Sunday, May 31, 2020

Now Rowing Forward


We can't wait to move on. We've been stucked for some time, and we want to move forward and be able to live our life's next chapter. A life where mystery meets uncertainty. A life of ups and downs -- our current reality.

Today, I've seen how we go few steps backward. When the pandemic striked, we freeze, we can hardly move, we go on reminiscing our past life. We remember the good old times and learned from the bad times. We have time travelled and it just feel so good.

Rowing on a small boat from my last year's retreat on a beach, was one of the most solemn and soulful experience ever. That gave me a lot of realization about how I chose to live my life. That was a preview of how to live and survive in silence; without a crowd and just a moment of detachment and social isolation.


As I looked at the horizon from afar, where the blue skies meets the sea, indeed sky is the limit when it comes to our life's desires and realizations. There's a lot of opportunities and foresight waiting for us to be discovered in total silence.

As I walked closer to the shore, the horizon seem endless, even when I reach the deepest of the sea. I then realize that when a big wave is coming to hit me, I may either swim as fast as I could back near the shore, or just go with the flow as calmly as I could.

Life's like that. When something big hit us, like an overwhelming challenge or adversity, we can choose how to react; either we panic or stay calm and focused to make the best action and not get drowned.

Fast forward to today, a year after, comes the Pandemic. I remember how I enjoyed the silence and solemnity of a place where I said I could survive on that kind of environment for a long time.

How many of us could live in the absence of a noisy and distracted world? How many of us can enjoy being detached to worldly posessions and relationships? How many of us can survive being alone, having just enough and with no luxuries, but only a natural world of purity and simplicity?


Today, as people and community have started to mobilize again after isolation, we have just learned a tough lesson and a deeper awareness of our being. That we can indeed live alone for some time, that we can depend on ourself for our own happiness. That we are responsible and in control of our life -- our destiny.

Life has now brought us to different era; a different future we never imagined. This time, we are not only moving on or moving foward. We are now rowing forward to the direction of our will; our life purpose. We are the captain, and in control of our destiny. The director of our own reality.

© 2020 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Living Our Best Normal


We want to live our best life. That is not just an aspiration, but a realization of our life purpose. Our goals and dreams is what fuels our being towards not just success, but also fulfillment -- our heart's desire.

In these times, we are now one world and one humanity, which used to be divided by the color of our skin, the amount of money on the wallet or in a bank, divided by religious affiliation and social status.

Today, we feel the oneness of the humanity. That we are united through a common experience. That we are all vulnerable to the global threat to human health;  either we survive or continue to suffer -- we're all in this together.


We are slowly adapting to a 'new normal' and this is an initiation of how much we have learned about survival skills and the test of our life's top priorities.

In the 'new normal' people may realize that money at some point may not save life. That money isn't our ultimate purpose of living. And that the health we have sacrificed for money will be gone when we lost the battle. 

Living in the city would start to lose its appeal, and people will see the value of life in the rural area-- in the countryside.

There is so much learning the pandemic taught us. People in the metropolitan now see the natural world uncovered to them. The surrounding mountains from afar, the chirping of the birds and the clear blue skies used to be enjoyed in the rural areas, but the nature showed a glimpse of the natural environment people in the rural areas are enjoying while on isolation.


People will now invest more on health and wellness rather than living in a highly stressful environment just to gain more wealth. A sustainable living in a safe and peaceful rural area is what can give us the peace of mind that we all need. If there's a shift to this mindset, people will live healhier and livelier.

Between life in the city and in a rural area, the 'new normal' would point the arrow to the less crowded place where one can breathe fresher air and enjoy an awesome view of the natural environment that is free from pollution.

And hearing from someone I highly respect, Master Del Pe, a Modern Sage and an International Life Mentor, inspired people about living not just the 'new normal' but living our 'new best normal' because as we put highest priority on health and wellness to survive and live longer, we strive to live with our best self no matter the challenges and threat that will arise on years to come.


To live our greatest life; and to live our 'new best normal' is beyond living not just safe and secured life, but a sustainable life we all deserve. 

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, May 17, 2020

Life in The New Normal


Life on the beach. That is what people are missing on a hot summer days. Families, group of friends, coworkers or solo traveler; this is supposed to be a fun-filled dry season. But this season have fallen into isolation.

The last year's summertime was one of the best vacation I ever had. I never thought that it would be the last summer to get sunburned. The last time to enjoy the summer breeze and the serenity. The last time to leave footprints in the sand.

Now, after several weeks, our economy and the rest of the world is now slowly getting back to life, but the reality is, it may be hard for the people to get back to life -- the kind of life we used to live.


While viewing at my digital photo album, I saw smiling and happy faces. I saw how we used to celebrate family gathering without physical distancing. I saw how we used to travel and go to public places without wearing a mask. That was just a recent past, but now it feels we have completely entered a new world; with a new definition of love.

The new normal is a tough love. When families at home couldn't even give a hug and kiss. When old friends or acquaintances couldn't even recognize each other due to facial protective covering. When partners couldn't hold their hands. And when young kids and our elderly are best protected by staying at home. All these for the sake of love -- love on the new normal. 

But I still believe in a deep human connection. We may still be able to give a smile to someone we know or anyone we meet along the road. A new definition of smile -- a smile of gratitude on the new normal.

Our new normal is not only about hygienic measures. It goes beyond to our new lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle where most people will give their utmost priority.

We will now be more health conscious and eat the right kind of food, get some physical exercise, get some nourishment from the sunlight, planting and harvesting our own food, adequate sleep, prayers, meditations...


Activities that nourishes our body, mind and soul would be of most important value. We stay away from worries, fears and anxiety. Though at times it's normal to feel that way, still we can escape and regain our best self and live our greatest life.

For now, we may have already learned some tools and techniques as we move on to a new normal. You may now have learned to quiet the mind and relieve stress through the art of meditation. You may have learned the art of flexibility of the physical body through yoga or internal stamina exercises. You may have started doing backyard gardening. You may have learned to follow your passion about visual/digital arts like painting and photography. You may have started to love reading books, articles, blogs. You may have found joy in sharing your passion through vlogging.

At this time, we must have overcomed our Fear zone and moved to the Learning zone. And now, as we start living on the new normal, we are entering the Growth zone; where we have learned self-mastery and becoming a higher version of our self.

A lot have changed in a matter of weeks in isolation. We may now still be dreaming about that planned summer vacation. You may now be ready to explore what is there waiting for you in the new normal. 

Circumstances may have changed, but hoping it will not change our being, our beliefs and values, our humanity, and most of all, our faith in God.
© 2020 Del Cusay




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