Mindfulness Informed Conversations – Using mindfulness to engage real world issues from diverse South African perspectives. Conversations hosted by Simon Whitesman, Mbuyi Yanta and Yanna Romano de Greef. The Waking Up in South Africa podcast is produced and published by The Institute for Mindfulness South Africa (IMISA). Supporting sound by Modern Ancient.
Yanna speaks to the founder of Ubuntu Bridge, Craig Makhosi Charnock, about how his journey of waking up (in South Africa) has motivated him to learn and teach isiXhosa for the sake of integration and healing.
In this episode, Dr Cleve McIntosh guides us through a mindfulness meditation, drawing on qualities of both groundedness and openness. This meditation is accessible for everyone whether you are an experienced practitioner or are new to meditation.
Waking Up in South Africa is an unfolding conversation using the lens of mindfulness to sense into and respond to real world issues that move us. Through deep listening, respectful attention, and kind intention we hope to establish and model the foundational grounds for meaningful exchange – demystifying mindfulness, sharing its value to wider audiences, and locating its relevance in an African context.
At the beginning of South Africa’s 21-day lockdown in the face of Covid-19, a meme reading “If you can’t go outside, go inside” has been doing the rounds. The hosts use the lens of mindfulness to unpack how they are each experiencing “going inside” or resistance thereof.
Reacting is an internal orientation of the mind, brain, body and behaviour. It is based on patterning that we don’t see most of the time. In this Covid-19 crisis the question is – how can mindfulness help us in these times?