Archives For being mindful

write a childrens bookThe Owly Trilogy comprises 3 books in the Owly Series of childrens books which I wrote for my own kids Michael and Emer. Each story is available on Kindle while the trilogy is on Kindle and print through Amazon. Click on any of the links across the page to go direct to Amazon.

As a mother, I strongly believe we need to nurture our children but yet equip them with life skills that will help develop them personally. These books are positive, uplifting and teach children through story about bravery, overcoming challenges, looking out for each other, helping each other, appreciating all the good things in our lives, taking care of our environment and making the world a better place to live.

Meaning Behind The Books

  • The bunch of unlikely forest animals that came together represent the diverse cross section of people children will meet in life, different personalities, problems etc.
  • Owly the main character represents the inner wisdom of a child and about bringing out the best in themselves
  • Victor Vulture “appears” to be a bad guy but appearances can be deceptive and sometimes when we mess up there is a good and valid reason behind it
  • Magic Medicine Tree represent the healing power of nature and about looking after our environment and the world around us.
  • Spirit of the Forest represents the life force all around us and is an unseen spirit that guides and looks over the forest and all its inhabitants. It won’t help unless asked!

childrens books1. Owly Saves The Magic Medicine Tree

A heartwarming, uplifting and positive story of loyalty, friendship, adventure and team work, where a bunch of unlikely forest friends go on the adventure of a life time. Together, they overcome the beady eyed sharp clawed Victor Vulture, meet the mysterious Spirit of the Forest and save the Magical Medicine Tree. The creatures learn so much about themselves and each other, experience a whole new world, learn to make the magic of the forest come alive, and learn many more important lessons that any child will enjoy. It is a story for young and old and will bring a smile to your face as you see where your imagination will take you.

kidsbooks2. Owly And The Enchanted Forest

Owly and friends make an enchanted forest home. See the magic come alive as they work together to turn their forest into a place full of fun, magic, color and adventure. It truly becomes a magical place to live but something will always happen and they are called to protect their forest home. Watch how they work together to save their forest from sneaky, very dangerous badgers who try to attack and won’t back down, but the animals have other plans! See the Magic Medicine Tree comes to the rescue once again and how the animals use everything they learned from the Spirit of the Forest and Magic Medicine Tree to survive a very scary moment. Witness what happens the night of a terrifying storm and smile when you see what happens to Victor Vulture! This is a heartwarming story about making the world a better place to live in, helping each other and looking out for each other, overcoming the odds and challenges that life throws as us and really making happy ever after stories come true! Believe the unbelievable, imagination is everything!

3. Spirit Of The Forest Helps Owly And Friends

best kids bookOwly helps a sad little butterfly find new wings and at the same time helps her see how wonderful she really is, even without the wings she dreams about! As the day of a fantastic party gets closer, the whole forest and its creatures are put in danger by hunters. See how the Spirit of the Forest, the Magic Medicine Tree, Owly and Victor Vulture bring the whole forest together to protect itself and make life very unpleasant for the hunters! Watch what happens! Just when it looks like nothing else can go wrong, a child goes missing. See how the Spirit of the Forest reunites the child with his Dad. Of course its back again to the fantastic magical party for all the animals to celebrate everything that is wonderful about the Enchanted Forest and the creatures that live there!

romantic comedy storiesI wrote this post to remind myself about everything good I have in my life. Yes I am so lucky and grateful to be AWAKE, ALIVE and BLESSED!

Let me explain the meaning of each of the above, and what they mean for me, as no doubt each of these words mean different things to different people.

Being AWAKE is not the same as having your eyes open. Some people have their eyes open but don't see, or don't see very clearly. Being awake to me in the true sense, is being in a state of awareness, and in that aware state, I get to take stock of everything good in my life and see everything I have around me as not being mine as such, but there for me to call upon when ever I need it. So possession is not a requirement as everything in the universe around us, is in our posession already and is not going to run out or disappear!

ALIVE is not simply a beating heart and oxygen flowing through your body. It is being alive mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Eventhough it is easy to think in terms of the physical being as representing being alive, it represents only one part of us. It is therefore important not to forget the other parts which are equally important otherwise we are a shell with nothing else going on inside. What a waste!

Being alive is also about recognising how all our parts work together to make us who we are. How we look, act, feel and simple are if we want to have the best life ever.

Finally BLESSED to me sums everything up. Being grateful, thankful, appreciative of everything we have. Even bad things that have come our way have thought us so much. Probably even more than the good things that happened!

Let go of any bitterness and judgement for a second and just think of  what has happened and how it has evolved and moulded you. What you have learned and what life lessons you can take from it? Remember you will not learn if all you see and feel is bitterness. Try to look beyond this. It is not easy but it will be worth it.

When you find things to be thankful for, you will realise just how many things you have to be thankful for! That will definitely help you feel blessed!

AWAKE-ALIVE-BLESSED! Find your motto to live by.

 

by Orla Kelly

the introverts heartToday we are all guilty of feeling we need to fill our day with "To-Do" lists and then punish ourselves or feel bad when we don't accomplish everything we wanted to do.

The thing is, how many of the items on our list are critical, vital, absolutely necessary? The answer is that probably only a small few if at all!

We need to allow some down time into our to do list where we just give ourselves the gift of peace, solitude, quietness and reflective time instead of noise, chaos and hussle and bustle.

I found this picture and found it very good to reflect on. How many of these areas would you like to spend time in?

I know it is called the Introverts Heart but I wouldn't consider myself introverted but I do think the areas highlighted sound bliss.

When my kids are around, it is very busy and very noisy but at the same time that is okay too because I have some times in the day when they are not around, and so silence is my friend too when I am at home!

I find answers to all sorts of problems come from moments of silence. That doesn't mean I am sitting or lying down, I may be doing other things but in an atmosphere of quietness and eureka, a thought comes into my head. Thankfully a bad thought comes in to my head less and less so when a good thought or idea comes to me, thats great.

There are so many answers to questions right there inside of us. Often we don't think of asking, or don't trust our answers or ourselves and we can often spend time in the wrong places or consult the wrong sources for knowledge.

Not only does some down time give the body what it needs but it is also necessary for a healthy mind.Try turning off unneccessary backrground noises every once in a while. It may seem strange or lonely at first, but by doing it for some of the time, you will find it helpful and you will probably accomplish a lot more and sort out whatever is in your head that needs an answer!

Think about it for a minute. You go for a massage, facial, visit the steam room or sauna, talk a walk in the woods or whatever. Do you want to be bombarded with noise? No, this is not quality time and it takes from the experience of switching off and relaxing. The same can be done anywhere so try turning down or turning off, tuning out and letting go of noise and chaos. Orla Kelly