Universe

For The Sceptics

An article written for me by my husband Rob Walker:

I’ve occasionally been heard to jokingly describe what Yolandi does as “mystic bullshit”, generally after dinner and maybe one too many glasses of wine. This has been a source of great consternation to one of our close friends. His concern is not just how derogatory this sounds, but also how Yolandi and I can remain on anything like civil terms with me holding this apparently disdainful view. Well, luckily, Yolandi knows I am a joker and someone who loves to invoke a reaction from people, but the real reason she isn’t offended to the point of slinging the nearest heavy object at me goes much deeper. You see, despite that flippant remark, Yolandi knows that I have absolute belief in her and (although it surprises me to say so), I also believe in what she does. My problem (and it is very much my problem, not Yolandi’s) is that my background is in science – so it’s very hard not to be a complete sceptic of anything spiritual that has no apparent explanation. So I have written this chapter specifically for those partners, friends, and family who may also be sceptical, or even worried about this mystic bullshit. It is, I hope, not just an explanation of how I have resolved my problem, but also I hope touches on something fundamentally deeper about the nature of spirituality, science, and their rather awkward relationship.

Einstein is famously quoted as having referred to quantum entanglement as “spooky action at a distance”. His issue was one that has plagued science from its very beginning – that often, things are observed long before they can be properly explained. In many cases, even the observation is indirect – things are only seen from the effects they cause. Our modern atomic theory was first postulated by Joseph Dalton in 1803, and revolutionised by J.J. Thompson with the discovery of the electron in 1897, leading to the conclusion that atoms were themselves made up of smaller particles. Since then countless experiments and practical applications proved the existence of electrons, protons, and neutrons, and mankind has been harnessing electricity for everyday use since Eddison opened the first power station in 1882. And yet, it took another 100 years for scientists to be able to actually see a visible image of an atom, thanks to the magic of the high voltage electron microscope. And it’s only in the last decade that we have been able to properly observe the internal structure of the atom, including those electrons that J.J. Thompson discovered 110 odd years ago.

A little more recently, scientific study of the cosmos has revealed a more exotic and elusive substance, which to this day is still only referred to as Dark Matter – because as yet we have no real understanding of what it is. The concept was proposed in 1933 by Fritz Zwicky, who mathematically showed that the mass of all the stars in the Coma cluster was only about 1 percent of that needed to keep the galaxies from escaping the cluster’s gravity. Meaning that 99 percent of the mass was somehow invisible. Later more accurate observations refined the accuracy with which we could calculate the amounts of these missing masses but, to me, what is more fascinating is the manner in which we were first able to detect their presence. Imagine looking at a faint point of light through a pair of binoculars (please do not actually do this!). Now gradually make the binoculars go out of focus. That one point becomes two, by virtue of the fact that the light now passes through two lenses which are no longer sufficiently well aligned to bring the light paths back to a single point. In 1979, astronomers were faced with a conundrum. They were observing two quasars, separated by a vast distance in space, but pulsing with the same frequency, in perfect synchronisation with each other. The chances of this happening were so improbable as to be effectively impossible. And being on a galactic scale, this was far too large for something like Einstein’s spooky action at a distance to explain. In a stroke of pure genius, it was realised they were not in fact observing two stars – but one single quasar. Just like our binoculars, the light from that star had taken two different, not quite focused, paths to reach them. These astronomers were the first witnesses to the phenomena of gravitational lensing – an idea theorised by both Einstein and later Fritz Zwicky. But there was still a problem. The mass of the galaxies in between was not nearly enough to split the light path to the degree being seen. An enormous, but invisible, additional mass must be generating the additional gravitational force required. This was not just the first observation of gravitational lensing, it was the first real evidence that Dark Matter not only existed, but it had some physical location which could be detected. Two of Fritz Zwicky’s ideas collided into reality some forty years later with the discovery of the pulsating ‘twin quasar’ known as SBS 0957+561. As with our early atomic pioneers, science had been able to detect the presence of the invisible mass through its gravitational force, even though we cannot see it, and have no real explanation for what it is. For now, the best we can come up with is Dark Matter. In fact, the most recent attempts at peering further into this mystery start to border on the incredible – some of which require the existence of a new particle (the tachyon), which has imaginary mass and travels faster than the speed of light. Something, which many people (incorrectly) cite as being impossible according to Einstein[1]. Despite not being spiritual myself, science itself rather surprisingly becomes one part of how I can reconcile my scepticism to what Yolandi does. Given my background, I can accept that some things exist because their effects can be observed, even if I can’t see or explain them, yet. But, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to offer a few more ways to look at this strange mystic realm as an outsider.

