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Asked for a Miracle

There was once a woman who was about to give birth to a child. It is her second baby. She just found out that her partner already has a family of his own that is why he couldn’t marry her. When this dawned to her, she didn’t give up; she decided to keep the baby. It was already her second after all.

She was supposed to give birth on the 12th of August 1989, but because she doesn’t feel like the baby is ready to come out, the doctors told her to wait so she will have a normal delivery. Three days have passed, on the 15th, and at 2 in the morning, she felt the pain. She’s about to give birth. The doctors told her that the baby is in a critical condition. The little being has accumulated respiratory complications because it stayed longer than it should in the womb. The baby was delivered in a cesarean section because a normal delivery is already impossible.

The woman gave birth to a baby girl. The pain was over for her, but not yet for her baby. The doctors warned her that since the baby’s respiratory system has complications, the baby might end up really weak or even die. The baby would cry non-stop, probably because of the pain she can only feel at that time. Her crying was the only way to express that.

The woman has strong faith that her baby would live healthy even though the doctors are saying otherwise. She took her baby to different places, searching for healers. She prayed day in and day out. She had novenas for her baby, and prayed at 6PM, 9PM, and 12AM for many nights. The healers told her that she has to be consistent with her prayers for her baby to be healed.

There were times when she wanted to give up, because she had no support from the baby’s father and her parents was disappointed of her because she birthed a baby out of wedlock. But she loved her baby and she knew that her baby will survive if she just remained strong.

After months of taking her baby to healers, her baby was getting a lot healthier. The little person wasn’t crying a lot anymore, probably because the pain was gone. Contrary to what the doctors say, the baby became healthy and grew up well. The woman was really thankful that she had a miracle bestowed upon her child. She raised her baby well, including her first born with the help of the people who cared for her and with the grace of God.

Until her sick and dying days, all she told her two children, especially that miracle baby, was that they keep on believing in miracles and trusting God. And so they did.

That baby, who has been healed with a miracle, was me. I am proud to say that I was blessed with a wonderful and faithful mother who didn’t give up on me. Her love for me helped me realize God’s love for me. And even now that she is gone, I am still very thankful for the chance God and my mother has given me to live life. My life was, and always will be an everyday miracle, full of love and faith. And that is how I have been living my life and how I plan to continually live it.

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How to Meditate Everyday

Ever since I learned about meditation, I always make time for it. It is actually one of the simplest habits to cultivate. You can meditate anywhere, at any time and the benefits are endless.

Some of you may think that meditation is only done under a teacher’s supervision or attending at a Zen center, but you can actually start meditating the moment you pay attention to your breath while sitting on the train, in your car, at a coffee shop, in your office, or while showering or while taking a walk.

Meditation may take just one or two minutes, depending on how much time you have. There is really NO excuse for not meditating when you start a simple meditation habit.

Why Should I Meditate?

There are so many reasons why everyone should cultivate the habit of meditation. Here are some of the reasons why I meditate:

  • It helps me relax and relieve my stress.
  • Being mindful helps me enjoy life more.
  • I become more present.
  • I am able to live simply and slowly.
  • It improves my focus and memory.
  • I gain self-control, and I achieve happiness.
  • It keeps me calm.
  • I get reminded of what’s important in life.

All that and many more just takes a few minutes of sitting and observing the world as it goes.

How to Begin a Daily Meditation Routine

First thing to remember in meditation is to JUST BE, and not try. You don’t have to look for the perfect form of meditation, you just have to commit to it, using the simplest method of sitting and calming your mind.

1. Start with meditating 2 minutes each day. You can do it for 5 minutes if you want to, but make sure you commit to it.

2. Decide what time of the day you want to meditate. Early in the morning is the best time right before others in your home wake up. It can also be during your lunch break, or any time you can be alone.

3. Find a quiet place. It doesn’t have to be a complicated spot, just someplace where you can be alone and free from distraction for at least five minutes.

4. Sit comfortably. You don’t have to do the cross-legged sitting position like those in yoga class. Just sit in any way that you feel comfortable. You can practice that later, but in the mean time, you just have to sit comfortably and quietly.

5. While sitting, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Just follow your breath as the air goes into your nostrils, and into your lungs, and out through your nostrils again. You may count if you want. Your mind might start wandering – don’t try to stop it, just watch the thoughts come and go. If thoughts arise, just go back to the breath. Focus on it. Breathe in, breathe out.

If you find more time and want to use it for meditation, you can do so. I meditate whenever I can and I usually go out in the garden and watch the trees, the plants moving with the wind and listen to the birds chirping. It helps me calm my mind and relax better.

Do this for one month and commit to it. Now you’ll have a daily meditation habit.

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