South African In: Cascais

South African In: Cascais

Cascais is a coastal town and a municipality in Portugal, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon. It is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. Cascais was once a small fishing village, but its idyllic scenery attracted the attention of artists, writers and expelled European nobility in the 20th century. Today it still attracts high society, but all society comes in force to enjoy the gorgeous beaches and adventure options like sailing and surfing. I enjoyed the sunshine, friendly people, gorgeous ocean and gift shopping. These yachts weren’t bad, either!

Get in

Cascais is easily reachable from Lisbon by car or by train (40min), from the Cais do Sodré station. A return ticket costs approx 10€ (june 2014) and can be bought from the automatic ticket machines. Remember to keep the ticket as it will be checked and punched by the conductor in both directions

Get Around

The town is small enough to explore entirely by foot. To get a feeling for the life it’s best to stroll around on foot. Uphill, beyond the town centre there are numerous narrow cobbled streets to explore with interesting architecture, plants and animals to see. There are also numerous offices for the hire of bicyles, scooters and motorbikes. Make sure you have your ID with you and proof of accommodation.

Cascais Portugal

Cascais Portugal

Cascais Portugal

Get To See

Palácio de Conde de Castro Guimarães

Open to the public and exhibits its own grand private collection that includes over 25,000 books and such rarities as an illustrated book by Duarte Galvão(1455-1517).

The Grutus do Poço Velho

Located in the centre of the town and date back to the Neolithic period.

Museu do Mar

Depicts the story of Cascais and its fishing history.

The Marina

It has lovely yachts adding a further attraction to the town.

The famous Boca do Inferno

Just outside the town in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray thus creating its name which in English means “mouth of hell”.

The Parque Palmela

An attractive park created by the Duques de Palmela and now maintained by the Town Hall and in which open-air concerts are often held.

The next town to the east of Cascais is the resort town of Estoril with its popular Casino.

You can walk to Estoril from Cascais along the beachfront esplanade, passing many beachside bars and restaurants.

To the north and within easy reach is the romantic and fascinating town of Sintra

This town was made famous to foreigners after a glowing account of its splendours recorded by Lord Byron.

Golf Courses

  • Belas Country Club: Characteristics: 18 holes of 6,380 metres in length, par 72 Tel. (00 351) 219 62 66 40 Fax. (00 351) 219 62 66 41 http://www.belasgolf.com, e-mail: golfe@planbelas.pt, Alameda do Aqueduto, Belas Clube de Campo, 2605-193 Belas.
  • Estoril Club: Characteristics: 18 holes of 5,262 metres in length, par 69. Tel. (00 351) 214 68 01 76 Fax. (00 351) 214 68 27 96 http://www.palacioestorilhotel.com e-mail: geral@golfestoril.com Av. da República, 2765 Estoril.
  • Lisbon Spots Club: Characteristics: 18 holes of 5,278 metres in length, par 69. Facilities: trolleys, clubs and caddies for hire, golf academy, clubhouse, restaurant, bar, sauna, children’s games room, babysitting service available. Tel. (00 351) 214 31 00 77 Fax. (00 351) 214 31 24 82 e-mail: geral@lisbonclub.com, Casal da Carregueira, Belas, 2745 Queluz.
  • Penha Longa Golf Resort: Characteristics: Atlantic course – 18 holes of 6,290 metres in length, par 72. Monastery course – 9 holes of 2,588 metres in length, par 35 Tel. (00 351) 219 24 90 11 Fax. (00 351) 219 24 90 24 http://www.penhalonga.com e-mail: reservas.golf@penhalonga.com, Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Linhó, 2714-511 Sintra.
  • Quinta da Marinha: Characteristics: 18 holes of 5,845 metres in length, par 71. Facilities: 3 restaurants – Five Pines (hotel), Cosi Fan Tutti (clubhouse) and Monte Mar (on the Estrada do Guincho), bars with outdoor terraces, 6 tennis courts, 3 outdoor swimming pools, jogging circuit, fitness centre, bicycles for hire, children’s club Tel. (00 351) 214 86 01 80 Fax. (00 351) 214 86 90 32 http://www.quintadamarinha.com e-mail: golf@quintadamarinha.com, Hotel Quinta da Marinha, Casa 36, Quinta da Marinha, 2750-715 Cascais.
  • Oitavos Golf Course: Characteristics: 18 holes of 5,845 metres in length, par 71. Tel. (00 351) 214 86 06 00 Fax. (00 351) 214 86 06 09 e-mail: oitavosgolfe@quinta-da-marinha.pt http://www.quintadamarinha-oitavosgolfe.pt, Quinta da Marinha, Casa da Quinta nº. 25, 2750 Cascais.
  • Penha Longa Monastery: Characteristics: 9 holes of 2,588 metres in length, par 35. Facilities: putting green, chipping area with 2 bunkers, driving range with 2 grass bays. Buggies, trolleys (manual and electric), clubs and golf shoes for hire Tel. (00 351) 219 24 90 11 Fax. (00 351) 219 24 90 24 e-mail: reserves.golf@penhalonga.com http://www.penhalonga.com. Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Linhó, 2714-511 Sintra.

