Time for a little healing

“The intimacy that arises in listening and speaking truth is only possible if we can open to the vulnerability of our own hearts. Breathing in, contacting the life that is right here, is our first step. Once we have held ourselves with kindness, we can touch others in a vital and healing way.”
Tara Brach, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart



A friend introduced me to Tara Brach recently. I  listened to one of her utube videos and found her voice and her words very soothing. There are times when nothing helps with pain and at those times people like John Kabat-Zinn , Thich Nhat Hanh,  Pema Chodron and others are  the only source of respite.  Sometimes I find it difficult to get into the right frame of mind to meditate, but when I  eventually do , then I  feel better and even the pain eases somewhat.

Everyone has their own way of dealing with pain. I spent so many years trying different treatments and procedures none of them take  away the pain. Today I accept that, but still struggle with the ongoing issues, both mental and physical. Thankfully I have found through other people with chronic pain and the internet, that there are many resources out there.

Finding support for chronic pain both  nationally and locally is another story, one for another day!


Looking for meaning

My Mothers Vase
My Mothers Vase


Looking for meaning..is   the title of a poem my sister wrote about my Mum the year before she died(my Mum that is).   I came across it recently when I was doing some sorting. The poem refers to a little poetry  book my sister gave to my Mum in which she had “marked significant pages” in the  “final stages of her last sojourn“. The poem is poignant and brings to mind how we are all trying to find meaning in our lives especially when faced with difficult times.

I am not a natural writer but have written journals all my life and that has helped me to find my voice. I don’t have a talent for poetry but really love reading it.

A few years ago I got an opportunity to do a creative writing course in Tallagh library. The National center for Arts and health ,(AMNCH) based at Tallaght Hospital organised it.  Chronic pain Ireland were also involved and through them I got a place. I was quite apprehensive about it on many levels, the main one been the physical challenge. It was hard but  very rewarding and after ten weeks I was proud of myself. We even had our stories published in a Newsletter based at  Tallaght hospital. Check them out as they do a lot of interesting collaborations.

I digressed away from the initial question. I reckon through writing, in whatever forum , I am trying to find some kind of rhyme or reason to this mysterious life of ours!