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Awareness is Power

We’ve lived our lives with the age-old additive:  Knowledge is Power.  But what if Awareness was the true Power? Don’t you find that the proverbial firecracker-start to a year, with all its plans and goals to chase, can end up clouding what’s really important, exhausting us before the end of January? New Year’s resolutions simply …

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A Noble Silence

My Vipassana retreat in the beautiful mountains of Worcester in the Western Cape brought with it challenges, but along with these, came many gifts. One of which was what is known as the Noble Silence ,in Buddhist tradition defined as “where one does not speak if one does not need to”. I’ve never really given …

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‘Remember what Peace there may be in Silence’ – Desiderata

Last Sunday I returned from a 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreat in Worcester. I was hesitant about going – putting it mildly. I knew the retreat was to learn a form of meditation called Vipassana*, but little else – other than being encouraged by acquaintances braver than me, who’d gone before. The experience promised the “magic” …

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“We must be committed to harmony between man and nature. All things that grow live in harmony and benefit from the nourishment of nature. Mother Nature has nourished us and we must treat nature as our root. Respect it, protect it, and follow its laws.” – Xi Jinping, President of China   This past week …

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