More on what to see here, activities to do here, nightlife to enjoy here, restaurants to eat at here and hotels to stay at here.

Cascais Portugal

Cascais Portugal

Cascais Portugal

Cascais Portugal

Cascais Portugal

Cascais Portugal

Cascais Portugal

 

Top 5 Writing Careers For Young Women

top 5 writing careers for young women

By now we all know people have made the shift from reading books to reading online blogs, websites, social media feeds and other digital magazines. They’re more keen to fire up their tablet, cellphone, kindle or ipad than open up a hard-cover novel. I read somewhere that in the last decade, publishing and other related industries have taken a big hit. While in the past, a career as a novelist was every English majors’ dream, today technology has created an expansion in the professional field of writing. As a result, I’ve done some research into the current top 5 writing professions for young women today.

Scriptwriter

The success of once unknown writer, director and actress Lena Dunham, the creator of the hit HBO “ShowGirls”, is a prime example of how the entertainment field offers unique writing careers for young women. Only in her mid-20s, Dunham has had the ability and creative freedom to allow her stories and observations to become a reality on a huge and lucrative platform. Though it’s important to keep in mind that Dunham’s success it not the norm, she at one time was a young writer who funded and created her own work without studio backing. Scriptwriting is something that takes years to get good at. However, with a lot of practice, constructive feedback and a little luck, you could enjoy a successful career as an entertainment scriptwriter for movies, films and radio.

Blogger

Successful female lifestyle, fashion and “mommyhood” bloggers have become an increasingly large and prolific part of the writing community. Blogging has become a great writing career that allows young female writers to cultivate an online presence, while also providing an inexpensive platform to launch a writer’s professional career.

Bloggers can present whatever version of themselves they choose, and create a following from admirers who really respect that blogger’s writing style and interests. The fact that it’s so easy to start a blog doesn’t hurt either! Instead of tirelessly searching for a publisher, publicist or other middleman to get their work distributed to the public, bloggers take matters into their own hands. Bloggers typically make their revenue from ad sales, corporate sponsors and lucrative business opportunities that can arise due to the brand/image that the blog has helped a writer cultivate.

Freelance Academic Writer

For some, writing is all about self-expression. For others, writing is the task of researching and synthesizing complex concepts into the written form in order to present a conclusionabout the evidence presented. If you find yourself in the latter group, freelance academic writing may be the right career for you. Academic writers typically prescribe to the more traditional conventions of formal writing. Academic writing spans across all fields of academic study. However, for the most part, all types of academic writing utilize the thesis statement format in order to present concise informative articles that are utilized and presented in academic settings. Academic writing isn’t for everyone. It requires advanced research skills, knowledge of the wide variety of citation formats, as well as an advanced degree. If you loved writing research papers in college, or you’ve always been a fan of footnote citations, freelance academic writing may be the right job for you.

