Lizada: Keeping it together

"The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost." -- Tolkien

WHAT holds you together in these times? What makes you keep it together in these uncertainties?

For me, three things keep me from running amuck. These three I must do on a daily basis if not then I might go unhinged. The first is obvious, the next two not so.

The first is prayer. I spend at least 30 minutes to an hour in prayer every morning. Most of it is spent in meditation. To better understand that let me share what a typical day is for me.

When I wake up I do not pray at all. Instead, I do my disinfecting ritual. Gadgets, night table, lamp, dog (joke) etc. Then I have my breakfast and bathe. After all, that which now takes a lot of time I sit and start my prayer meditation. As I said it can last for an hour. That is my maximum. I am not a monk, I just want to get my bearings straight. Prayer gives me the strength needed to do what must be done for the day. I have made it a habit to live just for today. In the present moment. I do not think of next month anymore or worse next year. Today is a challenge enough. So my prayers include courage and fortitude for the day, just for today.

After prayers, I "work." I do what must be done. If I have webinars I have them in the mornings. I do stuff for work like making new training for these times. I review and edit old modules and sometimes do them all over to make them easier when presented as a webinar. This goes on till the afternoon. But sometimes I end earlier. Which brings me to the second.

I have been watching a lot of Youtube lately. At the start, I watched a lot of spiritual videos like the real Saint Mary Magdalene to life in a monastery. Then I switched to westerns which led to black and white films to Golden buzzers. When night falls we watch Netflix. Our current favorites are Kdramas which explains why I have kimchi. The Korean store in front of our village has really good kimchi. Which brings us to dinner and beyond.

After Chona falls asleep which is determined by how good the Kdrama is, I tinker with the third thing that keeps me sane. Spotify. I have overhauled my playlists. Some I deleted. Aside of course from prayer, Spotify is a secret weapon. I would not know what it would be like if Spotify did not exist. If you love music, Spotify is heaven-sent. So much there to explore, discover, and delight in.

Then I go to sleep.... Well not after playing Candy Crush. And then of course there is the book that has been patiently waiting to be read. Tomorrow, perhaps tomorrow after I disinfect my phone.


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