For this next part, I’m going to draw an analogy by borrowing a chapter from Bryce Courtenay’s wonderful novel The Power of One (which incidentally is an absolute gem that you will not be able to put down, especially if you have any connections to South Africa). In this particular chapter our hero, Peekay, and his elderly scientific mentor, Doc, have undertaken a strenuous trek on foot to the base of a cliff in an area of rainforest. A waterfall is spouting high up from the rock face above them. Despite his age, Doc insists on this trek, and the dangerous ascent of the cliffs because of his notes from a visit to this spot many years previously. Doc had recorded an observation that, despite being rare to this region, he believed the rock may include layers of limestone. His powers of intellect, observation and climbing prowess are rewarded: hundreds of feet up the cliffs, tracking back from where the water emerged, they find a narrow cave which opens out into a wondrous crystal cavern of sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. But this was no accidental find, Doc with his knowledge of science knew that where you get water passing through rocks that include limestone you get exactly these structures. The water erodes the softer rock to create caves, and as it does so it carries tiny amounts of undissolved particles which, as they gradually drip from the ceiling, deposit to form the crystalline rock pillars above and below.

But what does this fictional account of adventure have to do with Yolandi, and my scepticism? Well, now I need you to take a bit of a mental leap with me. Let’s imagine that wondrous crystal cavern as an aspect of Yolandi’s spiritual connection: the Ascended Masters, or perhaps even the Akashic Records themselves. I’m not asking you to believe they are in fact some actual magical cave, just hold in your mind a picture of Doc’s cavern as a representation of them. Now let’s transplant Doc, still as a scientist, but far into the future – a time where quantum entanglement, dark matter, and even the inter-connectivity of the human mind have been completely understood. Using that future knowledge, he is able to do two things: firstly, to understand exactly how the right combination of matter can create such a crystal cavern (just as the story’s Doc did with water, rock, limestone, and erosion); but secondly he can also use that understanding to exactly locate such caverns based on the presence or combination of those materials. Science has an answer for us sceptics but, as with Dark Matter, not yet. The problem for us sceptics is the second part of what Doc is able to do – locating that cave. That can (and apparently does) happen without needing the first part, the understanding of exactly what it is, what materials make it, how it comes to exist etc. etc. This is another part that helps me deal with my problem. I can accept that, for some reason I do not understand, Yolandi has found a path or a map to locate such caves, visit them, and bring back information from them. Neither she nor I can explain what they are, or even in detail how her path leads to them, but that’s secondary – as with many aspects of the science I also love, I am able to accept and see the effects and the reality without necessarily having a proper understanding of it. Just like our twin quasar with the impossibly synchronised beat, the effects are far too frequent to be random, and on occasion far too accurate to be mere coincidence. I’ve lost count of the clients that Yolandi has never met or spoken too ahead of her readings, but whose information has been relevant to the point of being spooky.

And lastly, I want to address what, for me as a diehard sceptic, is probably the toughest part of all, but the one which inspired me to write this whole piece – religion. Recently, Yolandi was contacted by a potential client but, because of that client’s faith, she needed approval from her religious mentor before being able to consult Yolandi for a reading. Yolandi was more than a little nervous on the hour-long interview with the religious mentor but, he was kind, open, and genuinely interested in what Yolandi does. There was no element of judgement, although at the end of the call it seemed unlikely that Yolandi would be able to read for the potential client within the doctrines of their faith. Yolandi’s work is spiritual, but it is not tied to any one religion or faith – and as such, she receives messages from any masters or sources that choose to share them. This, in fact, was not directly against anything within the religion in question here, but the issue was whether those messages came, in fact, from Divine Source as the particular religion required. Much to both of our surprise, after a few weeks of deliberation, permission was actually granted as long as Yolandi very specifically only sought and relayed messages from Divine Source.

