Because one believes in oneself…

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. — Lao Tzu


We expand and experience the sense of freedom in the moments we open our hearts to ourselves. Each time we allow ourselves to accept who we are in this very moment, with love and appreciation, the world around us begins to transform.

Do we choose to love, accept, and celebrate ourselves?

“Today i choose to accept myself.
I choose to be aware of what it is like to simply be without self-judgment.
I choose to live each moment knowing that i am is enough to sustain me forever.
I choose to sit quietly and open my heart to myself, expanding until my being fades into the infinite.
Today, i behold myself and know deeply that my capacity to love others, and for others to love me is directly connected to my capacity to love myself.

Introduction to Financial Literacy

In the month of June, i took this free online subject offered by Paul Clitheroe and Peter Mordaunt from Macquarie University, Australia through the Open2Study platform to get a head start of what financial literacy is all about. I had heard of it before. I had read books that discussed about it. Yet unfortunately, it was all forgotten.

As defined in wikipedia:

Financial literacy is the ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it (turn it into more) and how that person donates it to help others. More specifically, it refers to the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources.

In the next few days, i’ll be posting series of lecture notes i took from the course to make this valuable lessons accessible to me wherever, and whenever; and hopefully i can share these knowledge to anyone, then eventually together we learn to develop the skills of managing finances. This course has introduced me to a new way of looking at my finances.

This is a learning space, and i appreciate to hear from you.

What their future holds, do you see?

Sea gypsies in Nasipit, Philippines

Sea gypsies in Nasipit, Philippines

Scorching sun. Open Sea. They are nature’s gift of abundance. Waves and splashes. Makeshift boat. They are children’s greatest delight. “All in a day’s work”, shall we say or “Children are always children. Play is what they deserve”. Either way, what do you see?

Upon looking at the photo, have it crossed your mind that they were enjoying this moment of play time? Have it dawned on you that they were courageously racing to find out who could swim fast? Have you thought how deep these children can dive? What do you see?

This sight along the sea ports is very common in our country. The sea travelers are these children’s hero. They are the ones that have been looked up to. Flipping coins toward the air, or tossing them out of the children’s way, surely you’ll see a delightful act of swimmers and divers, trained as the call of nature. The sun is their confidant. As the tossed coins landed and sunk in the water, the rays of the sunshine reflects the light as it hits the coin. And whose heart could not be touched seeing that youngest child, sitting in that makeshift boat, floating just in-front of you. It’s their way of living. How do you feel?

They belong to a tribal group called Badjao or sea gypsies. Living in houses on stilts, the Badjaos know no other source of living but the sea. With dwindling catches due to overfishing in the area, the sea gypsies are left with nothing. Once they were in the mountains, but because of development projects like large-scale mining, and agribusiness plantations, this tribe, and many others have been marginalized and are now deprived of sources for primary production, livelihood and food security. They have been deprived in using their own land. Government had done nothing much to aid these groups, but re-iterating their seem to be “fictionary” initiatives. Non-profit organizations, in connection with local missionaries are backing these tribes to get their ancestral lands back. While that belongs to an unknown future, what can they do?

These Badjao children are not playing in that beautiful sea, with their innovative idea of a makeshift boat. Their skills are developed by their need of survival. For them, it’s all in a day’s work.


21-Day Meditation Challenge: Miraculous Relationships

1003045_629250410432425_1905954019_nLet us join Oprah & Deepak on a 3-week meditation journey to the heart of true love… Let us discover the wonder that exists within and then watch all of our relationships unfold effortlessly, easily and miraculously. Let us fall in love with ourselves. Let us fall in love with life!

It will officially starts on August 5. Participation is FREE – register today: Share with your friends and family, so they, too, can participate and be surrounded with positive, encouraging support systems during this journey.