IMG_3676 fade

Wishing everyone a Happy New year for 2015. Thanks for stopping by and supporting my posts and writing. Here are some wonderful free resources from Mindfulness Project for you to use in your practice of mindfulness in 2015. They range from 3 minute to 10 minute breathing exercises, mindfulness of sound, body scan, sitting meditation, movement, guided imagery, and just bells. All in one place. I hope that you enjoy!

Please visit Meaning and Mindfulness

Image free download from Creative Market

10 Great Reasons to Start Meditating Today ~ Emma Seppala on Fulfillment Daily

cover picture balance purchased

Emma Seppala provides a handy infographic, showing a summary of research into the benefits of Meditation.

The Problem: We all sometimes feel down, get anxious, have trouble focusing or have pain.
The Science: There’s a practice out there that research shows helps with all of these things.
The Solution: Meditation – here’s a handy infographic summarizing all the findings.”

To read more please go here: Fulfillment Daily


Header Image purchased at Creative Market – Huge Nature Photo Set. One license only. View cool stuff to purchase.

Mindfulness Training Fundraising on Indiegogo – Open the Drawers of your Mind


I have set up a detailed fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for independent small business fund raisers – I have 47 days to raise the funds I need for Phase 1 ~ to start Mindfulness Training with young people in South Africa – Please help if you can, kindly spread the word on your networks: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mindfulness-training/x/6456396

Image from Creative Market AWSM, part of the Epilogue presentation template here: https://creativemarket.com/AWSM/18246-Epilogue-PowerPoint-Presentation


Stress Reduction – Learn How

Learn how to identify and reduce stress with these simple techniques, here at Udemy: .https://www.udemy.com/stress-reduction
Image Wallpaper from the conscious life: http://theconsciouslife.com/zen-wallpapers-for-desktop.htm – originated at Deviantart: http://faridee.deviantart.com/art/Stream-150828549

  • Identifying stress and its effect on physical and emotional health
  • Implement ways to cope with stress
  • Use mindfulness meditation techniques
  • Foster positive personal relationships
  • Explore ways to create emotional health and well-being.zen-wallpaper-28

Online Stress Reduction Workshop


Join me for an online Stress Reduction Workshop launching Saturday 28 September at 7pm. Register here:https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=E959DF8780493D

I look forward to meeting and being with you then.

Image thanks to deviant vicky at deviantart.com

carol small

First Stress Reduction Workshop Scheduled for: Saturday 28 September at 7p.m. Here is the Audience Login URL: https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference-beta/default.aspx?ip_ek=CarolKnox1 and the Registration Form URL here: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E959DF8780493D


Stress Reduction Workshop












Please visit my Introduction to Stress Reduction Workshop on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS5LiD5Gj40

To be launched at the end of September or early October, 2013. Watch this space.

Image from: www.freedigitalphotos.net

Meaning and Mindfulness – Wellness at Work and in Your Life


I am now working on two workshops. The one will be about Wellness and Mindfulness incorporating Mindfulness @ work. The other will be working on a Nonviolence Living workshop for young people. This will be based on the Principles at the Metta Centre for NonViolence: http://mettacenter.org/nonviolence/introduction/

Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/MeaningandMindfulness?ref=hl

In his book: Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl talks about his form of therapy as Logotherapy. The word ‘Logos’ is Greek and denotes “meaning”. Logotherapy focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as man’s search for such meaning. According to Logotherapy “…this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.” Man’s Search for Meaning 2008 page 104.

Defining Mindfulness – Quoted from page 9 of ‘Mindfulness For Dummies’ by Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall, April 2013.

“Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who first developed mindfulness in a therapeutic setting, says: ‘Mindfulness can be cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, non-judgementally and openheartedly as possible’.
You can break down the meaning even further:

1. Paying attention. To be mindful, you need to pay attention, whatever you choose to attend to…

2. Present moment. The reality of being in the here and now means you just need to be aware of the way things are, as they are now…

3. Non-reactively. Normally, when you experience something, you automatically react to that experience according to your past conditioning… Mindfulness encourages you to respond to your experience rather than react to thoughts… (Chapter 12 of Mindfulness for Dummies delves deeper into mind- ful responses.)

4. Non-judgementally. The temptation is to judge experience as good or bad, something you like or dislike… Letting go of judgements helps you to see things as they are rather than through the filter of your personal judgements based on past conditioning…

5. Openheartedly. Mindfulness isn’t just an aspect of mind. Mindfulness is of the heart as well. To be open-hearted is to bring a quality of kindness, compassion, warmth and friendliness to your experience… For more on attitudes to cultivate for mindfulness, see Chapter 4 of Mindfulness for Dummies.”


I am also influenced by a course I completed through Case Western Reserve University on Coursera https://www.coursera.org/course/lead-ei called: Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence.
I am thinking of two different methods for different audiences. One will be a face-to-face one day workshop – for locals here in South Africa, the other will be an online workshop of about 1 – 2 hours for those internationally who have an interest. I have found anymeeting to offer the most at the most reasonable price. Any comments, expressions of interest, or suggestions would be welcome.

Image from Free Digital Images: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/