Over the days since that unexpected decision, I’ve found myself wondering what brought it about. As we’ve already discussed, I’ve found a science based rational to believe in what Yolandi does. But here was a religious man who, through some entirely different line of reasoning, had reached a similar conclusion. To help me understand that, I found myself back at the foot of Bryce Courtenay’s cliff face in the rainforest. But now, three of us were standing there: myself, Yolandi, and the religious mentor. We all know the cave is up there. I know it is there because the future scientist, Doc, has explained to us how it comes to be there. But that explanation doesn’t really matter much to Yolandi. She knows it is there because over the last few years, she has discovered and practiced a process that leads her directly into it, and lets her experience and bring back some of it’s wonder. The religious mentor is several thousand years ahead of us – he has an entire body of religious research, and his own lifetime of spiritual study behind him. He knew the cave was there long before Yolandi became aware of it, and in doing so forced the sceptic in me to begrudgingly accept its existence. We all have our own interpretations of what that cave might actually be, and two of us have their own probably quite different ways of accessing it. I’m the exception here, the scientist in me would love to understand it, but I have no idea how to find it – although I do completely understand how and why Yolandi and the religious mentor could have found their paths. When Yolandi and I help our son do his maths homework, we often totally confuse him by taking completely different methods? Take 97 divided by 3 for example. As a scientist, I might write out a proper long division sum. Or, Yolandi may say divide 90 by 3, giving 30, then 7 divided by 3 giving 2, giving us 32 plus 1/3 remainder. Or, since long division is really overkill here, I might round up to 99 divided by 3, which is of course 33, and then subtract the leftover 2/3 giving me 32 and 1/3 remainder. Our rather trivial mathematical example shows us what Jorge Luis Borges manages to do with much greater sophistication and elegance in his short story The Garden of Forking Paths (a work often referenced in attempts to describe the nature of time or parallel universes). Even in the infinite labyrinth of Ts’ui Pên’s garden, certain paths always inevitably converge back to a single common point.

If you, like me, are a sceptic living in a spiritual household do not give up. Someday science may catch up to help you. But until that point, it isn’t breaking any rules of your scientific doctrine to accept something which you can observe, even if only by its effect, but cannot explain. And realise that, it’s also fine to hold different interpretations of what we believe is happening, and some of those interpretations may even be compatible with your religion, if you are a religious person. In closing, I’d like to follow in the tradition of the great Stephen Hawking, who believed that nothing had scientifically disproven the possibility of time travel. So I too, would like to invite our future time travelling Doc to come back and explain Yolandi’s world to me. And, if it’s not too much too ask, perhaps also clear up a few other mysteries that trouble me. Specifically – exactly how many dimensions did we need or find, was it the 26 of bosonic theory, or were the 11 dimensions of M-theory enough, and what or where the heck were those extra dimensions anyway (that whole curled up dimension explanation has just never sat well with me)? Assuming we did indeed figure all that out, were there really only 6 physical dimensions as suggested by Hypercube theory? And, realising I may be pushing my luck here, just one more question if I may: did anyone ever find a power source big enough to make Alcubierre’s warp drive a reality, or did we find some other way to achieve super luminal travel? I hope so, because since I was seven I’ve wondered what the other side of a black hole looks like

Rob Walker, Sceptic

[1] It’s actually acceleration of an object with real mass across the light-speed boundary which Einstein’s theory appears to make impossible. Even that has come under scrutiny with the revelation that the speed of light may not be quite the cosmic constant we once assumed.

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Peru Magic

I am back from my magical trip to Peru! Not sure if you followed my travels via Facebook or Instagram, but it was really an amazing experience and I am so grateful for everything that happened and for following my heart to go on this journey.

