We Made Grá The Law, What Happens Next?

On the 22nd of May 2015, a country that was once known as an identity-stifling state showed by a 62% majority that they wish for all sexual orientations to be equal when it comes to marriage.

The incredible meaning behind this shows that we have departed from the religious domination that once oppressed women, children and anyone that the catholic church felt as ‘unworthy’ and ‘sacrilegious’. Not only did the church have such an impact; The patriarchal society of Ireland gave no security to women in marriages. They were essentially belonging to the husband and had absolutely no real rights as human beings. The Irish state as a whole was a patriarchal cesspit of oppression and cruelty.

When the referendum was passed, the LGBT community celebrated with honour and illuminated the streets of Ireland with their happiness. As they should have done. The arguments stemming from the opposition had no real purpose other than to garner negative attitudes towards a large section of people in our communities that have no other mission than to love each other and to belong. Simple as.

The question is, what happens next? 

Article 41 of our Constitution now states that two people may marry irrespective of their gender. Now the inconsistent union of civil partnerships that existed under the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Co-Habitants Act 2010 will no longer be eligible. In truth, it did no more than state that two people wanted to be together. It was a status symbol that carried no real weight. As a same-sex couple, a marriage will glue the 2 together as one. A union of love and family.

 

Here are some facts on Civil Partnerships and Cohabitants for your lovely eyes:

  • In 2011, the Irish consensus recorded 4,042 same-sex couples cohabiting.
  • 1,695 civil partnerships were registered here from 2011-2014.
  • 1,048 of these Civil Partnerships were between men.
  • 647 of the Civil Partnerships were between women.

 

In Ireland, many different variations of families exist. Two parent families, one parent families. Some children are raised with their grandparents and they act as their parents. Some children are adopted into families. Some children, unfortunately, remain in foster care. Each of these examples show that the classification of a family is impossible to confine into one, clear-cut example – 2 heterosexual parents. 

What was astonishing to me was the reaction from the opposing ‘think of the family’ groups. Not once were children mentioned in this referendum by any of the legislators. It was simple a scaremongering tactic they used to try to alter people’s perceptions of what the referendum really meant. However, I digress.

Children can now be loved by two parents. Two parents who have gone out of their way to give love, a safe home and everything the child could need. Isn’t that quite beautiful? Children are being born every day to people who aren’t ready, to people who don’t have the financial or emotional means to take care of the child properly. What happens is a great misfortune on that child and on to the wider society in general. I am not saying that some parents aren’t amazing. They are. I am just taking an objective look at the effects that occur due to these adverse factors. What could be so wrong with two people wanting to actually care for a child? Surely, there can be no logical argument here.

At the moment, the bill is being given formal consent in the Oireachtas. This is simply a formality so that they can sign it into legislation. Once this has been done, it will be incorporated into Irish Law. All of the rights and responsibilities that hetero married couples have will now be available to same-sex marriages. They state that this legislation will come into effect in September 2015. Some say even sooner. Let’s hope that with the introduction of this bill that people in same-sex marriages will finally feel the love and respect that they deserve.

The aim of this bill is for families to be established. Love to flourish. For a society to begin to gather themselves and create communities that distinguish themselves from those who hate and ridicule others based on their own discriminative agendas. We are a collective of people that should look back at the way life was carved out for others in our state. We should take that all in, and not ignore it.

Learning from the mistakes of the past allows us to advance as modern people. We should not incorporate the senile attitudes of generations before us that allowed such discrimination to cultivate and attach to our mentalities. We are a stronger people. We should be able to deter our minds and those minds ahead of us away from old-fashioned philosophy and towards a perspective that discourages discrimination.

We Can Do This!

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Finding Your Inner Peace: Because You’re Worth it!

The first thought a person has when they decide to search for enlightenment inside of themselves always stems from a mixture of childlike curiosity and doubt. The curiosity is a natural reaction of any being; the same can be said about doubt. There could be a plethora of reasons why a person may begin this journey. There may be none at all. This is not the matter at hand. What is happening is that a person is beginning to observe an element of themselves that breaks away from their belongings, their external environment. They aren’t forgetting that these things exist completely, or committing to a new-age fad that suddenly emerged with the onset of hipster-fever. They are dedicating much-needed attention to themselves. Warranted attention.

