THERE are days when you feel like nothing you do can make it better and it is when these days come, you feel a push and pull of thoughts feeling the need to linger as you allow your feet to lead you to places.

Last week, I was content in wandering aimlessly when a gift for my heart was given at the spur of the moment; yes a gift for the health of my heart was bestowed in an unlikely meeting leaving me to wonder if I looked too sad that day.

Lightcatchers is a quaint store at the market area owned and managed by Tess Trinidad with her children.

Prior to that aimless day, I didn’t know where in the market they were, I just knew they had a store, so it came as surprise to see the Trinidad family in full force.

A small crowd gathered in front of their store with the faint sound of a wishing bowl being gently rung catching my attention that day, forcing me to stop and take a peep at what was going on.

Then I saw the smiling face of Tess, who caught my eye amid the crowd, so I stopped to say hi, but not two minutes went by when she asked me my animal sign and the gift for my heart was given promptly.

As one strikes the cleansing bowl it creates a vibration which in turn lifts off the negative energies from the crystals, making sounds of flight, preparing the crystal for you, making it for you alone.

The bracelet was fitted and bound then cleansed with murmurs for blessings; the only thing I could make out was a wish for the health of my heart, distinctly and clearly.

A post Valentine gift given by the unlikeliest of people but nevertheless appreciated because of its spontaneity and anticipated effect.

If my heart was literally on my sleeve and it gave me away, Tess Trinidad saw it and helped in the way only she knew how.

The chance meeting with Tess brought me back to 2010, when I met Doctor Tali Bashour, a clinical Professor of Medicine from the University of California in San Francisco who told me of the “broken heart syndrome,” linking emotions to heart disease.

It was after Typhoon Peppeng then and people were heartbroken with the loss of life and property so i asked the doctor of it was possible for the entire province to suffer from a broken heart.

And he said yes, it made me sad.

The good doctor said a study linking emotional stress on heart ailments apply to people under extreme emotional stress and commonalities undergoing trauma.

He cited several cases where emotional stress led to heart attacks in the span of his studies; he said extreme emotions can trigger heart ailments like joy, anger, jealousy and disgust.

If an entire province can suffer from a broken heart, how can a lowly human being survive?