I was not sure what to expect and attempting this on my own, half way around the world was also a new adventure in it’s own. Lots of self-reliance and trust came into play, which was also part of my inner journey (how clever is the Universe!). So I have been trying to summarize what the trip was all about for me and what my most profound learnings have been and it is quite hard but also very easy. My intention with the trip was to connect with my inner wisdom and knowledge.

Firstly, every single person that I met on this journey taught me something about myself and made me awake to another part of my own wisdom. Then the amazing places that I visited and the energy I experienced in every place changed me in a big way. The new information I got from teachers, guides and places was also fantastic and at times extremely overwhelming.

So during my journey it became clear that no amount of clinging to any dogma, process, old pattern, beliefs etc will ever connect me properly to the Divine – this life with all the ups and downs is here to teach me to rely on myself and to fully understand that I am forever connected right from the start to the end of it all, and within all of this is my own wisdom. I have to consider that I have been here for lifetimes, that I have done this, that I have done good and that I have done bad and at the end of the day it all comes down to right now. Is my heart clear of sorrow, hate, pain, resentment, fear and so much more? Because the more I work on this the more I understand myself and the more I connect with my own wisdom. So I don’t have to rely on others or anything outside of myself but only on what is within – a beautiful, old, wise soul who can guide me 100% on this journey!

So Peru taught me and highlighted the fact again that I am in total control of this journey. I am fully responsible for all of this and I am fully in charge!

I also loved how I was shown that it is just so easy to be in Divine connection, there is noting complicated, but how we love to make it complicated because we are not good enough and because how could I ever be working with that energy and with that much love, poor little me! Nope, I am so over this now. So the mission is to take full responsibility for myself this year, create from a place of so much love, teach from a place of love, guide from a place of love and make sure that my heart stays as pure as it feels right now.Don’t get me wrong, none of this stuff is easy, but being aware and missioning to try your best for yourself and making sure you work hard on yourself is the best thing you can ever do!

So I hope for you that you put yourself first, start delving deep within cause once you get to that place, when you break through that wall and see the massive treasure chest of your own inner wisdom, you aren’t going to want to stop and you will be inspired to continue on this beautiful journey that we call life.

 

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Becoming You

In September last year Cat and Lizaene from Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary attended our ‘Connect with Spirit’ retreat near Stanford.  We had such an amazing time with them and at the end of the weekend it came up that we needed to look at how we can include the beautiful animals as part of a spiritual weekend retreat.   A few months later the ideas started coming up and myself and my business partner Natasha started playing around with some creative ideas on how to include the cats in a retreat.   Having both attended animal communication training at Panthera Africa we knew how amazing it was to actually connect with the cats and the fantastic guidance and clarity that they could provide.  So we let the ideas stew a bit and eventually the theme of ‘Becoming You’ emerged for us.  It really connected with what every single cat at Panthera Africa had gone through.  These beautiful animals have been rescued from difficult situations but through all that they still managed to become the best versions of themselves, here to teach each and everyone of us how we can also become the best versions of ourselves.

So this weekend we held the ‘Becoming You’ retreat in partnership with Panthera Africa and it was even more magical than either myself or Natasha could have expected.  We started our work off by choosing an animal from the Sanctuary at random from a pack of cards that we created.  And right from that moment we knew this was going to be an interesting weekend.  Each animal chosen had some aspects that the person who chose them could relate to.  I was blessed with Achilles – he is a massive male lion but he has no mane, he looks like a female lion – that immediately resonated with me.  I always say I have this male soul inside my female body so I had to laugh! He is all about inner strength and wisdom which are all the aspects that I am currently working on for myself. So he was the perfect match for me.

The other 15 participants all got their cats too and so the fun and deep healing began.  We were fortunate enough to spend Saturday afternoon and evening with the cats.  We were told how the cats came to Panthera, what they are all about on a spiritual level and how they are helping the people that connect with them.  Each of us got an opportunity for some quiet time with our animal and to get the messages from them that we need to hear.  We also had a beautiful group meditation surrounded by Neptune and Oliver, the great white lions and Obi, the beautiful tawny lion.  In the background we also had Achilles and Baguira roaring their hearts out for us.  It was such an amazing experience and I felt so blessed to be allowed to sit there with them and connect with them in the wonderful space that Cat and Lizaene had created there.

