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Stress“…..not too many can recognize they are already on this state. I give credit to those who can see themselves they are already on the edge of feeling this way and find ways to prevent its outbreak on their system.

Awareness is the first step to our healing. I met a couple just recently who humbly told me they’ve been noticing that stress is already getting its toll on them and they’re on their way to find the path to avoid it and prevent it to keep on coming.  On that day, that very special morning, we gathered together for a meditation. We felt so peaceful, calm and so safe in the arms of our breath…..it created an extra ordinary wonderful day.

What a nice way to be used by God as a guide for this nice couple as they’re learning about meditation. We spiritually enjoyed the moments of silence, the moments of being aware of our breathing and the moments of appreciation for our  senses.

For every meditation, this is what the process brings us:

  • silence… from our mixed, confused thoughts
  • awareness….to our breathing, to our senses, to a wonderful present moment
  • peace...from our raging hearts
  • and freedom…from the cage of stress

What a blessed day! (~_~)


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Narra tree at The Farm,Philippines



Do you still remember the last time you take notice of and be thankful to the tree that gave you a cool shade from the headache-triggering heat of summer?   

It is such a grateful day to see this narra tree blossoming with flowers on a hot summer day !       

I was born and grew up in Manila…i never remembered myself seeing a narra tree adorned with its beautiful flowers and comforting shade of its leaves. I am thankful that i saw this tree when it was still so small and witnessed how it grows. Now it is giving me enough shade from the heat of the sun everytime i pass this way.    

Once in a while, let’s stop, listen and observe. The nature is trying to get our attention, so that we know  it’s a wonderful place we live in.     

Blessings again from the beauty of the Earth!       

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Holistic has been a stereotype word used nowadays, however I can’t help myself  but use this in describing the place I’ve been last Easter Sunday.            

Borne of intense desire and a genuine sense of gratitude, as fulfilled couple, we’d love to take every remaining opportunity that life can  offer to give back the abundance we have enjoyed.”—-as what the owners say.            

Holistic means a harmony between the mind, body and soul. and this is what you would feel when you’re at the Terra Manna -Camping and Resort http://www.terramannaresort.ph/. The scenery invites anyone to have a peaceful mind, the nature itself  revitalizes the body and the owner’s spirit of love and passion to share is enough to enlighten the soul.            

the landscape            

The owner herself participated in the design and cultivation of the organic soil in this beautiful landscape with wild and rare flowers from various part of the country.            

mini-Great Wall            

This side is a representation of Asia, as you stroll around the steps created and inspired in the likeness of the famous Great Wall of China…it’s a mini resemblance.            


The Mandala Wishing Well– Its story goes like this: wishing well            

Something on this part was difficult to demolish, so the owner decided to just make this one …… a wishing well, in the midst of a beautiful green landscape. When I was here, I picked up a petal of flower and made it a contribution to the many petals placed together in this beautifully handicraft floral mandala. As i do it, I made my wish. It’s there, with nature, and bound to happen.            

proposal bench with the heartshape stone

The proposal bench with the heart-shaped stone


This is a case of serendipity. The owner was walking along the grassfield until she suddenly noticed this heart-shaped stone….and she said, it’s a nice proposal area, so she put a bench in front of it.            


Some flight of steps like this was named after the person who devoted time and effort building the staircase, with two separate ends, allowing you to choose the path whichever way you want to go.            

couple of tree


A very beautiful view when you’re standing at the owner’s favorite spot. For me this view reflects a couple , or a companionship, with a friend, family, and with God.             

“Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. whatever challenges right now we’re facing, God is always faithful to help us.”


A sunset view sunset in Badianthat reminds us, at the end of the day, God is always worth praising for all the great things He has done for us.            

It’s always a blessed day!      

For more details, check out  Terra Manna Lambug Camping and Resort: (+63)09398352965 or 032-2723682. rhoda_rasmussen@hotmail.com

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There are moments in life when we feel we need a space and time to be alone, to reflect and just get in touch with yourself and with nature.    


The Farm at Lipa City,Batangas http://www.thefarm.com.ph

Once in a year, Lenten season comes.  Before I started to understand what that season  really is ..…I’ve somehow always felt the energy of it. During those times in my younger years, Holy week was a time when no one was supposed to be doing laundry, not to eat heavy, especially not to eat meat…which I really hardly understood the reason why.  Being just a child then, mealtime means meat time. But because we respect the elders, we do as they say:” It’s Holy week, refrain from eating your hotdogs and meatloaf!”    

So young as I was, seeing people sacrificing, enduring the pain while purposely hurting themselves on the their back, on their faces that is  made in the image of God, as they  try to imitate the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ, some questions sprouted from my very young mind back then.    

Being engaged now mostly in the beauty of nature, sharing and understanding the essence of what the nature can bring, helping people to increase their awareness on their health, all these has led me more in my path in finding some of the answers to my childhood questions related to Lenten season.    

As I reside myself in the environment where detoxification is holistically being practiced, I begin to understand more that Lent is a time where we can really practice a spiritual detox. When someone starts to cleanse himself on the physical, emotional and mental level, a heightened awareness on the spiritual level becomes clearer. In the same way when someone starts to be more spiritual, an improved consciousness on emotions and mental body becomes apparent. That’s why you would often hear it from family or friends when you just came from a retreat : “you’re the nicest person living on this planet Earth!”  All this happen because, we also try to free ourselves from the toxic moments around us, by being off from work, by eating healthier and to those on a detoxification program, by being just on juice fast the whole day. During Lent, fasting from meat increases our consciousness to our higher being, simply because, we free ourselves from any form of animal protein and just consume what is whole and available by nature. We also try to find time in solitude, and during those quiet times we find answers.    

We have ways to cleanse our body, and our spirit. During Lent, it is being realized more and maximized by many Catholics.  

Kamay Ni Hesus, Lucban,Quezon

Religious places around are too many to see. But there are some places where you could just sit, relax, engage yourself with nature and your Creator. This place can be anywhere as long as you find that space and time of being one with  Him. It can even be just in the privacy of your own home. 

Your home, your sanctuary , your heart ….is your space for Him. That space is blessed.    

Lent…is a time for us to remember all the sacrifices of our God for us, to give us the motivation for a spiritual cleansing.    

Let us always remember in the midst of our cleansing, we are blessed!   

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