Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quiet Time


That's how my group TM went tonight - All sooooo deep...

Wow, that hadn't happened for a long long time. All my stresses totally
evaporated, I was so deep coming out of TM I just let myself stay there even when the lecture on Maharishi Yoga started. In fact, I was never totally out on the surface. My experience was utterly profound.

Even now at home, I feel the same, huge and expansive from within, and I want to take that state to bed now for a much deeper rest and sleep.  

Goodnight for now...

Before I go, thought I'd tell you I got my copy of the book, Maharishi's Yoga - Great book!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Great Day Today

Norman & I, finally, went to see the exhibition on Yoga: The Art of Transformation at the Asian Art MuseumFascinating! And quite motivating for me to get back to yoga. Remember my story the other day about the sequence of events leading towards my doing yoga again? This is all connected, I tell ya! I just marvel at how Nature works!

And what a find on the 2nd and 3rd floors on different Buddhas - Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other artworks on Oriental cultures, religions, and so on! The main show is Yoga, Feb. 21- May 25, 2014, on the 1st floor, but since we don't often go to the museum, we decided to go upstairs and see the rest of the galleries. Spectacular!

One thing I discovered, though. There are so many Buddhas... only one Jesus!! I'm Catholic, but I'm fascinated with Buddhism, Hinduism, and other religions. I'm open to all. There are many paths to One God.  But what a revelation about the reality of Jesus, huh - He, sure, is mighty!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Another Nice Day... In a Different Way

I was reading my Little White Book this morning and found out that today is the feast day of Infant Jesus of Prague. Last week or so, I took home a novena prayer card in his honor from church, along with the usual Sunday bulletin and other flyers, like what every typical Catholic does on Sundays. We collect them, read them, then throw them away. Well, today I saw the prayer card on the coffee table. Both had a short history of the Infant Jesus of Prague and I got to read it twice on the same day, on his feast day! It may mean nothing, really, just pure coincidence, but is it, really? 

Remember what I always said when a thing or a situation or the like repeats itself? First time, it maybe unevenful. But when it happens again, it's telling us something, and we don't want to miss on anything it might represent, big or small. Remember, God whispers.

I decided to do a 9-hour novena which I haven't done for ages. I mean, seriously, ages, eons!! No particular intention, no specific desire, nothing. Just thought to "call", wow, someone I haven't "talked" to for a long long time. But as I kept doing it every hour for 9 hours, it was like chatting with an old friend - our relationship rekindled! And the day kept turning to be more and more fun.

I treated myself to Sunday lunch at the Dragon Well, bought a cozy throw from Warm Things for Norman. I also bought flowers, remembering later it was my parents' wedding anniversary, May 18.

Nothing seemingly significant. Yet it was another nice day, but in a different sense. The other day, things were happening and I was involved. Today, something different happened and I was a witness. TIME happened, or should I say, something happened to time. It went timeless... It didn't go fast like when "time flies when you're having fun". It wasn't slow, either, that you'd get bored. Time went by timelessly. Spontaneous, it simply flowed. Timeless, it was... is.

Time was Is.

Another nice day, indeed!

Talk About... Eating Out, Celebrating, Etc.!

No other people on earth love to have fun, love to eat, and love to laugh, more than Filipinos. Any excuse, or even no excuse, to celebrate!

After a long, hard day at work, what do we do? We treat ourselves out - get a drink or two, eat out, buy something, and on and on and on, for whatever reason -
Day's over!
It's past Monday!
Middle of the week!
It's almost Friday!

And weekends?
Well... Everybody's out to have fun, anyway.

Living life, celebrating life, Filipino style - LOVE IT!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Nice Day Today

I went to the gym to do yoga - again! Yes, again. I've been irregular, undisciplined, more appropriately, about going to the gym. So this is a fresh new start - again! That's Big deal for me! Subsequently, I treated myself at Eliza's for lunch after that. I thought I deserved a treat. It's also my brother Mike's birthday, so kind of a double celebration... any excuse to eat out and celebrate!

Also, a new TM Center opened in San Francisco and today was the first TM-Sidhi group program. I saw an email about it just in the nick of time. I had less than an hour to make it to the program, if  I could make it at all. I was in the middle of running errands so I wasn't sure. But, gosh, I wanted it so bad! I haven't done TM with a group for years. By the same token, I had to finish all my tasks for the day. 

I must have Nature's support, in TM jargon, as the new center is so close to home. How serendipitous is that! I made it in plenty of time.

