PIF ran the first ever event of ‘Listening between the Ripples’ on Sat 19th Feb in the Wisdom Centre, Sophia Housing. On this lovely Spring morning approximately 30 curious, inquisitive people came.

 


The day was about experiencing, not about taking notes or remembering in detail. A time to relax, quieten our minds and listen inside ourselves to be completely present to and aware of ourselves, each other, our surroundings and sharing in the presence of God deep within ourselves. The attractive, flowing pace of the Tai Chi and Chi Kung movements led us into a heightened sense of awareness, then to stillness. We were still, yet engaged in activity; physically and mentally we were letting go of stresses and strains and at the same unwrapping awareness inside of God’s active, presence.

 

The tranquil sound of the gong moved us into the next part as we followed the sound into silence. In the stillness that followed a walk in the spring sunshine we were able to reflect on scripture texts and share and ritualise our thoughts and feelings about them. The texts with their imagery echoed for us what had happened in the stillness. A concentrated Zhan Zhuang practice integrating poetry, art, and reflection, the sharing of our ‘trees’.

 

We concluded the day with prayer around the centrepiece of candle, cloths and spring shoots. As we left for home the words of an irish Blessing accompanied us, safe, aware and inspired. Our leader and guide for the day was our team member, Jonathan Cripps.


‘It was a lovely day, flowing like a gentle river. I went home uplifted, refreshed and with a light heart’'

- Yvonne Daly

 

'Young people are very concerned nowadays about their bodies, about self-image and how they fit in image wise with their peers. The day offered by PIF was 'just what they were looking for'. The space created, tai chi moments and moments of silence awoke a life inside their bodies that they were unaware of. Sometimes young people are unable to hear Scripture. The listening which was opened in their own bodies made it possible for them to listen to the Word in a new way. The young people I spoke to afterwards found the day very nourishing, refreshing and revealing.'

- Monica O'Reilly

 

What a WONDER FULL day.  My first taste of TAI CHI, the rituals, the reflections in the Wisdom Centre and evidence of Spring bursting out in the garden in Cork Street.  I left the session renewed with a new Spring in my step.

- Marie Carroll


   

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