thewanderingdakini "It’s a marvelous thing, the ocean. For some reason when two people sit together looking out at it, they stop caring whether they talk or stay silent. You never get tired of watching it. And no matter how rough the waves get, you’re never bothered by the noise the water makes by the commotion of the surface - it never seems too loud, or too wild."
- Banana Yoshimoto, Goodbye Tsugumi
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thewanderingdakini Today's practice: Perspective. When we don't have big things to fret or stress about, let's not let the little things take their place. Things are going well - let them. What does the Universe help you practice today? #yoga #dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #yogi 6d

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thewanderingdakini I took this image on a stop somewhere on the trail descending from the summit of Mt. Balingkilat. I peed right here. Can you believe that scene? Urinating with infinite layers of mountain ridges in front of you.
I have this thing for doing what humans are "supposed" to do behind closed doors, out in wide open spaces. Like brushing your teeth. In front of rice fields. On mountains. In a lake. Most of the time we look at a mirror when we brush our teeth, it's absurd. And then there's the grandeur of making love under an ocean of stars. And bathing outdoors. One of my best showers was when I was overlooking an island with boats breaking sunbeams in the distance, perfectly framed by trees. And bathing in a tub on a hill, listening to birds and watching a violet dusk spill over a hinterland by the sea of clouds.

There's something so beautifully liberating about doing everyday human routines out there in nature. Take a moment of silence and just climax on how unbelievable that is. We're pretty fortunate to be creatures of this universe. We're pretty lucky we can even wander to see and understand that. #yoga #yogi #happiness #mountainclimbing #mountains
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thewanderingdakini It has always been my dream, to run a marathon. My love (sometimes hate) story with running started when I decided I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle & running has played a great part in my fitness journey. After two years of running and joining races, I realized that I needed a goal that will challenge me more, that will change me, & that will inspire the people around me, especially my loved ones -- for the better. But more than to challenge & to prove to myself that I can do a 42k, the main reason why I decided to run my first full marathon is the same reason why I keep on putting my running shoes on & heading out for a run even after a tiring day/week at work. Because running makes me happy. Because running is my constant and I find solace & joy in it. And I thought I needed to finally do this full mary as a way of celebrating my love for this sport. Training for a 42k & running in general have taught me & continues to teach me about the values of commitment, perseverance, patience & trust in myself and I think that has played a great part in who & where I am right now. I may not be the fastest who always makes it to the podium but running is so special to me because as cliche as it sounds, it really made me know myself better, made me realize even more that my heart (& my legs) are indeed designed to travel, to run & to conquer any heights & any races.

I once heard life coach Martha Beck say that she transformed her life by using the philosophy of "you are getting warmer vs you are getting colder" to find happiness. By continuing to drift towards the things that made her happy – aka the "warm" – she found a powerful spring to be deeply happy.
Yes, I happen to find my "getting warmer" moments when I run. Choosing gratitude, to smile and to stay positive is transformational. Instead of feeding off of the negative emotions that come from anxiety or judgement, my body & my muscles thrive when I allow myself to see beauty. And then? I choose to savor it. Running helps me be mindful of this. #wellnesswithairasia @airasiaph #running
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thewanderingdakini All my friends are either getting married/having human babies and I'm just here keeping all these greens happy and alive. #discoverMNL #cactus #succulent #happyplace #happygreens #discoverphilippines 1mon

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thewanderingdakini You know that still presence, that tender voice in your head that tells you to do things, chase dreams, go to places and make certain decisions? The one that ignores logic, practicality and reasoning. It just tells you and you do it because you know it will not stray you away from your path, from your vision. Intuition is the very root of our oak tree. The energy that beckons us to arrive into our becoming. I hear the roots of my oak tree calling me over and over, screaming madly and whispering quietly. We have to understand it. Above all, we have to pursue it. So tell me, what is the tender voice telling you now? What do you see? And will you follow? Keep peeling off those layers, like a snake gracefully casting off its skin. Do it under the pure light of our golden star or the glittering sea of the night sky. Either way I'll be right here with you, shedding and peeling into light. #dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #wandering #wanderPH 1mon

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thewanderingdakini Today's practice: Growth. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend with the wind. Keep growing. The majestic tree roots deeply into the ground as its branches extend toward the sky. Trees are strong but flexible, and typically quite resilient. Be like a tree, an ultimate example of selflessness. Time spent among the trees and the mountains is never wasted. #YogaToday #Trees #dailyaffirmation
#dailypractice #daraitan #mountainclimbing
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thewanderingdakini Today's practice: stillness - there's an old Taoist proverb saying, we cannot perceive our reflection in running water. When things are still, we can see cloudlessly. We can hear clearly. We can go back to where it all started. We can restore. The practice is to find the stillness anytime. There is a personal sanctuary within every moment. Namaste. #dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #yoga 2mon

