Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Every Parent Should Be Like Sark!

As a hands-on-mum, there are times where I find myself becoming grouchy towards my very challenging toddler. Thanks to Sark, I am reminded of how Santi really is... my little guru!

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Shivvers. Just checked my mail and how timely too that Daily Om's gem for today is:

April 21, 2010
Learning to Follow
Little Gurus

When we approach children with the awareness that they are our teachers, we become more present ourselves.

As grown-ups, we often approach children with ideas about what we can teach them about this life to which they have so recently arrived. It’s true that we have important information to convey, but children are here to teach us just as much as we are here to teach them. They are so new to the world and far less burdened with preconceived notions about the people, situations, and objects they encounter. They do not avoid people on the basis of appearance, nor do they regard shoes as having only one function. They can be fascinated for half an hour with a pot and a lid, and they are utterly unself-conscious in their emotional expressions. They live their lives fully immersed in the present moment, seeing everything with the open-mindedness born of unknowing. This enables them to inhabit a state of spontaneity, curiosity, and pure excitement about the world that we, as adults, have a hard time accessing. Yet almost every spiritual path calls us to rediscover this way of seeing. ! In this sense, children are truly our gurus.

When we approach children with the awareness that they are our teachers, we automatically become more present ourselves. We have to be more present when we follow, looking and listening, responding to their lead. We don’t lapse so easily into the role of the director of activities, surrendering instead to having no agenda at all. As we allow our children to determine the flow of play, they pull us deeper into the mystery of the present moment. In this magical place, we become innocent again, not knowing what will happen next and remembering how to let go and flow.

Since we must also embody the role of loving guide to our children, they teach us how to transition gracefully from following to leading and back again. In doing so, we learn to dance with our children in the present moment, shifting and adjusting as we direct the flow from pretending to be kittens wearing shoes on our heads to making sure everyone is fed and bathed.

Is it mere coincidence? I think not! Wonderful to tap into my inner divine intelligence :) OM

Friday, April 16, 2010

How do you FLOW?

Sorry for the silence once again readers. I've been really busy shuttling from Palawan-Manila-La Union and back for the 2nd FLOW Surf Yoga Samba Weekend Retreat. Below are some sneak peek photos from our event.

Surf

Yoga

Samba

And how about you... How do you FLOW?

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Poo Pool Monster

Uh-oh, what have we created? My son has turned into the terrible Poo Pool Monster!

A few days ago, we needed to kill time while waiting for my friends taking the Underground River Tour. Montri and I walked over to Daluyon on Sabang Beach for lunch and a dip in their pool.
walking by Sabang Beach

The pool charge is P300 for adults and P150 for kids. After an hour or so, we spotted poo in Santi's shorts so we quickly took the little culprit out of the pool to wash him.

Daluyon's Pool

I pity the poor Aussie couple with their kids who swam right after us. They were playing this game off diving into the water to get coins that were thrown in. Soon after, they found something gross and complained to the pool boy, "Excuse me, but your pool has a lot of... shit!" Yup, those were their exact words! Montri and I wanted to laugh so hard but just kept our mouths shut in fear of being confronted by angry & disgusted tourists.


This morning, I thought of taking Santi to swim in Asturias Hotel a 3-min drive from where we live. I was told that they have a decent pool, jacuzzi and a kiddie pool plus wifi! The pool charge here is P75 for 11 years old and below and P100 for adults. The goal was to keep Santi busy while I did some work online. But when we got there the wifi did not work, just great. Then of course he had to baptise their pool as well. As soon as I got up to use their restroom, my helper told me he pooped. Wow. Another day, another pool victimized by my son.

I cringe and think that I have no face to show the hotel staff. Is there such a thing as a swimming pool black-list? But Santi also poops in the beaches. He's pooped in El Nido, Honda Bay, Nasin-aw and all over our house as well. Oh geez.

Daddy washing up after Santi's bomb in Nasin-aw Beach

So it's called Potty Train Regression. But wait, is it called regression if we have not really toilet trained yet? We've been trying to teach him and we've been partially successful with the wee-wee bit but for the pooping, it's a whole different ballgame. Santi is shy about his poop and tends to hide from us whenever he does. If I am able to sit with him at the toilet, he just won't go!

From all the online sources I've read, I find Dr. Greene to be the most sensible in explaining these matters to me. He says, "Potty training tends to come at an age when children's fears are most intense. De-pressurize the situation...Potty training is not an area to enter into any kind of battle. You will always lose; everyone involved will lose. Instead, minimize the issue and make it quite clear that this is for him - in his timing - and not for you. Help teach him how to do it, but don't push and don't punish."

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Puerto's Best Pizza

If you are looking for good pizzas in Puerto Princesa, Neva's is certainly the place! I found out about this place through one of my yoga students, Kat. She described the pizzas to be the best in Puerto...

Gener & Kat: local Puerto lovebirds

And so we gave it a shot, and then another the next night because we couldn't resist those thin crust garlic and cheese oven toasted pizzas!
Garlic & Cheese and Seafood Pizzas

They also deliver but too bad I don't live within the vicinity of their delivery map..which is downtown :P

Neva's Place
Tel. 048-4332575
48-A Taft St. Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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