Jan 20, 2014
Location: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines
It only took a week for me to realize the yoga programs I took on was crazy. With 2 daily intense practice, my body had no time for recovery. I was constantly fatigued with no relief. I was also stressed where to find time for everything else - my web work, my blog, etc. By trying to be everything, I was accomplishing nothing. A few things were also in dissonance. It was time to make the difficult decisions.
With reluctance, I had to let go of YogaHub's 21-Day Challenge. If I didn't have anything else to do, that would have been perfect for my practice. Next to go was teaching a yoga class. They both helped define where the edge was - the line I already crossed. Additionally, I discontinued my Facebook acoount. Facebook, like procrastination, is the thief of time. What's left are my abs / handstand training and Veer's class. That was now doable without spreading myself thin. This also provides me ample time to venture into other interesting things that might just pop at.
||To live in harmony with the dynamic Universe, it is essential to accept the reality of change and impermanence. The wise person therefore travels lightly, with a minimum of clutter, maintaining the proverbial "open mind" in all situations, for he knows that tomorrow's reality will not be the same as today's. He or she will also have learned the divine art of letting go - which means not being attached to people and possessions and situations, but rather, when the time for parting comes, allowing that to happen graciously. -- John Snelling, Elements of Buddhism
After doing a series of hard yoga for weeks (Ashtanga, Power Yoga and Abs-core yoga), all I wanted was a gentle form of yoga to melt into a pose. I simply took the common seated asanas and held it for 5 minutes each, some of them with the help of strong determination. If yoga is all about balance, I maintain that Ashtangis and Power Yogis should balance their practice by going to the other end of the spectrum - Yin Yoga.
Gayatri Mantra is a highly sacred utterance (mantra) attributed to the sage, Rishi Visvamitra. It has been rendered into a beautiful devotional song by Tina Malia, with depth pulled from the very bowels of heaven and earth. The more I listen to this song, the more it permeated down to my core, evolving, giving new meaning to its poetic melody. The song's transfiguration took new form as a cry for forgiveness - very powerful, reducing me to tears. I can't even remember the last time a song delivered me a message. Forgiveness from whom? Forgiveness for what? I don't know. Perhaps in time....
At 50,000 feet above sea level from a plane, a city looks placid, gentle and calm. However, at ground-level, when you have to deal with the nuts-and-bolts, you're sucked into its rhythm and flow - the pollution, congestion and everything else it's got. The imperative is to participate. Same thing with people. When you drift into people's outer social perimeter, you're essentially treated like a guest - there is the veneer of polite harmony. The more you are absorbed into its core, the more real it gets - the resonance intertwined with the dissonance, reality's grit, meshed into the landscape. Many things can happen. It can meld into a beautiful singularity, or it can become a precarious tight-wire act. Or, the imbalance can prove to be too difficult and unsustainable. You simply keep your truth and follow your bliss as the guiding compass. As you drift out of people's orbits, invariably, you're pulled into new ones...beginning at 50,000 feet above sea level.
Cebu City, Philippines
Tops - hilltop offering panoramic view of the city
Taoist Temple - temple on a hillslope in Lahug with panoramic view of the city
- Hostel Seven Cebu - newly opened, resto/bar, central location, solo/group travellers
Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
- S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
827 M. Velez corner Andres Abellana St.
resto / cafe / bar
- Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
- Bad Boys Wingz - Buffalo Wings, unique versions of sauces! Great service, accommodating staff, bad boys vibe
Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
- Love Yoga World - yoga studio
11/fl, Skyrise 2 Tower, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
- Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
at The Yacht Club Mactan
- Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure - MTB tours, bike sales and repairs. Bed and Breakfast + Resto Cafe + wifi
1298-b V.Rama Ave, Guadalupe, Cebu City | 0942.959.7451
- Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
- Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
- Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
- Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
- Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
- Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
- Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
- Barile Waterfalls - Barile
- Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
- Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
Vaibhav 'Veer' Rana
"Gayatri Mantra... took new form as a cry for forgiveness" -- TheLoneRider
(Jan 31, 2014) A mantra is based on your intention. Whatever the intent, 'Mantra' would fuel it towards results. All mantras are essentially about forgiveness. If you are a perfect being without any transgression to ask forgiveness from, then you don't need a mantra.
Jan 20, 2014
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