Living from the EartHeart

LIVING FROM THE EARTHEART

Thank you for visiting. This site holds space for insights about living from the Earth's Heart.We are mirrors of each other. Whatever brought you here and whatever brought my words to you is part of a sharing of presence; an affirmation that we both exist in embodying our own journeys side by side.. an affirmation that we are One.

The EartHeart Journey is a sharing of my experiences from earth, heart, and art. My reflections have evolved on so many levels since I started journal writing when I was 11. What used to be a blog for my art projects and some public musings is now becoming a portal for sharing about consciousness, creativity, sustainability… of light, life, and love. Everything here is part of a sacred journey to oneness within and everywhere. However you resonate, may it reveal to you you inspiration, intuition, or insight for your own life journey.


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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Breath as Life

I write from Cagayan de Oro City where I will be based for the next few months as a consultant for a psycho-social support project for children survivors of Hurricane Washi/ Typhoon Sendong. Washi caused deadly flash floods in Northern Mindanao wherein thousands have died, are missing and have been displaced during the dawn of December 17, 2011.  


I am grateful to be given the invitation to help design and implement creative, transformative, healthy, and sustainable relief work in 3 barangays with about 240 to 300 children assigned to Kids for Peace Foundation through support partnership from Save the Children and SIDA. 


I'd love to share more about that but after a week-long workshop with Save the Children and other partner  NGOs in learning about psycho social support, establishment of Child Friendly Spaces, and development of modules - I just want to take a breather and take time to be present with my breath and the next steps that will be revealed.


It has been awhile since I shared my thoughts online. I still have backlog blogs about the arts based actions I shared with the Mindanao Week of Peace last November. Most of the time, my reflections have remained in my journal as transitions from 2011 to 2012 became too beautifully intense. It was just too deeply personal to share in public. Perhaps I can share some snippets of these beautiful insights sometime.






For now, I want to slow down and regroup my intentions and next steps while attuned to my breath. 
I'm happy to share a mandala design I illustrated for the album "Hininga" (Breath) by GINHAWA (Growth in Wholeness and Wellness Associates), a non-profit that promotes well-being through creativity and spirituality. It's a CD of deeply inspiring songs for meditation and rituals. One of the beautiful spirits I look up to, Leah Tolentino (who heads GINHAWA) gave the concept and the inspiration for the design of the cover. She wrote most of the songs while some were composed by Yeyette San Luis and Airene Landicho. Hininga is a beautiful musical masterpiece of the powerful voices of Yeyette and Airene. I was also given the beautiful opportunity to share my voice as harmony for a track "Hininga ay Buhay" (Breath as Life) with my friend Nota Magno. It was beautiful to have been able to channel a beautiful spirit song for this track which up to know still puts me in a trance whenever I listen to it. Here's a sampler you can listen to.




The songs in this album aim to foster well-being of the person
and an affirmation of the whole of life, especially God's creation. 

Just as the breath is the bridge of the spirit to our embodied self and
the connective thread that links all beings (trees, animals, flowers, forests,
human beings in the past, present and future), these songs express our
intrinsic inter-connection.
 
One can listen to most of the songs for relaxation. Some of the songs  
can be used for activities (workshops, retreats, rituals 
for the healing of the self, community and creation. 

(text from CD jacket)


You can also check out the other samplers of songs on this album through this link:


Hining ay Buhay: http://www.podsnack.com/playlists/ab645e29b024271e29d5a283a13606
If you are interested in purchasing copies of the album (especially bulk orders),
contact 0915.2952826 
or ilishta@yahoo.com


1 comment:

Katerina Bon Vora said...

you're voice is so relaxing.. made me happy :) thanks for sharing and for the work that you do