Tuesday, 31 January 2012

St Brigid's Day - February 1st

Brigid was born at the time of major transition in 5th century in Ireland. She embodies in herself the pre-Christian Celtic and Christian Celtic spirit. It is generally accepted that St. Brigid built her double monastery for men and women in Kildare around 470AD.
A woman of wisdom and common sense, Brigid's genius for leadership and organization is widely recognized.

Brigid was one of the many Celtic saints who insisted that a vital component of the spiritual life is having a soul friend (anam cara). Celtic Spirituality has a profound sense of the presence of God in everyone and in everything. IT is a spirituality nourished by ritual, tradition, contemplation, experience and story.

Saint Brigid is one the few saints who stands on the boundary between pagan mythology, Druidism and Christian spirituality. Saint Brigid is the most famous female leader of the early Celtic Christian Church.

Brigid is remembered through the ages as a woman of the land.
Her feast day on the 1st of February marks the first day of Spring in the noorthern hemisphere. 
It is the season when we celebrate new life on earth.

It is believed that Saint Brigid's Cross protects the house from fire and evil.

"Saint Brigid's Blessing

May Brigid bless the house where in you dwell
Bless every fireside, every wall and door
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof
Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy
Bless every foot that walks its portals through
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you."

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Do schools kill creativity?

Dear all,
Light up your creativity

I believe we all have had the experience of feeling 'misplaced' some times in our lives; when you don't really fit in.

If you are fortunate, you might find someone, or an environment, along your journey in life that welcome you the way you are, and trust and motivate your capabilities.

Sir Ken Robinson gives a wonderful insight on how our education system, our society, can kill one of our most precious gift, our creativity.

In his own words:
"Creativity is important to education as literacy. 
We should give it the same status."

He also says, "if you are not prepared to be wrong you will never come with something original."

And I would add, "if you are not prepared to be wrong you will never let yourself be free and grow."

It is time to all of us to liberate ourselves and enjoy the gift of just be.

Enjoy the talk.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Art of Purposeful Storytelling

Dear ladies,

Listening to a good story is always fascinating.
It can bring you to different worlds, open new perspectives, new dreams.

Storytelling is a powerful and efficient tool to deliver your message.
It helps to motivate and engage people with you and your objectives.

Peter Guber, former CEO and chairman of Sony Pictures, and 
active chairman and CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment Group, explains why storytelling is so important when it comes to attracting and connecting to your audience.
Take a few minutes to watch this video from Harvard Business Review.
Sit back and enjoy it.

The Art of Purposeful Storytelling