Samhain is that time in the Celtic calendar when summer ends and we move into the darkness of winter. Samhain, from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, is considered by many to be the first day of the Celtic New Year. As new year's are typically celebrated on their eve, Halloween marks the ending of the old year and the beginning of a new year.
As a child, Halloween was one of the most exciting times of year for me because it involved everything I loved: dressing up, playing games, parties, eating delicious treats and magic! It was the time of year when party tricks were prepared, tested and presented with great glee and laughter, when ghost stories were told, and we hoped that something magical and unexpected would happen.
So, this weekend is the perfect time to snuggle up with Liz Gilbert's new book 'Big Magic' in front of a cosy fire with a glass of something delicious! There is so much to recommend this book but I particularly like her discussion on making room for fear alongside our creativity, as inevitably the two go hand in hand. As we have all experienced, there are times when we question our ability to do something and it is at that moment that fear will creep in and try to hold us back. But to creatively express ourselves in whichever way is most meaningful for us we have to answer Gilbert's question: 'Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?'
This is a question I continually ask myself as each new phase in life challenges me to expand the boundaries of my world and step into unfamiliar and sometimes scary places. For example, while I really enjoyed writing the chapter for the academic book 'Gender and Peacebuilding: all hands required', having my work published and potentially scrutinized pushed me out of my comfort zone into realms of questioning 'Is it good enough?' A question I hear many women asking themselves. So for a while I had to live with that discomfort but now I am delighted that my work is published!
At times we all need that gentle push to do the next thing, to step into the unknown. That's why the Inspiring Woman programme has that question at its very core: 'Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?' Because it recognises that we all have many untapped talents which often need a big dose of courage to bring them to life. The programme is designed to walk each woman gently through her own process of re-connection with talents, gifts and skills; rekindling interests and passions; and envisioning how they can be woven together in new and exciting ways. Throughout, the process is conducted within a container of self-love and self-compassion. Participants on the programme talk about how 'something magical happens' when a group of like-minded women come together to encourage each other to step into new forms of creative expression. Each woman empowers herself by re-engaging at a deep level with aspects of herself she had forgotten about or simply didn't have time to connect with due to the pressures of our daily lives!
Inspiring Woman Programmes 2016
Are you, or is somebody you know, ready for their next big adventure?
Do you feel stuck at the moment and know that being part of a supportive group of like-minded women would support you to take your next big step?
Would a facilitated process that provides an opportunity for you to reconnect with your talents and creativity inspire you to do what you have been putting off?
If so, there are two new Inspiring Woman Programmes beginning in January 2016. The Dublin Holistic Centre programme begins on Sunday 17th January & The Dublin Tai Chi Studio programme begins on Sunday 24th January. There is a Special Offer Price of €399 (for all three workshops in the programme) if booked before Christmas. Registration will open on 30th November
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