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Want to change your life in 2017? Want to discover your life purpose?

Want to change your life in 2017? Want to discover your life purpose? Feel things through daily short stories, connect to these stories, take actions to make changes in your life, each day for 30 days, in 3 minutes or less each day. See immediate benefits as you discover ways to unfold meaning, as well as a personal calling through tasks that you can fulfill, relationships that you can strengthen and enrich, and attitudes that you can develop and cultivate.This practical, inspiring, and potentially life-changing program will take you step by step through a process towards a more fulfilled and enriched life. Sign up at Calming the Storm on Avanoo

Image by Carol Knox.

 

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Check out Meaning and Mindfulness | Having Difficult Times?

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Hi, here is an invitation to you to check out my updated page on Meaning and Mindfulness:

Having Difficult Times?

“…this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.” Viktor Frankl

Having difficult times or difficulties in life? Struggling to find your meaning and purpose? I offer you a way to discover and unfold your meaning. In my new online course, I share my thoughts on life with meaning. Introducing my new 30-Day, 3 minute per day, online training course, to help you discover your meaning in challenging times:

Introduction

A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, often we discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

About This Program

This program offers daily ways for you to overcome difficult situations, to help you to find the WHY that will energize and animate your life. In finding your own WHY, in discovering your meaning and your purpose, your pain will be lessened. You will discover ways to unfold meaning, as well as a personal calling through tasks that you can fulfill, relationships that you can strengthen and enrich, and attitudes that you can develop and cultivate.This practical, inspiring, and potentially life-changing program will take you step by step through a process towards a more fulfilled and enriched working and personal life.

Some of the benefits:

It’s fast: Daily 2 to 3 video minutes a day over 30 days – each day a different story, lesson, and small action on discovering meaning

It’s fun: Each video contains a story, lesson, and action from me.

It works: People experience an average 46% improvement while taking the Program – and that data is tracked and available for you.

To see what’s inside, go here: Calming the Storm

Is Meaninglessness a Malaise of our Times?

A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, often we discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

About The Program – Calming the Storm

This program offers daily ways for you to overcome difficult situations, to help you to find the WHY that will energize and animate your life. In finding your own WHY, in discovering your meaning and your purpose, your pain will be lessened. You will discover ways to unfold meaning, as well as a personal calling through tasks that you can fulfill, relationships that you can strengthen and enrich, and attitudes that you can develop and cultivate.

This practical, inspiring, and potentially life-changing program will take you step by step through a process towards a more fulfilled and enriched working and personal life.

Suffering Ceases to be Suffering – Viktor Frankl

Renewed Purpose (2)“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”
Viktor Frankl

See the online course: Calming the Storm to discover your own personal meaning.

Calming the Storm ~ 30-Day Program

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I am delighted to announce my new partnership with Avanoo Avanoo (pronounced “Avenue”) comes from the words Ava, which is Finnish for “Open”, and Noo, which is Old English for “now”. So Avanoo means being open to all of your potential right now! It is also a road we travel as we move forward in life.

In 3 minutes a day, Avanoo offers dozens of personalized 30-day programs ranging from Happiness to Productivity from renowned experts on those topics.

The 30-day program has been launched on 19-11-2015 called: Calming the Storm: How Discovering Meaning can Change your Life.

See the link below for three previews. I would like to thank the amazing team for all the hard work in bringing this to fruition: Sara Dickinson, Daniel Jacobs, Prosper Nwankpa, Morgan Stanfield, Laura Forman, Jason Waldron and everyone who worked on the program.

Introduction

A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, oftenwe discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

Calming the Storm

What’s Inside

Day 1.
This Too Shall Pass
Day 2.
Finding Something to Live For Is Critical
Day 3.
The Question of Meaning in Life
Day 4.
Love Can Come to the Rescue
Day 5.
Putting Your Focus on a Project
Day 6.
The Power of Your Mindset
Day 7.
Finding Meaning from Suffering
Day 8.
Turn Suffering into a Challenge
Day 9.
Is Fear Holding You Back from Your Calling?
Day 10.
Learning Self-Compassion
Day 11.
Suffering Can Be an Inspiration
Day 12.
Appreciating Life Right Now
Day 13.
Your Watershed Moment
Day 14.
We Are Whole as We Are. We Are All Right
Day 15.
The Call That Beckons Us to Find Our Destiny
Day 16.
Filling Our Unique Life Space
Day 17.
What Is Your Choice of Response?
Day 18.
Finding Something to Live For
Day 19.
Life Questions and Light in the Darkness
Day 20.
The Experience of Love: “The Salvation of Man”
Day 21.
Are You Your Own Best Friend?
Day 22.
Is It Ever Okay to Give Up Hope?
Day 23.
Going with the Flow
Day 24.
Good News! You Do Not Have the Heart of a Mouse
Day 25.
It’s Time for Self Transcendence
Day 26.
Igniting Humor
Day 27.
Access a Power That Is Uniquely Human
Day 28.
Relieve Your Loved Ones from Suffering
Day 29.
Do the One Thing That You Know in Your Heart Is Right
Day 30.
“I Broke My Neck, It Didn’t Break Me”
Photo by Carol Knox.