Whether it be from some recent trauma, some realizations within oneself or a loved one giving advice. Each and every reason for delving into the realms of our own consciousness is warranted. Not one reason is deserving of more respect or attention. Who are we to judge someone else’s reasoning?

These enlightenment-seekers are dedicating their understanding and awareness to others. By practicing meditation and compassion, they are dedicating love to themselves and others. The selfless nature of looking inside of yourself projects upon the world in ways that are unseen. The abundance of energy that radiates from the person that look within themselves for peace and happiness, compared to the opposite, is valuable to that person and to everyone in their external environment.

I would be a hypocrite if I were to say that I practiced these things daily without interruption. Anyone who knows me would tell you that inside my brain lives what feels like a trampoline. Each thought bouncing off of the other, all mostly unrelated. When I was younger it was harder to control. I wasn’t sure what it was at the time. However, as I have grown I have come to appreciate the comical inside-narrative. I was restless, agitated and bored. I sometimes became overcome with emotion; never understanding how to control it.

What happened was that I stepped back and started to declutter my mind. I didn’t try to concentrate too much. In fact, I did the opposite. I tried to clear my mind and really absorb what was naturally occurring around me. The birds singing, dogs barking, children crying. What I began to notice was that suddenly my mind was clear enough after a little practice. I noticed my emotions emerging one by one; Reacting to the external stimulants around me. After all of this time having what felt like New York-style chaos building suburbs in my mind, it became noticeably more observant and peaceful. I have been practicing this for a while now and I stand by it. After all, I owed it to myself. My own experiences had left me stressed, preoccupied and selfish. Not once did I ever step back to think of the effect that my thought processes had on those around me and myself. My world was a myriad of self-doubt and crippling insecurity. Not only that, but also self-destructive behaviour that seemed to stem from the needs to rebel against everything peaceful within myself.

Now, today, I can at least say that I am making an effort to be the person that I want to be; Not someone that I think others would like me to be. It all comes from releasing yourself from any perceptions of what creates your inner peace. Your inner peace comes from actually dedicating time to yourself to be completely whole and without insecurity and doubt. You are worth it. Every single second of it.

To be a person who can admit that they are not happy within themselves, and showing that you want to change for the better shows courage. It shows that you have the strength to change what is inside of you. Your external environment, your ego, your self-doubt as well as insecurities cause your inner peace to diminish if they become so strong that you can no longer control them. You really do owe it to yourself to find the understand and awareness within yourself to combat these things effectively. You are a beautiful soul filled with intense energy. That energy can only grow and exert itself onto you and your life if you nurture it properly.

When the flower within you blossoms, 

Your nectar spreads. 

It’s sweet, unique fragrance is smelt for miles,

All because you choose to bloom.

Do not wither, little flower. 

Spring has never left.

All the sun and rain to nourish you,

But never let it wither or drown you.

You are stronger than you know.

You are more valuable than you know.

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Keep the fire lit within you – Sinead x

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Making Movements in our Legal System: Starting from now!

When it comes to the world we live in many of us, especially my generation, tend to view the legal system as a perplexing collection of articles and statutes that have an affect on us as citizens. Some feel that they only matter when they infringe upon their own lives or that they seem unfair. The stories and situations that have been emerging throughout the years has in fact created a surge in the number of people who are showing defiance to certain matters, more so when it comes to government measures or initiatives, however, this too relates to the operation of many of our laws.

The truth is, these articles and statutes do matter to our lives. Many of these were enacted before we were ever born leaving them in our minds obsolete. Some were even enacted without our knowledge. These statutes specifically make people feel as if their voices are not being heard, This collection of neglected citizens creates a division of society that voices their opinions and ensures that their voices are being heard, and this for certain has become an even greater trust since the evolution of Social Media.

The legal eco-system we all co-exist in matters to the young and old. The needy and the privileged. To ignore the importance of the application of such statutes would be futile to any reasoning behind a legal system. The truth is, without a legal system we would not act as civilised human beings. We would act upon our animalistic nature and react to our impulses without any regard for others. It’s true to say that this already happens, but imagine if no laws existed at all. Chaos.

I once wrote about issues like mindfulness, gratitude and acceptance of others. Now I write about understanding.

