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Back to Basics
21 July 2016 | Anita Botha
The idea of ‘going back to basics’ means different things to different people. It has many origins, many facets and various outcomes. In its basic form it refers to a process of simplifying that which is not workable in its current state. It could be an idea lightly spoken of and easily forgotten or be the beginning of profound change and transformation in someone’s life. It could be mostly focused on physical action or driven by emotion linked to or devoid of any spiritual connotations but, seriously pursued, it will turn into a journey that evolves to include physical, mental and spiritual challenges and outcomes with life becoming more meaningful as the journey progresses, or, at least, this is my experience.
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Body Talk
21 July 2016 | Anita Botha
I plan to get old, very old, in fact, 105 is the target. If it is so that we have one soul and many lives, I want to pack into this lifetime as many as possible experiences and soul lessons. This is a momentous decision which demands a different approach to life and living. It requires fortitude and courage, temperance, growth in awareness and consciousness and it certainly demands looking after my body so that it can take me through this journey. Personality wise I am much like my long deceased father and until a few years ago I believed that in all respects his genes are more prevalent in me. But then I started to develop this niggling thought of ‘what if I took after my mom and her family’, i.e. including my mother, a lineage of people that reached ages of 95 and even 100 plus.
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Prince Charles isn't mad
21 July 2016 | Nicole Botha
If you haven’t heard the name Anna Breytenbach, then you are missing out on a very important language of life. I recently discovered the beautiful world of animal communication and it has changed my perspectives on how we engage with each other as human beings and how we interact with nature around us. We are very aware of the verbal and body language of our modern life, however, we are so disconnected from the more meditative and spiritual connectedness with nature. I remember how as a child you are told the story of Prince Charles talking to his roses, and you frown and laugh at the ridiculousness of the idea.
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Article Extract: Nature and the MRI Scanner
21 July 2016 | Selhub, E.M. & Logan, A. C.
“Knowing that healthy adults typically report that color slides of fields and forests promote feelings of tranquility and usually assign higher ratings of perceived danger to color slides of urban settings is a positive step. However, critics might suggest that subjects who report improved mood while viewing nature scenes or walking in a forest are merely checking the “right” boxes in order to fulfill the expectations of researchers. Is the brain, deep within its undulations, really at work in a different way while immersed—at the very least visually immersed if not with our other senses—in its naturally evolved setting?
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