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Relax and reflect

By Marilyn C. Arayata

Archimedes, the Greek mathematician and inventor was in a bath tub when he came up with a realization that gave rise to the Archimedes’ principle, the physical law of buoyancy. One novelist created story plots while munching apples.

What kind of idea enters your mind when you are relaxed?

Lent is one of the seasons we minimize working on earthly concerns. We have enough time to pause, relax and reflect.

What have we done? Why are we doing what we are doing? If we continue to do exactly the same things, where are we headed? It would be beneficial to answer the said questions as individuals and as a nation.

It’s impossible to have reflections and wise realizations when overworked, overstressed and distracted. A very rigid schedule hinders the development of our intuition – the thing that tells us something is not right, the feeling that a certain choice might lead to harm.

Relaxation gives us an opportunity to listen to our inner self and to the messages that the world has been giving us.

We may not be able to discover a scientific principle or create a novel of our own, but we will surely come up with our own realizations about life – about ourselves, our relationships, and the society where we live. “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience (John Dewey).”

Is there a habit that we need to unlearn? What is it that we have forsaken but should have valued? What were the warning signs that we dismissed as soon as we noticed them? Is there a love that died because we were too self-absorbed to reciprocate? If we claim to be Christians, do people see Christ in us? What have we learned about ourselves recently?

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