Reflection & Gratitude

“The Throwing back by Body or Surface of Light, Heat or Sound Without Absorbing It”

How absolutely beautiful! I am well aware that this definition really refers to an actual reflection, such as your own, in a mirror or body of water, however, should we not do the same when reflecting upon the year that has now come to an end?

The other definition being ‘Serious Thought or Consideration” should be avoided at all costs in this instance. Truth is, we cannot change what has happened, we cannot alter an event or experience once it has been had. ‘Serious Thought or Consideration’ would require our full attention; and how can we then avoid being absorbed in every event and experience all over again?

31 Dec 2018, my final yoga class of the year was all about Releasing What No Longer Serves You. This year I asked my students to look back at 2019 and find the worst experience, event or hardship. That huge thing that SUCKED! The thing that possibly destroyed the year for you. Find it AND BE GRATEFUL FOR IT!

I try and make gratitude a daily practice and it’s easy to find hundreds of things to be grateful for. It’s easy to be grateful for all our blessings, for wonderful people in our lives and for the things we so easily take for granted. It’s a whole new challenge to be grateful for the shitty stuff. Especially while going through it. It’s hard to be grateful for a broken heart, the death of a loved one, loss of income or climate change for that matter. It’s so incredibly challenging to be grateful for destruction, change, a toxic family member or colleague.

Gratitude also enables us to truly reflect without being Absorbed in it all over again.

The thing is though, gratitude causes a shift. In hind sight, all the worst, most difficult times in your life, has taught you the most!
 When we learn, we grow. Gratitude allows us to be students.

Expressive Dance Cacau Ceremony

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We are dedicating seven weeks to developing and healing each chakra at the Simple Sense Therapy Center in Hogsback. On the 5th week (and 5th chakra), we are hosting an Expressive Dance Cacau Ceremony.
Bring The Following Intention with you: How do i want to express myself in The Walk of Life  
Date: 8 February 2020, Saturday 10:00 – 12:00.

R 200 per person

Chantell Van Outeniqua has been working with Ceremonial Cacao for 3 years.
Authentic Raw, Medicinal Cacao has a quality that is loving for The Heart both Physically and Energetically.
Cacao enriches our relationship with our own bodies and cultivates a humble way of relating with others.
How to Prepare:
Please avoid dairy and coffee for the day of The Ceremony.
Drink Lots of Water to prevent Detoxing effects
What to Bring:
Water to Drink
Blanket to Sit On
Comfortable Clothes to move around in.
A Warm Top
More info and bookings: Miki – 0767217956 or
Simple Sense team

The Human Condition…

How often have you read a book, listened to a podcast, watched a video, taken psychedelics or just had a really great meditation… and then vowed to change everything in your life?

You’re feeling amazing, completely at peace with yourself and the world around you. Your entire being is filled with love and patience and you can handle anything and anyone. No one can upset or shake you now. You are aware and conscious and living in the NOW. You realise that you can choose how to react and respond and YOU GOT THIS….

(slightly evil giggle…)

Then your partner leaves laundry on the floor, toothpaste in the sink or forgets to pick up milk. Your colleague takes credit for something YOU did, your boss says something, your clients show up late for an appointment, you have to stand in a que at the bank, your car won’t start, dogs trample mud onto your freshly polished floors. You chip a nail or a heaven forbid, a tooth, you stub your toe or a family member wants to borrow money.

Somehow, inevitably you are faced with challenges and 99% of the time it will be your biggest pet peeves.

And just like that.. in what seems like a split second, your ‘Namaste’ turns in a ‘Nama-nodda-fuck’. After reacting and responding to those challenges in a way quite contradictory to your newly found awareness, you fall into the pits of quilt and self loathing.

“Why did I react like that; why couldn’t I just accept it and not respond negatively; why didn’t I say this or do that?” You go through thoughts of resentment, both towards yourself and the situation; you think less of yourself because you KNEW how to do it better and ‘right’. How useless are you if you can’t apply all this wisdom to your life and every situation. You know what I’m talking about…

And that my fellow humans… That’s exactly where the lesson lies.

I think most of the time we miss it. First we are so focused on our newly acquired saint-like mindset; and then on our demons, that we miss the plot.

You didn’t fail! Hug yourself and say ‘its okay’. Apologize to yourself. And accept that you are human, accept your emotions, your reactions and let it be what it is. If you keep doing this, inevitably you will grow.

As you don’t dry paint by looking at it, you can’t grow a tree by forcing the seeds to sprout or leaves to form. It will all happen by itself, just be okay with that.