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on Day 1 – Notice the Awakening

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Emily Lamb
Explorer

Re-joining the family and familiar song and tone of friends. With words and echoes I connect to as the inner river flows and ebbs. Love immeasurable, and dreams in waking day illuminated as bright as that of stars in the moonless night. Thank you…x

Shaz Knight
Explorer

I realised how homesick I am for Africa and all its magic. This meditation made me sad, at first, but then I felt peaceful Thank you

Linda Polley
Explorer

I have been to Londolozi and can picture the animals and quietness in the bush through the meditative portion. So earthy, bringing my senses back to nature and my animal being within.

Penny Tainton
Senior Digital Ranger

What an incredible and generous gift. Thank you to the Londolozi family

Ivy Wilensky
Digital Ranger

Learning to find peace with the silence. To prevent my mind from wandering.

Rachel Yordy
Explorer

Thank you for this gift. Looking forward to grounding with you and gaia across continents in this time of transformation.

Susan Skrocki
Explorer

This is just what I needed. Haven’t meditated in a couple of weeks and this reminded me to think less and just do. All I need to feel calm is within me.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Achieving stillness, going inside is not easy in this time of anxiety, uncertainty, sadness. I’m happy to be reminded it’s called a “practice” because that’s what it will take. I left my first practice many years ago and am looking forward to revisiting the peace it brought….

Danette Ricci
Explorer

I learned today about Gaia and how she connects all of us

Jacqueline Forsyth
Digital Ranger

How lovely. Thank you for bringing to me exactly what I’ve been longing for. May your message enrich the lives of others as well.

Kat Ddio
Explorer

Already a calming sense has come over me – much needed during these stress filled times – thank you

Di Metcalf
Explorer

Thank you for this opportunity. Just tapping in for a day has brought stillness to my muddled head helping me make mindful choices moving forward.

Pamela Norman
Explorer

I learned that it’s okay to explore my mind in a playful way. Everything seems so serious right now and I yearn for playfulness. I love the idea of returning to “that part of you that once moved in absolute harmony with all of life.”

Ginger Brucker
Senior Digital Ranger

A lovely gift to start a day.

Julienne Lentz
Explorer

Thank you to the Londolozi Family. Happy to be part of this beautiful experience. I look forward to each day of this mindfulness challenge.

Rachel Bulloch
Explorer

Fabulous…I so need this…and love the animal theme…thankyou!!!

Janna Wianecki
Explorer

I am so grateful to Londolozi for this gift. I’m looking forward to the peace it brings everyone.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

As the tortoise walks towards me, she tells me to “Slow down. There is no need to rush.”

Georgina Lamb
Explorer

Stillness, calm and light: everything the beautiful family of Londolozi represents x

This has come at the exact right time. Thank you for helping to ground and connect us during all of this uncertainty. I loved reading about Gaia. Xo

Joshua Book
Explorer

Really beautiful start. Love the wildness and the connection of meditation to reflective journaling. 🙌👍🙏🏽😊🌞

Ryan James
Contributor

Beautiful and thank you. Roxy, thank you also for your art. I love it always.

Joan Holliday
Explorer

I think it’s good to be quiet and thoughtful. Ready for tomorrow.

Fain Zimmerman
Explorer

These beautiful words have brought me back to a place hearly loved in my mind, bosy and spirit. Thank you so much.

Jo Dexter
Explorer

This meditation and reflection is perfect-Thank you! I feel like I have been trying to stay a float in the ocean of life, being washed back and forth. Now it is time to stop and start swimming, diving and enjoying the wonders of the water and the creatures inside and out on dry land. Thank you for sharing this moment in time x.

Angela Castellon
Explorer

Grateful for all your generous content shared. Lovely! And ready to continue. Thanks !

Sarah Dyer
Explorer

When I saw the tortoise he told me “patience” Thank you 🙂

Tracey Hewitt
Explorer

Thank you! Journaling after meditation is not something I’ve ever tried, and I was fascinated to notice as I wrote, that as each animal was mentioned, a very unique response rose within me. Rhino made me smile spontaneously – a joy sparked within me. I wanted to ‘hear’ what Turtle had to say, but realized as I wrote that while I didn’t receive words, I did receive a feeling – the feeling of being warmly smiled at and greeted. Zebras delivered a feeling too – a sense of ‘this isn’t where you need to look’.

With gratitude to all at Londolozi… x

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

I so wanted to do this but it has taken several days to consciously still my mind enough to participate and I’m a few days behind. Re-learning to be still again and it feels wonderful – thank you.

Nancy Kaney
Explorer

My audio paused itsef every one minute Do I need to download a certain app to play of without interruption?

