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20-Eight Then: How to Experience Real Change in Your Life

20-Eight Then: How to Experience Real Change in Your Life

For the past weeks, we’ve been going through healing, starting with acknowledging that we need a healer, knowing the importance of rest, and seeing the importance of forgiveness. I slowly realized that to see change in your life, you need to have a continuous healing process. But before seeing the change, we need to merely change these things: Changing our Lenses Since two weeks ago, I experienced tension headaches or stiffness starting from my upper back crawling to my head….

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Next Level of Healing: Why is it Hard to Forgive?

Next Level of Healing: Why is it Hard to Forgive?

Last week, my friend wrote about forgiveness. After reading it twice, or thrice, I found myself asking this question: why is it hard to forgive? During the Living Waters Leadership Training, one of the speakers discussed forgiveness, a topic I thought I am very much familiar with. As much as possible, I try not to hold grudges against people who hurt me, and I know I already forgave them. Growing up knowing that forgiveness is a command and even part…

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Importance of Rest in the Healing Process

Importance of Rest in the Healing Process

After I came back from the Living Waters Leadership Training 2018, I really appreciated the importance of rest as I felt refreshed, recharged, and raring to go back to the normal things I do. I thought one week of rest was enough and already extravagant. After all, I needed to catch up with deadlines. The following Monday, I’ve set my mind to work but I was having a hard time. The struggle continued throughout the week and I never seemed…

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How to Start the Healing Process: Trading My Sorrows

How to Start the Healing Process: Trading My Sorrows

October 28 to November 3, 2018 became a major turning point of my life. I joined the Living Waters Leadership Training 2018 (LWLT 2018) because I wanted to learn how to share and start the healing process in our church and community. I decided that for the month of November, I’ll be writing about my experiences and reflections during that week. I’ll borrow the term “No Shame November” from my friend (hi, Kuya Jo!). Start the Healing Process From the…

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8 Joyful Discoveries on the Importance of Sadness

8 Joyful Discoveries on the Importance of Sadness

After receiving different responses from my previous post, I decided to deviate and focus specifically on one aspect we already forgot: the importance of sadness. Sadness and depression are two different things, according to search results. They tell us that sadness points to a specific object, while depression strikes anywhere. A month ago, I watched Disney’s 2015 movie, Inside Out, for the first time. I really appreciated the film from start to finish, and it has become my new favorite….

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Mental Health Awareness: Laughters of Grief

Mental Health Awareness: Laughters of Grief

In line with the Mental Health Awareness month, I want to share another poem I wrote eight years ago (January 31, 2010) entitled Laughters of Grief. A light of sunshine in my heart Was given by the one I love Suddenly the storm clouds took part And rain came from above. The empty soil was filled With water ‘til it drowned My laughter as I grieved It is as is I frowned. But what life could bring As a prowler,…

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Best Version of Yourself: Expectation vs. Reality

Best Version of Yourself: Expectation vs. Reality

Latest trends now reflect this generation’s attitude of wanting the newest, latest, and supposedly, the best. One of the mostly used motivational phrases to set goals and improve ourselves is be the best version of yourself. But what’s the true basis of best must we believe in? A common definition of best is the progress between who we are before and after. We don’t compete against others, but against our present selves. However, I’m not convinced that improving ourselves has…

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How to Help Your Family Survive Financially (Even if You’re Young)

How to Help Your Family Survive Financially (Even if You’re Young)

To survive financially in the midst of crisis is one of the toughest times a family can face. As someone who has been through financial hardships, we have to hold back buying what we want, and sometimes, what we also need. We  had to tighten our belts, make sacrifices, work double or even triple jobs. And you know what’s even more difficult? Feeling so helpless, just because you’re too young to help. Or… can you? As a young person, I…

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Trapped Noise

Trapped Noise

I’ve thought why life’s like this, Full of tremor, full of bliss, But mine’s always like a crisis, Obstacles show up, opportunities I miss. I can’t stand this anymore! Why I need to stop and can’t have more? I know there’s something I’m living for, But I can’t see that open door. This pain in my heart I want to show, Like a trapped noise, like a foe, Anger bursts out, starts to grow, O this life, forever stuck in…

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3 Ways to Hurt Others Using Social Media

3 Ways to Hurt Others Using Social Media

Recently, I started being resentful towards using social media. Even if I do my best to set boundaries and tell myself to be rational, I just can’t disregard my emotions. Going through a series of deep heart-wrenching reflections, I finally realized the reason for my resentment: I have a deep feeling of hurt after using social media. This could be new to you or actually very common already, but here are three ways we tend to hurt others (and get…

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