Being- by Eva Burke

Being. One way or another we are all in a state of being. Present. Living in the moment. Spiritual beings in an empty shell. What comes into being with the air that we breathe, the pulse in our body and the thoughts in our heads. We are separate entities each of us. Being makes me think of meditation. We meditate to still the madness. We must follow our own path as beings on this earth and never lose our sense of wonderment. Being means keeping as still as water on a glass lake. Music elevates our sense of being. Food as nourishment keeps us from starving to death and keeps body together as one being. When we connect with another it is as if our fingertips are touching through a glass door. Never able to fully reach out, always a prison one side. Just as the air we breathe is part of who we are we must accept our own lives and travel on as the song by KT Tunstall goes “travel side by side”. In every waking moment we are in a state of constant learning until the slumber of night time takes over. As beings we are attracted to light and nothing can survive without the sunlight and warmth of the sun. As beings we need sunlight and we need water. Still waters run deep. Icy water as cold and sharp as steel. As beings we cannot fly but through meditation can in the mind travel with the imagination. As a being we can set out moods as colours as if its a rainbow. We are emotional, social beings conditioned by society how to be. Rules of the being are live your life, evolve and contribute to society. Beings like humans have memories that times washes away like the shore to the sand. Its as if the sea has its own heartbeat with the waves ebbing and flowing. Every being has energy that is revived with music. Music makes a connection with memories. Writing is a way of the internal self expressing itself. To just be is to still the internal madness.

Run with all of your heart for The Basin Club

Written by Angelín Fanning

That morning I had mixed emotions, anxious would I complete the race, thrilled to be a participant and doing it for a wonderful cause.

I arose about 8am and faced into the day, ready for what lay ahead of me.  I checked the weather and I knew that the day predicted rain so after a shower I proudly wore my Shine tee-shirt and cropped tracksuit bottoms.  I had porridge for breakfast and tea, a healthy beginning for my journey ahead.  After mass and saying a prayer I set off for the race.

At 11.45am I arrived at the barrier for joggers.  I did some stretching exercises.  At 2pm the clock ticked and everyone started jogging.  I proudly ran the first 3km in 30 minutes with motivation and skill.  Weeks of practicing, running had made me feel now that I could keep going and was on my journey to the finishing line.

But my breathing was going against me and I knew I had to walk a little.  Some kind girl put her arm around me and asked me “Was I ok”.  Then in the distance I saw ‘Donnybrook Church’.  I knew now that with the help of God I could start jogging again and complete the race happily.

It is the little things in life like a friendly word and the slogan over the bridge “If you’re legs are tired run with your heart”.  I knew that I was ready for the remainder of the race.  So I dug deep in myself and before I knew it, I was on 8km.  Then the rain started.  At first the rain was very welcoming, it cooled us all down.  I knew I could run faster in rain than shine, so I took off like a rocket.  At Baggot Street Bridge someone shouted “Once up that hill the race is finished”.  When I heard that I ran with all that was in me and completed the race in 1 hour 26 mins and 10 seconds.

I received my heart shaped medal and proudly wore it, I know by digging deep inside me helped me achieve my time.

I would like to thank those who supported me for my cause the ‘Basin Club’.  Next year I would encourage others to walk, jog or run for the Basin Club.