Set your mind free...


The Work of Byron Katie in the Irish media:

The Irish Times, 12 June 2012
"To believe what you think, you have to destroy the evidence. Inquiry opens the mind to see the evidence", Byron Katie

The Irish Independent, 12 May 2012
Life after death, Interview with Bebhinn Ramsay

Newstalk 106FM Radio Station, The Tom Dunne Show, 25th July 2012
Interview with Bríd Ní Chionaola regarding Infertility and The Work.

LMFM Radio Station, Late Lunch with Gerry Kelly, 31 July 2012
Interview with Bríd Ní Chionaola regarding Infertility and The Work.
The interview begins about 20 minutes into the podcast.

LMFM Radio Station, Late Lunch with Gerry Kelly, 22 January 2015
Interview with Bríd Ní Chionaola regarding Cancer and The Work.

The Irish Times, 24 July 2012 (Excerpt)

Accepting a life without children

Finding ways of coming to terms with involuntary childlessness can be a difficult challenge, writes SHEILA WAYMAN

Brid Ní Chionaola (47), who was “very, very traumatised” by not being able to have children, after getting married nine years ago, now accepts it. That is not to say a specific event or comment won’t trigger negative thoughts that she has to deal with.

“I have got to the place where I have been ‘spared’ from having kids,” she says. “My life is about something else.”

However, while she and her husband abandoned the long, drawn-out adoption process because they thought they were too old for it, she is considering fostering. For Ní Chionaola, the path to letting go the dream of motherhood has been through The Work of Byron Katie – a way of dealing with stressful thoughts that was developed by an American woman who had struggled for more than a decade with depression, anger and addiction. It wasn’t the first thing Ní Chionaola, who lives in Co Meath, had tried. In 2006 she emerged from a 10-day silent retreat believing she would never feel stressed again.

Within days she was diagnosed with breast cancer “and I went ballistic so that didn’t really work!” The diagnosis also put an end to her plans to try IVF treatment. With the cancer, Ní Chionaola wasn’t happy to die but at the same time “I didn’t want to go out kicking and screaming”. It was while trying to find a way to control the “horrible” thoughts racing through her mind that she came across The Work.

“It helps deals with your thoughts and pins them down. You get them down on paper and the war in your head can end.”

It is applicable to any stressful thoughts and “it has completely changed my life, she says. Now one of four certified leaders in The Work in Ireland, she offers workshops in the technique to various groups, including the National Infertility Support and Information Group (NISI). She wants to help people who are calling a halt to infertility treatments to find peace in their head with that decision.