Saturday, 28 July 2012

Friday, 27 July 2012

Kalahari.

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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Can technology, mysticism and the natural world co-exist?

A vedic master Maharishi said that it is in human nature to progress. Seems our idea of progress has been coloured by propaganda. Marketing insurance and medical aid schemes. Lounge suites and mini yogurt snacks. Vitamins and hair spray. We think progress is about keeping up with the Joneses. Time to revisit our priorities. Wouldn't it be amazing if harmony and peace were the goal of progress. Rather than beating the competitor. We salute strength if it wins an olympic medal. And turn our noses up at the "hippie" who has forsaken modern trends to live sustainably.
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book review

 

Thank you to William K.Baker, Jr – the Director of Panthera Research for this book review!!

 

Saturday, 21 July 2012

pure beings

we are on this planet to experiece ourselves relative to others. if there were only human beings here we would spend a lot of time experiencing our ego selves. in conflict. in love. in judgement.  Because we are ego-bound beings, we need to be reminded about the purity of unconditional life. That is where we are fortunate to have our natural world and animals.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Celebrating Higgins

A beautiful soul who loved life. Brought huge happiness and shared life lessons.
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Sunday, 15 July 2012

For the first time...



Recognising the splendour of the planet through innocent eyes renews ones awe at the beauty that is our world. Sipho is a nineteen year old man who grew up in Swaziland. He saw the ocean for the first tim a few months ago. He had no idea what lived beneath the waves till he visited uShaka aquarium. His delight and excitement at the life was exhilarating to watch. A great reminder to care and never take any of it for granted. For me it also cemented how lucky I am to work for my organisation. Thank you thank you thank you.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Judgement is a funny thing

I am not religious however some parables in different faiths do resonate with me. When Jesus said that whomever had not "sinned" could throw the first stone at a "sinner" - brings relativity into the picture.
We are quick to judge those who we feel are "wrong". I am a vegetarian and simply cannot relate to how one can look into the eyes of an animal and then kill it and eat it. I am often the butt end of jokes for my apparent quirkiness. So where this aspect of my life is concerned, I have learned to live on my own "planet" experiencing my own feelings and leaving others to experience theirs. Realising that each of us lives by our own value systems. And they are all different. What is wrong and right for you is not the same for me. And here we find the reason for wars and politics.

Yesterday I was in an altercation when I judged a woman who was - as I saw it, very rude to a mother who, while in a bank queue was trying to placate her crying baby. When the mother went to discreetly, cover herself with a blanket and breastfeed her infant, the woman yelled at her that she should not bring a baby to the bank and that what she was about to do was offensive. I jumped to yell back at the rude woman, telling her to back off and was supported by the rest of the busy bank line. This simply exacerbated the situation. The woman yelled louder and louder and continued to rant and rave long after we all had given up and resorted to quietly watching her.

Two thoughts here. When we yell we create fuel and defensive reactions for someone's fire. And the object of the concern - the distressed baby - was quickly forgotten in the argument - weird. How we have forgotten that the only question we ever need ask when in any situation is - 'what would love do?'.

All our rules and regulations can never work. Because we all are different. John Niven in his novel 'The Second Coming' postulated that there was actually always only one commandment, not 10. And it was "BE NICE". Clear and kind. That is what love would do.
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