Cape Town Deep South

Mindfulness ~ “…paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment – non-judgmentally” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

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The Mindfulness Workshop will focus on mindfulness of breathing and mindfulness of the body. Awareness of the breath and awareness of the body. Mindfulness is about paying attention. In the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn: “…it’s about being where you are and knowing it.” He said, mindfulness is the awareness that arises through “…paying attention on purpose in the present moment — non-judgmentally.”

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Photo taken by Carol Knox.

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Befriending Your Mind: Cape Town Mindfulness Meditation

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Announcing our first Meetup and Workshop: Befriending Your Mind: Mindfulness Training in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Learn Mindfulness Meditation. Book here:

Learn Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 1:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

1 M&M’s (Mountain Meditators) Attending

Announcing our first Meetup and Workshop: Befriending Your Mind: Mindfulness Training in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Why Practice Mindfulness?Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for a short while, say a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Here are some of these benefits, which e…

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Why Practice Mindfulness?

Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for a short while, say a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Here are some of these benefits, which extend across many different settings:

Mindfulness is good for our bodies: A seminal study found that, after just eight weeks of training, practicing mindfulness meditation boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness.

Mindfulness is good for our minds: Studies have found that mindfulness increases positive emotions, while reducing negative emotions and stress (pdf).

“Mindfulness changes our brains: Research has found that it increases density of grey matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy”.

Mindfulness helps us to focus: Studies suggest that mindfulness helps us tune out distractions and improves our memory and attention skills.

Mindfulness very importantly fosters compassion and altruism: Research suggests mindfulness training makes us more likely to help someone in need and increases activity in neural networks involved in understanding the suffering of others and regulating emotions. Evidence suggests it might boost self-compassion as well, lacking a great deal in our daily lives and so important for improved quality of life.

Mindfulness enhances relationships: Research suggests mindfulness training makes couples more satisfied with their relationship, enables each partner to feel more optimistic and relaxed, and helps them feel more accepting of and closer to one another.

Mindfulness helps schools: There’s some scientific evidence that teaching mindfulness in schools reduces behaviour problems and aggression among students, and improves their happiness levels and ability to pay attention. Teachers with mindfulness training show “…lower blood pressure, less negative emotion and symptoms of depression, and greater compassion and empathy.”

Mindfulness helps fight obesity: Practicing “mindful eating” encourages healthier eating habits, helps people lose weight, and helps them savour the food that they do eat.

Payment can be made via EFT in South African rand: Reduced to R350. Contact me via email.

From the Greater Good – The Science of a Meaningful Life: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition

I Will Not Die an Unlived Life ~ Dawna Markova

My thanks to Amy Cuddysunrise one morning:

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which came to me as seed, goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.
~Dawna Markova

(Thank you to Heidi Brooks for introducing me to this.)

Photo of False Bay, Fish Hoek, Cape Town, taken by Carol Knox – April, 2015.

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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Awe | Cape Town Fires Devastate Large Areas

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Early today the fire coming over the mountain into Fish Hoek 6am and now 9:30 am. This morning I awoke to the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town burning wildly, with yesterdays fires spreading and causing closure of main roads to and from the Peninsula. Feeling awe – being a feeling of amazement and fascination, invoked by something outside of our usual understanding. We most commonly experience this through spiritual experiences, nature and art. It is amazing how things can change so quickly. Thinking of all those battling the fires and all the living creatures affected by these terrible fires. Great work being done by all the Firefighters, volunteers and countless helpers. Staying away so as not to block access roads for emergency teams.

One realizes in these moments how quickly things can change. A sharp and stark reminder to cherish the moments in the now. Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ

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Image from Wikipedia

Time lapse posted by Jason Kamera.

Image from Wikimedia Commons, not of the Cape Fires #MuizenbergFire but of Invergarry in April 2013.

EyeWitnessNews UPDATE: Fires rage in Cape Town’s deep south #MuizenbergFire