let’s want a healthy mind, not just a healthy body..

1. Wouldn’t it be great to be free of all the commotions in our heads? Here, I am not saying I am an expert, but I definitely have meditation helping me a lot in this. Practice mindful meditation regularly in an effort to live the moment and not be dragged by the voices in our heads. Although I have friends who think watching 24 is more therapeutic, I would insist that you guys slowly dip your toes (if you don’t already) on this journey to mental tranquility. To all the critics or believers: Start here << An awesome TED Talk.

2. Well, how long has it been since you’ve had a good hearty laugh?! Of course, the internet if full of funny stuff. If you want proof, click here.

3. One word: Music. If you haven’t, try Spotify! There is, of course, the mother of all, youtube!

4. Two words here: friends and family. Do I need to say anything here..?

5. Hobbies are hot for life. We need them. Let’s pick a tennis racket today or a book to graze through under the shade of a tree.

6. Volunteer. Devote some time to helping others in any way feasible. It not only (potentially) help build lives, but also does help build character and self-esteem.

7. Optimism is the key. It might be cheesy to stress this point, but that’s how you can feast on your ‘happy hormone’ the best!

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An Inspirational Video

Life is a game – we fall and fail before we learn how to win. It is a struggle up the hill of survivorship, where we do get knocked down at times. However, raising ourselves to some beautiful glory demands positive attitude, a belief in the self, and want for change. Along the way, our action “ripples”  out for the change that we want to see in the world.

Free Bawo / Bao / Omweso African Mancala Game on www.bawogame.com

Fumba Game Labs™ will be officially releasing its first version of the traditional African mancala game on the 8th of August, 2010. Bawo ( Bao, Omweso ) is played is several countries of Eastern Africa (including Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi and eastern Congo) but it is most popular among Swahili people of Tanzania and Kenya. [ref: Wiki].

Fumba Game Labs™ Bawo Version 1 will be available for free download at http://www.bawogame.com . The bawo game will be compatible with all Windows Operating Systems (XP, Vista and 7), Macintosh OS and Mobile Devices that support Adobe Flash Player. The game will also be playable on Apple iPhone and iPad.

The first version of FGL™ Bawo Game will be available as a standalone application which will not require any installation. It will also be playable online from any browser with the Adobe Flash player plugin.

Fumba Chibaka*
Game Designer, Fumba Game Labs™.

The game link is www.bawogame.com.

[*Fumba, friend of mine, is finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Gettysburg College. For more info: http://fumbani.blogspot.com]

The last gaze

a fireI had never seen my brother in tears before. I could not tell if he was really trying to balk his tears, but his eyes were thick with them. Although he was squatting on a greasy rock a few steps behind everyone, he was stealing every last remains of my grandfather through the crowd. Everyone at the cremation was standing around this mammoth fire eating up the last of the woods and my grandfather. The wood blended and merged with his body like the red and orange in the fire.  His right arm that had crept out of the woods looked like logs – all thick, all voicing their recent fate through the deep, pulsating red. The fire was growling in that dusky wind, and Ghatko khola – the river passing through Panauti – was roaring its mourn below the rocks.  Panauti had lost an educational, social and cultural protagonist, a freedom fighter.