16 April 2014

Devosi Kepada Allah Kristus - Ditempatkan di Samping Putera

Catatan: Tulisan ini adalah catatan pribadiku yang kubuat sebagai pekerjaan rumah dari Kursus Latihan Doa dan Hidup Rohani pada minggu kedua yang kuikuti di gereja. Karena ini hanyalah pekerjaan rumah dari sebuah kursus, jadi tolong tulisan ini dibaca dengan pikiran dan hati yang terbuka, tanpa ada prasangka apa pun terhadap maksud dan tujuanku menulis tulisan ini. Terima kasih.

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Tulisan ini dibuat berdasarkan atas inspirasi dari Bacaan Kitab Suci yang dipilih: MAZMUR 34 (DALAM PERLINDUNGAN TUHAN)

*** Catatan: Aku mengenal ayat ini sebagai bacaan setelah melakukan pengakuan dosa yang pertama. Ayat ini berkesan sekali bagiku karena ayat ini mampu mengingatkan aku tanpa harus memaksa. Ayat ini sangat lembut dalam menggambarkan pencarian terhadap Tuhan. ***

Dulu, aku belum bisa menemukan-Mu, Tuhan. Ketika aku mulai rajin mengunjungi gereja dan memuji nama-Mu secara meriah bersama umat-Mu yang lain, aku mulai bisa merasakan kehadiran-Mu. Engkau telah benar-benar menarik aku ke dalam kerajaan-Mu ketika aku dibaptis. Ketika aku sudah berada di kerajaan-Mu, aku merasa yakin akan langkahku ke depan. Aku merasa bahagia sekali, Tuhan. Kebahagiaanku terhadap kehadiran-Mu membuat hidupku terasa ringan sekali. Betapa pun banyak rintangan dan kesedihan di dalam hidupku, aku tetap merasa bahagia, karena kehadiran-mu di dalam hidupku menguatkanku dan menghiburku. Aku merasakan kedamaian yang luar biasa dengan hidup bersama-Mu, Tuhan, baik di dalam doa, pekerjaan sehari-hari dan segala aktifitasku.

Tak berdoa kepada-Mu membuatku merasa tak nyaman. Bekerja tanpa mengikutsertakan diri-Mu di dalam pekerjaanku membuat pekerjaanku terasa kering. Melakukan sesuatu yang melanggar hukum cinta kasih-Mu membuat diriku merasa bersalah. Aku tanpa-Mu, Tuhan, adalah jiwa yang kosong, rapuh dan sedih.

Setiap hari, kerinduanku terhadap Bapa di surga dan Bunda Maria adalah keinginan agar Bapa dan Bunda Maria selalu menyertaiku di dalam setiap gerak langkahku. Aku ingin agar Bapa mau hidup di dalam hatiku untuk mengarahkan hidupku ke arah yang lebih baik lagi. Aku ingin agar Bunda Maria hadir dalam setiap perbuatanku kepada semua makhluk hidup di dunia ini agar perbuatanku itu penuh dengan sifat cinta dan kasih yang sama seperti yang dimiliki oleh Bunda Maria.

Kristus, inilah aku yang menjawab panggilan-Mu untuk menjadi pengikut-Mu. Sekarang aku sedang berusaha mengenal-Mu lebih dalam melalui doa yang kulantunkan setiap aku bernafas, pelajaran tentang dirimu dalam berbagai kursus di gereja dan pekerjaanku yang mengikutsertakan diri-Mu di dalamnya agar aku dapat lebih mencintai-Mu. Aku sadar bahwa dengan menjadi pengikut-Mu, maka aku punya kewajiban untuk melayani-Mu di dunia nyata melalui sesama makhluk hidup di dunia ini.

Tuhan, terima kasih untuk semua cinta, kasih dan perlindungan yang Kau berikan secara cuma-cuma kepada diriku. Aku bahagia sekali karena Tuhan menyempatkan diri untuk datang ketika aku mencari-Mu dan kemudian Kau mengajakku untuk mengikuti-Mu. Berilah aku kemampuan untuk membagikan kembali cinta, kasih dan perlindungan tersebut kepada sesama makhluk hidup di dunia ini. Amin.

Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
Iesus Hominus Salvator

15 April 2014

Devosi Kepada Allah Tritunggal - Kasih Personal Mendalam Bagi Tuhan

Catatan: Tulisan ini adalah catatan pribadiku yang kubuat sebagai pekerjaan rumah dari Kursus Latihan Doa dan Hidup Rohani pada minggu pertama yang kuikuti di gereja. Karena ini hanyalah pekerjaan rumah dari sebuah kursus, jadi tolong tulisan ini dibaca dengan pikiran dan hati yang terbuka, tanpa ada prasangka apa pun terhadap maksud dan tujuanku menulis tulisan ini. Terima kasih.

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Tulisan ini dibuat berdasarkan atas inspirasi dari Bacaan Kitab Suci yang dipilih: MAZMUR 103 (PUJILAH TUHAN, HAI JIWAKU)

Dalam perjalanan hidupku, Allah Tritunggal itu memang begitu baik. Namun dulu, aku tidak menyadari hal ini. Ketika aku mulai mengenal agama Katolik (dibaptis pada bulan Desember 2013), aku baru menyadari akan kasih Allah Tritunggal yang tiada batasnya ini. 

Bagaimanapun gelombang kehidupan yang menerpaku, selalu ada tangan-tangan baik yang menolongku. Aku percaya bahwa tangan-tangan baik itu tak akan datang tanpa kasih dan rahmat Allah Tritunggal di surga yang begitu besarnya terhadapku.

Sebesar apa pun kesalahanku dan dosaku, Bapa di surga selalu dan senantiasa memaafkanku dan menyelamatkanku. Bapa tak pernah membalaskan kesalahanku dan dosaku terhadapnya, seberat apa pun itu. Dia selalu membuka pintu dan kesempatan yang baik untukku. Bapa itu memang begitu baik dan sabar dan tidak pernah mendendam. 

Sakit di salah satu bagian tubuhku pun disembuhkan oleh para Roh Kudus melalui misa di Gereja dan berkat para Romo yang mulia dan terkasih yang menyentuh kepalaku, dahiku dan tanganku. Aku begitu mencintai Roh Kudus dan para Romo – para kekasih Tuhan yang mulia. Tuhan, berkatilah para Romoku agar selalu sehat dan bahagia sehingga dapat terus membagikan cinta dan berkat mereka kepada para umat-Mu.

Segila apa pun mimpiku, Tuhan Yesus selalu ada untuk menolongku untuk mewujudkan mimpiku. Cara-Nya mewujudkan mimpiku pun sangat luar biasa ajaibnya, namun aku percaya bahwa cara tersebutlah yang paling cocok untuk manusia seperti aku. Tuhan Yesus telah mempersiapkan tubuhku dan jiwaku, sehingga begitu mudah bagiku untuk menerima perubahan dalam kehidupanku yang sebenarnya adalah cara Tuhan Yesus mewujudkan mimpiku. Tuhan Yesus terkasih, aku mencintai cara-Mu mencintaiku.

Bunda Maria pun selalu menemani perjalananan sehari-hariku. Bersama Bunda Maria, aku menemukan beberapa keajaiban kecil yang membuka mataku atas adanya kasih sayang sang Bunda Maria. Melalui Doa Rosario, aku belajar untuk tidak membiarkan pikiranku kosong dan selalu mawas diri tanpa merasa tegang. Doa Rosario pun telah menenangkan kegelisahanku ketika mengarungi kemacetan di Jakarta. Hanya Bunda Maria yang tahu mengapa jalan yang tadinya macet kemudian menjadi sangat lancar setelah berdoa dengan Doa Rosario sebanyak satu putaran. Aku tak memerlukan keajaiban besar untuk percaya akan curahan kasih sayang dari sang Bunda Maria. Yang aku perlukan hanya sentuhan kecil sang Bunda Maria yang memenuhi relung hatiku. Terima kasih, Bunda Maria, atas curahan kasih sayangmu yang sederhana dalam kehidupan sehari-hariku. 

