Archive for December 2010

celebrating the new year with growing minds

December 31, 2010

ed and i are  past, present and future positives – we live in three zones. as the old year 2010 ends in a few hours, i went to pray for the people who crossed over this week. i went to my altar and lighted five candles and thought of all the journeys the “crossees” are experiencing in the cosmic worlds. i remembered lito tiongson, husband of maloy quesada tiongson, who crossed over in 2003 . he sent me many messages and told me of the nebulous worlds he is travelling into. i think of these nebulous worlds when i pray for those who crossed beyond this life.

earlier i went to reflect on what the year 2010 brought us. the korean award  for ed’s public service was a most pleasant event and we didn’t expect it. it brought us to a part of the korean culture – agriculture – that we didnt know much about. it also gave us new friends – the kim family – and reunited us with an old friend oh jae shik. ed and i travelled to cambodia and met more new friends. there i practice a new health protocol called bodytalk and surprised these new friends with a reading of their bodies. ayen asked us to fly to hongkong and we had a good time with edna aquino, milabel cristobal and her daughters. ayen found hongkong shopping so good that she flew there again with two friends during their semestral break.

i asked myself, what more could i be thankful for in 2010? my becoming a senior citizen! ed celebrated  it with many gifts – from taking time to design my aphorism album to planning a grand concert. the album came out beautifully with 56 aphorisms, 4 short of 60. the grand love concert – i requested to be rescheduled for 2011 when we have enough time and funds.

so what are these growing minds? it means going to all the 3 time zones that ed blogged about earlier and leaping into 2011 with more hope and joy. as netizens, we think we have refired our synapses and are ready for more challenges. so family and friends, join ed and i as we refire our hearts and minds to welcome 2011.


Making the Rest of Your Life the Best of your Life

December 26, 2010

Art Linkletter,94 years old and Victor Hansen,62 years, wrote a book “How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life” 2006. Ed gave me this book as one of his gifts when I turned 60. Reading it with Ed gave us delight and Ed made a photo album of our life’s lessons.

Now for friends who are in your 60s, you are  empowered to be who you  like to be, to do what you imagine you can do. Ed and I always make each week  a learning journey  – separately and then collectively. I go searching in the web for my concerts in YouTube and Ed goes to TED for his conferences. Ed ‘s schedules are always hectic and he flies to various provinces and countries. Facebook gives us the joy of knowing and seeing where the  learning moments happen and we upload for family and friends to share. We chat online and post our blogs so that we can see where we are making a difference. The online  information loop is a wonderful vehicle.  We meet old and new friends with their “like” and “comments” on our adventures. Having taught ourselves to navigate cyberspace has been a fruitful lesson – becoming Netizens.

For those who are younger than us seniors, take time to savour your age. Youth bursting with imagination is a gift and you can dive into oceans of lessons. Our aphorisms on the Rules of Life’s Games by Cherry Carter-Scott are fitting lessons for all and relevant to today’s generation.

We are One Breath

December 3, 2010

As I enter meditation last night I saw what Fe  Mangahas shared last Nov.29 – that we can enter a sacred space and we are one breath. What is a sacred space ? For people who meditate, reflect on where meditation brings you. For people who pray in sacred places, remember why you took the pilgrimage.

Simply put, when we enter sacred space we breathe as One. This is the principle of communion – we are One . What we think, feel and do have an impact on everyone and everything. When one creates  an act of love, this love energizes people whom you know and do not know yet . That is why becoming spiritual is a big responsibility – because you have to care for all living and nonliving. The sacred space that one enters is the creation space – where all begin and grow. This is what Siddharta, the Buddha, discovered when he became the Buddha – the awakened being.

But if one is not awakened, or does not even want to be awakened, what happens? I can risk saying that he/she will inflict pain and suffering on himself/herself  and others. The evil that men and women do is a result of violating the principle of  Creation and One Breath. We are spiritual beings with a human purpose.

We need to learn how to fulfill the journey  of creation. We need to learn  breathing life into everything. We  have the responsibility to teach as many beings to be spiritual members  in communion with the One Breath. When we go through our daily work, we must be aware that we are not just earning a living. Our daily life is our journey towards the sacred space – we do not need to accumulate wealth, to be powerful. What we are and who we are  – are not measured by degrees of material and social wealth, but by  love and compassion for all. How we become inclusive, all loving is the challenge to us. But mindful of the evil that surrounds us. Becoming both a dove and a serpent is one metaphor applicable in these perilous times especially for leaders who get to  rise in power.

When we die, this love and compassion is the only light that guides us to the final journey.

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