I think the number one reason why most people even think about simplifying their lives is to attain some level of inner peace and contentment. They have tried all of the outward trappings – new cars, new houses, wardrobes, careers, relationships – and found that while those things can bring some joy and satisfaction, the positive feelings are only fleeting and they can also bring added stress and gets exhausting. Always looking outside of ourselves for happiness is indeed exhausting. The search is just endless.
Like I always say it’s not wrong to feel sad – just don’t do it on a daily basis. That kind of life just sucks. If you are feeling sad, if you are having one of those melancholic days, try to turn on the JOY switch. Sometimes in my case, that switching on will take a lot of prodding, and other times I find that I can switch to happy mode in the blink of an eye. But no matter what it takes, the point is to do it, to switch from feeling down to any notch up from there. How? Let me tell you some simple tricks I’ve learned.
Blame – as most of us think – is the melodramatic pointing of a finger towards someone who has done something wrong. But in truth, we are actually into blame in just about every waking moment of our days. From the weather, to rude drivers, to how the toothpaste was squeezed, you know the deal. We blame and never think a thing about it. Yeah sure more times than not we are probably justified in our accusations, but so what?!
I have realized that I have actually been identifying my existence with my position in society, my friends and family, the needs and desires of my body, and the emotional and intellectual expressions of my mind. But I have not been taking the time to contemplate the real nature of my existence; to ask myself the question, “Who am I?”
For the past few weeks I have been researching and practicing yoga for beginners. I have been looking for a yogi to teach me here in Iloilo but unfortunately I have not found anyone yet. But guess what – Facebook has solved my dilemma. A friend contacted me and introduced me to Ananda Marga Wellness Center. But before I get into more detail about Ananda Marga let me explain what “yoga” really is first to diminish the misconceptions about it. First of all, yoga is not a religion – it is a way of life, a lifestyle.
Why do I love SpongeBob? Because he’s the epitome of a true optimist! He shows his love of others with his overeagerness to do good and help people.
I know some people are not really too happy about my “extra-curricular” activities this summer. They don’t approve of my traveling and the other stuffs I’m doing. But you know what, I don’t really care what they say (if you know me well enough then you must know that already.)
Here’s what I’ve been up to lately..
I have been busy with:
· Studying Module 1 of Sociology 1 – Anthropology (interesting read!).
· Tim’s problem at work.
· Pacman (the Flash Pacman)
· Reading “Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino” by Bob Ong
· The Eclipse yesterday.
If you’re a frequent visitor of my blog you’ll know that I am an avid listener of reggae music and I am one of Bob Marley’s millions of fans. Reggae music makes me groove to it. Reggae music helps me chill and relax. So when Tim shared with me a song from his phone I was immediately curious as to who sang it and what the title of the song is. The beat is great and only after I listened to the lyrics well and after Tim told me did I knew that it was the reggae version of the Lasallian Alma Mater Hymn.
I don’t know if you guys have seen this video yet but if you haven’t well now you will. Lol. I am a huge fan of Taylor Swift since I heard the song “Teardrops On My Guitar” and I have followed her online everywhere since then.