Showing posts with label Health & Wellness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health & Wellness. Show all posts

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Stairway to The Mountain


Nature's spring is nature's best. That was a great and meaningful adventure on the foothill of the mountain; the Mount Arayat National Park.

To be closer to nature is a weekend and holiday destination for most of city dwellers. An escape from noise pollution and a hustle and bustle of a the city life. Escaping from the real world of unending work and tasks. Escaping from reality even for a short while.

An adventure worth sharing 6 years ago brought me to the beautiful and peaceful town of Arayat in the Province of Pampanga in Central Luzon Island, Philippines.


Two months after I arrived in the Philippines from a year of living abroad was a great adventure and a soulful healing. That was April 2014 when I finally had a closer glimpse of Mount Arayat which can only be seen from a distant highway when going to Northermost provinces  in the country.

Nature's retreat offers wonderful healing results of the body, mind and soul. This is all we need after a long and tiring workweek. And for the physical grounding, a day hike to the mountain feels like rooting to the earth. Nature's way to be  reconnected  to the earth as our mind wanders and boggles accompanied by anxiety, worries and fears.

At the park's entrance going to the hilltop community is a serene environment and a soulful sound of nature. The park is also a home to different species of birds and wildlife that is under conservation. 


The park is a great escapade for families, team building and even solo retreat. There are cottages, picnic area, playground and campsites for everyone's need.

A hundred step stairway going to the hilltop community is a great calorie burning and offers a stunning view of the Mountain. Closer view to the roof of Pampanga -- the highest peak of the province.

Take a deep breath and a little more hike passing through the tree houses and all the way to the Arayat Bikers Club. A solemn spiritual community awaits where one is closer to the nature. Truly a heaven on earth for the residents and for the visitors.



Before heading down to the lowlands, I took a pause, meditated and reflected on the Divine presence and a meaningful journey ahead.

The Mountain of Arayat and its Natural Park provides greater service for people seeking respite from various suffering, loneliness, stress and grief.

On the new best normal and after the pandemic, people would be reconnected back again with the  nature; taking a deeper breath and breathing out of toxicities of the body and mind and purification of one's soul. And when we need to reboot or restart, there will always be a mountain to climb for a soul searching -- to heal our being.


© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, June 21, 2020

Father's Day at The Farm



Life at the farm. That's our best new normal during this time of Pandemic. We get the benefits of clean and green environment suitable for healing and rejuvenation.

Today, we are celebrating an extra special day since it's a Father's day. We decided to visit and spend our Sunday at the farm; a sanctuary we developed for about a year now.

As I swing through a hammock, I reminisce the time how it all started back in June 2019, from the time it was conceptualized until it materialized.

Today; a year after, we are harvesting fruits and vegetables which my parents started to plant since the start of lockdown and home quarantine due to pandemic. My parents didn't stop their usual organic farming activity and it's paying off-- it's harvest time.


We have varieties of vegetables like eggplant, bittergourd, string beans, spinach and squash. We also have fruits like Philippine lime or Calamansi, tomatoes, avocado, banana, watermelon and coconut. These and many more in weeks to come as we expand and develop other areas for planting.

We are aiming for a sustainable farming practices to provide our own food on the table not only this time of crisis, but as a way of living -- a new lifestyle.

For the previous years, I may not have celebrated the Father's day at home, so this year is an opportunity to be present and to show gratitude and appreciation to our dear Father.


I will forever be thankful for the love and inspiration and this crisis gives us an opportunity to plant, grow and harvest what we've planted.

Father's day isn't only for a day, but we celebrate it on our lifetime. Wherever we are, he will always be in our hearts. Our Father, our hero, our motivation and source of endless inspiration. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Opportunity in Crisis


We feel people's fear. This pandemic teaches us to be sensitive with different kind of emotions. Anxiety, panic, boredom, anger, irritability and depression are some of our common reaction. People may not say it, but we sense the negative vibe of people's lower emotions. 

We sense fear because our consciousness detected a new threat on our being; in humanity. Hence, what we feel is just normal and expected.

But how can we escape from this threat? How long shall we feel the fear? How can we go back to living a normal life?

During these times, experts in education says we are currently living on 3 different zones of crisis.

Fear Zone. This is our initial tendency to threat. It's normal! Feel the fear. Acknowledge this feeling and not be in denial. Our physical expression can't mask our feelings deep within, for one main reason that we are all in this together. We are wired to feel for each other.