Digital Copywriter

Ever wondered who writes the advertisements and web content on your favorite websites? Do you make a game out of spotting typos and grammatical errors when you’re browsing the Internet? Then a career as a digital copywriter might be the perfect job for you! Digital copywriters are the writers who draft all the writing you see on the Internet. Their job functions can range from creating product descriptions, advertisements, landing pages and an all other web content for official websites. The great thing about digital copywriting is that given the technological advances of today, many digital copywriters can work from home instead of having to go into the office. This is especially an advantage for stay-at-home moms looking to have a remote career.

So, the opportunities for those who love communication is ample. What would your choice be?

Do Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

Do gentlemen prefer blondes?

I died my hair brunette for a temporary change a few months ago. It was fun and interesting to see how people acted with me after. It led me to do some research on men’s attraction to different hair colours and why. I found an awesome article on psychology.com. Apparently in a recent article published in the “Scandinavian Journal of Psychology”, Viren Swami and Seishin Barrett conducted two studies in the greater London area. Studies 1 and 2 consisted of 120 and 126 male participants respectively.

The study

1. To determine whether the same woman would be approached by men at one of three nightclubs as a function of whether she was a brunette, blonde or redhead (her hair was manipulated with dye).

2. To gauge whether photos of the same woman sporting the the three hair colors would yield different evaluations by men along the following ten traits: physical attractiveness, sexual promiscuity, intelligence, introversion, neuroticism, approachability, competency, arrogance, neediness and temperamentality.

The findings

Brunette: Scored higher than the two other hair colors on physical attraction, intelligence, competence and arrogance. Scored higher than the redhead on approachability.

Blonde: Scored highest on approachability than the two other hair colors, as well as highest on neediness.

Redhead: Scored higher than the two other hair colors on temperamentality and lowest on approachability. This seems to be a manifestation of the “fiery redhead” stereotype.

There were no differences in the findings on impressions of sexual promiscuity, introversion, and neuroticism.

The bottom line

It would appear that blonde women are approached more frequently in a nightclub but are generally judged more harshly along a wide range of traits. This could explain the lower score than the brunette on physical attraction in the photo. It’s logical men subconsciously take into account these traits when making a first impression. Hair colour preference is likely driven by individual idiosyncrasies as well cross-cultural differences (i.e. this is a preference that is rooted in evolutionary principles; that lighter hair is associated with youthfulness, a trait universally fancied by men).

How interesting!

Afraid? Of What?

Afraid? Of What?

me with my new peace bracelet from Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa 

I don’t have many apps on my phone, but one of them is “Daily Devotionals”. I received this devotional today and fell in love with the words because my grandmother has just passed. She joins my father in Heaven. I loved the author’s passion and I truly relate to it. God gives me such peace. Reblogged from this awesome website, Happy Sunday.

Never have I been so glad that I had faith as when my husband died.
Oh, the comfort, the blessing, the peace in the hour of trial that those of us who believe can draw on. Many of the condolence cards that I received had messages based on this Bible verse: “We sorrow not as those that have no hope”—and that is so true!
When I was visiting my husband in the hospital, I talked with people who had no faith, who were standing by the bedsides of dying loved ones without any consolation or hope. I thank God for His wonderful plan of redemption that makes me know that I’m going to meet my husband again in a better place—a plan that was worked out in God’s mind from the foundation of the world, that though we die, we shall live again. I thank God, too, for the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and the third day arose so that we could do likewise. God gives a special dispensation of grace when we need it. We don’t have it beforehand, but when we come right up against what would otherwise be a time of severe heartbreak, there He is.
When my husband was sick, I would often sing to him, standing by his bed. I don’t have a beautiful voice, but the hymns were beautiful, and his favorite was a verse of “How Firm a Foundation.”

Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
And when through deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow.

How God upheld me! I’ve seen that promise from His Word proven true once again. I came to deep water, but it did not overflow me.
You know, life isn’t complete without faith in God. He says that He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. How true that is! It’s such an abundant life when we have faith.
When going through my husband’s things, I found this poem that he kept in his Bible.