This unique experience has changed me and touched me very deeply and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for allowing us to share that space with them.  I believe that each person who attended this weekend felt the magic and the healing.  Inside I feel like I can go and conquer the world with my beautiful strong lion right beside me…..

 

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Excitement

We had our monthly full moon meditation at the Holistic Fair in the Helderberg yesterday.

It was such a magical experience and we had such an amazing time with all the participants. The energy was one of optimism and excitement.

This year has been quite a journey for me personally and I am sure you might agree the same is true for you. It has been super tough at times and fantastically wonderful at other times, nothing that I expected this time last year.

When 2017 started we were told it is a 1 year, so lots of new beginnings ahead, and for me it was. I would go so far as to say it felt like an entire re-birthing of my being. I allowed myself this year to be vulnerable, to be scared, to be happy, to be powerful and to be fearless. I allowed myself to step into trust and give up my control freakness. And wow was it freaking hard, but so far so good. I seem to be making progress every single day.

So if you have had a roller coaster year, take some time this week to reflect on what you have done and how far you have come. Look at those amazing achievements and give yourself a big pat on the back.

This full moon gives us the energy of optimism, despite what might be happening around you. So tap into this and start connecting with what you want to create. This new year ahead is an ’11’ year. So it feels like 2017 was part of us laying the foundation, getting our stuff sorted and next year is when we start to take off onto our missions.

I am very excited for this and after the many blessings we received on Saturday during our meditation I can’t wait for it all to happen.

It is so important to really allow yourself to receive the blessings waiting for you. By allowing yourself to let go of all these old feelings and patterns that you still hold on to you make space for something new and exciting to happen.

So do something for yourself still this year and really step into that space of allowing. Allowing yourself to be blessed.

Sending you so much love and blessings and hoping that you soak up this beautiful excitement that we are surrounded with.

Yolandi xxx

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Be Yourself

So the last few days have really been a test of my authenticity. Various things have cropped up that has made me think about the work that I am doing and what I am putting out there.

There has been some criticisms and some interesting raising of eyebrows and judgements.

If this was three years ago I probably would have taken this a lot harder but today I am really just trying to see where it all comes from.

I am a firm believer that our judgement of others also speaks to our judgement of ourselves, so whenever I find myself thinking something nasty or saying something mean about someone, I try and see where it is coming from. What am I not liking in myself today, what do I need to sit with and re-evaluate within myself.

So when the mean comment struck my inbox this weekend it took me by surprise as my customers have been so supportive of the light language work that I am doing.  I then also had to put myself in the shoes of that person and try and see where they came from.  I decided not to try and defend my view as it would not help at all and sometimes it is really just better to let things go and not get on my high horse about stuff.

I love what I do and I can see how it impacts others positively, but I also have to realise that not everyone is going to like or understand what I do, they might think it goes against their religion or their beliefs or whatever they might think. But at the end of the day it is my passion, and I work from that place of Divine Love.

So for any of you out there struggling to be who you want to be because of the judgements of those around you, just understand that it is not about you but it is about them. What is wrong in their life to make them judge you. We have to learn to work from a place of compassion and understanding. I know it is sometimes hard, but this is the best way to really work with these hard moments that come up in life.

So rather be in that space of honouring yourself, your gifts and your passion. Be who you need to be for you, not for them.

Once we realise that living our authentic selves is the only thing that will really make us happy life gets a whole lot easier.

So no judgement people! Live your life and be yourself.

 

Much love

Yolandi xxx

 

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Your Journey

I had some beautiful sessions with clients this week working with the Akashic Records.

One thing that was so emphasized this week was the importance of our own individual journeys. The journey that you created for yourself in this lifetime.

So even if it was hard, if some days it was unbearable, frustrating, or just darn right awful – it all mattered. When you look back at it – what did you learn? Did this stuff make you a better person, did it make you stronger, did it give you a different perspective on life? Even the part of your journey where you stuffed up massively (I can personally put my had up for that one), what did it teach you?

