The journey

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  Have you ever noticed how at certain times in your life you come across exactly the right song, book or quote that supports you? Rachel Platton could have belonged to a different era and her hit single, Fight Song, could have been released at a different time. A time when I wasn’t even born…

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At the beginning of this year I decided to move into a lovely semi-detached Victorian house along with four housemates, each with very different personalities. This was quite a change for me as I had been living on my own for over seven years. I had become used to having my own space with my…

Solitude

At the beginning of this year, I took a road trip through certain parts of the country. For twelve days I travelled through the Little Karoo to Oudsthoorn and De Rust, and then explored the Garden Route stopping at Nature’s Valley, the Wilderness, Great Brak and Gordon’s Bay before heading home. I have always wanted…

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If you are a fan of Fault in Our Stars, you will know exactly what I am talking about. These are the words in Hazel’s favourite book. Augustus Waters repeats them when their friend reacts to a breakup by smashing old trophies. While watching, did you think, “I will never do anything like that” but…

Listen to your body.Andrew Norris. 123RF

We love our minds and the development thereof. Our jobs require less hard labour and has mostly become office bound. We are expected to use our minds intelligently to get the job done. This often leads us to neglect our bodies and emotions. We forget that our emotions are also housed in our brains. And…

Busy 123RF.Andrea de Martin

Our society has become one of speed. “Being busy” is our natural state and “productivity” our highest virtue. We are always racing from the one task to the next. Fortunately, however, more and more people are waking up to the effects of our excessive busyness. And there is definitely a need for more  stillness in…

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Have you ever felt that you are being overwhelmed by a racing mind or that your head is full of thoughts all screaming for attention? Do you go over the same things again and again – your responsibilities and the many things you must still do; your fears and your concerns. Do you seek solutions…

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Something I really enjoyed while at a retreat in KwaZulu-Natal in May 2014 (read the full story here) was mindful eating. I am not referring to a floating Buddha with a few soup bowls balancing on his head. Rather, we received hearty, home-cooked vegetarian meals. However, at certain meals we practised noble silence; we spoke…