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Danny Pio Murphy

Civil / Transport Engineer by trade, Spirituality Ireland Co-founder, polymath blogger and advocate on spirituality, equality, science, engineering, tech & wellbeing. Inertly zen in all aspects.

Top Meditation Tips for Beginners

Over the last few years I been a keen practitioner of meditation. However over those few years I had a very busy schedule with work and college which meant starting and restarting my meditative routine. Meditation at the very start seems very daunting and it can be a bit anxious if you’re a beginner or…

Celebrating Setsubun

Well happy Setsubun to all particularly those celebrating in Japan and “Out with the ogre! In with happiness! (Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!)” For readers who are not too familiar with the Shinto-Buddhist festival here’s a brief portrayal. Setsubun, a marker on the ancient, lunar-based koyomi calendar indicates the start of a new season. Setsubun means “change…

Cork’s Only Synagogue to Close

News broke today that the only remaining synagogue in Cork is to close, ending 135 years of Jewish history in the city. The South Terrace site has been the centre of Jewish worship in the city since 1905, but members say emigration and financial constraints have left them with “no money, no members, and no future”. At…

Tai Chi ‘May Help Cope Better with Diseases of Ageing’

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine last week found that Tai Chi is a suitable exercise for older people to relieve some symptoms of four age-related diseases: cancer, heart failure, osteoarthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The data for the research came from a review of more than 30 studies looking at the…

A Guide to Yom Kippur 2015

Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement, the day when sins are forgiven. This not as simple as some magical ritual that wipes the slate clean. Judaism acknowledges that God can only forgive for sins between “Man and God,” for sins that occur between “Man and Man,” between a person and his or…

Study: Mindfulness can Help Prevent Relapses of Depression as well as Anti-depressants

Teaching people to practise mindfulness works just as well as antidepressants in preventing relapses of depression, according to the first major comparison of the two approaches. The study, published in The Lancet medical journal, found those undergoing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy were 44% prone to relapsing compared with 47% of those using anti-depressants. The two-year study shows that people with…

The Dalai Lama Will Celebrate His 80th Birthday With A Global Compassion Summit

Friends of the Dalai Lama announced that a Global Compassion Summit will be held in honour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s landmark 80th birthday. The summit will take place 5th-7th July, 2015, and will be the official world celebration of His Holiness’ 80th birthday, featuring world leaders, Nobel Laureates, celebrity guests, speakers and performers from around the…

An Open Letter to the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference on The Meaning of Marriage

To all your graces of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Last weekend you distributed to over 1,300 Catholic parishes all over Ireland a document to base your argument in opposition to the upcoming referendum on Marriage Equality entitled ‘The Meaning of Marriage’. Subsequent to this many practising Catholics would have heard from the pews, eulogies…

How to Increase your Consciousness: Part 6

By Danny Pio Murphy (Follow on Twitter or Facebook) Spirituality Ireland Raising your level of consciousness is one of the most important endeavours you could ever undertake. People try a lot of things to make them happy. Some seek money, others power and prestige. In the end they all seem to find the same key principle: happiness isn’t…

How to Increase your Consciousness: Part 5

By Danny Pio Murphy (Follow on Twitter or Facebook) Spirituality Ireland Increasing your consciousness means raising your vibration or your energy. The higher it is, the lighter and more at peace you feel. Think back to one of those days where everything went effortlessly. Work was seemingly a piece of cake, conversations went great, and your relationships…

How to Increase your Consciousness: Part 4

By Danny Pio Murphy (Follow on Twitter or Facebook) Spirituality Ireland Raising your consciousness is about waking up and bring yourself into the present moment. It is about being more aware of who you are, what you are doing, and how you are behaving. It is being congruent with your values and how you are living. Being more…

How to Increase your Consciousness: Part 3

By Danny Pio Murphy (Follow on Twitter or Facebook) Spirituality Ireland In spite of ever-increasing research into the brain, the mind, and consciousness, few people today understand consciousness or realise that what they are conscious of depends on the range of frequencies the brain operates at. These frequencies are intimately entwined with thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, actions,…