Joanne Gilhooly - Psychotherapist & Counsellor - Dublin City - B.A. (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Gestalt, MIACP
Dublin Counselling and Psychotherapy Blog

mindfulness

Your brain in anger or distress, and the power of your breath.

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"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)
The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, a...

On Being 'Better'....


“When people start to meditate or work with any spiritual discipline, they often think that somehow they’re going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really are...loving kindness doesn't mean getting rid of anything. [It] means that we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better.

Start where you are...

 
Counselling in Dublin City Centre
Start where you are...
 
Use what you have...
 
Do what you can
 
~ Arthur Ashe
 
 
 
 
We all have challenging days, so here is a three step check-in that might be useful when it feels like its all getting too much:
 
1. Slow down and check in with yourself. What's happening for you right now? What are your thoughts? Your feelings? What's happening in your body?
Are you stressed and tense? Frustrated? Anxious? 
Notice where you feel the tension, anxiety etc.

A bright spot on a rainy day in Dublin...

"The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of its own nature, which was to fall...and fall."
   ~ Helen Garner
 
Stephen's Green, Dublin City Centre...
 

Looking Inward in Dublin City Centre...

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A quietish space, just a few minutes from the practice in Dublin City Centre. Great for taking a bit of time out to reflect after a counselling/psychotherapy session, during daylight hours at least.
 
Periods of reflection are important, whether it is after a session, after a tough day at work, a long day with the kids, or just when you need a bit of headspace. People reflect in different ways, whether it is a period of mindfulness, going for a walk or a cycle, writing a few notes in a journal, or simply finding a quiet space to be away from it all.