Karena kasih Tuhan yang begitu mendalam ini, aku pun menjadi begitu takut untuk melukai hati-Nya dan membuat-Nya merasa tidak senang. Aku pun berusaha menjauhi hal-hal yang mungkin tidak berkenan di hati-Nya. Karena kasih Tuhan yang begitu mendalam ini pula, aku merasa malu bila harus melakukan segala sesuatu yang dilarang-Nya. Aku malu pada Allah Tritunggal yang telah hidup di dalam tubuhku dan jiwaku. 

Aku ingin mencintai dan mengingat Allah Tritunggal ketika aku sehat, hidup dan bahagia, bukan hanya kala aku sakit, sedih dan hampir mati, karena aku tahu bahwa kasih dan cinta Allah Tritunggal kepadaku lebih luas daripada samudra yang biru, lebih tinggi daripada langit diatas kepalaku dan lebih dalam daripada inti bumi dibawah kakiku. Terima kasih, Allah Tritunggal. Aku mencintai-Mu, hai jiwaku! Amin.

Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
Iesus Hominus Salvator




07 March 2014

CranioSacral Therapy Experiences

This article on CranioSacral Therapy I wrote was from the assignment of the Yoga Energetics Teacher Training I attended in 2012.

This is only my personal experiences on the CranioSacral Therapy that I applied on my clients. The names, locations and all things about the clients are concealed due to my respect to these people who trust my hands and my knowledge.

Please enjoy my CranioSacral Therapy experiences without any judgements. Namaste.


RECEIVER 1

A man told me that he got this Epilepsy that caused him to have seizures during his bedtime, especially on New Moon and Full Moon. He added that the seizures took place once every two weeks. He questioned me if the CranioSacral Therapy could work to heal the seizures, as the only things that he knew that could reduce the seizures were the doctor and the pills he took. At the end of the day, his curiosity killed him and he gave up himself to my hands for the CranioSacral Therapy.

At the first therapy, he did not feel anything, but he fell asleep. Yes, he found his relaxation moment! On the other side, I felt that his body did not react to my treatment. That time, I tried not to judge the man and his body.

A few days after that, surprisingly, he asked for another CranioSacral Therapy. He did not explain exactly why he asked for more, but I guess he started to accept the fact that Craniosacral Therapy made his body felt so fine. So then I applied my hands on him again.

The second therapy was amazing! Besides falling asleep, his body showed me that it welcomed the treatment with joy. He was relax and fully accepted the treatment. I also could feel that his body trusted me to facilitate it to heal itself by reacting on my light touch on some parts of it. When I did the therapy, I saw twitches on his right shoulder and left leg. At the end of the session, I conducted Crystal Stone Therapy by placing the crystal stone on his forehead and using the other cristal stone as pendulum to check his chackras. I saw that the pendulum stone made a different circle at the root of his body and his head. After the session was over, I made a discussion with him about what I saw during the therapy. He said that when the twitches took place at his right shoulder and left leg, maybe the twitches wanted to show me that he was injured badly at those spots. And when the pendulum stone made the different circles at the root of his body and his forehead, maybe the pendulum stone wanted to show me that he felt pain on his hips and that he has a birth trauma at his head. All this discussion made me realize that sometimes CranioSacral Therapy could work after several times of therapy. And I was amazed by the findings I saw and the honesty of the Receiver to tell me what happened to his body.

These two times CranioSacral Therapies were enough to slow down the seizures. The Receiver told me that he did not have any seizure for a month after the second treatment.

And again, he asked for another session. So then, I did it again with joy. The third CranioSacral Therapy was even better as his body was more relax. And it seems that some of the blockages in his body were gone. I could not say that he was cured, but I could see that his body was fine.

RECEIVER 2

A woman told me about the problem that she had. She also asked me about the Yoga Energetics Teacher Training that I attended and she was interested in the CranioSacral Therapy I told her. Then she asked me to come to her house to conduct the CranioSacral Therapy on her.

When I conducted the therapy on her, I found that she had stiffed hips. It felt like she could not relax her hips and feet. When I touched her lower and middle back, I could not feel anything there. So I stimulated the areas with a little bit of pressure until I could feel a little bit of reaction there. The rest of her body parts were fine until I touched her head. She was sleeping when my hands arrived at her head. Even when she slept, she wanted to control the direction of her head. I was trying to follow where her head wanted to go, which was to the right side at that time, but she kept pushing her head to the middle side. Some minor twitches also took place at her right hand.

