The Stillness of the Season

stillness of the season

Looking to bring stillness into the season? Christmas can be a time of paradox. On one hand, the natural world is slowing, the days are short and dark and there can be a pull for stillness and quiet. Yet all around us, the lights are bright, the music is loud and the demands of the season can keep us from …

Stress in the Workplace: A Mindful Anecdote

It’s a Rainy day in Dublin and I am stuck in traffic on my way in to work at The Sanctuary.  On my drive in, the radio has been reporting that The Economic and Social Research Institute has declared that in between the years 2010 and 2015, stress in the workplace has jumped from 8-17%. This is not surprising as I …

Our Hopes for the Sanctuary Garden.

a view of the Sanctuary garden and adjacent field from an elevated position

At the Sanctuary we hope to be able to develop the derelict field that is adjacent to us, into an additional part of the Sanctuary garden. Even in the midst of a summer that is struggling to find its feet, our current garden is a truly beautiful place. At this time of year people can come and participate in our daily …

Into the Clearing, Reflections on New Year Retreat

Into the Clearing Reflections on New Year Retreat   “…create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently…” From Clearing by Martha Postlewaite   “I want to go home now, he’s not making me laugh ALL the time”, announced the six-year-old half-way through the clown show we were attending.  Over the many years since that …

Mindfulness and Physical Pain – Three Ways Practice Can Help

Mindfulness and Physical Pain – Three Ways Practice Can Help by Mary Jennings It’s been almost a year. It’s been a challenge. Dealing with tendonitis in the hip that seems intractable to all the interventions of physiotherapists, orthopaedic specialists, exercises and painkillers. I began to use another intervention – a more deliberate mindfulness approach. Firstly, mindfulness helped me turn towards …