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thewanderingdakini "There will be certain people and places that'll open your aliveness, flooding you with the same awe and sweet ache as a thousand daydreams revealed. Still moments of perfection in an ever spinning world." - The Edge of Wonder #ganDaraitan #vscocam #campingcollective #mountainclimbing 2mon

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thewanderingdakini I like to stare at trees and mountaintops with the notion that we all wander within the symphony of intelligence, unwrapping itself beneath my mind's sky. I like to explode from glory, from sublimeness. I like to cry tears of awe and wonder yet also smile and laugh while doing that. The galaxies, mountain ridges, rivers, white marble boulders, hurricanes, birds and bees, shells, flowers and pine cones are exploding, crying and laughing too. #balikloob #mountainclimbing #ganDaraitan #happyplace #thewanderingdakini 2mon

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thewanderingdakini I always say that the best path to a healthier you is a great workout routine, a well-balanced diet and being able to do something you love. Meals should be in adequate and proper portions, loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients, and eaten at the right time. Absolutely no to skipping meals! Now, if you’ve done all that, and you still think that you’re not getting the results you want, there’s nothing wrong with trying something new and getting a little help. The latest game-changer, Kilo Off, will support weight watchers like you in reaching those fitness goals and staying fit the natural, healthy, and safe way. This product was introduced to me by no other than The Beauty Junkee. Kilo Off is manufactured by Laboratories Vitarmonyl in France and it's BFAD-approved, and possesses natural ingredients unseen in similar weight loss supplements to ensure a healthier weight loss. #kilo_off @kilo_off @thebeautyjunkee #wellness #fitness 2mon
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thewanderingdakini Bon Iver closed their set with The Wolves (Act I and II) last Saturday, March 5 at the 4th year of Wanderland Music Festival.

I remember edging our way slowly forward through the crowd, both to get a better view and to try to seek refuge on the grills before the stage (we were standing for almost four hours and we needed some support.) I was with my sister and my cousins, decent sleep-deprived yet a bit drunk, completely fried, almost midnight, under the beautiful moon, after days of deliverables, living off salad and tuna. “The second half is where you guys sing,” Justin said. He sang it: “What might have been lost,” and the hundreds of people chorused it back at him. “You start out quiet and then just keep adding volume to it, okay? We’ll just keep building and building.” And eventually, he told us, “You just yell. You just scream as hard and as loud as you can.” It’s as if he wants us to try to break the roof off the stage, or something.

Our voices ascended and rose and he was just tearing on his guitar and then we were yelling, all of us, screaming it at the top of our lungs WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN LOST and it seemed so clear as it soared and soared and filled the air, thousands of voices and I could feel myself filling with bliss, choking on it. One hundred degrees in that open field and yet actual goosebumps raised themselves on my skin; and I thought, this is a cathedral, this is god, this is our flesh and blood and all our tiny souls aching to hold onto whatever this is—then the music faded to a close and still we sang, “What might have been lost
What might have been lost
What might have been lost
What might have been lost”. #wanderlandmusicfest #wanderland2016 #boniver #vscocam #justinvernon #wolves #manila #musicfestival #philippines
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thewanderingdakini Finally, the Dream - my first full mary!

I almost didn't make it to the registration cut-off. Looking back at last year, when I signed up for this, it was also the same time I was having dilemma choosing on which career path to take on so it wasn't that easy. Running & training for 42k have really taught me a lot about the values of commitment, perseverance & patience & I think that has played a great part in who and where I am right now. I may not be always present in bull circles & sessions nor the most active in online group chats, but this marathon is so special to me because as cliche as it sounds, it really made me know myself better, made me realize even more that my heart (and my legs) are indeed designed to travel, to run and to conquer any heights & any races. Waking up even before sunrise to run alone, never skipping gym even after spending 12 hrs at work, saying no to friends' & beer Fridays, even skipping on going home to my family just so I could train on weekends. Because when your work schedule is so tight or when you have no group to train with & there's no one else to push you, you have to push yourself even harder. When things get hard & you're thinking of quitting, there's only your voice to cheer you to move forward. I honestly feel like I've made an even closer bond with myself, as crazy as that sounds?
This part of my journey may be ending, but it's also the start of more beautiful things ahead. Yesterday, on our way home from Nuvali, I had conflicted feelings of happiness, sadness, triumph, joy, exhaustion, sleepiness. But all those faded when I thought of the fact that I am now a marathoner. It felt as if a trip is about to end & I have to go back home & all I have are beautiful memories of such an amazing journey. But this time, I'm not really leaving anything behind. Running has always been a constant for me. All the lessons that I have learned from this experience, I will bring them to wherever the soles of my feet lead me.