When I placed the pendulum stone on the top of her body, I found that there was no movement at all at her lower abdomen, while there were normal movement at her other body parts.

So after the therapy session was over, I discussed what I found on her body with her. She said that she liked to control everything, so that was why she could not let go her feet and her head to go where they wanted to go. She also practiced Karate in the past, so that was why she had stiffed hips. As we discussed about what I found on her lower abdomen, she admitted that she does not have regular menstruation cycle, sometimes only once in four months. She did not know why this happened. She had checked it to the doctor, but the doctor said that everything was fine. When I asked about her Karate practice in the past, she admitted that she received kicks for several times at her abdomen.

Later on, she told me that she was in the process of getting the treatment from a doctor so she could get pregnant. And I guessed this is why my pendulum stone did not move at all at her lower abdomen.

28 February 2014

Karma Yoga - Seva

This Karma Yoga (Seva) I conducted was from the assignment of the Yoga Energetics Teacher Training (YETT) I attended in 2012. 


This is some of my personal experiences in 2012 of both learning to teach Yoga to public and sharing love and kindness by providing free Yoga class and CranioSacral therapy as soon as I graduated from my YETT.



Yoga For Scoliosis Patient


A man came to me and asked around about yoga for scoliosis. It was for her daughter who has Scoliosis at her back. After I explained him about my yoga and my price, he said that he could not afford it. So I decided to donate my yoga service for this litte girl.


She comes to my place twice a week to practice yoga at the garage and between the cars. It is not a perfect place, but it is all the space I have so far. Around 90 minutes of free yoga practice each time she comes. It is not a fancy yoga like the ones in the yoga studio, but it is nice and fun.


She is a very critical person who likes to browse for any yoga poses and consult with me. Sometimes I can sense that she wants to do fancy yoga poses, but I slowly teach her also about the patience. So many times I tell her that some of the fancy poses she wants to try can endanger her scoliosis. Gladly she listens to me.


I ask her to keep coming to the doctor, so I know the progress of her scoliosis. The latest one I get is that her scoliosis is slowly decreasing. It is considered good as she does not do anything but yoga.


I am just happy to facilitate the cureness in her back. Hopefully, she stays in the practice and the scoliosis will go away soon. And I thank the doctor who suggested her to practice yoga to cure her Scoliosis.



CranioSacral Therapy For Senior


One day, I met an old woman while waiting for a taxi. After a long conversation and after she knew what I do for life, she told me that she had several pains and sicknesses, especially at her knees and hips. When I offered my service for yoga practice or craniosacral therapy, she refused as she knew she could not afford it. So I told her that I would give it for free. She was surprised and delighted.

Then she invited me to come to her house.


That day, I found out that her house was behind the train station and she opens a small store in front of her house. Something that opened my eyes on why this 70 years old lady could not afford the fee of my service.


So, this was her first experience on CranioSacral Therapy. During the therapy, I found the blockage at her left middle back. When I touched her heart, she felt pain at her right shoulder. When I put the Crystal Stone pendulum above her body, the movement of the pendulum kept changing directions.

After the session was over, I discussed what I saw with her.

 

She said that when I found the blockage at her left middle back, that maybe because her left ribs were broken when her husband fell on the top of her body. When she felt pain on her right shoulder, she confessed that she had lifted heavy stuffs, including lifting her husband each time he falls. And when we discussed about the pendulum that kept changing its movements, I asked her how she felt and she said that she was a bit unstable physically and emotionaly to deal with her husband who was hit by stroke several years ago.


ended the session by asking her kindly for not being too stress about everything, including about her husband, if she wants to really cure from the sickness she has.


A few days after the first CranioSacral Therapy, I visited her again to say hello. She told me that her pains were gone and asked my help to conduct the therapy again if I was free. This time, she said that she would pay some little money to appreciate my work. And I said no. I told her that I took my service to her as my service to the community. And I was just happy that I could facilitate her body to heal itself.


