Gavin T. Murphy

Gavin Thomas Murphy (BS Psychology, MA Applied Spirituality) is a Dubliner and writer on Ignatian Spirituality. He was educated by the Jesuits in Ireland and the US, and spent time as a Jesuit novice in the UK. He also practises Zen meditation.

Praying with the boy Jesus

May 24, 2022

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: A gospel contemplation on the 12-year-old Jesus in the Temple, inviting people to draw from their experiences of 'missing and cherishing'.

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Yin and Yang of Yeats

May 18, 2022

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: Meditating on 'The Singing Horseman' and 'For the Road' by Irish painter Jack B Yeats offers a profound insight on how we see beauty today.

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Keys to a secret garden

April 6, 2022

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: Soft moss and stringy lichen on mature apple trees were some of the beauties caught on camera at the Ards Friary Walled Garden in Donegal.

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Grumbling Granny

February 9, 2022

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: An imaginative contemplation on experiencing God's love with others when we need it most, prompting us to find 'gratitude in all things'.

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A deeply peaceful Christmas

December 22, 2021

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: Eight tips from a wellness course organised by Aware, that may help us live well this holiday season.

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Contemplation to attain love

December 7, 2021

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: A short story and modern interpretation of the final contemplation in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola

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Improving wellbeing

November 9, 2021

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: Five healthy activities can improve our wellbeing and help us get through depression or burn-out.

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Taming our ox-mind

October 27, 2021

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: In this video blog I share a personal experience of anxiety and present a contemplative story and psychological research.

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Flourishing in the face of anxiety

October 12, 2021

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: Addressing worry and practising self-compassion are ways to 'tame our ox-mind'

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Facing anxiety of the ‘new normal’

September 28, 2021

GAVIN THOMAS MURPHY :: Psychological research and a contemplative story can illuminate our understanding of what it means to flourish in the face of anxiety.

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