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Take a tour through our few vacant one-bedroom Apartments in the Main Building and view the Community Resort Facilities. Meet our Sales Staff who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. All Welcome! 111380-V4 By CHRIS HARROWELL LIZ Farrands and Joyce Cowan may have the perfect antidote to the stress caused by the hus- tle and bustle of modern day life. The Howickians are organising free public meditation sessions for East Aucklanders entitled Center- ing Meditation. They’re held at 7pm on the frst Sunday of each month at All Saints Anglican Church in Howick, start- ing on May 5. Each session runs for about an hour and is intended to help people slow down and fnd a quiet centre in the middle of their busy lives. The project stems from a medi- tation group Ms Farrands and Mrs Cowan began about six years ago. They decided to offer it to the wider public after receiving posi- tive feedback from their group members. “Originally Liz and I and another friend talked about how we needed a quiet space to be free of the busy- ness of our lives,” says Mrs Cowan, who works as a midwife and teaches midwifery at Auckland University of Technology. “We found it very benefcial and were then asked to share that with a larger group at church. “We wanted to meet and fnd a very quiet space to refect and meditate.” Ms Farrands, an Anglican priest and psychotherapist, says the ben- efts of meditation are huge. “It’s something that enriches our lives and it makes such a dif- ference,” she says. “Each session starts with quiet classical music for about fve or 10 minutes, and we then have a spiritual reading, such as from the Bible. “The idea is to sit quietly with the reading and notice what strikes you and how it might touch your own life. “This can lead to a deeper sense of the holy or sacred. We want to be inclusive, so we welcome any- one who’s interested.” The women say meditation, or mindfulness, is recommended by some general medical practition- ers because of its health benefts. “There is a groundswell of inter- est in it, so we felt it would be a good thing to make it open to the public,” Mrs Cowan told the Times. “Centering meditation helps us to let go of distracting thoughts when our mind runs away and fnd calm again. “By the end of a session you will have a feeling of peacefulness and relaxation. “We all get so busy, and I used to get concerned and quite anxious aboutwhatIhadtodoinaday. “By the end of the hour I’m much more relaxed and able to cope.” Ms Farrands says when she practises meditation regularly her ability to focus is heightened. “Many people let their feelings dictate their behaviour in a way they later regret,” she says. “Practising meditation can help us relate to our feelings less reac- tively, so we can be more as we would like to be. “It’s about living and being present in the moment.” The free monthly group medi- tation sessions are held at 7pm on the frst Sunday of each month in the original All Saints Anglican Church in Cook Street, Howick, starting from this Sunday. People who want to go along but not talk are welcome, and there’s no requirement to attend every session. For more information, phone the church offce on 534-6864. QUIET SPACE: Liz Farrands, left, and Joyce Cowan, welcome the public to meditation sessions in Howick starting on May 5. Times photo Wayne Martin Focusing on inner calm Fast checks introduced F ➤ romPage1 “We can check identities of people or vehicles before we stop them, and if there’s any red fags we will know immediately, rather than having to wait on the police radio. Staff will be able to use their device to dictate a report to an automated centre, and when they get back to the station that information will be waiting for them in an email.” Mobility is a necessary part of the police’s job. It helps to ensure crime reporting is accurate and intelligence gathered in the feld is sent to the police database. “These devices remove the need to write out paper reports, as offcers can just type it into their iPad,” says Mr de Wattignar. “If we’ve got a family violence incident, there will be applications on the devices from August allowing them to type the report straight into it.” One Counties Manukau East Police front line offcer planning to make the most of the new mobile technology is sergeant Matt Alley. “The benefts for us are obvious,” he says. “Our response time to incidents will be better and we’ll be able to utilise staff more effciently.” Police Commissioner Peter Marshall says: “Our long-term vision is for front line offcers to be empowered, informed, tech-savvy, visible and safe in the community preventing crime, and not in stations flling in forms. “The use of mobile devices goes a long way toward achieving this vision.” Fire ban lifted RECENT rainfall has allowed the fre ban to be lifted. However, Bryan Cartelle, Auckland Council’s principal rural fre offcer, says while rainfall means relief for grass and bracken, caution is still needed as heavier vegetation remains extremely dry. There are no changes to other restrictions. It’s illegal to have an open fre in urban areas and public places.
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