Self Care and Some Similarities Between Sea Swims and Pandemic Living

This post has some self care coaching ideas for living through a global pandemic and doing your best to continue to minimise risks to yourselves and others. While also enjoying life and taking advantage of being able to do things we couldn’t when locked down for so much of the…

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How to Go from Self Loathing to Wishing Yourself Well

Metta Makes Everything* Better At least, this is my experience having had an at least once a day (first thing in the morning) Metta meditation practice since March 2013 (sporadic for years before then). What is Metta? Metta is often translated as Loving Kindness and sometimes, as Friendliness. Coming from…

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Happy 20 Year Soberversary to Me!

This month (July), it’s 20 years since I quit drinking alcohol (had quit cigarettes that February). To honour it, and hopefully help others going through similar, here are 20 things I think 25 Year Old Me would have benefitted from knowing 1) Yes it’s worth it 2) Yes, you can…

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This New Moon, I’m Doing Something Different

For this New Moon, I’m going to bring in some solar energy (someone asked me when it might rain – I don’t think I’ve known Ireland so sunny for so many days in a row since I moved last spring) and plant sunflower seeds. New moons are always a great…

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Butterflies, Moths, Trauma and Transformation

I’ve been thinking a lot about butterflies and moths lately. Both are amazing but I wish they wouldn’t fly into my face when I’m cycling (butterflies) or washing up (moths). Such beauty (both of them. Butterflies just have better PR). Caterpillars are cute, too. But while we all know that…

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Highlights from Trauma Week 1

This week’s self care ideas are to help you support yourself with trauma (big T and little t – telling yourself that others have been through worse won’t help you heal as much as paying attention to what YOU need, be that time and space, therapy or something else). The…

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Why did I cry watching coverage of the Pope’s visit to Knock this morning?

I had the news on briefly this morning before my swim and found myself unexpectedly crying at the sight of children and adults at Knock Airport. I was at Knock as a kid (along with Lourdes and many other places of Catholic pilgrimage) and I imagine these people waiting for…

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