I will be offering a 2-hour workshop called Direct Experience of the Present at this year’s Earth-Beat Harvest Festival. This will be an experiential meditation workshop focused on giving participants practical methods for entering the state of conscious presence – the “how to” of being present. The workshop is scheduled to take place in Yoga Shala at 9:30AM on Saturday the 2nd of April (but double-check the festival programme in case there are any changes).
Every life has its share of challenges accompanied by difficult emotions – fear, anger and sadness. Most of us were never taught how to be with and move through these difficult emotions and how to embrace their gifts. The common approach is to “toughen up”, avoid unpleasant feelings and distract ourselves with work, entertainment, shopping, drugs or chocolate. If we use this approach and accumulate internal emotional baggage, is it any surprise that we find it difficult to be alone with ourselves, to open emotionally to another person and to feel love?
In this 3-hour experiential workshop we will step beyond the dominance of our thinking mind and re-connect with the fluid intelligence of our physical body. We will focus on getting in touch with our inner movement impulse and learning to follow it, releasing the weight of the physical tension that no longer serves us, and exploring the natural rhythm of circular movement in our body.
In this 3-hour experiential workshop we will focus on bringing our attention into the present moment and learning to just “be” – without having to do, fix or change anything. The participants will be guided through a series of meditation techniques that help to overcome the mind’s constant need to solve problems, worry, dream and be entertained, uncovering the state of conscious presence underneath. There will be multiple opportunities to ask questions that come up during the practice. This workshop is not religious and is not centered around any specific tradition or guru.
In this 3-hour experiential workshop we will focus on bringing our attention into the present moment, accessing the healing intelligence of our body and experiencing awareness that is beyond our thinking mind. The participants will be guided through a mixture of sitting and movement-based (body-based) meditation techniques and there will be multiple opportunities to ask questions that come up during the practice. This workshop is not religious and is not centered around any specific tradition or guru.
New Year is the time of health and fitness resolutions for many people and we probably also have some new residents in the Roundabout circulation area so I’d like to take this opportunity to tell everyone about the Tai Chi classes that I am offering at Laingholm Eleven.
MAJOR EAST AUCKLAND POWER OUTAGE AFFECTS 185,000 PEOPLE
This month Auckland experienced a major power outage due to a fire at the Penrose electricity substation. All suburbs in the Eastern half of the Auckland isthmus were affected. 85,000 households and businesses (185,000 people) lost electricity. Almost a half of these households and businesses were without electricity for between 1 and 2.5 days. Most shops and businesses closed due to not having electricity. At the height of the outage 128 cell towers and 7 telephone exchanges were down and traffic lights on 140 road intersections stopped working. 49 wastewater pumping stations lost electricity resulting in 4 wastewater overflows into the environment.
The anecdotal evidence that practicing Tai Chi is good for health has been confirmed by a number of studies. In recent years even ACC began sponsoring Tai Chi classes for the elderly. Having studied, practiced and taught Tai Chi for 15 years I’d like to share some of my understanding of how Tai Chi works to benefit health.
Electricity meters on many New Zealand homes including homes in the Roundabout circulation area are being replaced with the so-called “Smart” or “Advanced” meters. Compared to a standard electricity meter, a smart meter is essentially a surveillance device with a microwave transmitter. It collects detailed real-time information about your electricity usage and transmits it to your electricity provider through the air using the cell tower network.
Last month I came across a new Auckland-based web site called “Neighbourly”. Neighbourly is a social network, but it is not like Facebook. It is not about sharing what’s happening in your life. Neighbourly is about getting practical things done in the local area where you live and getting to know your neighbours. For example: