Your son is your world. I get it. So is mine. But there are other things in my world too, namely the rest of the family, friends, my career, my passions, and most of all, myself. Although I would do anything for my son, he is not necessarily the center of my world. At least, not all the time. And I believe that that will make him a better person, because of two reasons. The first reason is […]
The White Light Meditation
Continued from 8 Sparkling Positive Tips to Handle Negativity
Bonus Tip 8. Visualize white light for protection.
The White Light Meditation is a visualization technique that has been used by meditators in all religions of humanity’s history.
Make the following a daily practice. Say a prayer of protection in the morning, night time or whenever you need to.
Try this short phrase and adapt it to your own liking:
“Dear God, help me in this situation. Shield me […]
What is your child reading?
Three Filipina book writers says it’s time to engage children with fairy tales and adventures in the Philippine setting. Instead of foreign characters, why not local characters who can inspire children to learn about Filipino values. Why shouldn’t the setting be in our home country? Why shouldn’t it be written in Tagalog or in a particular dialect?
“The amount of things you can talk about with children are limitless if you find […]
Sockie Fernandez’s credits could fill a page. She is a multi-awarded TV commercial, documentary and Indie films director. She is a trailblazer and started carving her path when most TV commercial directors were men. Today, there are so many women following her footsteps, and more promising, is a young generation inspired to look beyond what’s possible.
“Direk Sockie is a very good professor,” Mai Mai Burgos of St. Scholastica College says. “She wants us to think beyond […]
Myla Lopez, based in the United States, started blogging in 2013 to chronicle the beauty of everyday living. She craved for a space to celebrate the simple things in life and wanted to develop her voice and style as a writer and photographer. Aside from blogging, our fabulous featured blogger also writes for Pinay.com.
“My blog, Beauté Simple, means “simple beauty” in French. The blog focuses on the beauty of the mundane and everyday moments in my […]
This is an exercise that goes with 10 Sparkling Tips For More Confidence.
Bonus confidence visualization exercise:
Do this exercise for a few minutes when you’re not going to be disturbed.
Close your eyes and relax by taking 3 cleansing breaths.
Say a prayer of yours and/or an intention of good deeds and a balanced life.
Then with your mind’s eye, see yourself surrounded by a pleasant white or white-golden light. This light […]
I am standing in a classroom next to my mother. The wall is an assemblage of red, yellow, and blue bulletin boards, plastered with papers and pictures I could not readily decipher. A young blonde and willowy woman is speaking to my mother. I could only guess what they must be talking about; the rest of the room is filled with other mothers and fathers speaking with their children, clutching their hands and straightening their jackets and blouses. […]
It’s 3 p.m. in Kalamansig, a charming little town located in the northeastern part of the province of Sultan Kudarat, and the area is slowly packing its day. The town, I learned, is home to traders—sellers of farm products like copra and palay, fresh seafood like crab, prawns and even tuna which are being shipped to Cebu City. The winding road going to this seaside town
is concrete, making the town very accessible. Despite taking a back seat […]
Once, when my husband had revealed to his Vietnamese barber that he’s married to a Filipina, the excited barber exclaimed, “You married Asian, now you sit back and relax.” My husband almost fell off his chair. It was the furthest from the truth. When he married me he had these illusions of coming home to a Filipino feast every day. And in the mornings, his clothes would be laid out ready for him, ironed and starched. That was […]
“Get hooked on the day-to-day story of a Pinay Wanderer in Dubai as she battles on real life situations,” says the beginning line of our featured blogger, Pinay in Dubay. We followed her blog and actually asked her to write for Pinay.com, and she did, with her first story, “In Dubai I Met God in the Desert!”
Shayne Navarro. a planning engineer and currently in her 30-something years, attributes all her blessings to God who has been with […]
We all reach crossroads where we have to decide which direction our life is headed. For some it’s easy; they have clear goals and objectives and they know how to achieve them. I thought I was one of them, until a sudden realization changed my life forever. Against all advice, I quit my job and started travelling around the world. I’ve been traveling for almost two years now and I’ve realized the key to a happy life is […]
It’s not like we want to be perfect. Maybe just a little. A little taller, a little fairer, a little more filled out in the right places but a little thinner. A taller nose and straighter hair would be nice too. Unfortunately, not all of us are built that way. As daughters of Negritos we are a predominantly dark-skinned and petite race with small noses and black hair. But we’d like to believe that is a stereotype. And […]
[continued from A Filipina Firewalks, Part 1]
Evening, December 20, 2014:
The three times I attended Heather Ashes TOCI firewalk events, she began with saying: “Come to the fire without expectations of yourself. If you’ve come thinking you’re going to walk the fire—put that away. If you’ve come thinking you’re going to just watch others walk the fire—put that away. You don’t really know what you’re going to do until you’re in front of the fire.”
And then, with Heather’s wise and gentle […]
I’ve firewalked three times. I’ll tell you how I did it and why. I relate my experience of the two most recent ones in reverse chronology:
January 2, 2014:
It’s morning, I wake up and start walking around. I notice nothing. I do my workout, meditate. Still nothing. I shower and change, then I take out my baon and get ready to go to work.
Then I notice something. The something is nothing. I feel nothing […]