When you start looking at that part from the perspective of lessons learnt for your own greater good you will be blown away by what it means. So if you are maybe today feeling sad, resentful or hurt by past events – put this spin on it – what did you learn?

It is new moon this weekend, so a lot of this stuff will come up and you have to start dealing with it, analyzing it and thanking it for coming into your life. After all you are the captain of this ship and you created the journey.

And then there is also the aspect of understanding that your story matters. So often the Universe puts people in our path who is right in the middle of going through something tough and you have been there, done that and you have gotten the t-shirt. And you survived.

So speak out about your journey, share what you have learnt, share how you survived and how your life was impacted. That one thing that you say might change their life, might give them clarity, hope and inspiration to go on.

So don’t ever discount the validity and impact of your journey on the lives of those who cross your path. It all matters!

Much love

Yolandi xxx

 

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Pyramid

11.11 Retreating

I joined a beautiful group of people on Saturday to visit some amazing sacred sites right here in Cape Town.

I was not entirely sure why I had to go, like most things in my life these days I sort of just go with my gut.

It turned out to be such a magnificent day. I have been working for the last month with the intention of connecting with the energy of Mother Earth and trying to balance out the energies of the cosmos and the energy of earth. I am really more of as I call it a ‘space cadet’ – most of my healing work and channeling work focuses on working with cosmic energy. I then started getting the messages that I have to look at grounding and connecting with earth energy.

Obviously I had no idea where to start, but I have been picking up bits and pieces to try and complete the puzzle. As with most things on my spiritual journey – I am given little bits and pieces of ‘aha’ moments and then in the end it all makes sense.

And I believe the retreat was another puzzle piece.

We visited a beautiful sacred site in the mountain behind Cape Town in the shape of a pyramid. There is a belief that the peninsula here has it’s own chakra system and that certain points represents certain chakra’s energetically. So the pyramid represents the solar plexus of the area and as you might know the solar plexus is all about letting go of fear and stepping into your power and ultimately your purpose. So we did a lovely sound meditation right under this rock. As I was sitting there with my feet planted on the soil and my intention of connecting with Mother Earth I felt such calm and clarity. I once again realised how important that calm connection with nature is for us to get into that place of surrender, just allowing the message that you need to hear to come through. I was given the next piece to my puzzle as well.

We then climbed to the side of the pyramid. I have this hectic fear of heights and it is something I have consciously been working through for quite a few years now, it is a lot better but my knees still buckle in fear when I get close to an edge. And then as we are sat there chatting and chilling in the sun, our tour guide offers to take us to the top of the pyramid. As I sat there I actually saw myself lying flat on the pyramid hugging her and I thought to myself I should go up there. But the silly fear crept in again… Then I heard someone talking behind me about how fear is just something we create and I just got up and started climbing, I manged to get to the first section which was half way up, a huge achievement in it self, and right at that point there was a little ledge that allowed me to stretch myself across the side of the rock in a hugging movement. I just planted myself there and hugged the rock. I am not sure how long I stood there but eventually one of the guys offered to show me how to get up the last part, and again without thinking I just shuffled across and decided to do it. So I climbed right to the top and got to look through the eye of the pyramid. It was wonderful and I stayed up there for ages!!! It was so beautiful and I felt so happy.

The climb down was pretty easy and luckily my initial fears about how to do that just sort of disappeared too.

I realised again how by just being in the moment we can connect with that inner power and sense and just get things done…
It’s quite simple isn’t it, we just seem to forget sometimes 😉

Many blessings

Yolandi

 

PS:  Don’t forget to enter the November competition – check my FB page for more details!

 

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Santa Shoebox

Gratitude for people

So I am back and well rested…

Last week Monday I went into my annual Santa Shoebox hole and emerged late on Thursday evening. For 4 days a year I stop work and help out with the logistics of shifting 4000 shoeboxes filled with love to 4000 children who live in our area here in the Cape.

Now this is not a post to talk about what I did, but more about why this is such an important week for me each year.

