Time to Reclaim the Garden of Kindness

Time to Reclaim the Garden of Kindness

source: South Belfast News; November 28, 2015

Frank Liddy is well known as the co-founder of the Belfast Mindfulness Centre where he runs mindfulness-based stress reduction courses.

Lately however he has turned his attention to another passion of his, the Crescent Gardens in South Belfast. 

Frank is the Chairperson of Compassion City Belfast, which aims to promote an all inclusive, welcoming, and peaceful society. He says he is excited to speak about the transformation of the Crescent Gardens and to explain his vision of what he calls 'The Garden of Kindness.'

The park was taken over by anti-social elements over the last lot of years and Frank thinks it's time to reclaim it.

He says "After 20 years of suffering and neglect to the beautiful Crescent Gardens, I am hoping that they will soon blossom, returning to their full beauty and alive with birdsong and the sound of recreation."

American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, the author of the famous poem 'Kindness' joined Frank and others earlier this year when she delivered a poetry master class in the Crescent Art Centre and visited the park.

Frank says, "Naomi was inspired at the possibilities for growth, and based on her poem would be honored to be part of the recreation of such a welcoming adventure in the path of kindness."

Frank is also very quick to sing the praises of his 'buddhi' and visionary David Gavaghan. Together they have brought onboard local residents and Belfast City Council to communicate the possibilities for growth in the area. 

"This is a theraputic vision that will rejuvenate and regenerate growth in the area and we hope to see the emergence of a 'gARTen,' an epicentre for local artists to display their crafts and adorn the gARTen with local beauty inspired by art and music."

Frank said he wished to thank Belfast City Council and looks forward to their ongoing support in this restoration process.

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