Learning Zone. This is a great opportunity in times of crisis. We make use of the time we are in isolation. Most people might still be stucked in fear zone, but learning shouldn't stop us. Students, working professionals, parents, young kids and even old retirees can learn something new during this time. A new knowledge and skills is our weapon as go back to living a 'new normal' during and post-pandemic period.

Growth Zone. This is about taking in control of our emotions and mind.
When we achieve certain level of self-mastery, we grow and transform to be a greater version of ourself. We grow because we refuse to remain a victim of circumstance and a prisoner of fate.

So, in what zone are we now?

From 'fear zone' during the first few weeks of quarantine, I am now into 'learning zone' where I feel a lot of positivity and personal empowerment. 

I have attended several webinars offered by local and international organizations and have learned from Thought leaders about different subjects of expertise.

I listen to educational podcasts and read valuable insights from online articles. I keep on learning and auditing existing knowledge and beliefs. I keep on pondering and updating obsolete informations that hinders growth.

There's growth in learning.

Soulful Sunday is a great opportunity not to be stucked, but to learn to adapt and engage in new interests and habits.


Farming has been a great activity for us even before the pandemic and we continue to plant seeds for a bounty harvest in this uncertain time.

This is an opportunity to cultivate, develop and create a sustainable living. An organic farming practices is what we need for a heathier body and immunity to fight the unseen enemy.

Life in the countryside will never get boring. It's just a matter of changing our mental state and the definition of success. There's a lot of learning and an opportunity to live a more livable and healthier life. 


As we move on, we will look back to realize that fear sabotages and taking in control of our destiny. And so, our antidote is a dossage of learning to become better and bounce back stronger than ever.

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Positivity in Uncertainty


Energy follows thoughts and intentions. That's one of the most essential wisdom I have learned and adopted for years.

When we pay attention to our thoughts and with higher level of optimism, we can make things happen. We can let almost the impossible things to happen.

But how can we stay positive in a world full of negativity? With the recent global crisis due to pandemic, people get scared and anxious of what lies ahead of our  uncertain future -- the coming days and years after.

We are all at risk. But in this time, somebody must be ahead of us. Somebody must not be so scared as we are. They are our elders; our parents and grandparents.

What makes them have the highest level of positivity is their struggles and life experiences that they have survived through the years.

Yes, they may be the most vulnerable, but they have the most positive spirit all through these times.

They are not the weakest, but they are strongest because of their faith to the highest Divine power. Their religious or spiritual affiliations and activities is what makes them truly alive.

My Soulful Sunday is spent at the farm, and on this day, my parents show us how to live and survive on this crisis.

The striking statement I have heard from them is that 'a large farmland does not serve its purpose if not cultivated for sustainable farming.' That's the reason why they put their energy into it.


As I visit the farm after a week of home quarantine, I am glad to see the vegetable farm which they have spent most of their time and energy.

They may never know what tomorrow will bring, but certainly they know how to survive and thrive. There is no excuses, but only developing habits and positive mindset.

In days and weeks to come, we will harvest vegetables and fruits that will give us nourishment and a healthy body. Our goal is to strengthen our immune system and that will start with a healthy food on the table.  A farm fresh produce for a better health and stronger immunity is all we need.

A lot of positivity for today. A lot of flashbacks and realizations. A lot of energy, but with positivity in uncertainty.

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Healthcare Frontliner's Fight and Flight


We are all fighting an invisible enemy. This has caused us fear and panic due to our vulnerability and uncertainty.

The COVID-19 pandemic is something to be scared of. While we are being optimistic in general, still it doesn't remove the anxiety we experience. It is spreading faster and many people are getting infected and dying everyday.

The young and the old; celebrities and the ordinary people; the rich and the poor are suffering. No one seem spared. We are affected physically, mentally, socially, politically and economically.

Our physical movement is restricted due to isolation and strict home quarantine directive by the Government, thus causes discomfort, irritability, confusion and anger. The Government assures their people of food relief and financial aid to those affected by community lockdown. Some people are anxious of their financial instability, thinking how they will be able to survive the crisis. The ripple of untoward effect and worst-case scenario is evident. 

For the general public, one thing that is being told to follow is to 'stay at home' to prevent getting infected. This is already a heroic act that we can contribute for the epidemic to be contained.


Some people may not be able to fully understand the call for home quarantine and physical or social distancing protocol. The reason why our medical frontliners are calling our attention with the message 'I stay at work for you, please stay at home for us' which seem like a very simple message, but with a sincere and heartfelt plea to us.

