Ginhawa,the ease of living

Ginhawa sa ating lahat. May we have ease of living. Mabuhay tayong lahat. These are the Pinoy wellness greeting that we say in every gathering and in every interaction. Ginhawa and Mabuhay go beyond greeting. It is a healing slogan and we can learn how to bring ease of living by learning how to manage our body and spine.

This week we gathered 20 healers and 30 friends to learn with Raul Nava the method of back maintenance and body management. Raul Nava is a childhood friend in Lucena who migrated to Israel and joined the kibbutz in 1971 ( ed blogged about Raul as the Pinoy healer from israel in Raul discovered a world that he dreamt of and became a member of a productive and cohesive community where all his needs and wants were met. In the kibbutz, he discovered his healing gifts and was assigned to do healthwork. Raul asked to study complementary medicine in China and his kibbutz sent him. Raul studied and worked as a healer in China for six months and then went back to Israel. Since then, Raul has been healing and fine tuning his method of back maintenance and body management. He has visited the country several times but his wish to teach and share healing modalities was realized during this visit when he verbalized to friends that he has time to teach and heal. So Sonny and I went to Lea Tolentino and asked her to host Raul’s healing sessions in Ginhawa Balay in K6, no.100, Kamias district.

What does Raul do? First, he informs everyone that we can heal ourselves, that we are all in the community of wellness. When we introduced ourselves as teachers, psychologists, development workers, writers,mothers, fathers, nurses, doctors, nuns,etc., Raul said all the work we do contribute to ease of living and wellness, hence we are healer-guides. Raul demonstrated the flow of energy in our bodies and guided us to body movements. he showed us how to stretch –mag-inat-inat, how to move our joints from the hands, the neck, shoulders,the pelvic bones ,the knees down to the toes. raul taught us how to open the various bones in our spine while standing, sitting and lying down. then he asked us to practise right away by pairing the ginhawa method. each person learned how to begin with energizing our hands, then moving the energy by ugoy-ugoy, which is gently rocking the body to let the yin-yang energy flow; hagud which is caressing the meridian points; and the various healing inat ( body stretches). the nuns of good sheperd who had various spinal injuries (one was wearing a pelvic brace), immediately felt relief after ugoy-ugoy, hagud and inat movements three times. raul emphasized that when we feel the ease of breathing and moving,yin-yang energy circulates. this yin-yang energy for healing is what we feel when we touch the person in pain. but if we are tired or tense, we should relax ourselves first and get our yin-yang energy in sync before attending to the sick person. in every healing state, it takes two to heal : the healer’s intention of bringing relief and the patient’s will to get well. both intentions mesh and allows healing to take place. the important ingredient is the guidance that the healer provides in opening and moving the ginhawa energies that are in the auras of both healer and patient.

i like the inat-inat exercises especially lying down. it reminds me of how i wake up and how i love to stay in bed. pinoys say “nag-in-in pa ako “,translated as “am still lounging and savouring the moment in bed”. the word ‘in-in comes from steaming rice where water has to evaporate before it is ready for eating. raul also recommends the hagud, ugoy-ugoy and inat-inat movements while lying down for people who are no longer ambulatory. i told ed we should do all three body exercises for Inay and teach her two caregivers Jayzel and Eloy.

raul told us all various body movements that can be done while at work,sitting, cooking, eating, standing,waiting for something, riding the jeepney, bus, car,train,plane, even while worshipping in church. the nuns had fun imagining how they will walk, stand, sit and kneel during religious rites. we asked our group what would we say if people raised their eyebrows when they see us, especially the nuns moving their butts the way Raul taught us.we laughed and arrived at the winning answer “ this is the ginhawa way, mabuhay ka!

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4 Comments on “Ginhawa,the ease of living”

  1. Susan Says:

    What a very interesting post. A great tool that I have found for energy and healing is Intuitive Healing by Dr. Judith Orloff. Ginhawa sa ating lahat.

  2. cynthia Says:

    I’m a friend of lea tolentino and have not been able to reach her. An australian friend would like to set up a workshop on interplay in manila. Do you know how to reach her?

    Thank you.


  3. sandrar Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  4. Alex Litton Says:

    Hi! Dondoy is an old friend during our grade & high school days at the Ateneo. We lost touch when he moved to Israel. Would you have his email address? Many of his old friends want to get in touch with him. Thanks,

    Alex Litton

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