At the second session, her body was getting much better, eventhough I still felt the blockage on her middle back. As I stimulated her middle back with a little bit of massage, I could feel that it started to move. When I checked her body with my Crystal Stone Pendulum, I could find that the energy of her body was so much better as all of her chakras move around the pendulum. I could feel the energy that pulls the pendulum. So strong! Happy to know that her body responded to my hands and that she was getting better.


After the session was over, she cooked for me and we had lunch together. I was so glad that she was so happy to receive the treatment and that we became good friends.



General Yoga Event For Donation


One day, my friend arranged a donation event and asked me if I could also donate some money too. And I told her if I made a yoga session for donation, maybe we both could collect more money. So she agreed to do the yoga event for donation.


The yoga event was held at her home. Around 25 people came from the church, our friends circles and the nearby neighborhood. The place was not that large, but everyone said it was fine, as they just wanted to do yoga for fun. Before I started the event, I told them that all the money they paid would be gone to the local Orphanage.


At the yoga event, I gave them a very gentle yoga movements as I knew there were a lot of beginners in the room. Started from sitting poses, a little bit of standing poses and more stretching poses and relaxation.


At the end of the yoga event, I gave some people, maybe around 5 people, a bit of CranioSacral works. I only picked some who really needed it, like the elderly people, those who were sick and injured.


At the very end of the yoga event, I provided my time for yoga discussion with the participants. They were curious about yoga and diet. So then I shared some of my knowledge about yoga, diet and detox with them.


We collected good money from the event, and my friends donated the money and the other donations from the other activities at the event to the local Orphanage.


Namaste! 

26 February 2014

Book Review: Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Light on Yoga

This is my book review on Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Satchinanda and Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar. 

This article I wrote was from the assignment of the Yoga Energetics Teacher Training I attended in 2012.

This is only my personal review about the two Yoga philosophy books. Please open your mind too when you read my mind. Namaste.

My Review on Hatha Yoga Pradipika: 

This is a very original yoga book and a wonderful classical book to describe what Yoga is all about. I learn a lot about the secret of Yoga from this book and that Yoga is about Pranayama (breathing) too, not just about Asana (postures).

From Hatha Yoga Pradipika, I can learn something about philosophy and spiritualism. The book has enriched my soul. How to see Yoga not just as Asana, but also as a way of life, a way of how we see the life itself and how we see the world. I also learn about the tools to face the world from a different side.

The book sounds very old school and traditional. Honestly, it is hard to apply some things in the book in our nowadays daily life. The book is full with old values that might not be applicable and practical in modern life, but I can learn a lot about the value of yoga in the past when the book is created and the pureness I can teach in the Yoga class.

It seems that the book is so “high above the world” that I might not have the ability to explain it to my students and the people around me. It explains so many things that can not be seen by the eyes of the men in this world. But hey, it is a challenge for me to introduce it to my circle, so they know that the world is not just about things we can see.

The book is a very straight forward, pragmatic approach to yoga. This book rules the way that Yoga things used to be done. Some of the things in the book are almost beyond reality, but I can learn about how to purify and prepare for my path of yoga.

The book is a good choice for me as I am interested in knowing more about Hatha Yoga. I am so introduced to things that develop Hatha Yoga and how to practice it in my spiritualism life.

Each time I read this book, there's always a different meaning in some sections in the book. And it is good to know that I have been practicing Yoga for some times and I have that Yoga in my blood as the book has multiple meanings that can only be understood after practicing such a good Yoga practice.

My Review on Light on Yoga: 

This is the Yoga book I like. The bible of Yoga! I use it as inspirations for my daily yoga practice for myself and yoga teaching at my yoga class. This is a good book to accompany me as my other teacher, other doctor and other advisor. It really completes me as a Yoga practicioner and Yoga teacher.

Great and fascinating introduction to Yoga, detail description of Yoga philosophy, great pictures of Yoga poses, nice sequences for specific intentions, precautions, contradictons, helpful hints and therapeutics effects. And BKS Iyengar's advice and explanation complete everything. What a nice package!

From the book, I understand that Yoga is more than flexibility and strength. Yoga is all about the way of life. There's a connnection between Yoga, spiritualism, life and the Universe.

From the book, I can learn that yoga is applicable for anyone and any ages at any levels. Every pose has a different meaning, and every pose has its own benefit.

The questions: How can a book that is as old as me explain more about life in the present moment? While I grow up day by day, the book is very wise and mature enough to be used as a life compass for a life time. While I move myself forward, I can always go back to the book at any time from the first page to the last one or the reverse. Amazing!

Iyengar style is detailed and tough. I personally do not like it that much, but the techniques are usefull for me when I teach my Yoga class. It helps me to detail the poses so my students understand what muscle to stretch. Going details means concentration that leads to mindfullness, and that mindfullness means that I am back to my meditation.

For me, using this book as the guidance at class means that I will teach a deep poses of Yoga.

Conclusion:

After reading Hatha Yoga Pradipika, reading Light on Yoga is like going deeper and longer into Yoga life.

I like Light on Yoga better than Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The books are almost the same, especially when talking about the basic principles of Yoga. But the things on Light on Yoga is more applicable in our day to day real life than Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika talk about the basic things on Yoga, the philosophy and the thoughts of the writer about Yoga itself.

Light on Yoga talks more in detail about Yoga. Not just the philosophy, it also talks about yoga practice, key postures, breathing exercises, detail course for beginner to intermediate level and the yoga terms. All in one book!

I guess the book can complete each others. Use Hatha Yoga Pradipika as the introduction to Yoga through its deep explanation about Philosophy of Yoga and use Light on Yoga as the detail description on Yoga, especially what we can do with Yoga in our daily life.

And this is the reason why many Yoga schools use Light on Yoga as their main book, because every single details in the books can be very usefull for both teachers and students of yoga practice, even to those who are not yogi and yogini.

Namaste! 

17 January 2014

WHEN I FIND GOD IN CATHOLIC


This story is about my personal experience and spiritual journey in my life. Please read my story with open eyes and open heart. Thank you very much.

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One day in March 2013, just some moments before teaching yoga at a yoga studio, I feel the emptiness in my heart and soul so deeply. My heart is hungrily looking for something. I do not even know what that something is. At that time, I try to fill my soul with a prayer that I know from my previous religion, but I still feel the emptiness. Suddenly it crosses my mind that I need to pray Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be to the Father. I learn these prayers when I attend the Catholic school. It is amazing that after I finish praying with these three prayers, my heart and soul feel so comfortable and happy. I do not feel inner emptiness in my soul anymore. The prayers satisfy my soul and they make me feel calm and peaceful.

From this experience, I desire to go to church myself and try to join the Mass there. But this plan should be postpone because I have to go to Bali to become a volunteer at the Bali Spirit Festival event at the end of the month. On mid-April, I begin to go to the Mass at a church. It turns out that the church becomes the place where I find great peace. Even the journeys to the church are filled with miracles and goodness.

Each time I go to the church, everything feels smooth, even at the odd hours where all the transportations are almost occupied during the office hours or at the times when the weather is not friendly. There are times when the rain pours so badly that caused the traffic jam everywhere and the difficulty to find the transportation. But as soon as I pray those three prayers that I mention at the beginning of this story, the rain gradually stops, the road becomes clear and I get a taxi to go! Yeay! For me, this is a miracle of God. He really wants to show me His miracle. This is not just a coincidence as I believe that there is no coincidence in the dictionary of God.

Just before the Mass at the church begins, we will hear the sound of a small bell in the church that indicates the Mass is about to begin. The sound of the church bells is so soft. We can only hear the sound in and around the church for the distance that is not too far away. From here, I can feel that the gentle call to worship is the symbol that the God in the Catholic religion is so soft in calling out His people.

When I sit inside the church and join the Mass, I am so familiar with the languages used in the worship. Sometimes, I attend the Mass in Indonesian language. At other times, I attend the Mass in English language. There is one Mass that I attend that is presented in Javanese language. Oh yes, I am so familiar with these three languages, so that when I say the prayers, the prayers penetrate my soul and I can easily understand and digest them in my heart. The prayers in the Mass are so simple, short and fun, because the priests and the people also sing some of the prayers. All of the prayers and songs by the priests and the people, and all the words of God shared by the priests are about love, kindness, forgiveness and grace from the God. Sometimes, the priests also share stories about the church's opinion about topics and issues that are popular in the society, but the discussion is through love and kindness approach. There is even one priest who always asks the people to hold our hearts before hearing the words of God and he is going to pray that we open our hearts to receive the words of God. Usually, hearing the words of God from this priest will make my eyes shed tears because of the way he touches our hearts. The worships in the church make my heart become more peaceful and happy.

