This last weekend I had the joy and priveledge of going to a creative retreat at solitude in the dargle near Howick. What a soul re-juvenation 🙂
One’s own journey is a precious thing, one’s own creative journey in my opinion even more precious, like precious on steroids 🙂
What I discovered on my very excited to share return was that one’s personal journey is not as relevatory to others as it was to one’s self.
Lesson learnt 🙂
For me it was cathartic, connecting to myself, releasing in a high release way as well as calming, coo-ing almost in the best way possible, rocking in a hammock kind of gentleness, presence and preciousness.
We did all sorts of “arty” things not for creation sake but more for the journey sake and connecting to one’s inner child. The wisdom that was downloaded to each of us was profound, gentle and powerful. Sometimes the simple in life is the key. And happiness is an elusive gift just within our reach.
What is halloween?
It is a festival that started more than 2000 years ago, this is before Christ. They were pagans in what we know as England today – celts.
It is a festival marking the end of the harvest season and has a long history.
I was trying to figure out why it is so offensive to the christian religion but even after researching I am confused.
If we really think back to 2000 years ago, and that is hard to comprehend. Life as we know it was very very different. They were as we call it pagans but really they were just trying to survive and using the sun, wind and stars to get them through the year.
As with all of these traditions like father Christmas and the easter bunny – do children really know the significance of the holidays we celebrate?
What does halloween mean for children – sweets, pumpkins, trick or treating, dress up. They certainly don’t channel anything.
I actually find it quite interesting that as humans in 2018 we still have followed a lot of customs from more than 2000 years ago, fairly “religiously”.
My personal feeling is that it is what you model daily, preach without words that has the biggest impact.
Also perhaps I am cooked in the head but “broad minded ness” in my book includes exposure to things rather than hiding them under a mushroom however this is just my personal opinion.
What a privilege to spend easter with divine friends in the pristine drakensberg mountains at Cobham near Underberg.
“Die heuwels fantasties”.
Easter camping on the riverside breathing in the fresh air up there, diving into streams of clear fresh water. Children playing, friending new friendies. Braais and “braai-pie” – thanks Suzette – watched your you tube clip and was indeed a crowd pleaser and so easy.
What a privilege.
Not to be controversial or anything, I honestly believe that as south africans at large we are extremely talented and have the greatest potential on this green earth of ours.
I watched “die wonderwerker” on the weekend on showmax, a story about Eugene Marais. Oh my word, our actors! our people, our film makers – I could wax lyrical and then some.
I just love Karen Zoid and her republic of zoid afrika. She show cases the best of us!!!
Again and again and again.
Opens our eyes to the beauty around us. Allows us to dream harder, believe.
WE so can. We are amazing people. Resilient and talented and beautiful and amazing
My absolute best is at the end of the show what one thing would you wish for OUR country – watch and be inspired – I am!!!
Dr Lee is moving to The Ellenbird in hilton – 2 Quarry road, New phone number : 0832898351, we are relinquishing telkom. We have to pay them 30k to go away. And trust me this is the “cheap” option. IN a nutshell, don’t sign a contract with telkom.
Fran Steart, Michele Albets, Fiona McRimmon and Elze Scheepers will join us at the Ellen Bird. Fran and Michele are dieticians specialising in diabetes and eating disorders. Fiona is a life coach and Elze is a laser and PRP practitioner.
Pop in – coffee at the coffee shop, gifts and the gift shop and medical help including speech therapy etc all available.
AN idea of the feeling you get at our new practice :
So I have blogged about this before, but they are upon us now.
What should you be doing/not doing or doing differently during the holidays.
We all know that glucose control is one way in the week and quite a different way on the weekend and holidays. This is partly because we are human and life is well just not always easy and letting your hair down usually goes with a bit of alcohol (if you are old enough) and a bit of cheating (dare I say it).
So all things considered, where does this leave you with your diabetes?
Consider it. Be mindful of it. Carb count it. Accurately.
With the holidays come a little bit of time – that we don’t usually have. Choose to exercise – must be something you love. Be creative. Horse ride or bike ride or dance!
Factor the exercise in. IF you are not sure how to do this, consult someone. Even if you are on holiday – trust me most of us (health care folk) are at work : dieticians, GP’s, nurse educators etc.
Don’t just go ape on yourself. It’s so much harder to get back the lost ground.
Enjoy yourself but be fair about it. Restraint is required.
Give yourself a Christmas present of being present more often. This will carry through to the new year and be a wonderful asset.
Top sites that I feel are invaluable : http://www.fatsecret.co.za – south african ,excellent for carb counting and so much more!, pinterest has awesome pictograms of diabetes.
Feel free to share your best app, resource with me.