The hope that people will understand why it is that we have a legal system in place. To hope that people will understand that those in power are not the only ones with control and that the generation that comes next will make movements on the stagnant, archaic system that governs us today. The idea that things can be changed and that we can be the ones to change it is not a fairy-tale illusion of a ‘Curious Day Dreamer’ like you or me. It is a possible reality. However this cannot be done by warriors behind a keyboard, or hopeful 21st century Bohemians waiting for a movement to begin. The movement begins with me. With you. With your friends.

Most importantly it begins with your perspective.

Are you happy with the way things are right now?

If you knew that something could be done about your legal system, wouldn’t you try to change it?

If we are what we eat, and what we eat is intended to kill pests – how long before it starts to do the same to us?

I wish everyone would watch this documentary. Not only is it informative, it invokes a rage that can only be described as revulsion for the poisoning that’s being permitted all in the name of revenue. Say what you want, but the facts speak for themselves. In this documentary is an experiment done by Seralini that was criticized, mainly because it threatened (or exposed, as more adequately put) the real dangers that come with eating food that’s altered so much that even the bugs/weeds that the pesticides/weed killer is used to deter have become immune to it. It makes you question.. What are they going to do next? If you have any interest in what you’re eating and what the effects are on your body, your children s’ bodies and the welfare of the people on this earth in generations to come then watch. If not then, that’s your choice. You’re the one who has the live with the consequences.

Just sayin’

Below is a link to the Trailer for ‘GMO OMG’ – We think that this only occurs in America, but it’s happening globally. Haiti is mentioned in the documentary as well as Norway, Europe and some insight is given on what these companies’ are doing to alter the agricultural lives of the people who refuse to adhere to their regimes. It’s mind-blowing, and frankly, it deeply saddens me. Where is the hope to continue as a proficient world if the simplest form of nature, seeds, are being patented and sold to us in the name of big business. Below is a link to Fool Inc. which is also a must see for anyone who has any interest in the food their eating as well as the treatment of animals and crops they ingest every day. YES, you eat this stuff. Your children eat this stuff. It’s not natural and YES, it’s giving you cancer. It’s causing imbalances in your brain. It’s causing internal damage than can be repaired by eating natural. Come on people, we can change this!

GMO OMG – Full Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Uvy0HqwihU

Food Inc. – Full Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oq24hITFTY

Food Matters – Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4DOQ6Xhqss

The Disillusionment of the Modern Day Revolutionist

In my 23 years of existence on this globe of continuous-development I have come to the conclusion that 2 things are definite. Firstly, we as humans strive for change and our bodies and minds seem to love to connect with our souls more so now than ever. Secondly, even though we have this thirst for change and developing those systems and ideals that we oh-so-crave for, something that comes so naturally to us, we tend to hang on to dated, regressive attitudes when it comes to the people we should be engaging with.

To create the systematic attitude that’s needed for the regeneration of humanity (and I’m aware this sounds like something from a sci-fi movie but bear with me) we need to investigate and create awareness of the problems and the reasoning behind these recurring issues in our society.

This is just a starter post to get back into the swing of things but unlike my other posts, I will try to engage with you, my readers, and attempt to try to come to a conclusion as to why our mind-frames are immersed in the tenacious belief that change is never going to come and that we are inevitably bound for the destiny’s laid out for us. I will also be doing follow-up posts from this one and I hope I will hear back from you on your thoughts as well, as we have to remember that we are all neighbours and siblings on this earth and the collective power of many creates a potentiality for great possibilities.

Remember that your thoughts and your beliefs create your perceptions and ultimately your destiny.

Control your own destiny and life will bring with it ultimate possibilities!

Until next time… 🙂

One is enough ❤

You are your own controller – Tell that to your mind!

Have faith in the unexpected <3

When it comes to the daily afflictions that affect us, we tend to allow our minds overpower our sense of logic and reasoning. Things that would usually not affect us would then gradually start to cause us to doubt ourselves, our actions and our direction.

Whatever it is that is tormenting you or stopping you from being the best person you can be at that moment. STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. If it is still bothering you then write it down. Really look at what you’ve written and ask yourself:

“Is this problem really worth stressing over?”

“Have I allowed this to stop me from enjoying myself?”

