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The moment draws open as time itself seems to dilate… somehow the very second you’re living in seems to drip by in a languid, lethargic way… you focus, simultaneously, on everything unfolding around you… aware of so much, and thinking so little… suddenly your sense of self seems to simply dissolve as your awareness and your actions merge magically into one synchronized, intuitive, and creative moment.

You’re in the flow. You are about to make the shot, sink the put, break through your long-standing personal record, finesse the sale, finalize the project, create your masterpiece, accomplish any of your lovely life achievements.
Science has begun to seek out the ‘stuff’ that makes these flow moments so special. They’ve studied, tested, and teased out the components in an effort to understand how, when and why they happen.
Their efforts have led to a definition. Flow is ‘an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best,’ which would lead us to believe that an experience of feeling the ‘flow’ would be as different and unique as we are. Not true! Further exploration revealed there are a few qualities that appear in almost all experiences of flow, from increased concentration and improved creativity to non-linear timelines. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (check out his amazing TED talk), who coined the term ‘flow’ in scientific jargon, relates the experience as being one where
Ego falls away. Time Flies. Every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.

Probably the most poignant quality to pervade the ‘flow’? Most people speak directly to a loss of sense of self, or self-consciousness! In essence, when you are in the flow you feel an overwhelming sense of oneness and unity. You are co-creator and created all at once. Your performance peaks, your intuition ignites, and your creativity soars.
Why is the Flow so Phenomenal?

In a recent study run in Australia, 40 research subjects were presented with an exceptionally tricky brain teaser—the kind that requires a deep creative insight to solve. No one solved it. But when ‘in the flow’, 23 subjects got the answer right and in record time! In a study run by the Flow Genome Project, the same result was found: people reported being 700% more creative in flow!
As Steven Kotler puts it,
Flow is a thoroughly transformational experience. A considerable pile of research shows that on the other side of the state, we’re more confident, capable and aware….top executives reported being five times more productive in flow. This means, if you spend Monday in flow, you can actually take the rest of the week off and still get more done that your steady-state peers.
Even better, the people who have the most flow in their lives are the happiest people on Earth.
How Do You Find the Flow?

The Physiology of ‘Oneness’

The idea of experiencing a loss of ego, self, or self-consciousness isn’t necessarily unique to the being in, or feeling, the ‘flow.’ In fact, it is a hallmark quality of other practices like intense athleticism, meditation, prayer, and even deep sleep. What, you may ask, do all of these activities have in common? The answer lies in the pre-frontal cortex.
mind imageDuring these activities our bodies begin to experience a sense of deep calm, shifting sublimely from a fight/flight/freeze sympathetic state where our lizard brain runs the show (read more about how to assuage your lizard brain here) and towards the nourishing parasympathetic neurology. This bathes our higher brain in a proverbial flood of new blood and neuro-chemicals. Our pre-frontal cortex becomes less hyper-active, decreasing our sense of ego and self, while our dorso-lateral pre-frontal cortex (the seat of self-constructed limits, doubt, and criticism) stops its hyperactivity entirely. The increased blood flow and decreased tension result in an increased awareness, a sensation of one-ness, and a profound increase in courage and creativity.

The Power of an Entrainment

Network Spinal Analysis, like deep meditation, sleep, and spiritual practices also increases blood flow to the frontal cortex while subtly disengaging the stressed fight/flight/freeze neurology. By finding places of access, resource, and ease, and connecting to them your body can begin to unwind and entrain the tender, tight, and stuck places in your spine. You will begin to bring brand new blood to your higher brain centers, allowing you to achieve a new state of oneness.
We, too, can help you feel your flow!
Its estimated that as little as 5% of the entire population of the world experiences any ‘flow states’! 

Article by Dr. Nicole
Source : Wellbeing Centre 

An estimated 200,000 South Africans will be starting their studies at one of our 26 public universities in January 2020. Most will remain based at home but many will be in university residences or rented digs and will need to furnish their accommodation. Estelle Nagel of Gumtree SA offers key advice on how to go about this.

Furnishing student accommodation can be a very expensive and time-consuming process but it doesn’t need to be.  If you plan properly and buy good quality, previously-owned goods online, you can set yourself up cheaply and quickly. Buying new items is completely unnecessary for a student lifestyle and often a waste of money (as much as R10,000 per student can be saved).

Varsity res spaces are usually small and often come with some furnishings. Make sure you have checked the room dimensions, and what’s already in place, before you buy anything.  Also check out the communal areas where you may find things like a microwave available for your use. Once you know what you need, and the size it can be, then get online and look for good local deals.

Rented digs usually are communal spaces so you need to co-ordinate with your digs’ mates. Check the lease carefully for what is already provided (or maybe left behind unwanted by the previous tenants) and then see what anyone can contribute from home. Draw up separate lists for your own requirements (your bedroom) and for the communal needs (kitchen/eating area/lounge). For the latter, you will need an agreed budget among you all – check the Gumtree prices for a good guide to ensure you have a realistic amount of money set aside. Don’t over-commit in the first buying phase – get what’s essential and then add later if you need.

Collection and/or delivery can be a hassle. If possible, arrange for collection of all your purchases on the same day and do one run to save petrol money and time. If there are larger furniture items involved, rent a cheap bakkie or a trailer (both can be found on Gumtree services) and do it all in one go.

Give it a lift. It’s amazing what splash of colour or a lick of fresh paint can do. Set aside some time to paint your purchases or clean them up with sandpaper or metal polish.

