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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  •   whirlandwonder Wonderful!️ (Your words inspire one to) take in life with nary a half heart, too Thank you for your inspiring work and words that have kept me going too, my friend🏼 Wishing you a beautiful New Year, as well! Do take good care and stay tough and precious, too 1mon
  •   jem_villaverde I'm a big fan! Happy New year 🍾🍾🍾 1mon
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  •   sphazic Simply amazing no words to describe ;) 1mon
  •   minktv500 Beautiful and very truthful post. Have a great new year @thewanderingdakini 1mon
  •   jaymiepizarro Amen! Here's to living life fully in 2016 and all the years thereafter! 1mon
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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 1mon

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thewanderingdakini Wishing everyone the gift of cheer, joy and love this holiday season. Happy Christmas, muggle-borns! Be mindful of your alcohol intake! 1mon

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thewanderingdakini Happy Solstice! The word solstice means “sun standing still," and winter solstice has been recognized across many cultures as a time to celebrate the gradual return of the light. Tonight is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, the furthest inward we can possibly go before we head back out to the light. Be here in the comfort of the darkness. Enjoy nesting just a little bit longer - turning the lights down, the fire up and our attention inward. Nurturing our nature and snuggling up to the season - and each other. May we relish in the simplicity of creating warmth in our homes, hearts and tea mugs. Because after tonight, the light is coming. 2mon

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thewanderingdakini Today's practice: Dive in - to maybe the biggest week for love and kindness out of the whole year. Where is your attention going this weekend? #dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #yogi #yoga #posivibes 2mon

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thewanderingdakini Today's practice: Celebration - there are so many reasons to throw confetti, light some fireworks and drink a bottle of wine. The trivial moments that usually go unnoticed, the 'imperfections' and 'flaws' that make everything special, the little wonderfulnesses and surprises that only happen this time of year. Take those moments to your mat today, if only for five minutes. What are you grateful for today? #WHPthelittlethings #Dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #yoga #yogi 2mon

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thewanderingdakini You will find yourself head-to-head with some transcendence. Reading Rilke in the Central Park may seem to enlighten, but the flowers did not bloom for you. 2mon

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thewanderingdakini Midweek affirmation: Evolve. Every time you look at yourself say the word out loud. Evolve. It's one of my favorite words. It comes from the Latin word "evolvere," which means to unroll, to unfold. Just as the race is never finished, and our practice is never done, neither are we. We're born to evolve. Sometimes it's graceful and fluid, and sometimes it's a jerky mess. Sometimes it's all easy and smooth, and sometimes there are a few setbacks and some minor injuries here and there. It's all good though, because when we say yes to change, we say yes to mess, and we say yes to becoming the people we are meant to be. Evolve, my dear little kittens. Namaste. #yogi #dailyaffirmation #Dailypractice #yoga #vscocam 2mon

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thewanderingdakini Today's practice: Giving - the way we give, not just what we give. Giving is about seeking out someone's happiness. Sparking their inspiration or their way forward. Giving thoughtfully reveals all those things that makes this person special to you in the first place. #vscocam #Dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #yoga #yogini #seaofclouds #mtpulag 2mon

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thewanderingdakini Today's practice: Welcoming your problems. Always be grateful for the problems that you have in your life. So many others have it far worse. That's the attitude that I think keeps me going on in life. Yes, I do struggle sometimes, but I'm always grateful for the problems that are mine, for without them I wouldn't I wouldn't have learned the things that I needed to learn, I wouldn't have realized how beautiful life is. So, regardless of what is happening now, the ups and downs of life will continue to persist. And resisting to accept these down times will only delay the coming of the up times. Next time you hit rock bottom, remember that it is only temporary, focus on what can be learned and gained from the situation, trust in life that it is the best thing that could happen to you right now. And know with certainty that the UP time is just around the corner. Namaste! #VSCOcam #Dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #yogi #yoga #thewanderingdakini #tbrdream2016 2mon