A Lacto-Vegetarian’s Story About Chickens ~ A South African Tale

During a day of corporate training in Conflict Management, in a multi-cultural environment, we were discussing how cultural differences in diet can cause misunderstandings in the workplace, for example, many Hindus don’t eat meat and are vegetarian, or do not eat meat on certain days for religious reasons. See this Wikipedia link about Vegetarianism and Religion. We spoke a bit about diet and I mentioned that in my own workplace in the past, I had been something of an oddity. I am a Lacto-Vegetarian, meaning, the only animal products I eat are dairy. The group gasped, many saying: “what is left to eat?” Yes, this is a strong reaction common in a predominantly meat-eating culture. When asked why I restricted my diet in this way, I said that I wanted to minimize the suffering of animals through compassion and not eating them. Some said yes, they understood because they loved their pets.

I was very surprised, when one delegate stood up, an African male, who originally came from a small rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, said:

“I can understand this. I have chickens on my farm at home. When I want to eat chicken, I go to the store to buy one, I do not want to kill my own chickens.”

In this way, coming from a very patriarchal background, he was able to express his own love for his chickens, whom he had noticed had personalities and loved to scratch around in the sun. I loved that this made him think and that he was able to express himself like this in front of his colleagues.

Here is a wonderful link to a story about the “hensioners”, pensioners, who are helped with loneliness through their relationships with chickens. I love it!

Like “Sea Glass” One Recent Cold Morning

Reminds me of Heather Nova’s use of like “sea glass”, on a cold rainy morning, over the sea, vast, still, desolate. Here is the music to go with it – the wave came all the way from Africa “and all the things that I forgot that I could feel …all I want is to live as clear as sea glass”:

Photos of False Bay by Carol Knox one recent morning in April, 2015. View from my veranda.

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Top Twelve Posts from November, 2014 to February, 2015

“May all beings have happiness…” | Buddhist Quote
An Ounce of Home Mini Buddhist Altar Travel Kit
Dream of a Tsunami and a Tornado | Interpretation?
13 Self-Reflection Tasks for a Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy Workshop #Longreads
Sloughed Off | How I Grew a New Skin Such a Magical Thing
Happy New Year 2015 | Mindfulness Project Free Resources for You
“I Go to Seek a Great Perhaps” – Attributed to François Rabelais
The Normal | The Fallacy of Normalcy | No Wish to be Normal
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Depression and Hope – The Danny Baker Story
Belongings in the Sand
The Unfurling of my Heart | A Young Woman’s Journey with Ayahuasca in Peru and the Amazon

Image taken by Carol Knox on #FishHoek Beach, in #CapeTown South Africa.

LOOKING FOR A VENUE IN THE SOUTHERN PENINSULA OF CAPE TOWN

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This looks like an amazing space to perhaps offer Reiki training Arura Reiki Centre in the future or mindfulness meditation. I have inquired about rates. This is the Wellness4Living Venue, in Woodstock. Does anyone know of similar spots in the Cape South Peninsula?

Sea image taken by Carol Knox on Fish Hoek beach February 2015.

Sea Gulls Surfing and Fishing and Other Birds on Fish Hoek Beach

Fish Hoek beach with sea gulls surfing since yesterday, fishing away. Other birds like pigeons benefiting as well. Thursday morning beach walk. Low tide 8a.m. Studies in silver, blue, brown and grey. The sheer joy of a black dog running in the water.

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Photographs by Carol Knox.

Wild Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg Bay and a Disappointment after 38 Years

My hair is literally standing upright in the wind. Wild, windy, beautiful! My eyes are streaming. A brief visit. K is excitedly snapping pictures and an old friend I have not seen in 38 years, is standing back and looking on. I had felt such anticipation in seeing him, he had always been very kind and sweet. Interesting how he had changed little and seemed simultaneously distant, if not quite unfriendly. In the three short days, K and I were blown off for a lunch, with a decided reluctance on his part to help carry some heavy luggage in the beginning and at the end, I kind of felt disillusioned with him. Curious how he walked ahead and offered no hand ups or assistance over rocky patches. I had more help on a hike here in Cape Town, from a complete stranger. Many things had changed indeed in all this time.

With the wind whipping in my face, K’s joy in the place was so endearing and wonderful to see. Her “upliftment”, uplifted me, her smile was so bright and unconstrained, so open. I felt exhilarated by the place if not by the company of the person I had not seen in so long. We were able to see the seals in the distance and listen to their squeals and honking. I am delighted that I had the opportunity to experience this exquisite beauty, trudge along paths and clamber over rocks, with expanses of dune and white beach. Plettenberg Bay I would give a miss on the whole, I found the town pretentious.

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Robberg Nature Reserve

Photos taken by K October, 2014.


This photo of Robberg Nature Reserve is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Thinking Like a Mountain quote by Arne Naess | Joy and Relation to Free Nature

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I came across this quote from Arne Naess from Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of all Beings in Becoming Bamboo by R. Carter:

“As I see it we need the immense variety of the sources of joy opened through increased sensitivity toward the richness and diversity of life, through the profound cherishing of free natural landscapes…Part of the joy stems from the consciousness of our intimate relation to something bigger than our own ego, something which has endured for millions of years and is worth continued life for millions of years. The requisite care flows naturally if the self is widened and deepened so that protection of free nature is felt and conceived of as protection of our very selves.”

Mountain photo taken by Carol Knox from Trappieskop in Cape Town.

Thinking Like a Mountain on Amazon