The Science of Breath

Trinity College Dublin researchers have recently published research that suggests controlled breathing can enhance attention and improve overall brain health. It has long been claimed by Yogis and Buddhists that meditation and ancient breath-focused practices strengthen our ability to focus on tasks. A new study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin explains for the first time the neurophysiological link between …

Choices, Choices, Choices?

Frank Berry’s award winning  Irish film Michael Inside, released just this year, tells the story of a young man, Michael, who gets into trouble by doing seemingly petty jobs for drug dealers in his neighbourhood. Sent to prison to learn through ‘a short, sharp shock’ about the error of the choices he has made, he quickly gets caught up in …

Holding Everything in Infinite Awareness

Written by Mary Jennings, an MBSR teacher, reflects on Storm Emma and The Beast from the East There was no real threat. There had been time to prepare. To stock up with food, fuel, batteries and a new phone charger. Emma and the Beast from the East might tort and twist in a macabre dance and we could watch through …

Christian and Zen meditation practice with Br Richard and Turlough O’Donnell

  Turlough O’Donnell and Miriam Healy Sensei will lead a Zen meditation practice. Zazen, sitting meditation, is the practice of stilling the mind through wholehearted attentiveness to the breath. This steady attentiveness, coupled with the stillness of the body, frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, daydreaming, or speculating on the nature of life. Zen demands discipline and …

Become a Compassionate Hero this April

  Have you got what it takes to be a Compassionate Hero? If so Orla Burchael, who has trained as a clinical psychologist and drama-therapist and Michael McCabe, who has an M.A. in Dramatherapy shed some light on the topic before their upcoming retreat this April.     This creative retreat invites us to take a new path. It assumes that all of …