness and relaxation in the city. We can’t wait until they announce their full range of treatments! Check out their website or Facebook page to learn more. You can also watch our recent Facebook live video that we did with them to get a sense of what they’re all about.
Our Exciting New Visualisation Track With Judith McAdam
We are pleased to introduce a meditation track we have always wanted to do for you: a 20-minute visualisation in which you get to actively enhance your resonance with health, love, abundance and your personal purpose. This track was co-created by the Positive Life team and Judith McAdam. Judith is a renowned theologian, kinesiologist, holistic life coach and author of the beautiful book The Source, and we are thrilled to have launched this new collaboration with her. To learn more and download the track, just click here.
Kevin James Carroll’s Chanting Circles are a co-creative and empowering experience that can have you singing your heart out, dancing in bliss and diving deep into the profound silence that follows. On Thursday July 5th, he will be holding a very special Heart Song Celebration in the Irishtown Gospel Hall, Dublin 4, from 6 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Read on to learn more!
On Thursday July 5th, Kevin James is delighted to introduce a session of summer Sunset chanting of sweet mantras and Heart Songs in the beautiful Irishtown Gospel Hall, Dublin 4.
The Songs and mantras of Kevin James are about re-connection. They are a gift to the many hearts remembering the ONE: an expression of the movement of realisation that is spreading across the planet right now. This is a movement that honours the ancient cultures and religions of the world, embracing their commonality… their Oneness.
Each Heart Song is a modern devotional Hymn, a song of clear intent and purpose: to expand awareness beyond the thinking mind, to enter the bliss of the heart.
Doors will be open from 6.00 p.m. for a light social start, before the main event kicks off at 7.00 p.m. Various raw organic treats, juices and teas will be available to purchase. Admission to the event is €25.
Autumn is here and festival season is winding down, but the Spirit of Folk festival, taking place on the 9th and 10th of September in Dunderry Park, Co. Meath, is one gem you don’t want to miss. We are giving away two tickets to this fantastic festival. Simply follow Positive Life on Facebook or Twitter, share this post on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag @positivelifemag so we know! A winner will be selected soon. Good luck!
By Aisling Cronin
The Spirit of Folk festival, originally founded in 2011, has become renowned as a must-go venue for upcoming folk music acts. In addition, the festival provides spiritual seekers with a wide range of activities to enjoy, including drumming circles, shamanic workshops, and a variety of inspiring talks by some leading names in the world of druidry, shamanism, and transpersonal psychology.
This year, the festival will take place in Dunderry Park, Co. Meath, on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of September. Dunderry Park is home to The Transpersonal Institute and the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies, which offer a wide variety of courses on shamanism, yoga, counselling, transpersonal psychology, and more. All talks at the Spirit of Folk festival will be based on this theme. Ahead of this exciting weekend, we spoke to Martin Duffy, co-founder of the festival, to learn about the many events that festival attendees can expect.
We hear that Dunderry Park is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, so that must make this year’s festival extra significant!
Yes – that’s why we’re running it this year. We had put a hold on the festival last year, as we wanted the land to recover, but this year, we’re really fine-tuning the idea of Spirit of Folk being a holistic festival. This is why we’ve made it a non-alcohol event. The ethos of the Centre is more about people getting into themselves than getting outside of themselves, which is an effect that alcohol tends to have.
What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
What I am most looking forward to is the gathering of people who have been coming and going to the Centre for the last twenty years. We’ll have a huge drumming circle and a speakers’ tent, with speakers such as Professor Ivor Browne, Jungian therapist Jasbinder Garnermann, and myself and Annette Peard will be doing a druid ceremony and talking about transpersonal vision. There will be folk music, of course, and a play taking place on our woodland stage. We like to promote upcoming bands that don’t have an opportunity to perform in many other places. It’s centred around folk, blues, and traditional types of music. There will also be storytelling with Eddie Hanahan and others in a little cairn that we have in one of our fields, which fits about forty people. We will also have childrens’ activities taking place throughout the weekend.
Can you tell us more about what yourself and Annette will be doing?
Annette and I will be doing the opening ceremony – a druid ceremony – which will be celebrating the autumn equinox. Annette works as a druidess, so she will be doing a ceremony that involves honouring the earth and the ancestors, and everybody will get to participate in this ceremony. She’ll also be talking about druidry in modern times, and how relevant it is in our world today.
How do you hope the festival continues to grow and develop in the years ahead?
We are going to look at this year as a template for going forward, where we can have a festival that is somewhat different to many other summer festivals, in the sense that it would be a holistic, child-friendly, and animal-friendly event, that isn’t centred around alcohol.
The Spirit of Folk Festival is taking place on the 9th and 10th of September 2017 in Dunderry Park, Navan, Co. Meath. For more information about the festival programme and booking details, see spiritoffolk.ie. To learn more about Dunderry Park, the Transpersonal Institute, and the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies, go to www.dunderrypark.org.
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Attend a 6-Day training in Kahuna Bodywork or Lomi Lomi Nui, June 5-10, 2015 at Cliffs of Moher Retreat in Co. Clare, with certificate upon completion. Jody will offer extended training in a second Retreat at the same location, June 14-19, 2015.