Thank you very much @jaymiepizarro @tbrdream for allowing us to be a part of this one of a kind race. Indeed, I will never forget this challenging yet beautiful & humbling experience.
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  •   jaymiepizarro Wow! Congratulations, marathoner! I wish we couldve chatted longer! May this be the beginning of many more running adventures ahead :) 3mon
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thewanderingdakini Today's practice: new beginnings. This is the part where we find out who we really are. When we realize that what's ahead is more powerful and far more valuable than what's behind. This is where it's all possible, because this is where it's all happening. The adventure starts when we do. #dailypractice #dailyaffirmation 4mon
  •   charmarcand12 What is most significant and powerful is Now, savouring each moment and fully embracing each moment 4mon
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thewanderingdakini So grateful for this morning's Reso Run. For the uphills, as I know their purpose is to prepare me for D-Day. For the good weather despite the slight drizzle before the gun start. For new friends who ran & chatted w me, & pushed me even harder. I went to run my farthest distance (35.5km) so far, alone, in preparation for my first FM this Feb 21. I went without any pacer. Thankful for Gigi & Nice whole let me tag along with them, for the first 14kms but I couldn't keep on doing the 2:1 interval as I felt like it was making me tired so I decided to go ahead & run with my usual pace. Thankful for Master Vic who told me that maintaining my pace would make me finish my first FM strong. & that I should ditch energy drinks & stick with water. For Manong who ran with me through that 3km stretch of farm and cow poops, & also for reminding me to never forget salt sticks to avoid cramps. I ran out of salt sticks on my 30th km though & had to ask some guys at the water station if they have salt. Thankful for Ate who didn't mind stopping & slowing down her pace a bit just to lend me some help by offering efficascent ointment. This is the most difficult race I've done, so far. I ditched my headset for the first time. The uphills are unbelievable. Casile road's stiffness is like 75' and would make you question your decisions in life. I wasn't prepared for the extra 1.5km loop too but I'm glad I still finished strong. I was wondering after that painful run why I keep on doing this, then I came across this piece that perfectly sums up why: What is the point, the uninitiated may wonder, of all that running?

In a 2004 TED Talk, Csikszentmihalyi expounded on the idea of attaining some sense of “flow,” that nebulous term that’s associated with that other very fuzzy concept runners toss around, “runner’s high,” as to say that it’s the key to happiness. “His body disappears, his identity disappears from his consciousness, because he doesn’t have enough attention, like none of us do, to really do well something that requires a lot of concentration, and at the same time to feel that he exists,” Csikszentmihalyi said. “So existence is temporarily suspended.” #tbrdream2016
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thewanderingdakini A goal is a dream put into action.
Go for it. #tbrdream2016 #tbrdreammarathon #Nikerunning
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thewanderingdakini I chased waterfalls, islands & rivers in Mindanao. Explored its old cities and got lost in its symphony of sunrises and sunsets. Trekked the northern mountains of Zambales to get to a beautiful cove. Nourished my aching bones with yoga & sea. Marveled at a shroud of mist over the summit of Mount Pulag. Went for a retreat that sent me in silent meditation for 7 days which easily became one of the most mentally challenging things I've ever done. Signed up for my first full marathon. Moved to a new career, a different path. A place I love & now call home, a fleeting home but still a home.

Emotionally, this past year wasn't that easy. It wasn't a breeze. But god, it was beautiful because I shared it with the people I love. I wandered to places and experiences that were only pipe dreams in my head before. I conquered my demons. My ego, my old self, that old, weary chapter. There's no way I could ignore it. Nor could I hide it, or neglect it, or keep it in the dark room. It was there waiting to be acknowledged, accepted, & loved by no one else but me.
2015 gifted me with this lesson: Whatever you are feeling in the moment, even if it's a negative sentiment, feel it all the way. If happiness is what's real in your moment then feel it. If it's sadness, then feel it. If it is madness then feel it. We don't have to respond & cling to what we're feeling, but we must hold enough space of mindfulness to dwell into its depths until we concede it and accept it. It's the only way we can fully & wholly let it go. For we cannot feel emotions in halves, we cannot live our days in halves, and we cannot be only half of what we truly are.
On the first hours of 2016, I'll leave this quote that ties the year whole and all our moments whole. "Half a life is a life you didn't live.
A word you have not said.
A smile you postponed.
A love you have not had.
A friendship you did not know.
To reach and not arrive.
Work and not work.
Attend only to be absent.
What makes you a stranger
to them closest to you
and they, strangers to you.
The half is a mere moment of inability.
But you are able for you are not half a being, you are a whole that exists to live a life.
Not half a life."
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thewanderingdakini As we approach the end of 2015, look back, appreciate everything we have. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. We don't learn just by doing, we learn by reflecting. Look back at this year, where it brought you, who you shared it with, what inspired you, what you saw in yourself and in the world. See your reflection. May today be the biggest heart opener ever. Wishing you all a very merry everything and cheers to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016! Namaste! #dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #yoga #yogi 5mon

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