In the Mass, the men and women are placed and sit together side by side. As a woman, I can worship God at anytime that I want, even when I have a menstruation. The God in the Catholic religion is so kind to us to accept all His people together and side by side without having to be separated, and in any state of health and condition of the body.

The way to dress up for the Mass is not too difficult and does not require many terms and conditions. By simply wearing decent clothes, then we can join the Mass comfortably. Because it only takes an open heart to attend the Mass at the church. As a woman, I do not need to wear special costumes in the church and outside the church as a form of obedience to the Catholic religion. For me, it feels that the Catholic religion is simple and not that difficult. The Catholic religion also teaches that the faith grows from an open and sincere heart, not by wearing a particular costume.

After the Mass is finished, I still continue to receive the goodness of God in the church environment.

The priests will usually be standing outside or behind the church after the Mass to meet and greet his people one by one, both men and women, and giving thanks to them. For me, shaking hands with the priests is a blessing itself. If the handshake is a sign of peace, then shaking hands with the priests is the sign of peace and blessing from God that are given through the hands of the priests. They feel so warm in my heart. May God always bless my beloved priests!

There is a time when I met a woman from the Philippines who share the only praying sheet she has to me after the Mass is finished. When I try to refuse it because I feel a bit uncomfortable receiving the prayer sheet that might still be needed by her, she advices me not to worry because she would always get another prayer sheet from the church. It is indeed a genuine kindness to share! The prayet sheet contains a prayer to the Chaplet to Divine Mercy in English taken from St. Maria Faustina's diary, which becomes my Chrismation or Confirmation name later on.

Inside and outside the church, we could find many prayer sheets in every corner in the church, either in the form of books, leaflets, brochures and copies. Usually, the people themselves who put these prayer papers as the sign of gratitude that their prayers are answered by God.

Inside myself, I find the healing after I frequently join the Mass in the church and pray based on the teachings of the Catholic religion. There are a lot of emotional pains inside my body and there is something stuck in my body. In the past, these two things would not want to heal and disappear from my body. After I frequently go to the church and pray based on the teachings of the Catholic religion, the emotional wounds heals slowly and something on my body slowly disappeares. Now my life becomes lighter and happier, and I feel more peaceful. I believe that God wants to heal me in His very special way.

From the activities in the church, I also learn about the beauty of sharing. The more often we share, the more often we get good return, perhaps even better, which in the end we have to share it again. An amazing cycle! In the church, we are trained to give alms by dropping money into the boxes, and to be active in a variety of other activities outside of the Mass. These things leave deep impressions in my mind, so now I'm happy to share anything with others.

Finally, I decided to join the Catechumenate process for adults (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), which is the learning process for baptismal candidates (Catechumens). Together with the other catechumens, we learn that the Catholic religion is the happy news for those who seek it, and that God is the love and compassion that lives in our hearts and soul. I end up taking my own conclusion that we need to find our own God, and that religion should be studied by those who would want to hold them.

And guess what? I get one more miracle from God at my Catechumenate process, that the local priest changes the date of my baptism process from the schedule on March 2014 to early December 2013! A great special miracle for me! God bless my beloved priest! From this miracle, I really feel that the love of God is incredible. He does not let me wait for too long in front of His front yard to really get into His house. Even in my imagination, God does not just open the door of His house wide open, but He also takes my hands and pulls them so that I can immediately go into His house and hug Him tightly.

My longing for God has found its destination when I walk into His path called the Catholic religion. Yes, I find Him in this way! I do not only find God, but God himself comes to me and meets me in a special way through all the blessings, peace, goodness, healing and miracles that He shows and gives me. I believe that He saves me from the wrong path of way and life.

