MACE – Wits Business School

MACE – Wits Business School

M A C E - Wits Business School

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Chicken Livers

Chicken Livers

Ingredients:

  • Chicken livers
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped Onions
  • Green peppers
  • Garlic & Ginger
  • Dhania
  • Rajah flavourful and mild spice
  • Chicken spice
  • Lemon juice
  • Know chicken stock cubes

Preparations:

Saute chopped onions, add green peppers and add garlic & ginger, dhania and spice with the Rajah flavourful and mild spice.

Fry in olive oil until all golden brown. 

Add the chicken livers to the mixture and add a bit of lemon juice and half of the knorr chicken stock cube and spice with chicken spice.

fry for 5 minutes.

Serve the livers on a bed of…

Ingredients:

Basil, lettuce, grated beetroot, feta topped with avocado and sprinkled with chives.

Being still is a way to reconnect with self

Being still is a way to reconnect with self

The benefits of meditation have become a huge topic lately, with proponents reporting astounding results and entire new movements which encourage people to sit in silence and try not to think!

Even as I describe that, it feels strange. “Sit in silence and try not to think.”

I recently went on a retreat where the greater part of the day, one spent in silence. The quiet time actually allowed me to reflect and I returned with a new surge of energy and drive.

Unfortunately, it seems many these days are doing too much of the “passing time” and too little in the way of silent communion with self and with God.

We live in an unforgivingly loud and distracting world, where we wake up to clock alarms and spend the rest of the day on someone else’s schedule.

We spend hours on cellphones, computers and tablets, dare I say, watching too much television without considering how much damage this “screen time” can cause, not just for us but for our children, who can suffer from sensory overload, lack of quality sleep and a nervous system which is overstimulated.

It is clear we are finding it harder and harder to find time for the quieter moments in life, being consumed by things that do not serve us. Forgetting to “be still and know that He is God”.

We are missing out because we tend to do too much and “be” too little. There is something unfortunate about the fact that those of us who are most productive are often unable to sit still. The one thing we can’t do, is to “just be”.

Franz Kafka says, “Remain silent at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to YOU to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

In my weekly column, among other topics, I aim to share what I have learned in the pursuit of wellness, raising my level of consciousness and awareness.

Meditation is one such discipline I practice. I challenge you to take 10 minutes of each day to sit with no external stimulation. Just be with yourself and listen to the sound of your heart as it beats.

Marvel at the miracle of this very beating, because it is part of the miracle of God’s design. Feel the tips of your fingers touch, close your eyes and reconnect with self.

The art of removing yourself from the external world is free, empowering and wonderful!

Remember, we are all the same

Remember, we are all the same

In July 2000, 10-year-old Nkosi Johnson gave a speech at the opening of the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban. He detailed his life, beginning with what it was like to live in a community which discriminated against people with HIV/Aids.

Nkosi, whose mother passed away in 1997, was adopted by Gail Johnson, and lived out his life raising awareness about the pandemic as confusion reigned. With the mixed messages we were receiving from the government and media of the time, one can see how difficult life must have been for people living with HIV/Aids.

Fast forward to 2016, and we still have the highest profile HIV epidemic in the world. According to UNAIDS (the UN Programme on HIV/Aids) an estimated 7 million people are infected, and many millions more are affected. The good news is that SA has the largest antiretroviral treatment programme in the world.

My friend Criselda Kananda-Dudumashe launched her memoir on Tuesday, You Are Never Alone, and as someone who has been living positively for almost 20 years, her story is a reminder that being diagnosed with HIV/Aids is not a death sentence, one can live a long and productive life!

In this Aids month let us all re-examine whatever prejudices we may be harbouring against our sisters and brothers living with the virus . Let us remember that we are indeed all the same; one humanity, with a heartbeat and a pulse.