Freeing one’s mind

Art for the heart

Art for the heart

Filipinos have a habit of quieting one’s consciousness. We do tunganga, a state of mind free from stress. It allows us to be quiet,no distraction,simply being. How? Staring,looking far from window sills, or people on the road squating  the Asian way, serenely letting life flow.

Why do Filipinos do it?  Simply  to be , breathing with the energies within, sensing the kalooban merging with a bigger kalooban. This state of tunganga is similar to mindfulness and Zen , it is knowing there is a bigger mind and entering  it. When we need to be  whole,we enter the inner canopy of our kalooban. But it takes long practice of tunganga to find this canopy and gather strength to remember and recreate.

I do tunganga everyday to gain a sense of wholeness. This may seem somehow unproductive for people who have a routine list of tasks.  Life gives us a wider access to its challenges and mysteries.It is like the movies Gravity,Inception and Time – one enters a state that seems unreal or surreal but when one’s mind expands, we discover a canopy of life inside us that thrives on creativity.

Try it from time to time. Go placidly into your inner self and breathe. Inside you will  discover moments of clarity, moments of flow, moments of grace.

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