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January 13, 2010
Rest in natural great peace, this exhausted mind. Beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thought, like the relentless fury of the pounding waves, in the infinite ocean of samsara.

Sogyal Rinpoche offers insight into this beautiful poem by Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche about taming the mind, a fundamental Buddhist philosophy. He explains that if we just let go and ‘naturally be’ we too can find rest. But how does one even begin to ‘be’? More often than not, it feels as though there are thousands of thoughts racing through your mind at the same time? Clients. Bills. Traffic jams and deadlines. All before you have even gotten out of bed in the morning. ‘Just breathe’ is what you’re told to do. But does this work? And how? Well, the mind is actually a simple tool; it cannot multi-task. Often you may feel as though countless thoughts are swirling around in your head at the same time, when in fact there’s only one thought being processed at a time; one after the other. When you focus on your breathing, the mind will concentrate on nothing else. Drawing a comparison between a our daily lives and a glass of muddy water, Sogyal Rinpoche goes on to say that if we simply allow the dirt to settle, clarity reveals beautiful self, allowing you to just ‘naturally be’.

Rest in natural great peace, this exhausted mind. Beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thought, like the relentless fury of the pounding waves, in the infinite ocean of samsaraTo the family and friends of the shark attack victim at Fish Hoek Beach yesterday, I hope you find rest too.

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dream

January 12, 2010

Although quite common on the roads these days, you may, over the past few weeks, have spotted one particular little gem in and around town. The title on its birth certificate would read ‘Champagne silver 2009 Hyundai Tucson 2l GLS’ but I call it mine.

Your first inclination may be to consider me arrogant followed perhaps by a ‘so what’. But please understand that this is my first official grown-up car since dad’s hand-me downs during my student days; followed by the little 1400’s sans air-con, power-steering and electric windows which I’ve subsequently owned. I had a brief stint with a few of the above-mentioned trimmings – but hatchbacks were still not my preferred choice. So, after closing those naughty store accounts which women tend to accumulate, crunching numbers with the ‘other half’ and patting ourselves on the back for always being responsible about saving and investing for our golden years, we achieved what was once a ‘dream’. And it feels great. Roads are suddenly smoother, the view which 16” wheels offer is amazing (short people like myself would understand) and a blistering Cape Town summer has nothing on ‘climate control’. I still don’t quite understand the difference between that and air-con – but I love it. While I still need to master the art of oozing seductively from its luxurious leather interior, I have however noticed (or imagined) a lot more respectful drivers on the road. It felt as though the doors to that secret club had been opened and I have arrived. But as we all know and as I was soon to be reminded, spiritual beings do not host arrogance comfortably.

I was met with a charming yet humbling sight one evening which pulled me straight out of that imaginary club. An elderly homeless person stood patiently in the middle of a lane reserved for cars, waiting for the lights to change to green before crossing a busy intersection. My immediate reaction was ‘oh, how funny,’ but it was soon replaced with humility and an immense sense of gratitude. While that gentle soul may not have been unhappy with where in life he was, I certainly considered myself blessed at the manifestation of another dream.


‘no dream is ever too big; no dreamer too small’ – Anon

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beautiful day

January 11, 2010
I have been blessed with an amazing weekend. All I had to do was get out there and enjoy each moment as it presented itself. Whether you engage or observe, I encourage that you do the same. Swim in the ocean, invite a friend to tea or take a walk around the block. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to see, enjoy and appreciate. Here’s to …

clean beaches

good friends,


naps,

quirky finds,

retro diners,

leafy streets,

coffee,

naughty indulgences,

side shows,

handbags,

sisters,


and Cats.


‘See the world in green and blue. See China right in front of you. See the canyons broken by cloud. See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out. See the Bedouin fires at night. See the oil fields at first light . And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth. After the flood all the colours came out. It was a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away” Beautiful day – U2

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a new me

January 9, 2010
A new year. A new me. That’s what January offers along with an extra kilo or 2. But does this mean that the ‘me’ of yesteryear didn’t make the grade. A bit harsh, don’t you think? So I decided on something different. I chose to honour the woman I am.

A diamond, a beautiful smile, that perfect pair of black stiletto shoes. And by stepping out of my comfort zone, I have chosen to share my experiences with you. So here’s a glimpse into what I embrace and love, my passions and interests, the little things which make me smile. There are style icons to meet, classic legends to celebrate and angels to be grateful for. A few questions I’ve often asked and some answers I’ve found along this wonderful road called Life. Thank you for meeting me and accompanying me along this journey. Oh, there’s a bit of fun to be had as well. As Susie often says, ‘It’s all about love, laughter and lollipops.’ Especially the red fizzy ones.

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