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Switch On Your Spiritual Self


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Meet Siphokazi Mata. She’s an entrepreneur in Grahamstown and runs a beauty salon called Ubuhle.

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Hi Everyone, I’m Siphokazi! Originally I come from Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, but since 2007 I have created a home in Grahamstown where I do business, study and spend most of my week. My interests include the field of study I have chosen – politics, philosophy and economics- all centred around the idea of humanity and women empowerment! I also have what Xhosa people would call ‘inyawo lemfene’ (a monkey’s foot), the strong urge to be on the road. I travel as often and as far as I can! Well, in fact, I enjoy spending time out of the house interacting with people and all things beautiful. In my spare time I design garments for fuller figured beauts and am intending on soon launching my own label. I am the daughter of a single parent mom and she is the inspiration behind all I do because she has groomed me into the strong willed woman that I am,  fulfilling my purpose and knowing which direction and path are mine to follow.
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I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful- collecting these shards of spirituality-that we may be helping to bring about a healing.

– Leonard Nimoy

To speak of spirituality is not to express a complex concept described by a foreign language and words that are beyond anyone’s grasp and understanding. It is not to formulate a philosophical argument and create a debate! It is, rather, to tap into the well of one’s own experience and to look into a place which is deep within oneself to make sense of life. To live as a spiritual being, understanding spirituality’s essence to one’s self, we ought to understand the creator of one. We should constantly remember that the life we live was bestowed upon us by a greater being that had an intention for us. Nothing that happens to us is by chance and luck. Therefore nothing we do should be based on the two, either. God has a purpose for each individual whom he created according to his image and no two have the same destiny. It is for that reason that we carry an attached value to who we are. Switching on our spiritual self affords us the opportunity to experience and appreciate that value fully. Living life with the remembrance of the greatness passed down to us by grace and love means we, too, push towards living a full and ‘greatness-filled’ life where there is a deep rooting rather than a shallow ‘go with the flow’ attitude through life. As Newton would suggest, every action has a reaction. This means that there is a lot to be encountered and dealt with along the way, including that force which causes destruction and distraction to the purpose. There can sometimes be a derailing of the path and a change of direction. Switching on’ therefore arms, guides, protects and heals the wounds as we collect the shards of life experiences and walk to our destiny. Everything happens for a reason. And everyone’s destiny is as unique to them as their own fingerprint.  Let arming yourself with the knowledge that there is a higher power guiding your life, protecting you and moving you towards what is ultimately for your greater good, give you peace. Don’t be scared to go into battle with the world this year! Be an adventurer, be daring and live outside your comfort zone! Take bold steps and don’t be afraid to take risks. You may get ‘de-railed’ at times along the way, but you can take on anything with a bigger greatness within you than anything man-made outside of you. Take moments to spend on your own to meditate and to pray. When you do this you will find a clearer direction of what your creator wants of you; needs of you. Let that guidance then give you the positive motivation and inspiration to move forward and be fearless! To ultimately make a difference.

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Where Do You Go To Be Alone?


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All our lives get very hectic from time to time. We need a time out to pray, meditate, brainstorm and think. Where do you go to do this?

I love to do that here in Cape Town is actually anywhere by the sea. I love the sea, maybe it has something to do with my starsign (I don’t know!) I find that a nice place in that case, is at Caprice in Camps Bay.

I like the view of the sea and the white of the venue. The Grand in Granger Bay is also divine.

I love the open space and the sand. I’ve read that the colour white is very therapeutic, which is what both these places have in common.

White is the color of purity. Brides wear white in many countries, because white symbolizes a virgin. White means kindness. In some cultures white is worn at funerals. White is Monday’s color. White daisies are a symbol of loyal love.

– http://crystal-cure.com/white.html

Another place I love is Vovo Telo Bakery & Cafe at the V&A Waterfront here in Cape Town. They do amazing coffees and it’s a gorgeous little place to sit down and have some alone time.

Where’s your place to go and ‘just be’ when things get too much? Do you go to a public place or do you rather take a time out at home? Please cast your vote below, I would love to know!

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Auditioning for a Slasher


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Today I auditioned for a slasher film.

Really, seriously? Does this kind of thing still tickle the fancy of film buffs everywhere? That was so 90’s. According to Wikipedia, this is the definition of a slasher movie:

A slasher film is a type of horror film typically involving a psychopathic killer stalking and killing a sequence of victims in a graphically violent manner, often with a cutting tool such as a knife or axe.

Hmmm. Yes, very appealing.

Let me fill you in on a quick history of Slasher films.

#1 The Psycho Age 1960-1978.

Apparently this is attributed to the Hitchcock classic Psycho; The father of all slasher movies.

#2 The Halloween Age 1978-1996.

This age focused primarily on two things: The Unstoppable Killer Movies and the Holiday Slashers.

#3 The Scream Age 1996-present.

Basically people lost interest in the Slasher genre and Scream kick-started it again. As I was paging through some movie posters, I had a good laugh at this one:

Apparently Halloween was the first major box office success in the genre. It’s tagline? “The Night HE came home…” One could laugh out loud at such a genre, but it does have commercial value — slasher villains have been such popular characters since the 1980s that merchandise such as the Jason model kit (Jason from Friday the 13th), are common.

What is it with society’s fascination with slasher movies? Is there something enticing about the sound of the local neighbourhood babe being mercilessly hacked by an angry freak?

I auditioned for the lead. I had to do the whole thing in a British accent which was fun! I think mine’s pretty good. Bold statement, I know. Anyway, hold thumbs for me….. For more info on slasher films check out this link:

http://lordnasebyblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/three-ages-of-slasher-film-or-slasher.html