Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A little nostalgia



We are always working and stretching our partner work and solo practice.
This is the only way to deepen our understanding of this great Art.
Tonight I enjoyed reviewing some of our work,



Joan and Steven parting wild horse's mane ( with a turn). from ann on Vimeo.





John Kells Double Pushing Hands from ann on Vimeo.





T'ai Chi 'Dancing' in Dzogchen Beara from ann on Vimeo.




Sara and Ann Fighting Set from ann on Vimeo.






Fighting set 006 from ann on Vimeo.






Working on the 'Dance' Fintan and Rioghnach 😊💜⭐️ from ann on Vimeo.







Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Celebrating Success





 I had a wonderful evening at PRODIJIG in Cork Opera house on Sunday evening.





As I walked back to my car this city that I love looked even more beautiful.



I felt inspired and uplifted by the music and the amazing dancers. I felt the wonder life' s possibilities when we follow our dreams.
Alan Kenefick's passion and love for dance shone in every moment and the music was a perfect match.
 Let's Say YES, and YES and YES to dreams and their  fulfilment.
This was a perfect way to celebrate the Success of our wonderful day of Letting Go.
A Big thanks to all of you wonderful friends who made Saturday the Fun and enriching day that it turned out to be.
Looking forward to our next day together, Love Ann

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Letting Go Workshop Juat 3 Spaces Left




We often ( I being generous here, I really mean mostly ) live our lives based on past experience. Unfortunately our brains are wired to focus on what is wrong or was worng, this means that we are wired to be watchful, afraid of what might go wrong right now and also in our imagined future.
 Is it any wonder that we 'mostly ' keep repeating the same 'Stories' again and again.
When we take the time to do some Self Enquiry through Releasing or Letting Go we can beome conscious of these 'Stories' that are running our lives. We can Release the blocked energy that has been stored in our bodies and liberate ourselves to be present to life's opportunities without the old Stories and fear that had been blinding us.



Letting Go of limiting memories and beliefs allows us to be At Ease and Happy right Now.

Learn to Let Go so you can be present and awake to the wonderful possibilities here in this moment.

Join me on August 13 when we will spend time discovering how life can be more relaxed and easy.

Let Go of your stressful  habits and relax into your natural true nature of peace which is always present and available as soon as we Let Go.

Blackrock Community Centre
Saturday August 13
10:-00am 16:00pm
Cost 35€
To Reserve a space
e-mail taichimcilraith@yahoo.co.uk
or phone 0876616800

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Always Growing And Expanding


My dear T'ai Chi friend Pat ( who is 84 years young ) has just begun writing poetry. What an inspiration to all of us to keep learning and growing.


                                        THE ATTIC
                                   In dreams, when young,
                                   I was mostly
                                   lost, frustrated;
                                   held back, too late.
                                   But sometimes,
                                   just sometimes,
                                   I wandered through a house
                                   familiar (yet not familiar)
                                   room after room,
                                   until
                                   I pushed a door
                                   into an attic
                                   and leapt and leapt
                                   between floorboards and skylight,
                                   finding what was forgotten
                                   brought such pure joy.
                                   Now, in my dreams
                                   there are problems,
                                   puzzles,
                                   but I am there, solving them.
                                   Is this progress?
                                                             Pat Francis
 
 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Wayfarer- Padraig Pearse






As I posted these photos,









The first lines of the Wayfarer kept running through my head.




The beaury of the world hath made me sad,
This beauty that will pass,






Amazing how poems from childhood can be awakened in one's memory through nature's beauty.




The Wayfarer
The beauty of the world hath made me sad,
This beauty that will pass;
Sometimes my heart hath shaken with great joy
To see a leaping squirrel in a tree,
Or a red lady-bird upon a stalk,
Or little rabbits in a field at evening,
Lit by a slanting sun,
Or some green hill where shadows drifted by
Some quiet hill where mountainy man hath sown
And soon would reap; near to the gate of Heaven;
Or children with bare feet upon the sands
Of some ebbed sea, or playing on the streets
Of little towns in Connacht,
Things young and happy.
And then my heart hath told me:
These will pass,
Will pass and change, will die and be no more,
Things bright and green, things young and happy;
And I have gone upon my way
Sorrowful.

                   Padraig Pearse 



Friday, 29 July 2016

Peace In The Silence







 A daily visitor, this spot just near the bumble bee hive is the  'table'  where he breaks open snail shells to feast on the contents. He takes no notice of us as we 't'ai chi ' around him.



The bees are loving the mint flowers,




Almost as much as the lavander.







Even though it isn't a very sunny summer it is often dry and warm enough to enjoy sitting outside.
I love listening to the bees, birds, lawn mowers and the Silence in which these sounds arise and disolve.
Taking the time to notice this everpresent Silence is a balm for body and mind. I can feel it now as I write this Silence that permeates the letters and words. The Silence between these thoughts arising in my mind. Relax into this Silence Come and join me here in this Quiet space.

Give yourself the gift of Peace.




Saturday, 23 July 2016

Bumblebees In The Garden




I have been having a great year of bees.




The lavender in our garden has been humming all summer and today we found out why we have been so blessed with this magical hum.






A little hive in our garden 🐝😊💕❤️💗 from ann on Vimeo.

This morning John discovered this little hive in our garden. My heart is singing all day with the joy of knowing they are spending time with us. It is lovely to watch them as they pop in and out of the little crack under the path. 

"The ancient Druids saw the bee as symbolising the sun, the Goddess, celebration, and community. At festivals, mead was usually drunk – the main ingredient of which is fermented honey.

 In later Christian times, monks lived in beehive-shaped huts, which represented the aim of a harmonious community – whether it included oneself and Spirit or others as well.

 Bumblebees usually have fewer individuals in their colonies and store less honey compared with the honeybee. Bumblebees are one of few insects that have the ability to control their body temperature. The queen bee and her workers can shiver their flight muscles to warm themselves in cold weather. This allows them to fly and work at lower temperatures than most other insects. They are also kept warm by their large size and hairy coat.

 The bumblebee is a highly important pollinator of many plants, they hold the power of service. When landing upon a flower to collect its nectar, pollen also attaches itself to the leg. This is then passed on to other flowers, creating a fertilisation process. Their movement from one plant to plant represents the interconnectedness of all living things. The bumblebee is a messenger bringing the secrets of life and service. "
 Love the above ideas on bees by  Ian Woolcott .