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Today is Monday 28th December 2015. It is almost 2 years, 720 Days, 17280 Hours since I traveled to India in search of the Holy Grail.

DSC_0085 (2)And,unlike Elizabeth Gilbert in her book ‘Eat Love Pray’ (2007) who refrained-for reasons of privacy, to mention the name of her Guru or the ashram she visited. I preferred  to tell you all about my experiences in my blog during that time.

In essence, the story went like this…

In January 2014 twelve Irish souls including myself, traveled with Korko Moses- see picture above,  to the Tamil Nadu Region in India. We visited several famous Ashrams including Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville Ashram, Sri Ramala Maharsi’s Ashram, Bodhi Zendo Ashram as well as spending over  two weeks in silence in  Korko’s Ashram, Dhyana Vanem in the  Dindigul District.

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Picture Auroville 


Picture Sri Aurobindo 


Sri Ramala Maharsi’s Ashram


We also celebrated ‘Pongal ‘with Korko’s brother Philip  in his farm, known fondly as  ‘The Good Shepard Farm’  and  traveled by Oxen cart  to’ Pallipud’. Pallipud is a  village solely  inhabited by people known as ‘untouchables’ in  Hindu tradition. They had never seen a white person before, so as you can imagine we were  celebrities.

The Pongal festival festival is like Christmas in many ways. Families reunite to celebrate with food, flowers and games and the promise of new beginnings. Unlike us, many Hindu’s are vegetarian and the cow of course are sacred. In fact, they even have a special day. On the third  day of Pongal known as  ‘Mattu’  the cows are adorned with multi-colored beads, tinkling bells, sheaves of corn and flower garlands. The resounding of their bells attract the villagers as the young men race each other’s cattle.


I love Christmas.  I love meeting family and friends. I love the parties and family gatherings. I love the feeling of Good -Will that is almost tangible during this time and yet, in quiet moments like this morning  I wonder about it all.

Today in 2016, I am in Ireland feeling heavy and  bloated from over eating. I am full of  sugar and meat. I ask myself,  why is this season so immersed in overindulgence? Why do I feel the need to be such a carnivore? Our Turkey and Ham were both delicious this year. ‘Hubbie’- bless him, surpassed himself with the sauces and stuffing and I enjoyed it all immensely.  Our Turkey was a ‘free range female’ which meant that during her life she could roam around a farm rather than being cooped  up in a cage. Her carcass was wrapped in specialized hygienic plastic sealed bag, processed  to insure quality and freshness. Our local chain store -Dunnes Stores, charged  double  price for this privilege.  Silently on Christmas morning,  I  found myself thanking the animals who died for me so that I could eat.  I keep  thoughts like these  to myself as I have a severe aversion to  preaching. I do not like to preach and I hate to be preached at. I mean seriously,who wants to hear my thoughts on animal rights just before a delicious meal?

So there you have it my friends, some thoughts as we can ponder on before the New Year.

In the words of Leonardo Da Vinci ( 1452)’The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals they now look on the murder of men.


Photo taken in the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in  Florence.

Note to self


In the meantime,

Be well my friends

Chill as much as possible.

Soon it will be 2016. A time of New Beginnings will be upon us.

Who knows what changes may happen in the year ahead

Hugs and love



May you have Joy, Blessing, Fun and Love this Christmas

IMG_2992Let us rejoice for the ones who are with us and think fondly of those who will not, or cannot, for whatever reason, be with us over the next few days.

When I think of  absent family and friends at Christmastime, the  beautiful words of Kahlil Gibran always come to mind;

When you part from a friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain’ ( The Prophet. 1926)


I hope you have a lovely Christmas my friends may it be filled with a gentle peace that flows from the heart of mankind.

Hugs and Love







Hi guys! It’s your Irish Mammy’s here on a Sunday chatting about the weather, Therese Mannion and vitamins.


Oh the weather outside is frightful,

but the fire is so delightful,

And since we have no place to go,

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!’

Would believe it if I told you, the lyrics of this famous song was written in 1945,  during a hot summer in California by Sammy Cahn and Julie Styne.

Writing about the snow during the heat of summer, is – as my mother used to say, ‘really  thinking outside the box!’My mother loved to think positive and big and if she were around today she would be spreading  words of comfort to those of you, whose  homes and businesses are at risk of becoming   flooded at the moment. She like Teresa Mannion would say’ Don’t make unnecessary journeys, don’t take risks on treacherous roads’. Stay at home, she would persistently urge  and   prepare  nourishing  drinks to keep you warm and strong to face what challenges that may lie ahead.

She  called her favorite nourishing  drink    Zingy  Zip idée, which she believed, soothed all ailments especially those brought on by the cold weather.

This drink  is very easy to do and only takes a few moments to prepare.

It consists of the following ingredients which are blended  together  in a juicer

  • Six apples, unpeeled.
  • Two bananas.
  • One teaspoon of smooth peanut butter.

It is a delight to  drink and is brimming with slow releasing sugar . The apples give the body an instant boost and the the bananas slow release of  sugar keeps the body energized throughout the day. Peanut butter is high in protein, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and folic acid; All of which is necessary  to maintain  the body at optimal health.

Note to self.


I will be up bright and early tomorrow Monday,  thinking about all of you my children.

Unfortunately however, I will not be close to a computer as I need to spend time meeting family and friends in person as you do during  this time of peace and goodwill.

This post is my replacement of my early Monday Morning  Post guys and I hope that is OK with You?

In the meantime it might be interesting  if you prepared my mammy’s  zingy Zip idee  juice today and bring it to work in the morning.

I would love to know how you got on 

Stay well and keep warm my friends in this terrible wet weather.

Hugs and love,



Hi guys! your Irish Mammy is Spreading the Love early on a windy December Monday Morning.


IMG_0026My mother, when she was alive  had this game that I loved. She called it ‘ Sharing Love’s Love’. She believed that it benefited the receiver and giver in equal measure, once the intention is given from a pure heart filled with love. My mother encouraged us kids to to do this often for our health and happiness and we did. We preferred to call it, Spreading The Love. I’m not sure how it works, I just know that it does and it only takes a few moments.

Here is how it goes:

Picture in your minds eye  someone that you may have not seen for awhile. It may be a friend or family member. It might be someone  you admire but have not met in person. It could even be someone you are having difficulty with at the moment. It does not  matter who the person is, all you have to do. is wish them well.

Next, visualize  the person sitting in front of you, facing you. Allow yourself to relax into the picture in your imagination. Feel the sensations of good -will seeping through your body flowing out from your heart toward the person sitting in the chair opposite you. Allow yourself to really experience the feeling of love that is flowing through you and when you are ready, imagine yourself saying silently to that person.

‘May you be happy’

‘May you be well’

Then, imagine yourself sitting in the chair, once again  allow yourself to really experience the feeling of love that is flowing through you and smile repeating the words  saying silently to yourself

‘May I be happy’

‘May I be well’

This is a fun life enhancing exercise  to do anytime, anywhere but especially today  on a wet Monday Morning in the middle of December

Note to self

Have a great Monday you guys 

Hugs and love



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