Gerry Raftery: Ten Mindful Habits for the Present Crisis

first_imgPractice Gratitude. Without a doubt this simple exercise can be one of the most beneficial of our day. Towards the end of your day call to mind five experiences or moments from your day for which you feel Grateful. This Gratitude Exercise helps you to focus on what is good and beautiful in your life. Manage your thoughts, try not to be overwhelmed by negative thinking. Notice your emotions, especially the painful ones, deal with what is real and present rather than the wild unreal imaginings which can drag you down. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Stop and Think, avoid reacting impulsively or thoughtlessly to people or events. Take a deep breath before saying or doing something. Respond rather than React. Remember, “Between the Stimulus and the Response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Vicktor Frankl. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Take Care of Yourselves and of One Another. Go for a Walk. Take some physical exercise during your day. Find the exercise which suits you and make it part of your daily routine. While exercise is very good for the body it also relaxes the mind and helps us to manage and reduce our Stress levels. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSgerry rafteryKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postmeditatemeditationmindfulmindfulness Mindful Moments. Take occasional moments during your day when you become aware of yourself and what is happening around you. Breathe Deeply. Listen. Notice. These Mindful Moments can enrich your day and help you find calm. Previous articleCancer diagnosing services are fully operationalNext articleJennifer Allen: Dealing with stress in a pandemic Meghann Scully Linkedin Twitter Email Live through this crisis One Day at a Time. There is no point in constantly recounting and remembering how great things were before Covid-19 struck. Equally, there is no point in looking ahead to the potential disasters of illness, unemployment or poverty which may face us. Each day has enough challenges of its own. Live life now one Day at a Time. LifestyleLimerickNewsGerry Raftery: Ten Mindful Habits for the Present CrisisBy Meghann Scully – May 18, 2020 207 Young attractive yogi woman practicing yoga concept, doing namaste gesture, namaste hands to forehead, working out, wearing wrist bracelets, studio background, closeup, view over the shoulderWe are now at Phase One of reopening the country and Gerry has his final article in the series for us. Gerry Raftery is the Co-Ordinator of Mindfulness Programmes at Personal Milestones and shares tips on how to be resilient. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE World Health Organisation and the HSE recognise the need for us to take care of our Mental Health and Well-Being during this Covid-19 Pandemic.We need to do this consciously on a daily basis. Over the past ten weeks I have written a series of articles on how Mindfulness can help us through this crisis. I am summarising the key points of the articles in a list of ten Mindful Habits which can improve our Mental Health and Well-Being at this time. I hope you find them helpful. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WhatsApp Develop Acceptance. Though it is not easy, try to accept things as they are now. Of course, life is not as we would like it to be. Acceptance is the bridge that leads to a place of calm and to new beginnings. Use the Prayer: “Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference”. Mind your Mind – Be aware of the need to take care of your own Mental Health and Well-Being. This is primarily your own responsibility.  Be Kind and Compassionate towards yourself and towards others. We need to take extra care of ourselves. Do simple Acts of Kindness for yourself and for others. This generates something positive within us while at the same time building up those around us. Be Kind!Manage Stress. While some Stress is a normal part of life, at the moment the levels of Stress can be very high. When you feel Stressed take a minute to breathe deeply in order to relax your mind and body. Be vigilant and try to avoid unnecessary stressful triggers, whether they are thoughts, people or places. Meditation. Schedule a daily Meditation time where you sit down for ten or twenty minutes and simply focus on your breath and your breathing. Your mind will wander quickly and often. When it does, gently return to the Breath and the Breathing. This Meditation may appear difficult but it is easier than you think. There are many good Apps available, Try Headspace or Calm.last_img read more

Thornton and Brogden launch Mayfair Capital Partners

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Two Ballydoyle stars in Ascot feature

first_imgThe Group 1 contest has attracted a high-class field with the Michael Stoute-trained colt “Dartmouth” topping the bill after he was supplemented to the field.Aidan O’Brien saddles two runners in the 4.30 feature, with “Sir Isaac Newton” set to play support to Hardwicke Stakes runner-up, “Highland Reel”There’s racing here at home at Gowran Park, where the first of a seven-race card gets underway at 2.05pm.last_img

