Meaning and Mindfulness

About Carol, Soft Skills Training, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction



Carol is a passionate and dedicated trainer, facilitator and lecturer, who works in corporate environments as well as in skills and University training. She has more than fifteen years of training experience in these varied contexts. Carol has trained meditation techniques and practiced meditation for around thirteen years. Life adventures have taken Carol on journeys to India, where she attended Buddhist teaching, and Thailand, where she had exposure to Vipassana meditation practices. She has had meditation training from various monks in contexts both abroad and in South Africa. In growing her passion to help and share with people and to act as a catalyst for positive change, she is venturing into the online and mindfulness training context.

The primary focus to start will be on Soft Skills, Stress Reduction and Meaning and Mindfulness training. Carol has a Master’s degree in Education (cum laude) and formal training from the Zur Institute – Innovative Resources & Online Continuing Education – Certificate – Mindfulness and Meditation in Psychotherapeutic Practice, as well as an Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from eMindful – Evidence based mind body wellness. She has also had introductory training in Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy from the University of South Africa – Centre for Applied Psychology.Carol would like to welcome you to join her on this journey.

In his book: Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl talks about his form of therapy as Logotherapy. The word ‘Logos’ is Greek and denotes “meaning”. Logotherapy focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as man’s search for such meaning. According to Logotherapy “…this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.” Man’s Search for Meaning 2008 page 104.


Related article:

Defining Mindfulness – Quoted from page 9 of ‘Mindfulness For Dummies’ by Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall, April 2013.

Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who first developed mindfulness in a therapeutic setting, says: ‘Mindfulness can be cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, non-judgementally and openheartedly as possible’.

You can break down mindfulness even further:

1. Paying attention. To be mindful, you need to pay attention, whatever you choose to attend to.

2. Present moment. The reality of being in the here and now means you just need to be aware of the way things are, as they are now…

3. Non-reactively. Normally, when you experience something, you automatically react to that experience according to your past conditioning. For example, if you think, ‘I still haven’t finished my work’, you react with thoughts, words and actions in some shape or form. Mindfulness encourages you to respond to your experience rather than react to thoughts… (Chapter 12 of Mindfulness for Dummies delves deeper into mind- ful responses.)

4. Non-judgementally. The temptation is to judge experience as good or bad, something you like or dislike. I want to feel bliss; I don’t like feeling afraid. Letting go of judgements helps you to see things as they are rather than through the filter of your personal judgements based on past conditioning.

5. Openheartedly. Mindfulness isn’t just an aspect of mind. Mindfulness is of the heart as well. To be open-hearted is to bring a quality of kindness, compassion, warmth and friendliness to your experience… For more on attitudes to cultivate for mindfulness, see Chapter 4 of Mindfulness for Dummies.”

Join me for Mindfulness training, workshops, soft skills training, as well as Stress Reduction and Wellness workshops. Contact me for a quotation today.

Guiding Beliefs

To help young people and others at risk in South Africa – open the drawers of their minds with mindfulness and compassion. We wish to teach meditation here in South Africa, especially with young people who are at risk of marginalisation, or individuals who are “at risk” in communities. We would like to hear from those who might have an interest in funding such an enterprise. I am also interested in developing Youth Ambassadors for Compassion. Please contact me should you be interested in funding such a start-up, the two prongs being Mindfulness Meditation (Phase 1) and Compassion Ambassadorship (Phase 2). See our partnership with Charter for Compassion.

The principle of compassion is at the heart of all religions and spiritual traditions. It calls for us to treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves. Compassion is a motivator for us to work tirelessly to alleviate suffering for all beings. It highlights the necessity to treat everyone with justice, equality and respect. It is our belief that training needs to focus on mindfulness, meaning and compassion, whether directly or through soft skills training. It is never more urgent than now. 

‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!’ ~ Goethe

We have a massive problem in South Africa with young people who are neither in school, in education institutions, nor are they employed. This campaign could make a huge difference in the lives of young people who are at risk of becoming margianalised or lost to society. Once lost there is little to do except turn to crime, or become disillusioned and afflicted by other personal, social and psychological ills.  

The best idea humanity has ever had…

Consultancy fees in South African Rand are as follows:


Corporate NGO’s
R3 500 per day or R450 per hour R1 900 per day or R260 per hour
Training Manuals are extra and will be quoted per project and number of delegates
Personal Coaching: R300 per hour or R350 monthly for X2 sessions per month of 1 hour each. Mindfulness Meditation 1 hour – should you wish to learn more longer sessions can be arranged, or scheduled for further days – R250 per hour. Stress Reduction Half or Full Day – Half Day: R1 800 – Full Day – R3 500
By appointment.

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We Were Never Born by Dosnoventa: With the support of Lacoste Live.

“I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree on a cold winter day. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever… Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity.” Jack Kerouac.

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Supporting findings and programmes:

Mindfulness and Yoga for Disadvantaged Urban Youth

Tamar Mendelson, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholars program (2004-2006).

“Children face it (stress) as well, and they often do it without the same resources—emotional, financial and otherwise—that adults have.

With that in mind, five years ago I began working with a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins and Penn State to explore what a yoga program might do for kids. We began working with the Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in Baltimore, Md., a small nonprofit founded by brothers Ali and Atman Smith and their colleague Andres Gonzalez.”

See here.

Benefits of mindfulness for combating stress in low-income schools

Please see this encouraging segment posted on PBS Newshour about teaching students how to combat the traumas of poverty through mindfulness & yoga.

“At Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, Calif., 7th graders are learning yoga as a way to cope with the stress of life in a community rife with homelessness, shootings and gang war trauma. By teaching these children to pay close attention to their breathing and movements, Stanford University researchers are hoping they will focus better in school and beyond. Jeffrey Brown reports.” As many as 50% of the students are homeless.

See segment.

See also benefits of mindfulness for low-income schools at MindSift & the Mindful Life Project.

“Before we can teach a kid how to academically excel in school, we need to teach him how to have stillness, pay attention, stay on task, regulate, make good choices,” said Larochette. “We tell kids be quiet, calm yourself down, be still. We tell them all these things they need in the classroom, but we’re not teaching them how to do that.” ~ Jean-Gabrielle Larochette. To read more and learn more about this great project – the Mindful Life Project go here to MindShift

Go to the Mindful Life Project 

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