Afraid?
Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash—a crash—a pierced heart;
Brief darkness—Light— O heaven’s art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To enter into heaven’s rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid? Of that?
—E. H. Hamilton

My dear husband wasn’t afraid to move on, and if you have received Jesus as your Savior you won’t be afraid either, because you’ll know that He will be with you. Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He says, “I will be with you.” He will be there to comfort you.
Never has God’s love proved so great, never His mercy so sure and His grace so abundant as during the week after my loss. I praise Him with all my heart for fulfilling His Word and for His faithfulness.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

John 11:25-26 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

1 Corinthians 15:4 (NIV) that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Social Media PR + Marketing for BaliBali Kloof Street

Halle Berry loves Cape Town Fashion

BaliBali is a women’s fashion store in the trendy “Kloof Street” of Cape Town. It’s part of the Lifestyle Centre which is home to the popular Wellness Warehouse. The store is next to Knead Bakery and Vida e Caffe. Fashion Designer Merrissa Lebetkin designs a lot of the pieces. She also ships in gorgeous collections of clothes, ornaments, lighting, home decor, jewellery, accessories, art and gifting goodies straight from the shores of Bali. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this account! Halle Berry is one of her customers… I think you should be too :) If you’re from Cape Town, pop in next time you’re in Kloof Street. If not, put shopping here on your To Do list! Join us on Facebook and Pinterest. View photos of some of the clothing collections here.

Here are 3 amazing facts about Bali, Indonesia:

+ Volcano Agung is considered the most sacred place on the island. All temples are built to face it and islanders sleep with their heads towards it. The Balinese believe that Mount Agung is a replica of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe. Mount Anung last erupted in 1963 and is still active.

mount-agung

+ Bali is home to some very unusual black sand volcanic beaches. Thanks to the active volcanoes that dot the Indonesian Peninsula, tourists can get a glimpse of something very rare and magical when visiting. They’ve certainly attracted the attention of the world’s top designers, organising special photo shoots here with the likes of Cara Delevingne for their ranges.

Cara Delevigne Black Sand Volcanic Beaches Bali

+ Bali has the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak. Prices for this coffee (made of civet droppings) can go up as high as $50 a cup! Kopi Luwak is a name for any beans collected from the excrements of civets. The tastes may vary according to the type and origin of beans ingested by the civet as well as the process subsequent to collecting the – the roasting, ageing and brewing. The ability of the civet to select its berries (and other aspects of his diet and health) also influence the taste of the coffee.

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Halle Berry and Merrissa Lebetkin

Halle Berry and Merrissa Lebetkin, Owner + Fashion Designer at BaliBali in Cape Town

Retro Afrika Happenings in the Months to Come

Retro Afrika Bioscope at The Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town

Highlight on one of my clients Retro Afrika Bioscope – a studio label of Gravel Road Entertainment at the Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town. CEO Ben Cowley has just returned from France for the “Lumiere Film Festival & Classic Film Market” in Lyon! Retro Afrika exhibited some retro titles at the Classic Film Market as well as its restoration services. There’s never a dull day handling this account!

Lumiere 2014

Upcoming we’ve got:

+ The Mini Retro Afrika Film Festival in association with The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg 24th – 26th October. 4 Films will be showcased: “Joe Bullet”, “Fishy Stones”, “Trompie” & “Umbango”. More on our blog www.retroafrika.com

+ “Joe Bullet” (a film banned in 1971) will be showcased at the MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on the 8th & 13th November as part of the “To Save and Project” Film Preservation Festival.

+ “Trompie” DVD will be released in Musica nationwide

+ “Joe Bullet” will be showcased at the Carthage International Film Festival in Tunisia

+ “Joe Bullet” will be showcased at the Berlin Film Festival Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival

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Let’s go McLaren Cape Town!

Tamika Doubell Mclaren

McLaren Cape Town is nearing it’s fresh new launch in Jan/Feb 2015.  This is me in their Mclaren 12c. Join their community on Facebook here and check out their website here.

