Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Garden I Want For Christmas

Christmas is a time for decorating ideas. It is about transforming the home to become bright and glittering with Christmas tree full of lights. It make people happy as they accomplish their desired theme for Christmas.

But this time I thought of doing a different thing. I have improved the landscape of our indoor garden. I have it on my mind several months back, and now I have made the transformation that I desire. 

It is on this place that we serve our meal most of the time since it is an open space with a good air ventilation and a relaxing ambiance.

What makes it special is when it becomes a sanctuary for Eurasian  Sparrow birds that serenade us with their chirping sounds in the morning for breakfast, for lunch and afternoon snacks. That's a soulful serenade from nature.

This garden is also a source of nutrition for the family since there is a malunggay tree and a papaya tree where birds would shelter happily. And to make it more pleasing I added some tropical plants and a palm tree. It's now a tropical indoor garden. 

Gardening is a fulfilling activity and gives a lot of benefits for health and wellbeing. We bring in a piece of nature at home as we celebrate a soulful and meaningful spirit of Christmas.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, December 1, 2019

What I Love About December

What excites you about Christmas? Is it about family gathering? Endless year end parties? Gifts? Or is it about highly anticipated coming of the New Year?

At some point we have all experienced Christmas mania that the month of December brings. This is the time to mark on calendar the most important event of sharing good times with the most important people in our lives. 

Some may have been planning about the themed Christmas parties while others are looking forward for a holiday shopping spree; for giftgiving or buying a gift for oneself.

That's a fun-filled activities for a commercial side of the festivity. Perhaps the most expensive season, but one of the most memorable for whatever reason. 

This Soulful Sunday, the 1st of December is about welcoming a merry and joyous season of love and peace. A heartfelt season to hug and to kiss. 

I will be spending the Holiday season in my hometown together with my family. This is the best place to contemplate about the year that was or a year-end breathing out of what is unwanted and what is to be renewed. 

This Soulful Sunday, 1st day of December brings cool wind and drizzle and that sets the mood of the coming days before Christmas. The wind blows gently with a natural melody; the trees are swaying; the birds are chirping; the people are singing Christmas in our hearts is coming. 

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, November 24, 2019

A Moment of Contemplation

Have you ever been to a place where you have frowned the first time you see it? Have you thought that such place is far from development and almost impossible to transform it? to make it wonderful and habitable?

At times we may be like that. We see places and things as too much underdeveloped and tagged as ugly until someone will transform it to be a beautiful sanctuary.

Back in December of 2013, I was invited to have a beach camping in the Island of Guimaras. From the drop off point along the road, we hiked for almost 30 minutes and I never thought of hiking on a narrow and hilly road while carrying my backpack and some camping stuff on my one hand. That hiking gave me an impression that the place isn't that great due to the bad road experience.

However, to my suprise when we get near and overlooking the sea, I was mesmerized with the beautiful and relaxing view from afar. I was wrong to give a negative first impression and what I have learned is that 'a wonderful day is waiting on a road full of suffering' and this is a good life lesson worth remembering.

That was not the only time that I have judged a place which turned out to be an awesome and great experience.

In my hometown, my parents have made a little sanctuary. A place for a retreat and to contemplate about life and what lies ahead. At first it was like a wilderness, but later it was developed to be a sanctuary for rest and relaxation and for potential livelihood.

As I was swaying through a hammock, I enjoy the serenity of the enviroment and natural music coming from the chirping birds. The gentle wind makes the trees sway giving off 'Prana' which is a vital life force.

As I contemplate, I couldn't be more grateful for a wonderful life and for the blessings that comes. It was just a fantasy, but now a living reality. I used to dream of having our own retreat sanctuary; full of flowers and trees and to do some meditation and spiritual work.

Now, we have our little farmhouse where we can spend a weekend getaway or a Soulful Sunday -- from not a faraway place from home.

This little sanctuary; a peaceful haven is about 10 minutes drive away from home; from the town center. It is located in a highland village that has a wonderful natural landscape and amazing view of the mountains.

Soulful Sunday would be the most uplifting activity I will ever have. It's a time of a blissful moment with the Divine and higher consciousness. It's a time of higher connections and renewal of being. This time, not in a sea or a beach, but in a highlands full of love and serenity. 

© 2019 Del Cusay

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