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Meditation in Davao

2012 April 29

Meditation Davao596 Meditation in Davao

I’ve been really stressed lately. Lots of those large life events happening at the same time, and though I think I’m getting through them fairly well, I can feel the stress and what it’s doing to me, both outward and inward. I hesitate to write about this because quite frankly everybody has their own challenges. Many much greater than mine. I understand that.

As much as I want to believe that many of these stresses will be gone once I’ve retired and move to the Philippines, I know that the reality is they will be replaced with new ones. In particular the adaptation to a new country and culture very different than what I have known for the 57 years of my existence. I have an idea of how I will try to cope with that.

I want to look into practicing meditation.

This is something that I’ve considered for a long time, but never pursued. I have a fairly hyper sensitive personality, at least at times, and I have no desire to try counter that with drugs (prescribed). I have on occasion, in the past, tried a few things, but for the most part what I need to do is slow down, specifically my thinking or worrying, whichever way you want to state it.

The Bikram yoga that I started really helped that area. Unfortunately I have fallen off the wagon with my practice, as I have been overwhelmed with things that I’ve been doing, and it was clear what the priorities were, for this period of time anyway. I WILL get back with my yoga, as the benefits are clear to me.

I’ve searched around for meditation in Davao and did not find much. There seems to be a Zen practice that is done at someone’s residence. I thought I remembered that the Lon Wa Buddhist Temple offered meditation, also, but I will need to check on that again. I believe that would be my preference, as just being in that temple is very soothing in and of itself.

I know some of these things – yoga, meditation – are not for everyone. We each have to find what works for us. I think that the practice could have great benefits for me, especially in helping me cope with the adjustments that I will be making there. If it can help be be more patient and calm, that will go a long way towards my dealing with the (many) things that I know are going to upset me.

If you know of a mediation center in Davao, please let me know. Otherwise I’ll report back after I’ve looked into it in my upcoming trip.

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. April 29, 2012

    I know what you mean about getting out of the habit of practicing yoga, just do it once in a while now. Enjoyed doing Kripalu yoga myself and yes it sure does help with stress and life problems. My teacher left town after a couple of years.

  2. April 29, 2012

    I fully intend to get back on a regular schedule. At least three times a week. That seems to be the minimum I need to feel the benefits. It’s a commitment though.

  3. Lyn permalink
    May 1, 2012

    Meditation is truly rewarding to anybody. Some are part already of their daily living as it is their practice and belief. The picture is nice I like it.

    • May 1, 2012

      I’ve never really done it, but have played with aspects of it. As I said the yoga, and particularly the breathing are related.

      Glad you liked the picture.

  4. May 4, 2012

    As a child I practiced meditation a lot and when I grew older I incorporated that with physical exercises, that is Yoga. Unfortunately I don’t know any particular place around Davao. Wish for the luck of finding a one.

    • May 4, 2012

      I’m going to be looking around, but Macky has found a couple already.

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