Deirdre Kearney
Explorer

Thank you 🙏 I need this at this time. I have visited Londolozi 3 time in my life and think of it as my happy place and hope to visit again xx

Janie Hansen
Explorer

The tortoise reminds me to be slow and steady, staying close to the earth. The Zebra free and beautiful, is nevertheless vigilant whilst going about its “business.” A part of my heart is with Londolozi.

Susan Strauss
Digital Tracker

Starting Day 1 today Saturday and timing is perfect. Gaia I have felt sooooo deeply recently. Much love to you all.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This practice is a beautiful gift to end each day, reminding me to stop thinking about all the problems, negativity and let the positive energy flow – a wonderful aid for sleeping well.

Kari Taylor
Explorer

This is going to be a wonderful week 🙂 Chip’s words are exquisite and capture the beautiful oneness we feel with nature. So inspired by this meditation and practice, such a treat, thank you Londolozi!

Patrick Smyth
Explorer

I cried for the first 3 minutes of the meditation and for a minute thereafter. I was reminded of my purpose and in the stillness, the following revealed itself to me: I am here to lead mankind away from money and physical accouterments and back to being, for “the kingdom of God is at hand” simply means we are here and now and nothing more. We have never left Eden, we are simply living in delusion. Power is not the way to plenty, when plenty already exists; scarcity is the master game of delusional existence; both power and scarcity are paradigms of the survivalist nature of our minds. We would never have built our civilizations without the survivalist paradigms our mind exerts, but if we do not get out of our heads and our delusions, we will destroy all we have built through the same structures we used to build it. “It’s nature’s way of telling [us] …” we are out of balance with life source and only speaking and listening and action that is consistent with life force will align us with universal balance.
There is so much more to say…but let’s get to day 2.

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

Sending gratitude for this, especially at such a time. May the challenges we face help us all walk more mindfully along the Earthkeeper path.

Allison Hajek
Explorer

This mindfulness has been absent in my daily life, the current situation is creating such anxiety. I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to connect with myself, my surroundings & my fond memories of South Africa
Peace, Health & Sanity

Laurel Zoet
Explorer

This morning’s exercise took my mind back to doing yoga poolside at Londolozi. I feel that is a gift this morning which sequels a gift for the day. Thank you.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Nature has all the answers.

Levi Singh
Explorer

I’m both a skeptic and overthinker. One of my goals for 2020 is to be more present and to stop hurdling towards the future at every second, with everything in me. This short meditation on day 1 was quite helpful and I look forward to the rest of this challenge. Thank you for your sharing, consideration and generosity in availing this challenge to us all.

Claudia Steiner
Digital Ranger

I enjoyed this so much that I’m doing it again! Thank you so much for this gift!

The journaling made me think about why I am always in motion, never having the time to do nothing and finding out nothing does matter.

Cynthia Delong
Explorer

Thank you so much for helping us to find stillness during this chaos. Bringing my time at Londolozi into my meditations has helped me find stillness.

Jane Baldwin
Explorer

thank you for putting this amazing challenge together. Gaia keeps reminding us that “Now is the time”.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

This mindful challenge comes at a time when we truly need to be connected to ourselves, to each other and to nature. These are things I try to set intentions on every day and I found day 1 of this challenge sets a perfect tone. With this Global crisis I have found a certain comfort that nature is getting breath of fresh air and a small window to be itself – away from the pressures we put on it. I loved the Oracle Card in particular the message about connection to Gaia and the line that reads ” There are only times when you may choose to look past the signs, ignore the messages or temporarily remove yourself from the connection to the flow” – how true!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

I learned that I need to set up a routine each day to let go of the daily stress. I felt a message come to me when I thought about the touroise coming towards me. Patience, taking my time and being aware of my surroundings came to mind.

Yair Lotan
Explorer

In the beginning there is always a step.

thank you!

Judy Allen
Explorer

Stillness feels good, and with it comes a feeling of calm and wholeness. I feel refreshed and I had a marvelous trip down memory lane revisiting my Londolozi experience.

Barb Draznik
Explorer

As someone who has always connected to nature and animals, I have long been aware of its wisdom for me, its come naturally without realizing I could actually use it as a rudder/map for the flow of my journey. Its been 16 years since I was so powerful moved by Safari in South Africa. I thank you for this time to reconnect.

Janne Robinson
Explorer

Beautiful.

Gloria Ruggieri
Explorer

I noticed the importance of slowing down (the tortoise) and reconnecting with the community (the herd of zebra).

Helping to focus through meditation. Practicing being present in that moment and relaxing. Thank you.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Absolutely peacefulness and no tension. The tortoise image brought me peacefulness.

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