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Love this…’What brings joy to the heart is not so much a friends gift, as the friends’s love’ (Aelred of Rievaulx 1110-1167)


Yup I know I said it before……..

Have a great Monday you guys

And yes its raining but that does not stop you  going  for that quick cuppa to catch up with an old friend in the middle of a crazy busy day. 

Hugs and Love,




I know You are Listening When…..

DSC01937You come quietly into my private world and let me be

You really try to understand me when I do not make sense

You don’t take the problem from me but trust me to deal with it in my own

You give me enough room to discover for myself why I feel upset and enough time to think for myself what is best

You allow me the dignity of making my own decisions even though you feel I am wrong

You don’t tell that funny story you are just bursting to tell me

You allow me to make my experience one that really matters

You accept my gratitude by telling me it is good to know I have been helped

You realise that the hour I take from you leaves you a bit tired and drained

You grasp my point of view even when it goes against your sincere convictions

You accept me as I am warts and all

You don’t offer me religious solace when you sense I am not ready for it

You look at me, feel for me, and really want to know me

You spend a short, valuable time with me and make me feel it is for ever

You hold back your desire to give good advice ( Anonymous)

Just a thought for a Monday morning and what a beautiful morning it is!

Have a great one you guys,

Hugs and Love,

Marie Therese 

O what a beautiful Monday Morning!

DSC01177OK well its not so beautiful. Its cold  and gray outside and soon  it will be raining again!

And to add insult to injury, it is a Monday. So how can I cheer you up on this dull day.

The truth of the matter is this, we live in a cold wet country. It is a pain sometimes cus it is hard to look glamorous under blankets of clothes.

However, when the sun does shine, the way it  sparkles and gleams like a rare diamond in the sky is a joy to behold.

It is going to happen today I just feel it and when it does  I will shout and sing HALLELUJAH

Have a great one my friends,

Hugs and love,




Hallelujah (shrek song) Best version! – YouTube

Nov 12, 2008 – Uploaded by Padrobus

Good Morning guys its your Irish Mammy here with Deep Breathing exercise to invigorate you on this Monday morning in January .

IMG_1319This exercise  will only take a moment of your time and I promise you will feel better after it. If you are already at work read it several times to yourself  and then practice it when you get a chance throughout the day.

And it goes like this…..

  • Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
  • Allow your body to relax and be still
  • Allow the muscles on your chest, neck and shoulders soften and lengthen
  • Allow yourself to focus on your breathing
  • Gently close your mouth and allow the air to flow in and out through your nose, breathing in one nostril and out the other.
  • Become aware of the rise and fall of your chest as the air flows in and out of your body.
  • Allow the breath to become slower, softer, and deeper.
  • Place both your hands gently on your abdomen and feel it rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale.
  • Say to yourself: ‘I am breathing in goodness and light, and breathing out any pollution that is trapped in my body.
  • Inhale and feel the life giving breath traveling down to the pit of your abdomen
  • Exhale and feel the breath flowing upwards and out of your body releasing it into the air to be cleansed by ‘Mother Nature’
  • Stay connected to the sensations and feelings in your body as you breathe in and out slowly and deliberately
  • Give permission for your body to relax and let go as you
    • Breathe in harmony
    • Breathe out conflict
    • Breathe in energy
    • Breathe out exhaustion
    • Breathe in joy
    • Breathe out sadness
    • Breathe in mercy
    • Breathe out criticism
    • Breathe in compassion
    • Breathe out judgement
    • Breathe in love
    • Breathe out animosity
    • Breathe in health
    • Breathe out disease
    • Focus on breathing in joy and love
    • Allow your breath to assist your healing as you sigh and let go of all that troubles you.
  • Return to normal breathing as you gently focus on the rise and fall of your chest without comment or judgement.
  • Allow your body to be quiet and still
  • Allow your mind to be quiet still and silent
  • Allow yourself to become more and more relaxed as you focus on your breathing, without any effort whatsoever.
  • Allow yourself to become completely still as your body relaxes deeper and deeper and remain that way for as long as you can, even if it is only for a few moments. Even this will be enough.
  • Then, open the palms of your hands and imagine your fingers reaching to the heat and energy of the sun, and returning to you refreshed.
  • Listen to the sounds around you, and allow your ears to extend as far as the farthest whispering of the universe, returning to you refreshed.
  • Stretch and inhale the aromas that are surrounding you. Now, let your senses move out from your immediate experience to all scents of the planet, and return to you refreshed.

Take a deep breath and  smile and stretch and when you are ready resume your normal  activities  revitalized and ready to meet the challenges of the day.

Note to self

Have a great one you guys

Hugs and love



Hi Guys! Your Irish Mammy want’s to know if you have made any New Year’s Resolutions? Now what kind of a question is that it ask on a Monday Morning ?