The address of the new branch:

Next to the Aston Martin Showroom at the Victoria + Alfred Waterfront.

1 Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, Western Cape
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Tamika Doubell Mclaren

More about the Car

Drawing on the company’s long-standing Formula 1 experience, McLaren have produced the first pure McLaren production road car – the MP4-12C.

Daytona Group is the retail partner in South Africa with a state of the art showroom and aftersales facility based in Rivonia Road in Sandton.

McLaren have a history of defining moments including winning 1 in every 4 Formula 1 Grand Prix they have ever entered, the launch of the world’s fastest road car, the now iconic McLaren F1 in 1993, and Lewis Hamilton becoming the youngest Formula 1 World Champion in the 2008 season.

More recent defining moments include the return of McLaren to racing outside of Formula 1 with 20 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars being sold to privateer race teams due to compete in Europe in 2012, plus the launch of the new, £40 million McLaren Production Centre adjacent to the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) which will eventually produce up to 4000 cars per year.

The McLaren MP4-12C features a revolutionary carbon fibre chassis structure, the Carbon MonoCell: the first time a car in this market segment has been based around such a strong and lightweight racing car engineering solution and the first time any car has ever featured a one-piece moulded carbon fibre structure.

This step change in sports car design means that the 12C introduces new standards not just in handling, ride and outright performance, but also safety, economy and practicality in an already competitive sector.

A high-performance two-seat mid-engine model in the ‘core’ sports car market segment, starting from R3.2M, the 12C is pure McLaren featuring no carryover parts from any other car.

When it comes to power, the 12C is equipped with a  bespoke McLaren ‘M838T’ 3.8 litre, V8 twin-turbo engine producing around 600PS, driving through a McLaren seven speed Seamless Shift dual clutch gearbox (SSG). Consequently, the 12C can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 330 kph.

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Top Trends at Fashion Weeks for SS15

Here are some hot trends that made an impact on the runways of Fashion Weeks in New York, London and Paris recently. We can watch out for these making their way into our stores next year Spring/Summer.

1. 1970’s
1970's Fashion Trend SS15, Louis Vuitton, Paris Fashion Week

1970’s Fashion Trend SS15, Louis Vuitton, Paris Fashion Week

1970's Fashion Trend SS15, Louis Vuitton, Paris Fashion Week

1970’s Fashion Trend SS15, Louis Vuitton, Paris Fashion Week

1970's Flower Power Trend, House of Holland SS15, London Fashion Week

1970’s Fashion Trend SS15, House of Holland, London Fashion Week

1970's Fashion Trend SS15, Chloe, Paris Fashion Week

1970’s Fashion Trend SS15, Chloe, Paris Fashion Week

2. Asymmetry
Asymmetric Fashion Trend, Lenie Boya SS15, London Fashion Week

Asymmetric Fashion Trend SS15, Lenie Boya, London Fashion Week

3. Gingham
Gingham Fashion Trend SS15, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, New York Fashion Week

Gingham Fashion Trend SS15, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, New York Fashion Week

Gingham Fashion Trend SS15, Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Blugirl, New York Fashion Week

Gingham Fashion Trend SS15, Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Blugirl, New York Fashion Week

4. Tweed
Tweed Fashion Trend SS15, Chanel, Paris Fashion Week

Tweed Fashion Trend SS15, Chanel, Paris Fashion Week

Tweed Fashion Trend SS15, Chanel, Paris Fashion Week

Tweed Fashion Trend SS15, Chanel, Paris Fashion Week

5. Monochrome
Monochrome Fashion Trend SS15 Chanel

Monochrome Fashion Trend SS15, Chanel, Paris Fashion Week

6. Wide Trousers + Culottes
Wide Trousers + Culottes Fashion Trend SS15, Acne Studios, Kenzo, Stella McCartney, Paris Fashion Week

Wide Trousers + Culottes Fashion Trend SS15, Acne Studios, Kenzo, Stella McCartney, Paris Fashion Week

7. Textured Whites
Textured Whites Fashion Trend SS15, Dior, Paris Fashion Week

Textured Whites Fashion Trend SS15, Dior, Paris Fashion Week

What is Your Truth? (Part Two) Working with Chakras

Working with Chakras for Spiritual Balance

Now that you’ve read this awesome post on how to get comfortable with yourself, we can focus on how to get all aspects of you working together in harmony. This part is about working with chakras. Energy work is one of the best ways to feel whole and balanced. It’s why yoga all over the world is so popular.

