The Seanchaidhe: Irish storytellers past and present

keep telling the story

Luile Beith

The continuity of Irish storytelling creates narrative bridges from the past through the present to the future…The legacy of the Irish storytelling tradition is inextricably linked to the Irish language. The gradual loss of that language and the subsequent loss of its native language storytellers have changed the tradition forever. Nonetheless, the tradition of storytelling is still living, even as tellers, their tales, venues and audiences change. (Warren 2008, n.p.)

The Irish Seanchaidhe (singular, Sean-chai), “bearers of old lore” and custodians of an indigenous non-literary tradition, have had a distinctive and integral role in Irish socio-cultural history, and despite the assaults on and compromises to its linguistic and textual traditions, the Seanchaidhe still exist today.

Poet Eavan Boland reflects:

…you only have to read Daniel Corkery’s Hidden Ireland (1925) to know that long after the bards were abandoned by history, they are remembered and quoted in Ireland. The drama of…

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Unlock your Potential

Thanks for sharing the Johari Window. Looks simple and effective.

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The thing with most of us who have a lot of potential in us, is that we dont know how to unlock it. Its a tricky position to be in ! How do you then learn to unlock it? How do you project the best in yourself? The answer to these questions need a conscious effort with a lot of self awareness.

I recently started an initiative for my Managers with the sole purpose of helping them unlock their potential. In the corporate world, people spend 90% of their time taking care of their immediate problems, be it sifting through emails (which by the way is the most common thing now), sitting through meetings, fire fighting and a lot more. They hardly get to use their real skills or barely get to use their Frontal cortex (the creative part of the brain). The real learing and experience starts only when…

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Put Down The Phone

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For 2021 the Chinese zodiac has rotated back to the year of the Golden Cow. It is also associated with the White Ox and the Metal Bull. For most people as long as it is not the year of 2020 it will be a good year.

Could it also be the year of PDTP? No, that is not a spelling mistake for the PTSD many might feel from the impact of the Covid pandemic. PDTP here means Put Down The Phone. Put it away and look up at the world around you.

No doubt you have had the experience of jumping out of the way from someone who is walking down the street while immersed in the world of their phone. I bet we all have been that person once. When we do this we are oblivious to others who have to avoid us so we don’t crash into each other. What message or instrgram post was so much more important than respect and safety?

Put Down The Phone. Put it away and engage with your surroundings.

Here is a 5 minute exercise to give you power over your phone.

You are going to send a message. But you ask ‘How do I send a message without using my phone?’ Good question.

By using your mind.

Do you mind 🙂 … using your mind?

To use your mind you need to focus. The first step to focus (once you’ve put the phone down) is to breathe.

Let your breath help you relax your shoulders.

Keep collecting a few more life carrying breaths … now connect with nature.

Send your focus to something you see or imagine a place you know. It can be a plant in your home or a forest you love to frequent.

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Breathe into your connection.

Allow your mental connection to fill your body. The connection can travel. Through your arteries – flavouring your blood – loading into your bones.

Maybe you will remain in this ‘loading the bones with energy’ state for a few minutes; and then you send your message to nature. Or it could be that you will cycle through the mind-arteries-bones-veins-mind-message-to-nature a few times in your 5 minutes.

Your mental/emotional offering flows into your mind, towards your anchor point of connection. You send your Authentic Intelligence in the form of your appreciation, or perhaps wonder or positive possibility.

Bask in the feeling of well-being from participating in nature, with the planet. Give, if you choose, your 5 minute process a name. Repeat it. Share it, if you wish.

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Carnivore Dreams – Hemingway

Good writing about good writing

L.E.K.

Papa.

Most photos of Hemingway are of him middle-aged or old, with the white beard, or at the prime of his life with a huge Marlin fish or gun in his hand. But I like to think of him young, when all about who he was and who he became was forming — when he was hurt as all of us are — and what led to not only his fine writing, but his mistakes and regrets. I’m re-reading A Moveable Feast, arguably my favorite Hemingway book. Though his fiction was always autobiographical, this, of course, is nonfiction.

He says of his first wife Hadley when returning from a trist with his soon to be second wife, Pauline: ”When I saw my wife . . . at the station, I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.”

And I suspect that was one of the things…

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5 Elements of Nature

reflect to connect …

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5 Elements of Nature

According to Chinese philosophy the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – are fundamental to all interactions in the universe. Each element comes with characteristics of colour, direction, season, emotions and more.

Wood

Wood characteristics – green – Spring – East – creative – Azure Dragon.

Fire

Fire characteristics – red – Summer – South – passionate – Vermilion bird.

Earth

Earth characteristics – yellow – last month of each season – central – nurturing – Yellow Dragon.

Metal

Metal characteristics – white – Autumn – West – ambitious – White Tiger.

Water

Water characteristics – black – Winter – North – bright – Black Tortoise.

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These 5 elements all interact in an assortment of ways. Maureen from Luminous Spaces – provides a summary of the five elements and applies it to Feng Shui.

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Wisteria

a waterfall of a bluish mauve to cool the mind … thank you

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Wisteria is Wonderful

Wisteria made its way into my heart as a child. Seeing the abundance of purple blooms draping from balconies was amazing to me. I have loved it ever since.

Where I live the wisteria is out showing that Spring has arrived. This wonder of nature inspired my collection of wisteria for everyone to enjoy.

Let me know if you share my love of wisteria.

Scroll through these for more glorious inspiration.

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Japan is famous for wisteria gardens. Tennogawa Park is a fabulous example. One of the headings on the website talks of intoxicating people’s hearts. Looking at the photos it is easy to see why.

Have you ever visited these Japanese gardens? Or other places around the world where wisteria intoxicated your heart?

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