Today Barry turned another year older. It was an emotional day. He chose this day to connect with the heart, bringing family and friends together for a silent and mindful walk up Seefin, his favourite walk in the Wicklow mountains. The sun shone brightly as the people walked along their way. Barry set the tone of the walk and tuned us in to our “heroic journey” with the following words….
The Heroic Journey
(adapted from http://celtic-spirituality.net/)
“Ancient Irish stories tell us about the hero or heroine who is ‘called’ outwards from the familiar place to experience something completely new. These stories teach us that it requires courage to step outside of the familiar and to follow the call of the heart. This is why it is “The Heroic Journey”. This heroic journey has much to teach us about our own life journey.
The heroic journey often leads the traveller into difficult and testing situations, but he/she returns from the journey a changed and more compassionate human being to share their gifts of wisdom and insight. The journey is also about the discovery of YOUR GIFT. The word in Irish is DAN – which means both your poetry and your destiny – for your destiny is interlinked with the practice of your gift in this world. Because we are all individuals, no one can offer your gift to the world in exactly the same way as you can.
This walk will take us on a personal journey and enables self exploration to uncover your giftedness and to hear ‘the call’ to the most exciting journey of your life – the Heroic Journey.”
Caim (Encircling) Prayer for the journey.
Circle us with peace – keep light and love within, keep danger without.
Circle us through this day – keep childlike trust within, keep fear without.
Circle us this night – keep health and peace within, keep dis-ease without.
Deep peace of the quiet earth, deep peace of the flowing air, deep peace of the ocean’s depth, deep peace of the God of peace. Amen.”
Cilly went up on the shoulders of his Daddy and Granddad and was perhaps the most mindful little hero of us all, taking in the energy of the nature around him and of the people as they walked. Here are some pictures of our climb…..
At the top was a Neolithic tomb, a gift from the ancestors. The living gathered with the dead to take in the message of Barry’s heart felt readings, which are shared below….
– Authour Unknown
These are my footprints,
so perfect and so small.
These tiny footprints
never touched the ground at all.
Not one tiny footprint,
for now I have wings.
These tiny footprints were meant
for other things.
You will hear my tiny footprints,
in the patter of the rain.
Gentle drops like angel’s tears,
of joy and not from pain.
You will see my tiny footprints,
in each butterflies’ lazy dance.
I’ll let you know I’m with you,
if you just give me the chance.
You will see my tiny footprints,
in the rustle of the leaves.
I will whisper names into the wind,
and call each one that grieves.
Most of all, these tiny footprints,
are found on Mommy and Daddy’s hearts.
‘Cause even though I’m gone now,
We’ll never truly part.
I Don’t Mind
-Line of a song from album by Harnam Singh
Your heart will break from time to time
And hurt will creep inside,
But a heart that breaks is open wide,
Whatever happens I don’t mind
We took the climb down beneath a warm, bright sun and gathered at the end for a BBQ in the Kippure Estate Holiday Village. Friends and family chatted and children ran around. Here are some pics…
An emotional day for Barry as he turns another year, knowing his butterfly son will be forever young. But Oisin, as we know him today, is a wise old soul and seemed to me to be dancing and laughing around us the whole day. His little buddies here on earth must have heard his gentle whisper in the breeze of the evening, and they all gathered around Barry and sang him the sweetest Happy Birthday. Barry was left in tears, his heart wide open, a perfect example of the poem he had read at the top of the mountain.
Across the seas in England, two other walks took place in tandem with our own, at 2pm (one in Regent’s Park, London and the other along the North coast near Whitley Bay) . Thank you for your love and support, Louise, Jenna, Holly, Helen, Graham and all of the family and friends who walked with them. I know many others took a mindful walk in tandem with our own and we thank you for sharing a heart space with us.
Link to Jenna’s DIPG Fundraising webpage that will support the Lylsa Nsouli Foundation.
Link to the radio interview we gave on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1
Infinite Blessings to all.
Sat Nam (truth is my identity)