Sunday, September 27, 2009

Waiting for love

The guarantee will be inner. It will be a commitment from the heart, it will be a silent communion. If you enjoy being with somebody, you would like to enjoy it more and more. If you enjoy the intimacy, you would like to explore the intimacy more and more.And there are a few flowers of love which bloom only after long intimacies. There are seasonal flowers too; within six weeks they are there in the sun, but within six weeks again they are gone forever. There are flowers which take years to come, and there are flowers which take many years to come. The longer it takes, the deeper it goes.But it has to be a commitment from one heart to another heart. It has not even to be verbalized, because to verbalize it is to profane it. It has to be a silent commitment; eye to eye, heart to heart, being to being. It has to be understood, not said. (Osho)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Educating in the wild

Mushilila School is situated in a remote region in Zambia's Lower Luangwa Valley. It is relatively close to Munyamadzi Game Ranch, whose shareholders have recently launched a pontoon across the Luangwa River and opened basic access roads. New access made it possible for a small group from Munyamadzi to visit the school late last year, and their visit brought to my attention the dire plight of the children. This is best expressed through the words of one of the visitors, Deborah.

"The school seems to have been cut off from the rest of the world.... The resident teacher, who has been there over 20 years, explained that 264 children attend school daily, many of them from a distance of 40km away. It takes them the whole morning to walk there, and as long to get back, many leaving and arriving home in the dark. Many are as young as 6 years old. Remember, this area is wild: A man-eating lion had attacked and killed a man while we were there, and a small boy had been mauled the day before we visited the school, his injured leg an open, fly-infested wound that had not been dressed due to lack of medical supplies.”

“When the children finally arrive at school there is no food for them. There is one classroom with makeshift desks, many children sitting on the floor to learn. A single room with a bare dirt floor serves as an overnight shelter for around 50 children who can’t make it home every day. Once a year, the children have to walk 90km to Nyimba to collect school supplies and text books – and they do!!”

“It seems that education is a top priority in Zambia and, as can be seen by the regular attendance of the children even from so far away, it is recognized as their only hope of self-betterment.”

The new owners of Munyamadzi have pledged to support the school, but the amount of upgrading and rehabilitation required is immense.
Mushilila School Project has identified initial main goals to assist the school:

1. To install a borehole to ensure a fresh water supply
2. To provide solar power
3. To build a new classroom block
4. To build and equip a new hostel to accommodate weekly boarders
5. To develop land around the school as a kitchen garden
6. To supply basic food on a regular basis
7. To provide basic school supplies, including stationary, desks, chalkboards, play equipment
8. To establish a school-based primary clinic equipped with medical supplies

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Where to next........?

Brazil, Bahia, Lesotho, Swaziland....been to all those places but want to go back. I'm off to Cape Town again next week, was there last week. I was also in the bush in Northern Zululand where mating leopards kept us entertained all night. My tent has never seen so much action! Uhh hmmm. Now I'm thinking of Senegal, Mali, D'jbouti, Rwanda, Ethopia....the list is long long long.

Africa is my priority travel for the next two years. But I have some friends wanting me to party with them in Bahia. So what to do?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Restless legs

Restless legs is a symptom of anxiety and stress. It means your legs twitch or move uncontrollably. Mine do that, at night. I lie down in bed and off they go. I toss and turn, frustrated beyond belief. I'm supposed to be relaxing, taking time out, breathing deeply but not tonight or any of the last four months worth of nights.

So these restless legs, what are they all about? My thinking is I want to get the hell out of here and be on the move again. My travel list suddenly appears in my mind, I look around to chat but there is no one there. They are all married and multiplied so who will want to hear my next adventure plan?

My next adventure was supposed to be calming down, staying in one place, meditating...being still. What good is that doing me if I STILL have restless legs?

The wandering spirit is alive and kicking!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Supreme Ultimate Fist

Tai chi, strength in softness. I had my first Tai chi lesson this evening and was enthralled. The way of the tiger is through a dance of lightness. I'm now adding to my eastern practices having completed Muay Thai and Yoga courses. Tai Chi and Qigong are now next. These beautiful meditative practices hold so much power in grace that my heart has expanded after this very first session.

On the grass overlooking the sea tomorrow I will be moving with my breath in the stillness of my mind.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Crazy cow!

So, I was driving at 140m/hr along the N2 from Durban to Pietermarizburg, South Africa today, very late for an appointment...when in a blink of an eye in front of me walking slowly down the fast lane was an Nguni Cow. Two lanes of traffic full up to the left of me. Something must have intervened because I did not hit it and I have no idea how, because I stayed in my lane and when I looked in the rear view mirror after I had past,the cow was still there and I was still here.
You got to love Africa, this only happens here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009