Frank Liddy was a driving forces in the Twinbrook Residents Association in the seventies and eighties, taking a break for a short period to try his hand as a saxophonist in a punk band, before embracing the study of Zen Buddhism and mindfulness.
He has over 35 years’ practice-based experience with mindfulness programmes that have helped to transform the lives of many people across Ireland.
Frank is the co-founder of the Black Mountain Zen Centre and Compassionate City Belfast. He now lives in North Belfast but a return to Twinbrook is on the cards.
Picture this scenario: you’re walking down the Falls Road and in the distance you see an old friend from the past approach. You continue to get closer and then, when you are face-to-face, your friend walks by without acknowledging you.
“MINDFULNESS makes your brain quicker,” say scientists.
The Time to be Happy is Now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is through helping others. Robert G. Ingersoll
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken," quipped Oscar Wilde. What this means to me is pretty clear: Do not try to copy or imitate other people, in the way they look, talk or behave because no matter how hard you try, you will always be just a copy.
“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor” is a quote from Franklin D. RooseveltI love this metaphor as it teaches me that deep within us all is our internal compass and that we intuitively know what to do and when to do it.
We have to lower our expectations for expectations give birth to resentment. It’s amazing how we struggle with the way things are and how we expect things to be different.
The legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was a perfectionist when it came to jazz. He once told Herbie Hancock who had played a bad note “when you hit a bad note, it’s the next note you play that determines if it’s good or bad.”
Do you ever notice how we are biased towards negativity? I myself operate sometimes as if I have the mental power to predict what others are thinking — and then find myself, 99 per cent of the time, wrong.
Within the core teachings of mindfulness we find mindfulness of movement which is illustrated in what we describe as kinhin or mindful walking.
Salt of the earth means a very good and honest person or group of people. It is the perfect description for the community of gardeners who can be found up in the Colin Neighbourhood Partnership allotments.
What Are You Up To?
The truth is, If you don’t go within you go without.
On Wednesday 23 June, I’ll be 28 years sober, one day at a time. It's always at this time of year as I approach my sobriety birthday that I reflect on what it was like before I got sober.
I remember asking my mentor, "is there a God?"
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" (Sir Walter Scott, 1808)