Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I've decided to do a series of photos depicting Summer in Auckland - we had some of the hottest November temperatures ever recorded and who knows what lies ahead for December and the rest of Summer!
This picture was taken at Piha Beach in November (the same day I took this shot).
There was a surf life saving competition in progress and the colourful flags fluttered brightly in the strong breeze. The life savers do a fantastic job throughout the summer making sure bathers are safe - the wild west coast is renowned for the strong tidal rips that can make for dangerous swimming conditions. Every beach has a reminder to Swim Between the Flags (although these aren't being used for that purpose, I think they were team flags):
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
And yet, I feel like someone who has spectacularly underachieved – someone who has ‘so much potential’ yet so little self-belief. Not that I want to go around ‘blowing my own trumpet’ or ‘getting too big for my boots’ or achieving celebrity status (now that would be pushing it) – I just want to feel I am making a difference in the world – that I am putting my wealth of God-given talent to good use – that I am fulfilling my purpose. I am tired of thinking small - I want to 'think big' – to stop apologising and to embrace everything that I am, even the parts that I wish I could change but I know that in order to find peace I must accept – simply because they are me.
Just Do it Well.
Because when you’re 43 and you planning on living to 100, there is still plenty of time to Change the World.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
(a brief deviation from b&w november!)
Monday, November 8, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Anyhow, I have lots of plans for November - I'd been planning a big spring clean in preparation for the new year and then I happened to read my horoscope on She Said, She Said - by Sheilaa. (Go and read yours). I don't normally follow my horoscope but when I read this I sat up and paid attention!
ARIES (March 21 – April 20) The recent full moon in your birth sign heralds the official beginning of a once in a lifetime, major transformational shift that will permanently alter the way you think, feel and act about–everything. Get out in front of this unstoppable force by sorting through and emptying out your emotional storage unit. What to do with the old stuff and relationships that no longer reflect who you’re becoming? Make room for your new energy and perspective by setting the old out on the curb to be picked up for recycling.
(italics are mine)
Once in a lifetime, transformational shift, unstoppable force?? This is exactly what I need to start off 2011 on the right note.
So my intention for November is to:
Clear Out (mentally, physically, emotionally), to Lighten Up and Let Go so that I can Make Space for that Unstoppable Force
Because how could I possible let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass me by??
My other project for November is to take part in Justine Gordon's Black & White November. And here is my first entry(from my archives) - taken in July 06 when Anika was 9 months old. One day she was playing in her bedroom and I grabbed the camera, selected the b&w setting and clicked away. This is one of my favourites.
Where did she get those eyelashes?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
One of the most well known yoga poses is trikonasana or triangle pose. I'm not going to go into a detailed explanation of how to practice this pose - you can read about it at Yoga Journal, or you can watch Rachel's Suburban Yogini tv where she beautifully demonstrates a variation of the pose (thanks Rachel!).
It's one of my favourite poses because even though I have been practicing it for over ten years now, each time I do it I learn something new about my body - about how placing my feet in a certain way, or working with props, or extending my arms, or pressing down my feet - can help me to achieve a deeper awareness of the pose, an experience of ' myself moving through space' and thereby a greater appreciation of what my body can do when I give it the love(=attention) and support (=props) it needs.
And this learning follows me off my mat and into my life.
To put it simply, I'm coming to appreciate my body not for its shape but for its ability to make shapes.
And for me this has been the greatest gift of yoga : the gift of awareness - of being able to enjoy the experience of being in my body, and to celebrate what it feels like to be human - no matter what shape I am in!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
(I found this artwork by Georgia O'Keefe here)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The backbend poses in yoga are all designed to open the chest, release the shoulders, and uplift energy levels. There is nothing quite like the feeling one gets after completing an intense backbend sequence. But if you don't have time to fit in a 90 minute yoga session you can start off with this simple chest opener. It only takes a couple of minutes (even though my description of it is quite long and detailed). It's a great way to start the day and can be repeated whenever you feel the need to lift your energy and open your heart!
Stand with your feet parallel, about hip distance apart.
Stand up tall with your hands by your sides and get a sense of your shoulders being positioned directly above your hips, and your hips directly above your ankles.
Press the feet down and lift the legs up, allowing the tail bone to extend down towards the floor. Draw the navel back towards the spine and lift up through the crown of the head. Feel yourself growing taller!
(This is called Tadasana - mountain pose - the most basic of the yoga standing poses)
Now take your hands behind your back and interlock your fingers, keeping the arms long and elbows straight. The hands should be resting on the buttocks at the base of the spine with the thumbs close to your body.
Roll the shoulders back and down towards the hands and lengthen the arms downwards.
Draw the shoulder blades together and into the back of the body. Lift the sternum up towards the chin, without throwing the chest forward.
Keep the navel drawing back towards the spine, front thighs moving towards the back thighs, feet pressing down.
Look up slightly, keeping the neck relaxed and throat soft.
Now inhale and lift the arms away from the back, keeping the arms extended.
Feel the broadness across the front of the chest. As the ribcage expands allow the breath to fill the chest cavity, creating space around the heart and lungs. Hold for about 30 seconds, breathing normally.
On an exhalation, release the arms back down towards the back.
Now change the interlock of the fingers so that the other thumb is closest to you (this may feel like the 'unnatural' grip of the fingers). Repeat the life of the arms to open the chest again.
Do you feel a lift in your energy, a space around your heart, a feeling of lightness?
You may well find you spend the rest of your day feeling more generous and open-hearted!
p.s. this is even more beneficial when practiced outdoors :-)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
And while we're talking about heart shapes do you remember that song by Sting called Shape of my Heart? Here are the lyrics from the chorus:
I know that the spades are swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my heart.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Wheresoever you go, go with all your
Monday, October 11, 2010
“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I'm planning on becoming a more frequent blogger again, starting next week when school begins again.
Watch. This. Space.
In the meantime, here's one of my favourite Cape Town shots - taken at the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I love my life in New Zealand. But I also love that I can get on an aeroplane and be transported back to my life in South Africa - a life which is still there waiting for me to step back into, thanks mostly to the wonderful people that live there - the people who have known me the longest.
I will savour each sweet moment, each delicious day - allowing each one to embrace me like a hug, feeling it, enjoying it, returning it, letting it slip into the corners of my mind and heart so that I may retrieve it at a later date and enjoy it all over again.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
- committing publicly to a group project is a great way to gain inspiration, support and ongoing feedback