Poetry, Real Toads, Spirituality

anam cara

Marian hosts the Tuesday platform at Real Toads this morning offering a wonderfully inspiring read by Patti Smith.

Good Tuesday morning, poets and poetry lovers. This video gave me a serious case of the goosebumps. Click and be inspired!

Please link up and share a poem with us, and visit to read the writing of others. Have a great week, everyone. Hope you all have the chance to slow down and savor some poetry.


trees appear to



as i walk in

the deep silence


my reverence





or just the wind

which seems to answer

my breath




as it falls

from the sky


through cedar


swooping hawk

fluting nature’s



there is a sense here

of the other


of called in beauty


of Anam Cara


ancestral whisper


echoes of time


soul tides



and flow


moss hums me

green medicine

as i tip-toe

through this sacred landscape


heart open

and growing


heart bursting

in measured beats


a symphony of soul

my tears are joy filled


gratitude’s crucible

has me gripped

and bound






According to John O’Donahue, poet, philosopher and one time Catholic priest…” You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy and definition. When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place: home”

If you have the time this interview with John is well worth a listen.


Philosophy, Scribbles, Spirituality

Happily Ever After

Daily Prompt: Happily ever after

“And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?

How do we define happiness?

Pema Chodron suggests, “But in working with this (happiness), one of the ways of phrasing this that seems to be more digestible for people is to think of happiness in a very profound sense of May I fulfill my potential—during this lifetime, from now until I die, may the days of my life add up to waking up and fulfilling my potential, actually connecting with the deep and rich potential that I have, and wishing that for other people as well”

At the root of everything is basic goodness, a Buddhist view that each of us is fundamentally awake and compassionate, yet we tend to look at ourselves from a place of badness, explains Pema. We spend our lives in self-doubt and confusion, attempting to be perfect and get it right. But life is about being open to whatever might arise, including feelings of uneasiness as well as feelings of contentment and peace.

Rather than asking “How can I get out of this?” ask “How can I stay in this moment of discomfort and begin to soften?” It is in that moment of softening that you will find your open heart, teaches Pema Chödrön. Everyone has the longing to feel the open heart, because it is a deep happiness that can never be taken away.

So happiness in that context is a worthwhile goal for me,unlike the ‘Happily Ever After’ ideal which  is a Fairy Tale-esque concept suggesting waltzing of into an endless sunset free of troubles. Life can be hard and yet if we seek to be still and present and to accept what life brings us with gratitude, then a deeper contentment, a word I prefer to happiness, can be developed.

A sense that life is what it is and we should endeavour to find contentment in all it’s facets and not just somewhere over the rainbow.

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