Monday, December 29, 2014

Taking Care of Our Bodies

How do you take care of your body?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Along the Way...

So many things have happened globally -
The Malaysian Airlines that disappeared into the Indian Ocean and never recovered, then another Malaysian Airlines that was shot by a Russian missile into the sea - What a curse, God forbid!!
And another plane crash, Asian Air, intothe Java Sea just recently but fortunately recovered
The Ebola Outbreak, ISIS, Terrorism in Paris and Europe, The Black Killings by White Cops in Missouri and New York
US-Cuba Relationship rekindled, that's good news, at least!

And locally, on Sports -
Another World Series Championship for SF Giants!!! God, I watched the whole World Series, so excited and proud, but just never had the urge to write about it.
SF49ers OUT!! - Forget it!

And many more events worldwide, mostly bad news... What is the whole world coming to??

Meanwhile, personally not caring for the world 'round me, I became a couch potato, not exercising, doing nothing. I watched some TV movies here and there with Norman, and there were those that particularly entertained and inspired me with nice dialogues that kept me going during my low points. One says, "You must do the thing you think you cannot do."- The Roosevelts on PBS - Right on.

THE CHEF, story of a chef who was fired from work.  He tells her girlfriend he was totally lost and she says, "Sometimes that's a good place to start."WOW!

Another TV movie, ZERO THEOREM, more like a digital video game movie, I didn't like at all, I fell asleep on the couch while Norman was totally entertained. But somehow, I could hear here and there and the one that  really  clicked were these words, "Nothing lasts forever so there's no need to worry." How cool is that!

I bought some books, too, and started reading THE ELEMENT about how finding your passion changes everything and FINDING YOUR ELEMENT on how to discover your talents and passions and transform your life by Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica. Inspired by stories of the BEATLES' Paul McCartneyGillian Lynne, one of the most accomplished choreographers of our time, and others, I thought, they found their one element in life, the one thing they wanted to do in their lives, and they did it to be who they really were. Splendid! But what if you have other passions? Or love one, and like the others, but the one you love most is not earning you enough money so you have to be realistic and do the others to help you financially support the one you love the most? I'm one of those with many passions, so what do I do? Music is my passion, but discovered through my birth chart (jyotish) that I had a knack for health and medicine, too. And as my vedic astrologer (jyotishee), Mark Kincaid, said in one of our readings recently, "... and don't forget your writing, too."
After that conversation, I knew I was going back to writing/blogging again.

And remember how I would talk about how God whispers to us, how Nature gives us gentle reminders?
I saw these words at Starbucks -  All Is Bliss.
And on a tote bag at Calzone at North Beach - Life is a Special Occasion.

I tell ya, God loves Starbucks.
And "The Devil Wears Prada"?! God loves tote bags and puts His priceless words of wisdom on 'em.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello Again

Last week, I saw a documentary on The Killing of Obama Bin Laden on FOX Cable and it was quite fascinating. It was really intense but what I enjoyed more was the story of the SEALS, the most elite group of the U.S. NAVY. God, the training these men go through, it's a point of no return once you start! Unbelievable! Inspired me to get back to finishing up the book NO EASY DAY by Mark Owen, a pseudo name of one of the SEALS who killed Bin Laden. There's controversy as to who really killed Bin Laden. The one on TV, Rob O'Neill, said it was he, himself, who shot Bin Laden, not the author of the book, Mark Owen. They both claimed they were the 2nd man on line and each one shot Bin Laden. But things happened in a matter of seconds, it's hard to remember what they saw in those seconds.  But it doesn't matter. BIN LADEN IS DEAD. That's what matters most, not who did it.

Something about the documentary prompted me to get back to writing/blogging. Definitely not Bin Laden. It's the SEALS, their character, their attitude. I can't remember specifically what, but they inspired me to keep going, especially at my lowest points the past few months...

It's been awhile, a longggg while. A lot of things have happened along the way personally and globally, good, bad, happy, sad. On a personal note, I had some health issues. Subsequently, I was very angry, in denial, overwhelmed by stress, anxieties. Very depressed, I became incommunicado. I was in Silencio... I refrained from blogging, writing, even making music. I did nothing, I was nothing. I hit rock bottom. Like Bin Laden, I was dead. You can call it that.

There were things that would come along the way, but nothing was worth anything. Sometimes I would put my thoughts in a draft but never continued through. But there was something that would occur constantly, a religious experience, a connection with the Blessed Virgin Mary. I've always had a close connection with the Virgin Mary, in this life and past, past lives. But these past few months, as I said, I was incommunicado, but as much as I ignored her, I couldn't totally do so. She was always there.

When my niece, Lourdes, and her husband, Brian, were in Fatima, Portugal, in October, month of the Holy Rosary, couldn't be more special and timely, she text me right there to tell me she prayed for my particular intentions, for all of us, friends and families, all loved ones. Since then, whenever I prayed to Mary, somehow, I would hear her say, "I know about that."
She knew. And when I'd pray for my family, especially for my mother, and everyone I could think of, again she'd say, "I know about that," as if everyone, everything that Loudette and Brian prayed for in their visit to Fatima, she knew already. They didn't have to go to Fatima to pray for us. The Blessed Virgin hears our prayers wherever we are, but that trip of theirs made it so very special for us all. Like she knew us all personally, and she knew our wants and needs before we could even utter them.
And through it all, one word, one word, she would repeatedly tell me in a whisper, "Miraculous."
Then she adds another word to it -  a secret, a mighty secret!

It's been like that since... And my moods turned into bliss.

Meanwhile, even before Fatima happened in October, I have 3 girlfriends who didn't know one another, 2 of them, Lulu and Clara, like voices from the past, called me out of the blue! Both had the same experience - they found my phone number out of their old, old address/phone books from about the 1990s and early 2000s respectively. Both are very religious, have had visionary experiences, and both are very close to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Then Chris, who organized our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land last 2013, called me to invite me to join their upcoming pilgrimage to the places of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Lourdes, and Medjugore, plus other religious tours next year. When they called me separately, yet almost right after the other, I felt it was Mother Mary who was doing this through them. More than felt, I knew.

And today... today is her feast day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. How special is that!
And today, too, someone sent me a Paul McCartney at Kennedy Center Honors, and guess what one of his finale numbers was, LET IT BE. Check out the lyrics -

"Let It Be"
When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken-hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Ah, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music,
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
Oh, there will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And I'm back into writing again?!... Today, December 8, Feastday of our Lady?!