IMG_1613It is still dark outside.

This morning I have come to the realization that it is time to STOP all this resolution business. Even the very word resolve gives me the shivers as I always  associate it with determination and control. It is true isn’t it, most New Year’s resolutions go like this: On the 1st of January, we promise to go to give up things that are bad for us starting at midnight and continuing for the entire year!  Sounds familiar? Yup, I have been there.Unfortunately, most of us including my good self, break this promise  after a day or so and feel rotten for letting myself down!

Have you ever wondered why these New Years’ resolutions do not work out for us?  In scientific terms, the word resolve means to separate, to break up into elementary parts. When you think about it, perhaps this is the reason why resolutions do not work. They break us up. They  reduce us. They focus on the negative.That is why I have  decided  to stop this resolution business. This year  I am going to be easy on myself and easy with everyone around me. No fixing. No promises that I cannot keep. Just a gentle whisper to myself that all is well with the world even If I do not understand what that means.  This year I will live in hope, one day at a time. This year I will Yes to everything, even when I am afraid. I will let go and let Love flow through me.

I am not exactly sure how this works because as a Mammy I love to fix everything and everyone  including you guys reading this post.I mean what is Love anyway? The ‘Good Book’ tells us that

‘Love is patient, kind, without envy. It is not boastful or arrogant. It is not ill mannered, nor does it seek its own interest. Love overcomes anger and forgets offenses. It does not take delight in wrong, but rejoices in truth. Love excuses everything, believes in all things, hopes in all things, endures all things’ (Corinthians 13: 4-7. Christian Community Bible pp 1696))


Note to self.

Have a great one you guys.

Hugs and love,




Hi guys, feeling very humble indeed on this wet Monday Morning.

IMG_0855You are not listening to me when….

You do not care about me

You say you understand before you know me well enough

You have an answer for my problem before I’ve finished telling you what my problem is.


You cut me off before I’ve finished speaking

You find me boring and don’t tell me

You feel critical of my grammar, vocabulary or accent

You are dying to tell me something

You tell me about your experience making mine seem unimportant

You are communicating with someone else in the room

You refuse my thanks saying you  haven’t done anything.


You ARE listening when…..

You come quietly into my private world and allow me to be me

You really try to understand me even when I am not making much sense

You grasp my point of view even when it goes against your own sincere convictions

You realise the time I have taken from you has left you  a bit tired and a bit drained.


You allow me the dignity of making my own decisions, even though you think they may be wrong

You don’t take my problem from me, but allow me to deal with it in my own way

You hold back your desire to give good advice when you sense I am not ready for it

You give me enough room to discover for myself what is going on.


You accept my gift of gratitude by saying how good it makes you feel to know that you’ve been helpful.


Note to self


When I first read this I shivered,.

With all the best intentions in the world I do not  always listen .

Forgive my transgressions 


Good Morning All: It’s your Irish Mammy here wondering how are you are doing on this Bright October Monday Morning.


IMG_1608I was reading a book by Dr Frank Lipman called ‘Revive: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again. It is a powerful book full of inspirational ideas that would surely cheer you up if you have the time to read this Monday morning.

Instead, I am going to suggest that you to take a slow deep breath and inhale all the goodness of  life  into your being and expel any tension or stiffness that may be residing in the muscles and tissues of your body. Tentatively, allow your mind to consider  things you should to do but somehow never get round to. Then, instantly make a firm resolve to remove the word should from your vocabulary today.

As Dr Frank Lipman says ‘Don’t Should on yourself’ but rather ‘do something that you love instead’

Next, just for the moment think about what brings joy and laughter into your life. Keep it simple. Often the best things in life are free.

Here is a list of my favorite things, just to get you started:

  • Sharing time with family and friends
  • The sea especially on the wild and windy days
  • Sunsets
  • Good conversation over a decent cup of coffee
  • Singing and dancing with abandon
  • Meditation
  • Contemplation
  • Silence
  • Bubble baths with loads of bubbles
  • Looking at  daft and funny movie and laughing foolishly
  • Joining  in a spontaneous activity where everyone is out and about, just for the fun of it all
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • This blog!!

Note to self


Writing out a list of joyful activities is a very interesting experiment. What I omitted and included  surprised me.  At your coffee break this morning take a few moments and jot down the first  happy thought  that comes into your head. I mean what about the Rugby Match last night? Anyway, try it out and see what makes you smile.  

Doing this exercise helped me to remember a fundamental truth. Joy is more a state of  ‘being’ than ‘having’.

My happiness is triggered by  singing and dancing. Recently I have joined a choir and I love it! Thanks Norman and Carol for sharing your wonderful gift of music. Choirs suit me as I love being part of a ‘fun activity’ that brings out the best in its members. John S Powell is right when he says ‘Happiness is an Inside Job’

Have a great week you guys.




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