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A Sneak Peek at the People of the heavens

One of South Africa’s Oldest Clans The Zulu people were originally a clan in what is now known as Northern KwaZulu-Natal. The Zulu tribe represents the largest population of ethnic groups in South Africa; making up to 10-11 million people. They are known for their strong fighting spirit which has fashioned renowned warriors in history including the likes of Shaka Zulu who played a prominent role in various Zulu wars. The Zulu, also known as Amazulu, tribe is one of… Read More
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THE JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY OF WABI-SABI

Life isn’t perfect, but we all know it’s how you react to things that counts. Wabi-sabi is considered a beloved form of art — the art of imperfection — and it’s not only found within objects, but within us. The Japanese philosophy celebrates beauty in what’s natural, flaws and all. Imperfection is the basic principle of Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese philosophy of accepting your imperfections and making the most of life. It is about the aesthetic of things in existence, that… Read More
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UNDERSTANDING MEDITATION

There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. What is meditation? Meditation is relaxation. Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. It’s not mainly about focusing one’s thoughts on one thing, but instead on becoming thoughtless. When we sit to meditate, we are looking after ourselves in ways that might not at first seem obvious. The benefits of meditation are numerous and varied,… Read More
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How to be self Confident

Self-Confidence can roughly be described as the ability of a person to have faith in his or her abilities and competence. Confidence comes from a latin word fidere’ which means “to trust”; therefore, having a self-confidence is having trust in one’s self. How to Believe in Yourself and Build Self-Confidence When it comes to success, nothing is more important and powerful than self-confidence and belief in oneself. In fact, if we want to be successful, self-belief is more important than… Read More
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The Art Of Doing Things Purely For The Benefit Of Others

ALTRUISM Altruism refers to behavior that benefits another individual at a cost to oneself. It can include a vast range of behaviors, from sacrificing one’s life to save others, to donating your money or time to a charity or to help someone, without trying to get recognition for it, or simply waiting a few seconds to hold the door open for a stranger. Often, people behave altruistically when they see others in challenging circumstances and feel empathy and a desire… Read More
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THE POWER OF HABITS

If you stretch out in front of the TV after your tea and biscuits and wish you would start to exercise and eat better, you have not yet formed the habit to allow you to make the change. Your donut eating, TV watching habit is stronger, and will kick in automatically for you, even though you really want to change. What does it mean to have a Habit? A habit is something that you can perform automatically, without thinking about… Read More
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SHOULD WE NOT LOVE AFTER BEING BROKEN BEFORE?

It can be very scary starting again. It may feel impossible at the moment but, there is good news- you can, and will, fall in love again. However, the next time you are in love will probably feel different than it did before you had your heart broken. The experience will change because you have changed. One way to love again is to shift the way you look at your heartbreak. Rather than thinking of it as something to be… Read More
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EMBRACING CULTURE DIVERSITY

Culture is that which shapes us; it shapes our identity and influences our behavior. Culture is our “way of being,” more specifically, it refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and material objects that are passed down from one generation to the next. Culture changes with time. What is diversity? The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. It’s about empowering people by respecting and… Read More
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A WALK IN ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. The word Zanzibar came from Arabic zanjibār (زنجبار ), which is in turn from Persian zangbâr (زنگبار ), a compound of Zang (زنگ , “black”) + bâr (بار , “coast”). The name is one of several toponyms sharing similar etymologies, ultimately meaning “land of the blacks” or similar meanings, in reference to the dark skin of the inhabitants. Although it is officially part of the East African country, in almost all aspects—politics,… Read More
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GRATITUDE IS A MUST

WHAT IS GRATITUDE? The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. However, it’s easy to be ungrateful these days, isn’t it? It’s easy to want things we don’t have. In fact, I’d even go as far as saying it’s stitched into the very material of our society. Everywhere we turn, we are reminded of the fact of how little we do have rather than how much we have to be grateful for. In a… Read More