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Studies show that humans consume thousands of bits of plastic every year. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. A group of multinationals wants to change this. They want to save our home, Earth. They have therefore joined forces to launch the Cape Town Biodegradable Festival (#CTBF) on 29 February 2020 at De Waal Park in Cape Town.

The CTBF began not so long ago in South Africa when a small group of friends wanted to make a difference to the environment. Later, more volunteers came on board.

The CTBF team has now grown to encompass a total of 19 members from South Africa, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Argentina. Eleven of these members are South Africans from various cultures and backgrounds. Each team member brings a special skill to the festival with one common goal: To Help Save the Planet.

The #CTBF is spearheaded by project architect and owner of Red Cup Village, Luvuyo Ndiki, in association with Vulisizwe Community Development NPC.  The FNB Business Innovation Awards 2019 Finalist also launched South Africa’s first 100% locally produced biodegradable cup made from corn-starch and sugarcane.

“The rapid increase of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change, and South Africa is now known as a climate change hot-spot,” says a passionate Ndiki.

“This is more evident than before with rising temperatures, droughts, flooding, and unpredictable weather in our country. The goal of the #CTBF is to raise environmental awareness, promote recycling and motivate consumers to use fewer plastic bags. We aim to help build sustainable communities, as well as local entrepreneurs, to stimulate green economic growth in South Africa.”
Cape Town is set to be one of the first African cities to host an annual biodegradable festival. This will focus on educating the community about single use plastic alternatives, including biodegradable products and waste management.

A plastic bag has only a 12-minute lifespan. But it can remain in landfills and oceans for up to 1000 years!

South Africa recycles a mere16% of its plastic every year. The rest of the plastic ends up at landfill locations.  Most of the waste, however, is washed into rivers - thanks to wind, littering, improper waste management, overflowing landfills and more - eventually ending up in the ocean.

It is a sad reality that 8 million metric tons of discarded plastics end up in the ocean every year!

The Western Cape Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning supports the Cape Town Biodegradable Festival.
. Says Marius du Randt, Head of the Ministry: “We support and appreciate the contribution of the Cape Town Biodegradable Festival to improve the environment of our City and Province and to educate the general public”.

The #CTBF 2020 takes place at De Waal Park, a public park and heritage site with over 120 species of trees, in Oranjezicht, Cape Town on 29 February 2020 from 10 am until 10 pm.
Some #CTBF Highlights:

In collaboration with private sectors, the Start-up Incubator brings together pioneer organisations and businesses from different areas. These include green tech, circular economy, sustainable food production and agriculture, ethical fashions and designs.
This space provides a platform for new change-makers with innovative ideas and it encourages collaboration.

The Think Tank is an “ideas lab” located right in the heart of the festival to promote environmental innovations and to encourage the exchange of ideas. The aim is to raise awareness and promote an understanding of the biggest ecological issues in the world.
We welcome change-makers such as iconoclastic thinkers, scientists, activists, artists, sociologists and other leading figures who will be leading round tables, conferences and screenings.

Screened in the tents in the Think Tank, festival goers can travel the planet through the eyes of various international directors, getting unique insights into the world.

In addition, festival lovers can enjoy live performances from various artists, diverse food and drinks, a kiddie’s zone, plenty of biodegradable products for sale, as well as a beer garden.

Limited Early Bird Tickets Available

Limited early biodegradable bird’s tickets are now available at web ticket from R30 – R180.

#CTBF welcomes collaboration! We invite anyone who wants to be part of the Festival to make contact via the #CTBF website: http://www.capetownbiodegradablefest.com and social media pages:

Facebook: @capetownbiodegradablefestival

Twitter: @FestCape

Instagram: cape_town_biodegradable_fest

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Chances are good that you’ve already heard of Civia Cycles, the relatively new company in Minnesota making beautiful utilitarian bikes. Civia’s motto is: Life’s better by bike. Don't you agree?

The Loring is the most relaxed of the company’s five models. Civia markets the Loring for “tooling around town, cruising campus, or pedaling to the grocer.” This seems to limit the Loring more than necessary, as it is a sturdy utility bike and they make it sound like a cruiser.

The steel frame and sprung Brooks saddle make for a smooth ride, almost like my Dutch bike, but not quite as smooth. The pace of the ride is also similar to my Dutch bike. The swept-back handlebars are comfortable and allow for a somewhat upright riding position. The position is similar to that of my Rivendell Betty Foy.

The Loring has the unique combination (at least unique for city bikes) of an internally geared hub and disc brakes. Both of these components are excellent for riding in rain and snow. The first gear was useless during my test ride in flat Chicago, but could come in handy for people with hills or carrying heavy loads. Second and third gears felt good. Braking at normal speeds and in normal conditions felt no different than braking with the roller brakes on my Dutch bike.

Carrying capacity is outstanding, with integrated front and rear aluminum racks with bamboo slats. A spring prevents the front from swinging around when loaded. The fenders are also bamboo and work to keep you clean and dry in the wet weather. Other stand-outs are the chain guard to keep your pants and long skirts from getting greasy and mangled, and the two-footed kickstand to keep your bike sturdy and upright. Minus a couple of points for the lack of an integrated lighting system.

The Civia Loring is a high-quality and well-thought-out bike. If you are interested in a beautiful and dependable bike to get you and your stuff around town click me. As always, try to test-ride as many different bikes as possible, before deciding which bike is best for you.

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Get lost in sound this festive season with your favourite music from anywhere in the room. The radiant Audio 360 Speaker uses breakthrough Ring Radiator technology to equally project exquisite audio in all directions so wherever you move the sound stays crystal clear. The rich sound quality of feel good summer music will have you loving your holidays.

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