Some of us may defy that simple yet meaningful message of our Healthcare frontliners, the reason why we lost some of them. They keep on fighting for our precious lives and more so the lives of those under their care already. Whenever they treat a positive COVID-19 patient, they are already risking their lives.

To date, several doctors globally have passed away while doing a heroic act of saving lives. More nurses and hospital personnel are not giving up, although they are already exhausted and stressed. They keep on fighting and having the will to live just to protect us and save as many lives as possible.


In 2016, I had the opportunity to be of service to the frontline health workers of 'The Medical City Iloilo' where I managed the frontliners in several units like Patient Education, Information and Customer Service. I have worked with the Doctors, Nurses and Non-medical support staff in terms of Patient Partnership Experience.

I am grateful for the opportunity to impart "Transforming Patient Partnership" with the Clinical Supervisors and Head Nurses of the Medical City Iloilo. As the healthcare institution is moving forward, we have aimed to develope high-performing teams capable of working in a highly challenging situation.

We also strengthened our Patient Partnership intervention through Effective Communications in Healthcare, Personal Development in Healthcare, Stress Management Program and Conflict Resolution and Management Program that are essential in delivering frontline healthcare services.


As a nurse myself, I have experienced the stressful environment in a healthcare setting, thus I have imparted programs that I believed would be helpful in dealing with day to day operations and whenever needed in times of future crisis.

The Medical frontliners globally are well trained to handle difficult situations even in times of health crisis like the pandemic issue. They are equipped with the essential gears of knowledge, skills and wisdom. They are ready for the battle anytime they are put to test or being challenged.

I believe they are put in the frontline because they have the most willpower, the bravest among the rest and ready to die in service for us.


The medical frontliners are our modern day heroes. In this time of health crisis, they defend us all against the unseen invaders. They fight for our survival and they die in order for us to live. That's the most heroic deed they can do for us. 

We honor and give salute to our medical frontliners for their utmost dedication and service. Like us, they deserve to survive this battle and they also deserve to live their best life. Let's protect them by doing our share. Let's help them survive and live. 

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, March 22, 2020

You Are Not Alone


Wherever you are right now, you may be stucked! Just like the billion people on earth who are quarantined at home. It may be the worst feeling ever. You are restricted and controlled. You can't travel in a far distance and you have to follow certain social distance.

People are getting anxious and may start losing sanity at certain point. Boredom kills and uncertainty is getting in their consciousness. What's happening? Who's the enemy? When will this suffering ends?

You are not alone! We are all in this together. Your inconvenience and suffering is also what I am experiencing. We are together in this fight of the unseen forces that is a global threat to our health and wellbeing.


How are we going to survive this battle? Yes! This is a matter of survival skills. Either we continue to live or we die! That's our reality at this moment of crisis.

This Soulful Sunday, I got some energy from a sun salutation exercise. I needed some stretching and sun exposure for a boost in vitality and immunity. That's my latest craze just before the beginning of the home quarantine period. And then it's true that we get energy from a distance; from a powerful source.

Contemplating from our backyard at the farmhouse, I get to have a glimpse of the uncertain future. The future seem to be brighter despite of the present day darkness.


I realized that we can be socially distant at times, but we never feel alone or lonely. We are still emotionally and mentally connected from our love ones, our community, our country and the world.

Our individual and personal suffering is also the suffering of our entire family. The sorrow of families is also the sorrow of entire community. The morale of communities is also the morale of the country. And the downfall of countries is also the downfall of the world.

We are all connected in spirit and we are what we think and feel. But one thing that can set us apart is our way of thinking; our mindset. Some may be thinking of suffering while others may be thinking of opportunities. It's now about suffering versus surviving. Or we survived our battle and suffering.

And this too shall pass. This will end. And when the time comes that we survive this threat to life, we will be living well in the Glory of God - - our Saviour whom we prayed for.


As I lay down on the hammock, I realized that you and I are not alone! We are not alone because we continue to fight to live and to defeat the unseen. We will learn some lessons of victory and defeat. We will again rise up and be truly alive!

You are not alone because you will realize that you have a family who loves you. You are not alone because you belong in a community who showed care and concern. You are not alone because you are part of a country of strongwilled people. And you are not alone because you are a resident of a global community of freedom fighters.

We are the fighters and we are the world. We keep on believing. We keep on surviving. And we keep on living.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Windows' Wind Blows


Waking up early morning staring at the window. That's a great feeling when witnessing the timelapse from dawn to sunrise! The purple skies at dawn and the silhouette of the trees is a soulful morning greeting an experience worth living.

