Jac O’Keeffe On Handling Our Bullshit With Integrity

My work as an editor with Positive Life frequently involves interviewing famous names in the spiritual and self-help fields – or listening to interviews that other people associated with the magazine have done with said famous names – so I can condense it all down into an article format. I hear copious nuggets of wisdom….

‘The Lines on my Face’ – Introducing Teresa of Avíla (Video)

I’m continuing my video series on female Christian mystics with a channelling of Teresa of Avíla, available to watch below. 😊 Teresa was a Carmelite nun who lived in Spain during the sixteenth century, and has since become well-known for her extensive contributions to Catholic theology and her spiritual writings (The Interior Castle, in particular,…

‘My Vocation is Love’ – Introducing Thérèse of Lisieux (Video)

I recently started creating a video series on female Christian mystics (read this post to learn more about what this subject to me) and I have begun the series by introducing Thérèse of Lisieux. In this video, she discusses what the words “vocation” and “pledge” can mean to people living in the modern era, the…

Female Christian Mysticism: Preparing to Speak

Lately, I have been daring myself, more and more often, to speak openly about spiritual topics that are close to my heart: secure in the knowledge that people who don’t know what I’m on about are not obligated to listen to my ramblings. 😂 Some of my loved ones do think I’m a little weird, but there…

Poetry Day Ireland: Three Poems That Inspire Me

Today (Thursday May 2nd) is Poetry Day Ireland! The craft of poetry means a lot to me, so I wanted to celebrate this day by highlighting three poems that speak very deeply to my heart. ❤️ The amazing Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver passed away in January of this year. Her powerful poem The Journey means…

People Who Prove We’re Not Going to Hell in a Handcart

Animal rights and environmental advocacy are two of my major passions in life, but – as anyone who strives to raise awareness of these issues will know – talking about them can be demoralising. Whenever I speak or write about these issues, I strive to remain optimistic, spread the word about positive developments, and share…

Fran’s Story: An Interview With Fran Bennett

I was delighted to interview the renowned spiritual teacher Fran Bennett about her faith, her journey towards living authentically as a transgender woman, and her thoughts on the place of the LGBT+ community within spiritual circles. Our interview is featured in the latest issue of GCN, Ireland’s national LGBT+ magazine. This issue has been released…

The Esther Effect: What One Pig and Her Friends Mean to Me

One of my major idols in life is a 650-pound pig named Esther. She lives in Canada and we have never met, but she is a heroine of mine nonetheless. This sassy, hilarious, heartwarming girl first came into the lives of her “daddies” – Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter – as a supposed “mini-pig” in…

Shattering Seas: The Creative Spirit of Tori Amos

Every now and then, a musician comes along whose creations cut to the very core of my soul: a musician who makes me dream, wonder, think and feel. Tori Amos is definitely on that list. Anyone who is familiar with Amos knows that her back catalogue includes a vast amount of high-quality material – her…