Kailan nga ba nagiging masama o ‘toxic’ ang isang bagay and when do you actually put an end to something or someone that’s becoming too toxic for you? Toxicity is everywhere - it’s at your home, the food you eat, your relationships, the programs you watch on TV and even the posts you see on social media. Even your work-from-home setup now can be saturating. Nangyari na ba yun sa’yo? Yung feeling na disconnected ka na sa sarili mo and you simply lack motivation, no thanks to all the mess that surrounds you?
As the Holy Week draws near, this can be a perfect time to do some serious cleansing, and by cleansing we mean a well-deserved internal and external ‘detoxification”. Dahil may mga araw na walang pasok, yung iba ay ready nang mag-’general cleaning’ sa bahay, mag-alis at magtapon ng mga kalat na masakit sa mata. Yung iba naman, nagku-commit na umiwas muna sa social media at wag mag-post ng kung anu-ano. It’s their way of avoiding all the noise and obtaining momentary peace.
Lent also means fasting and abstinence for Catholics. Fasting, according to the Bible, means ‘to voluntarily reduce or eliminate your intake of food for a specific time and purpose’. Naging tradisyon na ito sa iba’t-ibang relihiyon bilang pag alala sa sakripisyong ginawa ni Hesus noong nagpunta Siya sa disyerto para magdasal at mag-ayuno sa loob ng 40 days. Sa panahon natin ngayon, ito ay ginagawa rin sa loob ng 40 days bago ang Pasko ng Pagkabuhay o Easter. During this period, Catholics don’t eat lamb, chicken, beef, pork and other meat products. Ang mga gulay, itlog, gatas at prutas lang ang pwede nilang kainin.
Over the years, fasting has evolved into a self-help program. Bukod sa pagninilay-nilay sa paghihirap ni Hesus, naging diet motivation din ang Lenten season para sa karamihan. People have realized that it’s doing them good, not just to their body, but also to their complete well-being.
“Kumbaga stepping stone ko ‘tong Holy Week para makapagsimula and stick to my diet. For me it’s both a physical and spiritual exercise”, says Martin, 38.
“Of course, alam natin that Lenten Season is a reminder of how it is to sacrifice. But as you go along with your fasting you’ll realize, teka okay ‘to ah. Dahil maganda at magaan yung pakiramdam ko, mas madali ako nakakapag isip at nakakagawa ng desisyon kasi nga..clear yung mind ko. So, bakit hindi ko na lang ituloy, diba?”, narrates Samantha,28.
Lenten fasting is like your annual house cleaning. It promotes good health and weight loss. It also helps eliminate toxins and rejuvenates your mind, body and spirit.
Fasting, however, shouldn’t be limited only to the physical. An ancient Hindu proverb says: “Each of us is a house with four rooms. Emotional, spiritual, physical and mental. Yet, we are never to get completed unless we enter in each room every single day.” Tulad ng paglilinis ng bahay, it is vital to cleanse the body and soul. So how do you purge your spirit? How do you regularly cleanse your soul? Bakit parang ito yata ang pinakamahirap gawin sa lahat?
Redirecting one’s focus and mental state helps. Train your soul to be calm. Dahil kapag kalmado ang puso at isip, kadalasang sumusunod na rin ang katawan. ‘Di ba kapag humihinga ka nang maayos at malalim, parang lumilinaw din ang utak mo at nababawasan ang stress? According to www.medicalnewstoday.com, chronic stress has associations with worse physical and mental health.
In hindsight, the concept of detoxification is really about choosing and committing. You choose which you have to let go of and which you need to hold on to. And once you make that choice, you commit to it. At sa totoo lang, hindi mo na kailangang maghintay ng semana santa para lang pumili at magdesisyon, because you just need to look at your life’s ‘constants’ and you’ll be likely guided when you ‘sort’ things out. Minsan kailangan mo lang isipin kung ano ba talaga ang mahalaga.
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Once you redirect, everything else seems to follow - your thoughts, your emotions, your plans and your priorities. This Lenten season, #redirect towards purifying your body, repairing your spirituality, finding stillness and calmness in your life and choosing the right path. Huwag kang matakot, kaya ‘yan.q