LITRATONG PINOY : MASINOP (NEAT)
Isa sa pinakapaborito kong desenyo sa bahay ay ang ZEN type of design. Napakasinop kasing tingnan. Walang masyadong maraming borloloy. Tulad na lamang ng desenyo nitong palikuran na ito. Minimal ang gamit at napakalinis tignan. Tunay na kaayaayang gamitin ang ganito kalinis na palikuran.
Sa totoo lang ang ZEN kasi ay hindi naman isang tipo ng desenyo ito ay isang pangkabuoang kalagayan ng kasarinlan o “state of mind”. Ang state of mind na ito ay nang-e-enganyo na maging calmado, mapayapa at bukas lagi ang isipan. Kung saan ay pinapraktis ang pagiging mabait di lamang sa kapwa tao kundi sa lahat ng nilikha ng Diyos. Mas madali da itong gawin kung ang tao ay mag me-meditate gamit zazen style kung saan ikaw ay nakaupo ng tahimik at sentro ang iyong paghinga.
Oo nga naman, paano ka naman makakapagisip nga maayos kung makalat ang iyong paligid. May puntos din itong ZEN na ito.
Ilan sa mga patnubay upang makamtan ang ZEN type of design ay maliwanag, walang “clutter”, wala masyado abubot at bawasan ang pagamit ng kulay. Hmmmm? Sa mga nabanggit na iyan, mukang kaya ko lahat maliban lamang sa huli, kasi mahilig ako sa kulay.
(The ZEN type of design is one of my favorites. The neatness and the simplicity is what attracts me to it. It has less decorations and clutter. Just like the design of this toilet, it’s simple and classy. Truly inviting for anyone to use
The truth is ZEN is not a type of design, it’s a state of mind that encourage you to have a calm, clear and pure attitude towards life. It upholds one to practice kindness not only to the human race but to all creatures of the world. It’s easier to achieve this state of mind by meditating the zazen style, where you sit on a quiet place and focus on you breathing.
ZEN has a point there. I guess you really can’t concentrate if you have all these clutter around you.
One of the things in achieving a ZEN type of design is to have clear, free of clutter, lots of space, minimal ornaments and reduce the color palette. Hmmm, amongst those mentioned. I think I can do all except the last one, cause I really love color.)
As typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines this weekend, I was unaware of how destructive this typhoon will be when I woke up Saturday morning. To me it was supposed to be a special day, the day I am opening a new business venture – a loading station. I even invited a priest, who has been a long time friend to bless the store. In everything I do, I ask the Lord for blessing and this is no exception.
Had I known, I would not have pushed through with my store opening. After the blessing, we got out and headed home but to no avail, all the surrounding streets were flooded, waist high. With my friend priest still with me, we decided to go back inside store – the safest place where we can be at that moment. Four grueling hours after, when the continuous rain fall suddenly weakened, we decided to brave the streets, praying that we can find a safe passage home and we did.
As I came home, that’s when I realized how blessed we were. Watching the news, I was taken aback at how disastrous the typhoon was… it was as if the great flood during the time of Noah. With all that was happening, I lit up a candle and said my prayer of thanks– for sparing my family from harm, and a prayer of plea for the storm to calm down and for those people affected by this tragedy, that they be rescued.[caption id="attachment_128" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="In front of UERM, along Aurora Blvd. Taken by my brother who was trapped there"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_129" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Taken by my brother inside the compound of UERM Hospital"][/caption]
As we continue with our daily lives, let us not forget the people who, up to this very moment, are still experiencing the damage brought about by this natural disaster. Join me as I offer a prayer …
Eternal Father, you are the God of Compassion, we turn to you with our prayers for those families who were deeply affected by this calamity. Stunned by the recent events, we ask yo to calm the storm that threatens us. Send your spirit upon all the people so that they may feel the comfort of your love. We pray for those lives that were lost and bring hope to all those who have survived.
For all those who were spared, let us open our hearts to the cries of help, may we respond with generosity and compassion, remembering that You have always been there to alleviate our sufferings.
We ask this in the sweet name of Jesus, Amen.
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