Really, all these falling into place. First, I saw an ad on-line about a new book, Maharishi's Yoga, recently. Then, the gym and yoga. Then, the new TM Center. Also, there's an exhibition called the YOGA: The Art of Transformation at the Asian Art Museum going on right now since February.
I've actually heard about it before, but it only clicked last week when my cousin called me to tell me about it. And not just that. I was reviewing my blogs the other day, and what did I find? Someone checked out an old post of mine in my first blog, Music and Musings, about, what else, but Yoga! All these sequence of events happening within this last week or so!!

Maharishi calls it Infinite Coherence. And when that happens, things just perfectly fit into everything else that's happening. Everything is effortless, it's unbelievable!

Nice day, nice day, indeed!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Where's WIFI 'Round Here?!

I've been here in Manila for 3 weeks now and I thought I'd catch up with my blog but to my dismay, it's not easy getting wifi around here. Darn! Been to my family's homes, at the Shang, the Fort, Starbucks, restaurants, etc., and thought everybody would have access to the Internet but, it's either there's no wifi or access is too slow, it's frustrating. You can just forget about it. Really, forget it. Simply, forget!

So back to the old-fashioned way - making drafts, taking down notes.

So where do I begin?

I left SFO March 3 and arrived MNL  March 5. First day of my arrival is always a rest/sleep day whether I can sleep or not.

March 6, Loudette's Surprise 40th Brthday Party! 
Loudette is one of my favorite people in the world. She's my niece. Of course, blood is thicker than ketchup, but that's not why she's a favorite of mine. A classy lady, true fashionista, super jetsetter, a great wife, remarkable mother, she's an all-together woman. I' m so proud of her, that's why I always time my trip to MNL on or before her birthday and, of course, my mother's birthday on March 9. 

March 9, Mother's 98!

March 27, HOT HOT HOT  TODAY!!! 
Excruciatingly hot! How many times I've taken showers! I can't accomplish anything, can't sleep either - Nothing! There's a book called "The Art of Doing Nothing" but in this case, it's not an art, it's a waste of time and energy.

March 28 Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Unbelievable! Whatever happened to it? Where is it? It's now 20 days since the plane disappeared and there's still no trace of its whereabouts. So many theories - mechanical problems, pilots, human errors, hijacking, terrorism- but until discovered, MH Fl 370 remains a mystery!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

And Talk More About... "Powers that Be!"

When I was working at Maharishi Ayurvedic Health Center in  L.A. many years ago, I had the pleasure to work with Judy Booth who in the 70s became very close to Maharishi, like a personal secretary or the like, I don't remember exactly what her position was. Nevertheless, she was one of those privileged to know Maharishi up close and personal. And I was blessed to work with her. Later, she moved back to Iowa from California.

One day, I called up Iowa for something and Judy answered. And when she found out it was me on the other line, she was very happy and she told me something I will never forget, especially coming from her, She said, "Oh, Socorro, I dreamt of you last night that there are 'higher beings' who are watching you, and you're being tested, and each time they test you, you pass. One day, you will have all your desires."

Wow! That's what I said, literally. Coming from Judy, my God, that's incredible! What's more, she said she had just happened to come to the health center that day that moment for something and the phone rang and everybody else was busy and since she was right by the phone, she answered! It's as if, again, "THE POWERS THAT BE" sent her there at the exact moment I called for her to answer the phone and relay the message. How serendipitous is that! It's more than just that. Maharishi calls it "Infinite Coherence", I believe. "Divine Convergence", something, same thing?!

... And I'll have all my desires come true?! I believe, and more than that... I know.


Talk About... Lost and Found

About 2 years ago, I lost my jewelry. Now that was an ordinary incident. I know, 'cause I knew I had misplaced it somewhere, even to the extent of fearing the worst - that I had thrown it in the trash! God, was I guilty, regretful, sad, depressed! To think that those diamonds were not just prized valuables, but more than that, they were my Mom's and she gave them to me! I remember calling home in MNL to tell them to pray that I'll find them. Nandy, my brother, told me to pray to St. Anthony, the patron saint for lost things. "Except that", he said, "there's a church south of MNL named after him, and his statue was stolen and it hasn't been found yet."

There goes my jewelry...

A year later, I found it in my hand carry bag I brought with me to MNL for the first time a year before that. Instantly, I remembered that I had put it there. So that was nothing out of the ordinary, typically, a "human experience". But this incident of my eyeglasses and Norman's keys making a disappearing act is not at all ordinary. They plainly disappeared, almost like right in front of our very eyes! A"spiritual experience" of some kind?! As I said, there seems to be "other beings" involved here.

I believe. And Norman does, too. They're with us and they watch us. I think they tease or test us playfully, though. Norman thinks so, too. They're good spirits, though. We like them. They must like us, too.

Do you believe in them - Spirits, etc.?