In my hometown, the second half of February perhaps is the coolest days to remember. The cool wind and the foggy morning is a perfect time for a cup of hot coffee.

The rainy day is a perfect time to hibernate for a while and to spend some pure thinking time over a cup of hot beverage. It's all coffee... coffee and unlimited coffee!


So many thoughts coming in, just like the non-stop pouring of the rain. And when it's time to contemplate, it has to be the finest frequency of tuning in. Only the best frequency for healing of the body, mind and soul.

What makes us feel heavy at times is when we tune in to so many frequency all at the same time. Whenever our thoughts are in the past, it gives us certain anxiety whether we did our best. Whereas when we tune in to the future, it gives us some worry of what lies ahead. And then, we forget to live at the moment the present time.

As I stare at the window, I could tell how's the taste of my coffee, I could hear the chirping of the birds and I could feel the gentle wind blows. That's how I tune in to the present and it's just a wonderful thing.


While tuning in at the present, I couldn't let it pass to tune in to one of the finest frequencies of a recent past. A heavenly frequency of a great climb to remember.

That's a selective tuning in for a Soulful Sunday moment. It brings back not just pleasant memories, but it also relives the heartfelt moments.

The wind blows of February will be missed. The foggy mornings will soon be over and the rainy days will soon come to an end. But the memories will stay forever and will be tuned in to be a great frequency for all seasons. 


The next time I stare at the window, it will never be the same again until the same season will come again. But one thing I have learned is to tune in to a healing frequency even when it is raining and when the sun is not shining.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Moment of Solitude


You need some time to be alone. That's an addition to our basic physiologic needs. A time where you can be yourself and know thyself better and in a deeper way.

I have always been enjoying a moment of solitude since I have discovered its healing powers. Nature does healing wonders for those who walk alone and seek for life and truth. There are moments of self-discovery of who we are and what we are capable of doing  our purpose of living.

With the sound of silence, we go through the deafening stage until we get used to it. There is miracle in silence and being in a state of solitude can we hear out loud our voice from deep within. We are quiet and in stillness. We listen and respond to our being. That's a fundamental truth of our soulful desires of being.


There's always great things about having some moment of solitude. Our 'me time' reminds us that we need to heal ourselves as we get back to the present reality of dealing with most important people in our lives. That's what really matters. 

For many years I have been living in solitude. Although not entirely, but I find meaning in silence just being alone. And when I share my precious moment with people, that's where I glow and show what is hidden in me. A soulful time spent to connect, to express, be heard and be understood.


Each day as we wake up we have our personal moment of reflection. We listen to our inner voice and to the Divine's voice. We get back to our goals of what are we supposed to achieve. Our dreams... Ambitions.. Wishful desires.

In our busy day and for those living in bigger cities and dealing with so much noise and distractions, there is time to walk away and experience real solitude. Some would live in the countryside which is more relaxed. Others would have a weekend getaway on the mountains and the beach to contemplate. A homecoming holiday vacation even once a year. Such thing contributes to a soulful healing. 

A moment of solitude is what we all need to keep us alive and always living in the present. It improves our ability to focus and increases our awareness and consciousness. And from that moment of solitude, we are able to stand still and walk straight knowing who we are and our self-worth.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Highlands of Bucari


The holiday continues! It's the first week of the year 2020 and the first week of the new decade, but the joyful and soulful moment never ends.

The new year 2020 was welcomed with enthusiasm and a positive spirit. It was probably the simplest celebration ever, yet the most fun and memorable. 

The holiday rush and noise is over and we are now back to normal vibe. We missed the playful kids, the laughters and great conversations. We have learned some life lessons and we have higher hopes to accomplish.

Today, the first Sunday of the year is a memorable one. It's the first Soulful Sunday moment. This time it was experienced away from home, but a nearby province of Iloilo in the Municipality of Leon. 



This is my first visit and on my bucketlist is to see and experience the highlands of Bucari. I was accompanied by a beautiful person who is adventurous and also a lover of nature. This was our first time to visit the so-called Summer capital of Iloilo and had a wonderful journey on the road. What a blissful experience I will never forget!

The road to Bucari is a wonderful experience riding a motorcycle while enjoying the magnificent view of the mountains covered with trees. As we approach the higher elevation and the curvy road, we were greeted by the cool mist and the foggy scenery. I was not in Tagaytay or Baguio, but Bucari has almost the same view.



