Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Special: Unconditional Love

A Mother is someone who loves us with all her heart. That perhaps is the definition that most of us would describe to our mother. Being loving and caring is beyond her duty of motherhood; it is a commitment and it is eternal. When we were young, we were helpless and we ended up crying and we cling to our mother who would then comfort us; making us feel safe and feel protected. As we grew up, our mother is still there who watches us as we embrace our own world making sure that we can stand up on our own.

Today, we celebrate Mother's day and it is a celebration of life; that we are here in this world because of her and we continue to live better for her undying love and support. Mother's Day Special: A Celebration of Love is not just a one day celebration. It is to be remembered and celebrated at any time of the year whenever we feel the need to appreciate them and make them feel special. We may not be showing off how deeply we love them, but somehow we get to make them feel good with our sweet gestures.  



Distance may not become a hindrance in showing our love to our mother. She is there to listen when we feel weak or frightened. She assures us that everything would be fine and you keep on fighting. The world is tough and we need to become a fighter in the real world. Mother's Day Special: Compassionate Care is a way of raising us to become a better person and to realize our purpose in the community where we live in. We are being taught never to give up easily, but whenever we feel lost, there's a victory coming on our way. We just need to be prepared to accept and live it wholeheartedly.

Today, there may be children who doesn't have a biological mother on their side. But someone has given them hope and stand up to be their mother. It is a commitment and a testament of unconditional love. Blessed are those kids who has a second mother to be at their side and to guide them on their way up. When the time comes that they are living independently, they will reminisce and look back to their second mother and honor them for raising them well and for giving them a life worth living. 

Our mother, our heroes! Our fighter and our defender! They will always protect and love us and we give them back by way of following them because mother knows what is good for their kids. We honor and give them thanks. To our mothers, we pray for them to have more strength and power to live in this world and to continue on loving us children today and forever.

© 2018 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Great Escape


Weekend  is a great time for soulful conversation or reflection. But, when today's lifestyle is spent mostly on computers or smartphones, there's a little time for a real and deeper retreat about the things that matters; our life's soulful journey and quest for meaning. I may be guilty of binge watching over Netflix series or movies, but hey! It's Sunday and just a moment of relaxation and appreciation of visual arts. After all, we get to enjoy and got a moral lesson from the striking lines of the actors. Sometimes, it's the simple and short movie lines that strikes us from inside leaving us in tears. It brings back wonderful memories of a recent or distant past and we couldn't get over easily.

What's with The Dalai Lama that I got so interested to watch a movie of his great escape? It was back in 2011 that I started to know more about him and how significant and influential he is to India and the rest of the world. The Dalai Lama may be a Tibetan by blood, but through the years he has become a world-renowned spiritual leader. It was then in India when I started to read his books that talks about love, peace and compassion — truly captivating to the soul. Perhaps, many people still do not know him, but his message of love and compassion is similar to that of The Pope. I am a Christian, but love is a universal language that unites humanity and the world. Same as with compassion on which we have evolved as a human being. When we love someone, it's not about the similarities that we are looking into. We love someone despite of our differences; in race, creed or beliefs. 

The Dalai Lama's great escape was about the sacrifice he did to save Tibet and its people. It was in 1959 when he sought asylum in India to escape from persecution of the Chinese. He feared for his life and the fate of the Tibetans if they chose to stay under the Chinese rule. His escape doesn't mean cowardice, but he was thinking about the future of the Tibetans. Almost 6 decades has passed and The Dalai Lama is still strong and remains to be a highly influential figure both political and spiritual. He is a greatest gift to India and is visited by thousands of people globally in his hometown in Dharamsala, the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. People who are into spiritual practice would love to see and hear from his lectures and stories that are practical in today's time. 

I was fortunate to have seen him personally in Dharamsala back in 2013. Meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala was one of the greatest experience I had. To have met him is a spiritual bliss that I always cherish. His philosophy is beyond the teachings of Buddhism and that was the time when I see Buddhism in a different perspective. It is simply universal teaching about love, peace and compassion that is relevant in our time. 