Although originating as a Buddhist belief, I’m Christian and still find it useful. With a few stretches, you focus on each of these centers and what they represent. It works for anyone. You always finish feeling energized. Take a few minutes as you concentrate on each energy center and do a yoga pose while you think on what they teach and how it applies to your life.

ROOT CHAKRA / RED

This chakra is based on being physically aware and feeling comfortable in many situations. If opened, you should feel well-balanced and sensible, stable and secure. You don’t distrust people around you for no reason.You feel present in what is happening right now, and very connected to your physical body. Think about:

- Accepting all that has been

- Forgiving yourself and others for mistakes and releasing bad energy

- Holding onto wisdom you’ve learnt

- Remembering where you come from

- Anchoring yourself in all that you are: your history, your culture, your religion, your nationality, your family, your education.

Find Your Truth Base Chakra

Yoga poses to open Root Chakra

SACRAL CHAKRA / ORANGE

This chakra deals with feeling and sexuality. If open, feelings are released with liberty and are expressed without you being over-emotional. You are open to affinity and can be passionate as well as outgoing. You also have no problems based on sexuality. You are free without comprimising your integrity or health. Think about being open to receive the romantic energy of a partner in your life; the idea of power in collaboration and strength in unity. You feel comfortable in exploring and expressing your sexuality with someone. Work on believing there is a committed, good, loyal person who will compliment you and love you unconditionally.

Working with Sacral Chakra in Finding your Truth

Yoga poses to open Sacral Chakra

 SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA / YELLOW

This chakra encircles confidence, especially when in a group. When open, you should feel in control and have a good feeling of dignity in yourself. This is because you recognize your self-worth and take pride in all the achievements, victories and triumphs you’ve enjoyed in life. Spend time on this chakra honouring yourself and what you’ve built – that which you have created and manifested. It’s important to thank yourself for what you have worked hard to achieve. Think on the opportunities you have taken hold of. It’s about the success of inspired action, progess, reputation and good intentions towards others. Part of your self-worth is standing your ground on your values and moral principles. Through this power chakra, you feel confident in life and embrace the endless possibilities of the future.

Working with Solar Plexus Chakra in Finding Your Truth

Yoga poses to open Solar Plexus Chakra

 HEART CHAKRA / GREEN

This chakra is all about love, caring, and endearment. When open, you seem to be compassionate and friendly, always working in amicable relationships. This chakra is about emotional empowerment, including that which you give yourself and that which you give others. It is nurturing and kind; seeing only the beauty in others. It’s acknowledging all the good people you’ve met along the way. It’s focusing on the abundance of people in the world who are happy in themselves; balanced, supportive and sweet. It’s asking God to send you more of them. It’s agreeing to honour others if they honour you; practicing mutual give and take. It’s caring for the planet and loving your environment unconditionally. The heart chakra sits right in between the three lower chakras and the three upper chakras. The three lower chakras have everything to do with your physical body, while your upper chakras are more about your spirit. It’s a deeply balancing chakra.

Working with Heart Chakra in Finding Your Truth

Yoga poses to open Heart Chakra

 THROAT CHAKRA / BLUE

This chakra is based on self-expression and communication. When the chakra is open, expressing yourself is easy. Art seems to be a great way to do this. You express your truth with comfort. You also receive others’ truth well and can assimilate information with clarity and deep understanding. It’s listening and communicating clearly, maturely and equally. It’s knowing what you want out of life and not being afraid to ask for it. It’s focusing on offering creative, helpful advice. It’s receiving the thoughts and opinions of others with humility. It’s taking responsibility for your needs and what you need to say. When it’s open, any blockages in your speech and communication dissipate and the peace of God flows through you. It’s about the nourishment of authentic communication so you can live a happy, enriched life communicating and receiving ideas freely. It’s about the potency of prayer and talking – to yourself, to others and to God.

