One of the things I enjoy is to engage with young women. So, once a quarter, I host a "Girls Lunch with Dr Lulu". We sit, eat, talk, question, laugh, and share experiences about life in general.
The theme of the September 2019 Girls Lunch was “The Embodied Self”. I must confess, I didn’t have clue what to expect, and I suspect that also goes for all the Girls. But I can say without any fear of contraction that by the end of the day we were all totally drained, and for the rest of weekend! Of all the things I learnt on this day, two stand out. Firstly, now I know that the body possesses instinctual intelligence, and that: it knows; remembers; keeps a score; speaks; and, responds. But the trouble is: we intentionally and unintentionally ignore it. We vacate it. We escape it.
Secondly, I now know that we all walk around with body pain which is past pain that is embedded in the nervous system. But what wrecked me is the extent to which parents and family are the source of a lot of body pain. This was laid bare in the discussion amongst the Girls.
Our generous coaches (Nothemba, Dipuo, Lulama, Petsile, Ngao and Yoliswa), with all the compassion they could master, facilitated a number of exercises aimed at raising the Girls’ awareness of the power of their bodies. The Girls left encouraged to commit to lifelong self-transformation which includes educating themselves about the status of their emotional health, mental health and gut health.
I’m, more than ever, convinced that it we are to heal ourselves, our communities, and our nation, inter-generational dialogue is MUST.
7 September 2019 - The Houghton Golf Club
The Houghton Golf Club is easily accessible especially for those using public transport. At the main gate, I was welcomed by a friendly security guard who scanned my car disc and driver’s licence. This put me at ease and made me feel safe. The landscape is beautiful and well maintained. Honestly, there’s nothing more beautiful than green grass and water especially when one is always surrounded by the concrete jungle of Johannesburg.
The staff were very friendly and readily available to assist. On arrival we were served fresh fruit, a variety of pastries and hot beverages. This went down well on a cold Saturday morning.
The conference room was well setup, with a check-in table at the entrance making it convenient and readable upon entrance. There was enough room to move between the tables easing our movement between sessions. I also appreciated multiple screens in the room. This allowed one to sit comfortably without having to turn their chairs to face a screen. The room temperate was very accommodating, not too warm and not too cold in addition, and still well ventilated. The expansive glass façade added to the appeal of the venue. It did not just allow natural light into the room. But we also enjoyed the full view of the golfers and their environment.
Lunch was served in a different room, with due consideration for various dietary needs. The food was tasty and the portions just right.
The only downside of the venue was that we were shushed when trying to enjoy the patio. But I suppose it made sense given that golfers need full concentration when putting in that green!
Overall, I had a great experience at The Houghton Golf Club, and I enjoyed every aspect of the day. The two book gifts for each girl from Dr Judy Dlamini were a sweet cherry on top. And wait, she individually signed each book!