Bizarre ending to regulation results in Clippers losing overtime heartbreaker to Portland

first_img“It would have been nice if he tipped it back in,” Paul said. “Also, it would have been nice if I had made the shot and it wouldn’t have come to that.”Coach Doc Rivers said that, absolutely, Jordan thought regulation was over when he grabbed the ball after Paul’s miss.“Yeah, clearly he did,” Rivers said.He was asked if he had every seen anything like that happen before.“No,” he said. “I don’t know if he could have gotten it up anyway with 0.7, but probably could have.”Jordan left before reporters could speak to him. The Clippers’ public relations department passed out a quote sheet with two short quotes, neither specifically addressing that play.“Tonight was a tough loss,” Jordan said. “We had our chances.”There was more than that to the loss, however.“We made a lot of mistakes down the stretch, that being one of them, obviously,” Rivers said. “But we gave up a couple of 3s, two 3s that just can never happen. You knew before the game, I told our staff that this cannot be an offensive game tonight for us because with having Blake out and having Jamal out, we had to make this a mudslinging, low-scoring game.“We accomplished that. And then the last two or three possessions we stopped defending and give up two 3s. Those can’t happen.”Wes Matthews made a 3-pointer to pull the Trail Blazers within 85-82 with 1:06 left in regulation. J.J. Redick made a layup for the Clippers, who then led 87-82. But a basket by Arron Afflalo and the 3-pointer by Batum tied the score and sent it into the extra period, where Rivers said his team’s crippled spirt played a role in the outcome.“I think the team is down about the loss,” he said. “I am down about the loss. What can we do? The game is over now and so we will watch film and get ready for the next game.”Paul scored 36 points and doled out 12 assists. But he was bummed out, big time, about the way things went in the final minutes of regulation.“We stopped playing,” he said. “We sort of started playing the clock instead of keep playing. I had a bad turnover there (with 1:11 to play). We should have kept the pressure on and we let them change the game.” Redick had 26 points for the Clippers, Spencer Hawes scored eight and Jordan had six points and 19 rebounds.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 for Portland, Batum scored 20. All-Star guard Damian Lillard had just five points and made just 1 of 13 from the field. But he had 18 rebounds as the Trail Blazers outrebounded the Clippers 61-51.As for Griffin, Rivers spoke in positive tones pregame about his possible return.“He’s better, a lot better,” Rivers said of Griffin, who had a staph infection from his right elbow surgically removed Feb. 9. “He’s working out, I can tell you that. He was doing some shooting yesterday, from what I hear; I didn’t actually see it.“So, yeah, there’s a chance for Sunday.”Rivers, speaking prior to tipoff, was if he believes Griffin will need a practice before playing in a game.“It would be important, obviously, but if they told me he was cleared to play and hadn’t had a practice, I’d still play him. You just figure even a rusty Blake is pretty good.“But it just so happens if he does play Sunday, we will have two practices (Friday and Saturday), so he’ll be able to get that.”Griffin is the team’s leading scorer at 22.5 points per game. It would have been difficult to imagine the Clippers going 7-3 through their first 10 games without forward Blake Griffin, especially considering that five of those victories came against playoff-bound teams such as Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Memphis and Chicago.Don’t look now, but Griffin could be back as soon as Sunday when the Clippers travel to Golden State to take on the team with the NBA’s second-best record.That was the talk before the Clippers went out Wednesday night and lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Portland Trail Blazers 98-93 before 19,060 at Staples Center. A 3-pointer by Nicolas Batum with 21.1 seconds to play sealed the Clippers’ fate. Not only were the Clippers sans Griffin, Matt Barnes (hamstring) and Jamal Crawford (calf strain) also did not play.A victory would have leapfrogged the Clippers (40-22) over the Trail Blazers (40-19) into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. As it stands, the Clippers are still in fifth — tied with Dallas — 1 1/2 games behind Portland. The Clippers had their three-game winning streak snapped. The Trail Blazers have won four in succession.The Clippers led 85-75 with 2:53 to play in regulation, but they fell apart down the stretch and the Trail Blazers caught them at 87-87 on a 3-pointer by Batum with 25.1 seconds left. Chris Paul had a big turnover during that onslaught.Then, while trying to get one last shot for DeAndre Jordan, Paul made a pass behind Jordan that was touched by a Portland player with 2.8 seconds to play, 1.7 on the shot clock.Then things got crazy. Paul tried to bank in what would have been a game-winner and it rimmed out. Jordan grabbed the rebound as the shot-clock buzzer sounded. Jordan must have thought it was the horn to end regulation because he just held the ball as Paul was screaming at him to shoot it as there were still 0.7 seconds left, enough time for a tip-in. But it was too late.Paul afterward was asked to explain that bizarre sequence with Jordan.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more