Working with Throat Chakra in Finding Your Truth

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 3rd EYE CHAKRA / INDIGO

Like it’s name, this chakra deals with insight. When open, you have excellent clairvoyance and tend to dream a lot. You are sensitive to your “gut” feelings of intuition and follow its promptings where you can. You know your intuition has your best interests at heart. As a result of work on this chakra, you have a “knowing” of what to do or how to act in any situation. You bring out the best in any person you’re with. You adapt to situations as your intuition tells you to. You sense emotions when you’re with people and change your energy to suit the mood so you leave them feeling good about themselves. You know you can give your peace and love freely because it will flow back to you from God’s limitless fountain. As a result, you enjoy fruitful interactions and productive outcomes. It’s about versatility through higher wisdom. It’s about flexibility in thought and connecting with people in a way that generates the best result. In helping others, you enjoy the mastery that deep spiritual intelligence brings. By the same token, this chakra is about sensing danger and “seeing” ill-intentioned people so you can avoid disaster. It’s your compass to navigate through the world; sticking around the good and steering clear of the bad.

Working with 3rd Eye Chakra in Finding Your Truth

 

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CROWN CHAKRA / VIOLET

This is the seventh and most spiritual chakra. It encompasses a person’s wisdom and being one with the universe. When this chakra is open, prejudice disappears from your “To Do” list, and you seem to become more aware of the world and it’s connection to yourself. You access a higher wisdom; a connection to the Divine. You acknowledge your potential; all that you could be. You welcome God’s plan for your life, knowing it is good. You acknowledge that all manifestations are a result of what you think and believe. It’s about being open and asking for Divine guidance. Subsequently, it’s about receiving messages from God through people and nature. It’s owning that we’re all dreamers with the power of intention within us; creating our own reality via our thought life. We are equal parts of the same whole that is humanity. This chakra is about integration; of us with ourselves and of us with the universe God created. It is connection to lower, middle and higher self. It’s perspective on life and the ability to see the bigger picture. It’s transcendence, spiritual awakening, growth and ascension.

Working with Crown Chakra in Finding Your Truth

Yoga pose for Opening the Crown Chakra

Other yoga poses to try:

 

Cover Photo: Death To The Stock Photo

Helen Mirren Leaves Cape Town

Helen Mirren in Cape Town

DAME Helen Mirren looked every inch the Hollywood star as she arrived at the airport in Cape Town to catch her flight home.

As she strolled through the terminal with her husband, Taylor Hackford, by her side, the 69-year-old looked cool, calm and collected in a pair of dark shades and matching attire.

The “RED 2″ star, who has been in South Africa promoting her latest film “Eye In The Sky”, had certainly dressed comfortably for the flight but still managed to look good.

Grinning and waving at photographers, Dame Helen wore a pair of cropped black leggings with a matching cardigan and ballet pumps.

She carried a lilac coat and a pink scarf over her arm, as well as a tan coloured handbag as she made her way through security.

Her husband pulled along just one suitcase and also looked rather happy as they prepared to board their flight.Far from being a diva, Dame Helen was more than happy to sign autographs for those who recognised her and also appeared to have a lengthy conversation with the woman who checked them in.Dame Helen hit the headlines last week when it was revealed that she had hired a buxom blonde body double half her age to do her movie stunts.

Her body double for her latest movie is a super-fit, six pack-sporting blonde, called Fleur van Eeden.

Speaking to The Mirror, Fleur said: “It’s amazing to be playing her body double when I’m 40 years younger than her. But Helen looks fantastic.

“No way does she look her age – she looks amazing. I want to look like that when I’m 69.”

Reblogged from express.co.uk

Helen Mirren in Cape Town