“Is this something I can handle myself?”

Our problems can really haunt us and make us think that there can be no positive outcome from any direction we decide to take. However that is far from the truth. Only you can decide what you are going to allow to affect you. You have the power to tell yourself that you can overcome anything, and hold on to that power, because you are the master of your own mind and you should never allow negative thoughts or actions affect your plan. You should remind yourself of all of the things you have overcome and really put these thoughts, your imagination and obsessions into perspective. Remind yourself that you have overcome worse challenges and that this is just another one of those that you’re unfortunately going to have to add to your list, but when we add this to our list we’re allowing positive things to happen by stopping the train of negative thoughts and opening up our acceptance of positive energy.

We all have to face it. Shit happens. But at the end of the day it is up to us, and only us, to stop our minds from creating negative energy, that will only in turn create negative thoughts that will reflect itself through negative behaviour. It’s basic. I know it’s hard to stay positive when it feels like all that is happening is negative thoughts or energy, but it will get better. The only person that can help is you.

No country for young women: Honour crimes and infanticide in Ireland

Completely disgraceful. It makes me ashamed to admit that I come from a country that allowed this to happen. Women are the backbone of our society, without them no one would exist. Yet to punish women for the natural reaction that is lust or to punish them for the crimes committed by men against them, is immoral to say the least.

Feminist Ire

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When I was in first year in secondary school in 1997, a girl in the year above me was pregnant. She was 14. The only people who I ever heard say anything negative about her were a group of older girls who wore their tiny feet “pro-life” pins on their uniforms with pride. They slagged her behind her back, and said she would be a bad mother. They positioned themselves as the morally superior ones who cared for the baby, but not the unmarried mother. They are the remnants of an Ireland, a quasi-clerical fascist state, that we’d like to believe is in the past, but still lingers on.

The news broke last week of a septic tank filled with the remains of 796 children and babies in Galway. The remains were accumulated from the years 1925 to 1961 and a common cause of death was malnutrition and preventable disease…

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What is the most important asset a human can have/attain?

One question I would like you to answer is this.

What is the most important asset a human can have
/attain?

The usual suspects will appear here. Money, fame, friendship, love. Each of these matter to each and every one of us as

 

Money = Wealth, food, clothes, comfort.

Friendship = Companionship, loyalty, love.

Love = Also companionship, devotion, loyalty, respect.

 

Each of these are things that people crave on a daily basis. Money is an obvious

one as our world today strives due to the over-reliance on pieces of paper that carry ‘wealth’.

Friendship and Love are necessities humans must posses to fulfill their self actualisation needs, their self esteem needs and so on. However, to gain friendships and love we must first understand what it means to have these things and what it takes to maintain them, to allow them to grow and flourish.

The most important assets a human can posses in my opinion are compassion, understanding and patience.

Compassion is something that has seemed to dissolve over the course of our existence. With great minds campaigning for its revival, it would seem that it would somehow make its way around the world and everyone would be touched by the amazing words of the prescribers of such thoughts.

 

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time an
d space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Albert Einstein

 

Although such words of wisdom have graced many of our ears, such foresight hasn’t
been applied to humanity as I would have hoped. Money is an asset that is in abundance, yet women, children and the elderly are starving. Why? Due to greed. To be greedy lacks compassion. It puts out a negative energy due to the selfishness of its owner. If the owners of corporations donated regularly to those in dire need of their help, with no strings attached and no recognition, then at least some help would have been provided. However, the strings they attached themselves allow them to be recognised as being ‘compassionate’, when in turn they’re just using it as free publicity.

I am ranting on here now but to me compassion means being open, generous with your emotions as well as your assets. Allowing others to see the vulnerable side of you, which hopefully in turn will allow them to open up to you as you did to them.

Compassion, understanding and patience all combine to form a triad of assets that speak volumes. They each utilise a part of us that has awoken and evolved with us since the beginning of our species. Each allows a person to learn more about themselves as well as allowing others to feel that way about themselves and positively instilling some hope in them.


We are all the same. Big balls of energy that exist for many purposes. It is up to ourselves to find that purpose, however, on our journey to our destination, we must co-exist. To do that we must love.Don't just think - ACT

“Be brave. Even…

“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.”

— Jackson Brown Jr.