Mind the Gap
If you've ever taken any metro/tram/train service in any European country then it's quite likely that as you read the words - 'mind the gap' - that you too have that same mechanical voice-over playing in your head as I do.

In a practical sense its asking us to pay attention to the gap should we fall.

However if we abstract the phrase from its context - mind the gap is saying: pay attention to that liminal space, that pause, that ocean of timeless space before the beginning of one event and the ending of the other, before the next inhale gives way to the exhale.

This is why all the traditions emphasize meditating on this space, from Buddhist traditions of Zen and Dzogchen to Tantra whereby it's referred to as 'Madhya' - the center, the place where it's all emanating from. 

So in a world that's vying for our attention, where-by our senses our over-whelmed and our primitive instincts are hijacked by advertisers, influencers and noise, now is the time to mind the gap.
Finding Awe

Look deeply into anything and you fill find awe. I promise.

The most mundane occurrences that happen every-day are in-fact wonderous.  

Take something we label 'sad': a person crying.

We have a 100,000 microbes per square centimeter living on our skin.  Now look at the tear rolling down the person's face. Now envisage that that same tear and see that it is akin to what a tsunami is like for us humans in relation to scale and how our little co-inhabitants would feel it in their tiny world. 

As that tear that moves softly, slowly and gracefully down a cheek, it is a raging storm elsewhere.

Try it out.  Just look deeply into something. Instead of the screen where we are tricked into thinking something new will appear, we must go beyond our normal perceptions with 'what we know' and find that something entirely new will be waiting there.

Open Up the Conversation
There's a wonderful kind of 'parable' that comes up in lectures or spiritual talks of such sort.  I believe it's Buddhist in origin but Alan Watts stands out in my mind of utilizing this message. 

Imagine trying to explain the taste of honey to someone who never had honey or any relationship to something remotely close to honey in their lives. 

Sure, you could talk about where it hits your tongue, throat or pallet.  The texture.  The acidity or lack of.  But to really grasp it one has to have that experience themselves.

Most importantly, once the experience has been had, then one can decide if that's for them or not.

When we can go deeper into anything we're doing then we can see clearly the that parts the constitute the whole. Eating a cake we enjoy becomes an explosion of textures, tastes and sensations.  Ingredients that come from here, there and everywhere on our planet.  Bio-chemicals and compounds that interact within the alchemy of the body starts to resemble that glorified chaos of a story that belongs to a Dr. Seuss book.

Everything has more depth.  Everything becomes illuminated.  

There may be moments of magic happening everyday in our lives but we simply just haven't opened up the conversation to know that experience as it unfolds.

This is why the happiness, joy and peace that we all ultimately desire are not to be found 'out there', but here and now, by simply changing our perceptions of how we interact with things.
Lift the Veil
See what you find this Christmas. 

Take the time to pause - figuratively and literally. 

Mind the gap.  Don't skim over those little moments.  Go into them.

Enjoy time off. Go deeper with others, with yourself. Reconnect.

See what hidden gems glisten.....

                                                             ......Let me know what you find.  I'd love to know!

A Celebration of Integration & Love.

Two day retreat for Men & Women alike.
February 11th to 13th 2022.

There are many men's retreats out there. There are many women's retreats out there. It's time to integrate, come together and share.

On this weekend, in the glorious surrounds of 50 acres of spacious countryside in South County Dublin, we will gather together and through many practices let go, release, cry, shed, share, surrender and connect to our wholeness.

You are welcome as an individual, group of friends, partners, couples. All are welcome.

Once you arrive you will be cared for from top to toe.

Everything will be provided so you can be fully held.

- Yoga

- Food

- Cacao

- Dance

- Breathwork

- Somatic Movement

- Mantra 

- Treatments

- Space

- Community

- Rituals

- Rest

- Replenish

Booking link and more info HERE
 *** €50 off if you book before Dec 31st ***

This is in collaboration with a dear friend and a true Yogini walking the path of Yoga, Jeanie Jyanti.
Check out her website for her offerings, podcast and so much more: Alchemy of Yoga.

If you're interested in off-grid living, building your own home and re-establishing your connection to nature around you then check this out.  A wonderful foundation started by an ex-business woman in Delhi, who realized the system does not provide clean air, clean water nor clean food.  She, like us all, deserves these human rights. 
Thank you to everyone for signing up to the newsletter and reading the content.  I do this as a way to mindfully and meaningful connect with people so I'm very appreciative that you're reading this now. Please always feel free to engage with me.

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If you click the here you can read my past newsletters which have focused on the beauty of death, making friends with your imposter syndrome and the simplicity of life.

As well as classes at Yoga Dublin and Reformation Studios (Dublin), I still teach regularly online with a group so keep an eye out for those if you'd like to join. 

Finally, if private lessons appeal to you then let me know so we can work with the spirit of Yoga, developing a practice suited for your emotional, physical and spiritual needs.
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