Paperback: 140 pages

Publisher: Eye Books; First Edition edition (15 May 2004)

ISBN-13: 9781785630187

Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 20.3 cm

All Will Be Well

Michael Meegan

£9.99

'Full of delight and joy, gentleness, honour and grace.'

Sunday Tribune

Based on his own travels through Africa, Michael Meegan shares his unique and inspiring insights into love, hope, compassion and happiness. All Will Be Well is not a fatalistic acceptance, or even a denial of the fear we all face. On the contrary, it is a meditation, a prayer and an exhortation to recognise what is wrong and how to start putting things right.

You can start simply by buying this book. The profits will go directly to help Aids orphans in Africa. Your first step in helping to ensure that all will be well.

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We are all, in some way, afraid of the future – we do not know what tomorrow brings. Life is full of surprises but we are not powerless pawns in a meaningless existence. We are magic, we are power, we are promise. This book awakens us to all the small things that we can do to make those around us feel better and in doing so, bring ourselves happiness. It tells stories which give names and voices to those who have none. This will encourage us to use our abilities and, by doing so, help ensure that all will be well.

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Extracts

We are all, in some way, afraid of the future – we do not know what tomorrow brings. Life is full of surprises but we are not powerless pawns in a meaningless existence. We are magic, we are power, we are promise. This book awakens us to all the small things that we can do to make those around us feel better and in doing so, bring ourselves happiness. It tells stories which give names and voices to those who have none. This will encourage us to use our abilities and, by doing so, help ensure that all will be well.

What do we seek? I believe that we are all looking for the same thing. Whether we be students or businessmen, prostitutes or priests – we are looking as best as we can for this same thing. I think we are in search of being our deeper selves. We can only be our true selves when we accept ourselves, and are accepted, completely just as we are.

We often limit ourselves. We have to learn that we are infinite and have unlimited possibility. We have to learn to think outside the concepts and notions of reasoned ideas and reach beyond our horizons. We can be more than we pretend to be. We are not one but many.

We live in such cynical times, but they will pass. There is too much goodness in the world to be overcome by darkness. If you light a single candle in total darkness, you can see it for miles. If you give a single smile, it’s amazing how it spreads. We can do the impossible if we believe in ourselves. Yes, that’s it! When I learned this, I resolved to become the person I had always wanted to be.

Like all great mysteries, the secrets of inner joy are very simple. They thrive all around us and are, as with everything that really matters, within our grasp. The dance we spoke of is simply the living of a happy life, a life full of love. Some people are so connected to the stream of life that Rabindranath Tagore speaks of that they exude not just happiness but energy.

For us all, every thought, every word, every interaction is energy. Each time we laugh, cry, watch television, go shopping - in everything we do there is an energy given and

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“Powerful, disturbing and beautiful.”

John Hurt

“A compassionate meditation on the enduring strength of the human spirit, teaching that cynicism and inaction are the real enemies in the war against poverty, hunger and plague. The book is a moving reminder of the power of love and should be read by anyone jaded by the rat-race, but unsure how to escape it. Michael Meegan’s words offer light to anyone undergoing a long dark night of the soul.”

Lise Hand, Editor of the Sunday Tribune, Ireland

reviews

An inspiring and deeply challenging book, written without traditional religious jargon. This beautiful book helps the reader to get life into perspective. It points to the enduring power of love and encourages people to make a difference. Whilst uncomfortable to read in places, it is essentially a hopeful book and, I believe, awakens a spiritual response by encouraging the reader to think differently.

(TonyMiles.co.uk)

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It’s a wonderful book, full of hope and compassion. Written by a remarkable man, with a vision for our times, and he is selflessly living this vision. It contains things we can all take into our everyday lives, no matter who or where we are. Its not about religion, or how we can save the world. Its about what we can do right now, to make things better for everyone. I've passed this on to several people, who have all loved and been touched in some way by it. Oh and on the subject of passing it on, all royalties go straight to Michael Meegan’s charity. So buy it!

Each year when I go on holiday I reread this treasure of a book that speaks to all of us about the extremes of good and bad that we find in the world. It not only manages to tell a story about Africa and the poverty there, which somehow even in our media-saturated world is not often told this well or listened to, but also gives a sense of hope and possibility for us all as individuals and as a global society. Thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to be inspired in what is possible and in what needs to be done. Part of its brilliance is that succeeds n neither being preachy or new age, just very human. The descriptions in it of being there for people who are dying in unimaginable pain and squalor are enough to make anyone think hard about what we would do in those situations. I would love more in it about what he feels needs to be done to make things really better as I am sure he has some great insights to share.

I work in London as a social worker and sometimes (mistakenly) think I've seen/heard it all! There were parts of this book I almost wish I could unlearn because they were so appalling - I'm so fortunate, I had no "tools" to imagine such atrocities against humankind. However, this is not a desperate, sad, pathetic look at suffering but a powerful, positive look at love and compassion, which triumphs in the most horrible circumstances imaginable (and worse!). Towards the end of the book, the author writes: "We were not meant to have compassion, we were meant to become compassionate. With all my heart I believe that this is why we were born." John Hurt's comment on the front cover sums it up perfectly: "Powerful, disturbing and beautiful". I finished this book knowing that my approach to life and living will change for the better.If you can afford to pay full price for this book ALL of the royalties go to child survival, women's health and AIDS programmes in Africa.

 
 
 

ABOUT

Michael Meegan

Michael Meegan was born in the UK and grew up between Ireland and France. He has degrees in philosophy, community health and epidemiology and is completing a PhD in international health.

He is the founder of a number of charities including  the Kenyan ICROSS International. He has lived in the Rift Valley of Kenya for almost four decades, working in long-term community health and development programmes with endangered tribal communities. As well as helping small NGOs to become sustainable, he is actively involved in protecting abused and unwanted animals. 

He speaks seven languages and lectures widely on spirituality and mysticism. He has received multiple humanitarian awards and has been the subject of a series of award-winning documentaries. He regularly leads workshops and retreats focusing on spirituality and contemplation in action.

He has written extensively on poverty and suffering as well as publishing for over four decades in some of the world’s most important medical journals.

He is currently working on a series of inspirational works with Eye Books including The Tribe of One, as well as a historical novel and an updated edition of Surprised By Joy, his autobiography. In 2016 he will donate the largest collection of rare pastoral artefacts to the National Museums of Kenya as part of his passion to protect the cultural heritage of the Kenyan peoples.

Read more about his work at www.michaelmeegan.com.

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