Dear Mama and Daddy #1

Dear Mama and Daddy,

How are you both? Missing you guys so much but I’m sure you’re having a grand time with the Father up there. Grabe, dati, dear Mama lang. Ngayon dear Mama and Daddy na. Kalurkey kayo. Nag-usap ba kayong magkasunod kayong aalis ng less than 2 years apart? Di man lang nagtagal ang isa sa inyo para makita ang apo sa akin. Nanawa na ba kayo sa kakahintay? Nawalan na ba kayo ng pag-asang magkaka-lovelife ako? Hahaha!

And speaking of lovelife…Mama grabe ka! Hahaha! I learned something recently. Ginawa mo talaga yun?! Kaloka ka hahaha! Masyado na ba talagang bothersome sa yo ang pagiging single ko at kinailangan mong gumawa ng da-moves mo? Kulang na lang idaan mo sa fixed marriage eh. Buti na lang subtle ka lang duma-moves. Hahaha! Pero susko ka inay! 😛  Sabi ni koya, ang pagkakaintindi daw nya nung una, meron daw akong 7 kids hahaha. Sabi ko baka 7 grandkids ang sabi mong meron ka haha. Pero thanks, Ma. By learning about it, mas kampante na ako dahil feeling ko nascreen mo na sya. Kami na po ahihi! Sabi pala nya, sana buhay ka pa. Siguro para may kakampi sya lalo na pag inaaway ko sya hahaha. Pero pakibatukan na lang kami pag umiral ang katigasan ng mga ulo namin hahaha!

O sya. I’ll see you both sa Undas. Ako po ang dadalaw sa inyo. Wag na po ninyo akong dalawin at baka mawala pa kayo hehehehehe. Nga pala, gusto nyo ba talaga ng puting mansion? Or gusto nyo ng other colors next year? Hehe. E kandila, anong kulay gusto nyo? Let me know in my dreams, ok? I love you and I miss you both. Please continue watching over us.

Love,
Mylene

The Labyrinth Walking Meditation Part 1

* All information (in italics) is taken from the print out given to me during my retreat in September 2014. No reference site/s in the print out. *

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Labyrinth at Cenacle Sisters Retreat House

What is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is an ancient human symbol known to go back at least 3500 years and probably much older. They appeared on most inhabited continents in prehistory, with examples known from North & South America, Africa, Asia, and across Europe from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia. The labyrinth symbol was incorporated into the floors of the great Gothic pilgrimage cathedrals of France in the twelfth & thirteenth centuries. The most famous extant design is the example in the nave floor of the Cathedral of Notew Dame de Chartes outside of Paris.

Why Do We Walk the Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is not a maze, but a walking meditation device with a single winding path from the edge to the center. The labyrinth represents the journey inward to our own true selves and back out into the everyday world.

Walking a labyrinth is a right brain activity (creative, intuitive, imaginative), and can induce or enhance a contemplative or meditative state of mind. It is a tool which can clear the mind, calm our anxieties during periods of transition and stress, guide healing, deepen self-knowledge, enhance creativity, allow for reconciliation, restore feelings of belonging to a community, and lead to personal and spiritual growth.

For many walkers, the labyrinth becomes a metaphor for the journey of life: although full of twists and turns, each of us is on a single path through his or her life, and yet each person’s journey is a separate and distinct qualitative experience. In walking labyrinths, modern seekers are emulating and recapturing the pilgrimage tradition of many ancient faiths.

Benefits of Labyrinth Walking

Research conducted by Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute has found focused walking meditations are highly efficient at reducing anxiety and eliciting what Dr. Benson calls the ‘relaxation response’. This effect has significant long term health benefits. Regular meditative practice leads to greater powers of concentration and a sense of control and efficiency in one’s life.

Part 2

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