The Dalai Lama's great escape led to a movement calling for a "Free Tibet" even after decades of settlement in India. The Tibetan Government in-exile is very much active in their quest for freedom. to be an independent state with respect to their culture and spirituality. How could his great escape be relevant in our time? As I watched the movie, I could imagine his suffering, but that is due to his undying love for his people. The Dalai Lama left Tibet without expensive and luxurious possessions. He just had enough to survive the long days of wandering until he reached the spiritual land of the free. 

There are times when we have to make the greatest sacrifice for our love ones. We have to go independently by leaving them behind. However, no matter how long we haven't seen them, still they are in our hearts. Our love has evolved that it is not only about serving them, but serving others with love and compassion. Great escape is about leaving our fears, hatred and other negative emotions that are toxins in our being. In today's time, people may fear the unknown, becoming hateful and full of revenge and wicked thoughts. We forgot to align ourselves back to our nature of being good. 

We have seen countries go against each other; world leaders fighting each other; citizens against their government. We have not ended centuries old conflicts and wars resulting to poverty and suppression. When shall we become free gain? Free from abuses, maltreatment and slavery? When shall we end physical and emotional suffering and killing? We may never know what the future holds, but one thing that can free us from pain and suffering is when we learn to plan for our great escape. Like the Dalai Lama, he made a wise decision and acted with bravery to face his fears, deal with the unknown and free his heart from hatred. We can learn from The Dalai Lama's spiritual journey on why love and compassion can free us all modern day suffering. That we can live not by having more, but by having what is truly important and meaningful. 

Back to reality, that was another quality Netflix time. With a cup of coffee and a relaxing meditation music, I can have a goodnight sleep and start the working week full of positivity. No matter how tough our world has become, still we have to free our inner world not to defeat our life's purpose our quest for life and meaning. 

© 2018 Del Cusay


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Weekend Fitness Inspirations for Better Health


It's summer time and people are into different activities that are fun and exciting. It may be the  ocean breeze that makes people swim in the beaches. Others may enjoy the long ride reaching the mountain  peak; offering the best view of the valley and the sky. Some may enjoy bonding moments with their family in their hometown while on summer vacation. Endless bucket list to fulfill desires to unwind, feel relaxed and to live the greatest moments of their lives. These are what different personalities are up to as they experience the hottest season just before the onset of the monsoon.

Summer time is what brings us closer to our goals as we finally execute plans in action. I have set some goals as my new year's resolution to shed a few pounds, maintain ideal weight and get fit. Forget about Travel Inspirations for a moment and focus more on regaining better physical health. This way I can do lots of activities and opportunities as I get back on track feelings lighter and healthier. It seems a simple goal, but determination and the will-power to make a brand new start is the key to make it happen. Oftentimes it's just a plan and when a cycle of procrastination attacks, nothing happens and the goal is dying and worse is to have just expired. 

All these years, I have learned to put an expiration on the goal being set to accomplish. Never to wait for the right moment or the perfect moment; but to have the will to start and discover ways to improve as you get closer to achieve success. Nothing in life comes easy from the start. It's always the will power that sets us to burn our desires to become fast like a car or higher like an airplane. Our dream, it's limitless! It's our pace that sets us closer to the destination and to win. Like a race, we burn the fuel of passion and perseverance and we stay on track with agility and endurance. 

I am determined, so I have to start... on my own time... my own pace. This summer season is ideal for physical activities as there are fitness enthusiasts who bring awareness to people about the value of health and wellness. I have witnessed the 2-day Fitstreet which is an annual event at Bonifacio high street, BGC offering various activities for the body, mind and spirit. Non-stop zumba of different classes encourages everyone to relieve stiffness and to start swaying the hips and lose love handles. Marathon is fun for those who would love to go an extra mile and burn calories fast while strengthening their core.  Yoga and meditation is purely bliss. It's done just before the sun shines so bright in the serene environment. The Power of Meditation is alive! It's been a while since the last time I practice it regularly, but the body, mind and spirit has to sync so well for better awareness and right consciousness. 


Fitstreet was created with a purpose of inspiring and motivating people to step up, move up, get started and finish what you start. In years to come, we may be living in a highly digital society, but being aware and conscious of what truly matters makes life valuable and precious. A lifetime commitment for physical fitness might not be a goal for now, but a single step is enough to start the game until the time when we lose the energy and could no longer carry out the things we used to love. As long as we have the energy and the will to live, we can go the farthest distance and live the greatest life we deserve. 

© 2018 Del Cusay



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