Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Power of Now: Being Aware and Present

Living in a fast paced world as we are now is like a marathon; a race with uncertain outcome. People are always in a hurry, but end up arriving late in the destination. Along the way, we bumped with each other in an attempt to get ahead. There's a lot of shouting, screaming or even crying. No matter how hard it seem to be, still a determined soul can conquer obstacles and overcome defeat. There's no way to quit, but to continue the race towards the peak.

Unhurried life isn't a thing nowadays even in a rural village. We are all connected by the power of technology and we seem to get the latest information in real time, at the particular moment and as needed. Through an upgrade in transportation and communication, everything is quick and instant; as fast as teleportation if it's real. Getting towards a destination excites us and the journey becomes a cherished expedition. Years ago, life isn't that complicated and people enjoy much on the present moment of  their lives. As compared to the present time, most people are living in their past when they can't leave their worries behind. Others may be living in an uncertain future and become anxious of what lies ahead. That's life! truly complicated.  Whatever comes in the head are noises that are unfiltered coming from different sources and even our own prejudice.

Living in the past and in the future is inevitable. When the mind wanders mean lack of focus and awareness of the present; not truly conscious -- not being aware. A complicated living of being not present in the moment has its consequences. We become distracted and less productive. Our worries, fears, uncertainties are enemies to productivity and consciousness. Though it is a result of previous traumatic experiences, we are still in control and has the power to bring back to a normal state of being; where we enjoy the present moment and truly living. As we go through the next level of spiritual existence, we learn to ignore or filter those noises that will not benefit our being. We become alert and more focus on what we are doing and the result is fascinating  a stress-free living.

Being present and aware at the same time is a gift to ourself or to someone dear to us. When we are aware and conscious of someone's presence, they feel being accepted and loved by us. However, when we ignore their presence, they will feel neglected, abandoned and uncared for; that's miserable and unacceptable. But in today's world, there's another side of the story, we oftentimes focus on our own; our personal intention and goals to achieve. We go on our own without the validation from others. That's consciousness from the personal level. We go for a healing when our soul finds its peace and beingness.

The power of now is so powerful that we experience and practice mindfullness. We do not allow a mind that wanders, but we focus our intentions back to our present reality. We choose to be peaceful and live a stress-free life leading to our health and wellbeing. The power of now is a spiritual gift to people that surrounds us. When we are at peace with ourselves, we are present in our dealing with people no matter what happens and we deal with life peacefully as it happens. That's the power of presence and awareness  the power of now!

© 2018 Del Cusay

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Celebrating the Feast of Sto. Niño 2018

Devotion to the Holy Child Jesus or popularly known as Sto. Niño has been celebrated in the Philippine archipelago yearly particularly in the month of January. This is not just a tradition among the faithful, but it is a meaningful celebration of being a youthful and cheerful servant or believer of the Holy child. The image which was brought by the Spaniards was the reason of our celebration. Since then, Christianity has spread in the Philippine Islands and our ancestors have embraced Christ; our Lord and savior. 

Several generations have passed and we're still allured by the charming image of the Holy infant. In the Philippines, there are several parishes whose patron is Sto. Niño. Cebu City, being the recipient of the first Holy image given as a gift celebrates the Sinulog festival on the third Sunday of January. In Iloilo City, they also celebrate the Dinagyang festival on the same week as of the Sinulog. These two festivals have become one of the biggest religious event in the country and have attracted thousands of followers who are witness to to the grandeur of this festivity.

On this day, January 21, I have witnessed once again the devotion to Sto. Niño. From the old commercial district of Pajo in Caloocan and passing along the Parish of San Roque, thousands of devotees including children have shown their faith through a long procession of the Holy image. Devotees have been creative and vibrant in showcasing their images. Some parents would carry their children on their shoulder as they dance through the beat of the drums. 

Truly, the significance of this celebration is the innocence of the child who is full of wonders and giving a sense of happiness and joy to the parents and to everyone. It was in 2013 that I have witnessed one the the biggest celebration of Sto. Niño in Luzon. Celebrating The Feast of Sto. Niño de Tondo gave a meaning to a personal devotion; a reflection of one's faith to the Divine. 

Celebrating the Feast of Sto. Nino 2016 was another chance to witness and take a glimpse of this celebration. Two years after, it became more upbeat and alive. Unlike other religious procession, this is not the solemn type since they would carry the image and have it move or dance. This however is a personal devotion and belief. In the end, it is our faith that matters.

Just like the Holy child Jesus, we must show innocence, but our faith must not be stagnant, it must keep on growing and flowing. We keep on expanding our faith so as to reach people to keep on believing and have faith in God no matter what challenges they are facing. 

© 2018 Del Cusay

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Divine Light: Our God's Greatest Love

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Sitio Lomboy, Linambasan, Jamindan, Capiz

We seek the power of the Divine light whenever we encounter unpleasant events in our lives; the darkest moments that blocks our path to see the light. We seek for Divine protection when we feel weak and needs comfort when we are in deepest pain. We may have struggled and endured the pain, but one thing is for sure that there is a meaning in suffering. As we go along with our personal battles, we may experience the presence of Divinity in our community; the church, the parishioners, the servants, the followers and the believers. We belong to a community that is Divinely inspired and committed to serve on its Divine purpose.

It is through our heart's desire that we envision a greater community of the faithful.When one is called to serve his purpose, it will become a reality through the support and cooperation of the chosen community. Our wish; our desire is the presence of Divine love to all; regardless of one's creed, societal status and character. Our merciful and loving God has called its people to renew their faith no matter how sinful one has become. Greediness, hatred and lack of compassion may have degraded our character, but our spiritual nature cleanses and heals our flaws making us a stronger faithful. There is a certain holiness in you no matter how sinful one may have become. At some point, we are bound to fail and stumble upon the dark. When the soul is in the dark, there is surely a light that would shine to serve as a guide and to lead the rest towards the Divine path. 

The foundation of the church is stronger as it is built with love and compassion. People from even the farthest location are called to follow and to serve. There's no hindrance to a spiritual path when one is called to serve and believe. Doubts and uncertainties are inevitable, but a stronger community will surpass the negativity and support each other bringing more light to the path. There's no big or small contribution as long as it is wholeheartedly given through Divine inspiration and guidance. Individual and group contribution will go a long way making the church and the spiritual community a leader whose obligation is to spread the message of hope and peace and love to all. 

The church is built closer to its people; we continue to make it bigger and brighter for generations to come. When the unknown future creates fears and doubts, we call for the Divine, just like when we call our mother when we are frightened and helpless. Our merciful and loving mother would rescue its child and save him from harm and danger. We are always being heard when we call for Divine help; when we can't stand alone on our battles and easily defeated by the dark. Until we call for Divine guidance, we remain to be weak and helpless.

Through the spiritual community founded, we are one for all and we feel the warmth Divine presence.  We become clearer with our plans and decisions, we are guided with our personal intentions and we become a servant to those who needed help. Years may have passed by and the church that was built by the faithful will continue to become a sanctuary for everyone: the lost and wandering souls and those seeking the path towards Divine love and light. 

© 2018 Del Cusay

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