This week is a reminder for me each year about humanity. About the people firstly who take the time to lovingly fill these shoeboxes for a specific little person. Boxes filled with messages, beautiful items and just amazing love. These people make me realise that people have big hearts, that people are generous and caring and that not everyone is evil or bad. They are ordinary people like you and me who just want to do something nice for someone else.

Then there are the women and men who work at the drop off, the people who take time out every year to come and check boxes, fill cartons and make sure that each boy and girl gets their box.  And then, especially the person running the whole Helderberg operation and also the volunteers who work with the facilities who receive the boxes. These guys do this just because they care, because every year they go back and see the little faces of the kiddies who get these boxes and the gratitude of them and the teachers. It is such joy filled occasions and even on Thursday evening when we where all exhausted and just in that done space, the one lady told us how she just got a call from an orphanage where we delivered boxes and the little kids where dancing around and that it was the happiest day of their lives, they could not stop saying thank you and they even told their carer today they feel like they have a mommy and daddy.

This project just makes me realise how important small acts of kindness are.

So as I sit here I am filled with gratitude and love. Thanks to so many people out there for being you, for caring and for doing lovely things for other people. You restore my faith in the goodness of mankind each year.

Much love
Yolandi xxx

PS: If you would like to get involved with Santa Shoebox a nationwide initiative make sure to register at www.santashoebox.org.za and join us for 2018.

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happy place

Happy Place

I had such a lovely weekend behind me. On both Saturday and Sunday we made time to go for long walks in nature. Saturday was a little forest explore and Sunday was a nature reserve walk.

I am always getting messages about how important it is to spend time in nature and again this weekend it just became so obvious as to why I need to be there.

During Saturday morning’s exploration of the little forest near our house and other areas that we have not yet walked, I found myself with the biggest
smile on my face, my boys were happy, the puppies were happy and I was happy. The fresh air, the blue sky and the trees surrounding us really did the trick.

And then on Sunday we hiked in the nature reserve and took one of the extremely steep climbs up to the mountain. It was an interesting challenge with an 8 year old who likes to start a walk with a bit of a moan all the time. But my husband has explained to him that about 30 minutes into exercising the en-dolphins (endorphins) start to rush in and then you will start to feel all happy and energised, whilst dragging him up the climb the comments where flying about no en-dolphins being around and then as soon as we reached the top, sat down and admired the view he immediately commented on how they seemed to have arrived. He was all happy and almost running the next section of the hike.

Again the beautiful proteas, blue skies, amazing ocean and mountain views made my heart sing and so much gratitude poured into my heart.

Sometimes all it takes is just a few hours out there to put life back into perspective and to make us realise how much we need nature. She is not expecting anything from us, she is just there growing, being, and just existing. Everything is so effortless and unforced, it just happens. It is a constant reminder that we need to be more like Mother Earth – focusing on being, on being in the moment….

So make some time to connect with Her and find your happy place.

Yolandi xxx

 

Photo Credit:  Rob Walker

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Not knowing

It’s ok not to know…

So for the last 4 months I have been living in a lot of uncertainty of my future. I know it probably sounds a bit weird, but as a self-diagnosed control freak one of the biggest things I am sure I am meant to learn in this lifetime is trust and patience.

My standard pattern is to be super organised and know exactly what is happening going forward, so my diary is my life as everything is generally planned. But then around June it became very obvious and all my messages was pointing to the fact that I needed to back off all the planning and start trusting that all will be fine. So needless to say this was my mini version of hell unfolding, but deep inside I knew that I had to surrender, I knew that if I kept on going against that guidance that things would start unraveling in a big way. So I gave in and I decided to go with it.

I am about 4 months into this surrendering thing and all I can say is that I am rather calm, and things are working out in a big way.

I am still unsure as to where this is all going, but I am doing things, creating things but not pushing, not forcing. I am not putting any pressure on myself to know the plan for the next year and it actually feels pretty amazing.

So for now I am going with this, I am going with the feeling that sometimes it is okay not to know where all of this is heading.

Deep inside I know it will be worth it….

Much love

Yolandi

 

Photo Credit:  Rob Walker

 

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