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Watch a video below from Jody’s Hawaiian Mysticism Retreat 2011 in Molokai where Jody introduces us to more about Lomi Lomi Nui Massage.
Low self esteem effects people from all walks of life and is one of the biggest reasons why people feel unhappy and unfulfilled in their lives. People come to life coaching because they want things to be different in their lives, they want to know how to be happy, how to be successful, how to achieve their goals. But one of the biggest issues holding people back from making changes and getting the life that they really want, is low self esteem.
If you find that you talk yourself out of doing things for fear of ‘making a mistake’ or being deemed a ‘failure’, then your self esteem may need a boost. Practicing these 10 simple habits on a daily basis will soon have you out of the low self esteem trap.
1. Get involved. Learning a new skill or becoming part of something bigger than yourself (like a community project) can really work wonders for your self esteem.
2. Get interested. By becoming interested in other people, you give yourself mental space away from your own pre-occupations and worries. When you engage with people in this way, you feel valued and needed.
3. Treat yourself better. Making a mistake, failing or behaving badly does not mean that you are a failure or a bad person; so stop being so hard on yourself. Acknowledge and praise your achievements, even the smallest ones. Start treating yourself like you would a good friend or a small child.
4. Take Responsibility. The way you think and talk impacts on your feelings and emotional state, so ‘choose’ to think and speak more positively. Ask yourself if there is something that you can do to make things better and stop blaming and complaining. This type of behavior makes you feel more in control and can be a major boost for self esteem.
5. Go with the flow. Going with the flow means accepting things just the way they are. When you let go of the need to control things, you become less fearful, stressed and anxious.
6. Pursue personal goals. Investing in your future gives a great sense of purpose. Small milestones or achievements along the way can often boost confidence more than achieving the overall goal.
7. Stop worrying about what other people think. If you place too much emphasis on being liked and accepted by others, your self esteem will fluctuate based on the response you get from others. Being true to yourself is far more empowering.
8. Be yourself. When you don’t express your opinion, tastes and interests, people are deprived form getting to know the real you. So be who you are, because you never know who would love the person you hide.
9. Be Grateful. Every night, try to list 5 things that happened during the day that you are grateful for. You may start to notice that your life isn’t so bad after all and in fact you have quite a lot to be thankful for.
10. Body talk. How we carry ourselves, can have a profound affect on your mental state and mood. So when your self esteem is on the floor, force yourself to sit up straight, walk tall and smile. You will be amazed at the affect it has on your mood and self esteem.
Patricia Keane is a life coach and owner of Live Simply in Dublin 2.
Easy-to-follow life-changing advice…
Have you ever wondered how some people heal quicker than others, from physical cuts and wounds to illnesses like colds and flu? The body knows how to heal. Give it what it needs and watch the body do its job. Here are 5 ways that you can improve your own body’s healing ability:
1. Make sure you get enough rest and sleep. This is the time that your body heals thanks to the parasympathetic nervous system (an automatic response) which facilitates repair and regeneration.
2. Try to cut down on deep fried foods and refined/processed foods. These foods cause significant stress on your body. Instead, look for more fruits and vegetables. Keep hydrated and focus on the good fats and essential amino acids that are critical nutritional factors for optimal healing.
3. Work on your circulatory pathway and keep the blood pumping. Proper blood flow is absolutely critical to allow your body to heal and repair.
4. Sweat and clean your body. It has long been known that sweating can help maintain good health, but now, thanks to sweat analysis studies, science has shown that the body can eliminate large quantities of dangerous environmental chemicals. Clean them out and let your body focus on more important issues like function, repair, growth, and regeneration.
5. Smile and be happy. Studies have confirmed that the mind has a powerful effect on the body, the nervous system, and the immune system. Start now and change the way you feel.
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As the cold weather has come in, I find that I am not feeling the cold as much and still have plenty of drive in me, which often disappears in the winter when I have suffered somewhat with feeling low and negative during those months.
I also feel that I generally look healthier and better than before, which helps with confidence when appearing in public.”
Seeing the Forces at Work in Your Life…
Though you might go about your life thinking you’re steering the controls, chances are there are other forces – that are not about who you really are, and can be – that are shaping your existence. During this month’s inspirational talk at Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre, I talked about empowering yourself so you can start living your own life.
We are driven by emotions, beliefs and needs. All three of these elements must be looked at and understood. What are the emotions behind your actions? What’s driving them? What are your beliefs and how do you come to them?
Is your mind open to new beliefs if the old ones reveal that change is necessary? What are your needs and are you too attached to chasing things you don’t really require in order to be happy?
The state of your mind determines your reality. I talked about the effect of negative thoughts, heightened emotion and “learned helplessness”. When you begin to live your own life, you leave behind the voices from your past that defined you. When you can’t move forward, there is conflict within you. Working through that conflict is the first step. The goal is to live “at cause”, which is a state of empowered belief. It’s when we live “at effect” that we are in a victim role which cuts us down and takes our power away.
Living your own life and knowing how to get there is essential for a happy, harmonious and productive future for all of us!