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thewanderingdakini Today's affirmation: Finding comfort in the discomfort. Contrary to popular belief, it's not time that ages us poorly, it's becoming harsh and rigorous, easily agitated and thinking the most unfavorable in every situation. Those who are quick to laugh, quick to forgive and quick to move on when life delivers troubles and unfortunate events are the most beautiful in the world. So let it come, let it go and let it flow. Become submissive to the Universe by letting things fall off your back. And most importantly, don't assume unpleasant things to hedge up your way. #VSCOcam #dailyaffirmation #dailypractice #thewanderingdakini #TBRDream2016 #ownit42k #yogi 2mon

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thewanderingdakini Grateful. For a practice that opens doors we didn't even know existed. For bodies that do amazing things like breathe, travel, run and hug. For another year together - all of us. For the choice to be happy, loving, peaceful and kind in any moment. For having to list why we're grateful. Real question: what are you grateful for? Namaste, you beautiful humans. #yoga #yogini #dailypractice #dailyaffirmation #VSCOcam 2mon

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thewanderingdakini "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I grew up in a Catholic household where my parents relentlessly reminded me to give thanks before I went to sleep every night. It seems childish now, but I recall being thankful for the most insignificant things: “I’m thankful for the cotton candy mom let me have today.” Or “I’m thankful for playing in the park while school was out early." I remember as a kid how special it made me feel to think about the good things that happened to me during the day and saying them out loud always put a smile on my face.

Yet as we forge into adulthood, we forget, neglect, or even abandon the entire ritual. Instead, our minds are replaced with never ending to-do lists, work deadlines, household chores, social obligations, or fitness goals.
As human beings, we have a natural tendency to unconsciously take things for granted. We wait for pivotal moments (i.e., “wake-up calls”) in our lives to occur before we realize how blessed we are. While I recognize that practicing and expressing daily gratitude may not come easy overnight, it is a habit worth nurturing. The benefits of practicing daily gratitude helps rewire our minds to focus on the things that we like, the things that make us happy. It keeps us on the path of being present, helps us acknowledge the gifts we have already been blessed with, and cultivates positive thinking.
There are 365 days and 365 ways to show your gratitude. The art of gratitude is being proactive as life happens—good or bad, rather than being reactive to them afterwards. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us reflect and be mindful to give thanks now. Open your heart, find different ways that will work for you (or create new ones of your own), and take this new opportunity to start incorporating the practice of gratitude. #dailypractice #yoga #dailyaffirmation #yogini
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thewanderingdakini Today, we started our Jiva class with a recitation of a prayer, “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”, an invocation for peace, harmony and an end of suffering for all beings. This is to remind everyone, that the work we do on ourselves through the practice of yoga not only benefits us, but those around us either directly or indirectly. The translation of this mantra is: “May all beings, everywhere be happy and free, and may all my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all beings.” Our mid-week affirmation is honoring the wildness inside of us. Being wild doesn't mean you drive 200km/h, or you are untamed at parties or you play with tigers and swim with sharks. Being wild is being free of expectations and judgments. It's being spiritual. Being mindful of the truth that you and all the other beings around you have spirits and you should honor it, acknowledge it and respect it.
I dedicate my practice today to my dog who died almost four years ago, to C, and to all the people I have offended and/or who have offended me in the past. We ended our practice with OM Shantih, Shantih, Shantih… Peace, Peace, Peace. What about you? What does the Universe help you practice today?
Sending good vibes your way. Namaste. #VSCOcam #thewanderingdakini #dailyaffirmation #dailypractice #yoga #yogini
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  •   nicolebaggerly This shot!!! Those rays! We chant that in my yoga class too 2mon
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thewanderingdakini the amalgamation of you and me
occurs within the in-between
topologies: like the thin thread
stitching the ocean to the city,
the atypical actions of you and me—
in unprejudiced opposition—define
this mutualism, that movement
which is ours. we are broken.
this is our nature.
like the wind i long to interlace
myself through the empty
spaces between your fingers, yet
everything is fleeting as we
are young and stupid and mean,
as we are catalysts and this is
a loophole of time. // the disposition of phosphorus #VSCOcam #thewanderingdakiniwrites #literature #poetry
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thewanderingdakini Fog is a wonderful thing. It’s the only thing that can visually represent the future. You can peer just ahead and just behind, but never farther than time will permit what lurks beyond the haze is unknown. - Corey Weekley #VSCO #VSCOcam 2mon
  •   chloemooooore Never seen fog put into words like that, love it tho... 2mon
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