The Soul Series: The Soul of Every New Year’s Resolution

Hi, everyone. 🙂

Today, I would like to give you the first of the many teachings of a psychologist-priest I know here in the Philippines. His name is Father Loreto Jaque and he is the one who introduced me to the world of Play and Expressive Arts Therapy. For him, you don’t necessarily need anti-anxiety or anti-depressant pills to get cured of your anxiety attacks or your depression. He even believes that depression is a gift that let’s you pause and slow down, so you can take better care of your soul. Father Jaque believes that play and expressing yourself through arts will help you not only in discovering your self but also in taking care of your soul, thus getting rid of anxiety and depression over time.

I am calling his teachings the Soul Series and am starting it off with this particular teaching since we just got into the new year. As the original version was written mostly in the Visayan dialect (language used by the people in the Visayan region of the Philippines, particularly in Cebu where I live), the first version that you will see is my translation and the one after is the original one.

Hope you will learn something from Father Jaque’s teachings like many of us belonging to his Expressive Arts Therapy group do.

Leigh

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THE SOUL OF EVERY NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTION

(translation)

Every time I hear people say that next year they want their lives to be like this or like that, the first thing that comes to mind is the subtle rejection of the person they are. They don’t like the lives or selves that they have now.

I know that change is important in what we call life but isn’t it that our dream to change also come from the same imagination that made us into what we are now?  Therefore, there is a huge possibility that however big our desire to change is also as hard as how we wouldn’t be able to change.

This is just like when a person will say, “I want to find meaning in life.” This means that they want to figure out things in life and set them right. But, it actually means that what makes life worth living may be nothing more than a moment’s realization, a sensation – just like a touch of a baby’s skin, a breathtaking appreciation of nature, an enchanting thrill when you are reminded of your love for your soulmate, a dear friend, your husband or wife. We can understand that the meaning you are looking for in life is none other than an epiphany rather than actual understanding.

Life is a mystery that should not be changed, understood or comprehended. Simply live and embrace life. People are only good at preparing to live life. They work for their future. They do this and that for the coming tomorrow. But most, if not all, of them have not really started to live life.

Spiritual writer Thomas Moore said, “The meaning of life can be found at any moment without moving our eyes and without doing anything differently.”

So, therefore, give up your desire to find a perfect partner this year 2012 or your dream house or happiness and success in the workplace. In life, the more that you chase after them or look for them, the more they will slip out of your grasp.

Instead, start living your one and only life. Then, you will see the pulse of eternity in the present moment – the only moment you will ever have where time seems to stand still.

Happy New Year to all!

(original)

Matag kadungog nako nga sa sunod tuig gusto nila nga ang ilahang kinabuhi kini o kana, ang unang mosulod sa akoang hunahuna mao ang usa ka subtle rejection of the person they are. Dili sila gusto sa ilahang kaugalingon ug kinabuhi karon.

Nahibalo ko nga importante ang kausaban sa gitawag tag kinabuhi apan dili ba nga ang maong pangandoy nga mausab, nagagikan ra pod sa samang imahinasyon nga naghimo nato nganung ingon ani ta karon? Ug busa, adunay dako kaayong posibilidad nga kun unsa ka dak-a ang atoang pangandoy nga mausab, ingon ana pod ka gahia ang pagkadili nato mausab.

Sama ra kini kun ang tawo moingon “I want to find meaning in life.” Kini nagpasabot nga they can figure out things in life and set them right. But meaning that makes life worth living may be nothing more than a moment’s realization, a sensation, just like a touch of a baby’s skin, a breathtaking appreciation of nature, an enchanting thrill when you are reminded of your love for your soulmate, a dear friend, your husband or wife. Masabot nato nga the meaning that you are looking for in life is none other than a epiphany rather than an understanding.

Ang kinabuhi misteryo nga dili angayang usbon, sabton ug tugkaron. Simply live and embrace life. People are only good at preparing to live life. Nagtrabaho paras kaugmaon, gibuhat ni, gibuhat na, paras umaabot nga ugma. But most, if not all of them, have not really started to live life.

Si Thomas Moore miingon, “The meaning of life can be found at any moment without moving our eyes and without doing anything differently.”

Ug busa, i-give up ang imohang pangandoy nga makakita og perfect partner karong tuiga, 2012, ang imohang dream house, happiness or success in the workplace. Sa kinabuhi the more nga imoha silang gukdon ug pangitaon, the more nga maidlas sila hinoon.

Hinunoa, sugdi og puyo ang imohang usa ug nag inusarang kinabuhi, then you’ll see the pulse of eternity in the present moment the only moment you will ever have where time seems to stand still.

Happy New Year to all!

Father Loreto Jaque

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