After about half an hour motorcycle ride, I was amazed of the development when we entered the camping site where cottages and tents are built and set up. I never thought of the development and the crowd of people who visit to experience the place. Visitors are cheerful and seem excited to explore what the place has to offer. We explored and see it with ourselves. No regrets! 

We have climbed the highest peak and have passed by the 14 stations of the cross. That was hundreds of steps; and to reach the final station we have climbed the rock formation. We have conquered our fears and we have reach the summit. No fears! 


That was an awesome view. Perhaps one of the best I've ever seen. The peak offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Municipality of Leon and other towns of Iloilo. We were at the cloud nine! And literally the surrounding is covered with clouds, until it has disappeared momentarily and offered a clear view of the mountains and the small villages from afar.

The majestic view at the top was a great moment for appreciating the nature and some good conversations about future travel and adventures. This is just the beginning and hoping for the best journey on the way. 

Before we end our short trip, we dropped by the chapel and had the final glimpse of the mountains. I suddenly reminisce my soulful moment in the highlands of Dharamsala in India, quite similar to the view of the mountains that seem closer.




What a great adventure! And a great start of the year. Again that was another breathing out and a way to calm down despite of the adrenaline rush. We did it! We made it! 

That was a great Soulful Sunday moment. Living well and at the present moment. 


© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Weekend Retreat at The Farm



Highland retreat is a soulful activity for the family. And weekend is the best moment to take a deep breath and experience the solemnity of nature away from noise and distractions.

A good way to be connected with nature is to feel and embrace the silence. To be distant for a while and be grounded. That's our human nature; we always find ways to heal our bodies and soul naturally. And for us, it will always be our little sanctuary our farm far away from the city.


A weekend retreat is a food for the soul. We breathe in good energy as we breathe out the negativity that is a toxicity. These stale energies are considered as a poison that must be released in our body system. And nature has its way of helping us to cleanse and to heal.

Our coffee taste even better as we have a soulful conversations. This is the beginning of a journey towards soulful discovery of our capacity for a sustainable environmental development. It is on this place where plans and dreams are materialized.


As I sip my coffee, I reminisce the time when I first see this underdeveloped site in the middle of 2019. And in July of this year the dream has been materialized through the capacity of my parents who are into years of farming on this farmland.

On this place is where we can experience solitude as we contemplate or meditate. It teaches us an important life lesson about contentment but being bold and having the dare to dream and to survive.


We are leaving our little ones with a natural environment for them to continue on this legacy and to enjoy a quality and blissful life. As they grow up, they will learn to love the nature and will do their best to protect and preserve it.




Our weekend highland retreat is a simple celebration of life. We will forever be thankful for the Divine for a meaningful life where dreams are alive. 

© 2019 Del Cusay




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, October 20, 2019

Sunday's Best at Lilia's Sky Garden


It's Sunday and the best time to have a soulful conversations with the people who matters in our lives. Sunday makes us feeling thankful for the blessings we receive and for the serenity that gives us peace of mind. It's the perfect time to unwind and to rejuvenate to make us fully alive as we start our week right.

This Sunday we chose to spend it in our little Skygarden. This is a place where we plant, grow and appreciate the beautiful and colorful flowers that gives us joyful mood. There is something with the garden and the flowers that makes us smile and brightens up our day.



Since we have a limited space for gardening, we decided to have a skygarden where we could spend time with a piece of nature right in our home. This is a little sanctuary that attracts butterflies and some chirping birds to shelter.

This is one of my favorite spot for some meditation and reflection. A good place to have a morning cup of coffee and get some sunlight for energy. There are times in afternoon where I would lie down or swing through a hammock while gazing at the blue skies until sunset to dusk. 




My mother would share about how she started to have her little garden back in the 70s and she relate it to some level of success through blessings that has come. It may not literally be the garden and flowers, but it is the positive energy that brings happiness and joy leading to health, wellness and fulfillment.

Then I must believe with my Mother since it is also on this garden where great plans have been imagined and conceptualized. As I lie down on the hammock, I think of the present moment and visualize the future. This is somewhat a thoughtform building and where thoughts become a reality  thoughts become things. 



We were influenced by our Mother to have interest in gardening and I have been in love doing it to be attached to nature and to experience its grounding effect. So as a little Thanksgiving and appreciation to our Mother, we named it Lilia's Sky Garden. It is her passion and the source of joy and inspiration and so together we continue to develop and make things possible and beautiful.

© 2019 Del Cusay