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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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What is the greatest thing you ever remember that I did for you?”       

My youngest sister once texted me that question. She was quite surprised when I  replied” you always make me a mug of coffee  during my College days, upon getting home from school and anytime whenever I ask you to make one for me…mug after mug after mug”. She was surprised because she never realized that it was such a great thing for me.        

Why not? I used to be a big time coffee drinker…I guess that time I drank more coffee than I drink water. And now that I am advocating a healthier lifestyle….and as I walk my talk, quitting from coffee is such a big deal for me. But it’s so much better now…from 6 to 8 mugs a day…now down to one to two cups a day…and sometimes I can even skip a day without it and just have an herbal tea or a green tea instead.     

It is such my vice that has become an anchor to bonding with loved ones. Especially with my other half.       

Cafe bar in Lipa

 

One of the nicest moments with him is having a cup of coffee after our dinner. That is something I really enjoy and It has been always my wish that my husband will keep his promise that he won’t change for being sweet…( I guess that’s every woman’s wish).  Well, wishes are bound to happen. He (maybe unconsciously) proved it again . Just the other night he gave me a sweet surprise ….he refused to have a coffee at home after dinner, instead he drove me to a place a couple of town next to ours, ( we unusually do this because I always feel the importance of a night with my kids when I am not at work) ….and going out after dinner  made our senses  wait for 30 minutes before we could have our coffee. But when we get to the place, there I saw a new nice and cozy coffee shop!…… and there……..that night,  we spend our post-dinner coffee bonding moment. What else can I say…it was just simple but such a wonderful night !…..i feel so blessed again for having him in my life.       

Every moment, there is a blessing.       

Do you still remember that cup of coffee from someone, given and served to you with love and care?       

Feel the blessings in any ways, there’s more…. than just a cup of coffee.(~_~)      

Heaven bless your day! 

Photos taken at Cafe 78 Lipa City Branch  

 

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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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