Bassie's Blog

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...

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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...

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Despite the gloom, let’s focus on the bright side

The rain will come! Recent events in the country have escalated to levels that can no longer be denied, and as we are bombarded with all manner of information, points of view and narratives, this might be as good a time for us to reflect as we come to the end of the...

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Refill with what you love

Self-compassion is both a simple and profound concept. It is one of those concepts many of us were not exposed to because of the nature of our communities. Growing up in large, close-knit families where one is not pre-occupied with the self, teaches us to give to...

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Four guides of my life

The Four Agreements, a book by Miguel Ruiz was first brought to my attention when I was granted the huge opportunity to interview Oprah Winfrey in 2002. In the interview, which became more of a masterclass on her life, we covered topics far and wide. We unpacked the...

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Let’s all be active citizens

Active citizens can, and do make change! "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has," so said Margaret Mead. This quote captured me this week as I considered the topic of my weekly...

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Spring, a season for rebirth

Let go. Spring, a season for rebirth, renewal and regrowth, is upon us. Beginnings. It's time for new things to take root and blossom, as we let go of everything that no longer serves us. But how do we do this? Six months ago, I had a very bad fall while attending a...

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Death, be not proud!

I have been at a loss for words since the sad and untimely passing of Gugu Zulu. In deep reflection and in a prayer, all I can offer to the Zulu family is a prayer of comfort and peace, especially for his wife Letshego and their baby girl Lelethu. O' death where is...

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Raising a tribe

One of my greatest privileges, my highest calling, is being a mother. The work I do and the businesses I run are not who I am, it's what I do. Often in interviews, I am asked how I would define who I am. But my answer is always consistent and simple: I am a mother!...

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