My current God is so nice and kind! I love Him so much. Thank you, my God, my source of compassion.

So, at the beginning, my name was Astrid Amalia. Now, my name becomes Theresia Maria Faustina Astrid Amalia. Theresia is my Baptismal name I take from St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower and Small Road which is also the Protector of the Mission and the Doctor of the Church. Maria Faustina is my Chrismation or Confirmation name I take from St. Maria Faustina who wrote a diary about the Divine Mercy. Dear my Saints, please protect me!

After I officially have the Catholic religion in my soul, I really feel that the blessing of God is magnificent. As a human being, I may rely with my own power. But when I combine my own power with the prayers to God directly or through Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, the Holy Spirit, the Angels and the Saints, then the result will be much better and more powerful that I need to share them with others. Once again, this is a wonderful cycle that God shows me.

On my spiritual way to find my current God, from all the supports that come from my friends and a small part of my family who really understand me, I also have to experience something else that comes from other people around me. There are small stones and holes on my way to find my current God.

One of the closest relatives of the family who knows that I start to go to the church says that if I convert my religion to the Catholic, then I will add the sin to my parents and send them to hell. My answer is simple, that if one should be sent to hell, that person would be me, because the decision to convert comes from myself. My parents will surely go to heaven for giving the perfect basic religious education which is more than enough. The religious education at home is about the religion I had before and the religious education at school is about the Catholic religion. And I think it is more than enough!

After I am baptized, one of my friends said that there are flaws in the Catholic religion, and that I am just a beginner in this Catholic religion that I do not have the right to response to the increasing attacks from other religions to the Catholic. Deep down in my heart, I pray that may the flaws in my Catholic religion make its people to be more humble and low profile in executing their love to our own God. And I pray that may I always be the beginner in my Catholic religion forever, so that I can keep learning about the beauty to love God and other living beings in a way that is taught by the Catholic religion. Amen!

My spiritual journey has not finished yet. I believe that there will be other spiritual journeys in my life given by my current beloved God, and it will be more interesting and valuable. I am thankful that my current God is willing to provide His valuable time to knock my heart and call me in His special way through the Catholic religion in my heart now. In the end, He now lives inside me, in my mind, my heart and my soul. May God and His blessings are always placed within me forever.

Once again, my current God is very nice and kind. I love Him. Thank you, my great and good God!

Dei Gratia. By the grace of God! May I and all living beings in the universe are always blessed by the glory, the majesty and the good heart of my God now and forever. Amen. 

30 December 2013

KETIKA AKU MENEMUKAN TUHAN DI JALAN KATOLIK


Cerita ini adalah pengalaman pribadi dan perjalanan spiritual dan rohani penting didalam hidupku. Aku harap cerita ini dibaca dengan mata dan hati yang terbuka. Terima kasih banyak.

 

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Pada suatu hari di bulan Maret 2013, pada saat sebelum mengajar yoga di sebuah studio yoga, aku merasakan kekosongan jiwa yang begitu mendalam. Hati ini rasanya bergejolak terus mencari sesuatu yang tidak aku ketahui bentuknya. Pada waktu itu, aku mencoba menenangkan jiwa dengan doa yang pada waktu itu aku ucapkan sehari-hari dari agamaku yang dulu, namun tetap saja jiwa ini terasa hampa. Tiba-tiba terlintas dalam pikiranku untuk mengucapkan doa Bapa Kami, Salam Maria dan Kemuliaan di dalam hati. Doa-doa ini kupelajari pada saat aku bersekolah di sekolah Katolik. Ajaibnya, setelah selesai mengucapkan tiga doa tersebut, hati dan jiwa ini terasa nyaman, bahagia dan penuh. Tak ada lagi kekosongan batin yang meresahkan jiwa. Sepertinya ada sesuatu yang memenuhi jiwa ini yang membuat aku merasa tenang dan damai.

 

Dari kejadian ini, timbul keinginan dari diriku sendiri untuk pergi ke gereja dan mencoba beribadah di sana. Rencana ini harus kutunda karena pada akhir bulannya, aku harus ke Bali untuk menjadi sukarelawati di acara Bali Spirit Festival. Memasuki pertengahan bulan April, aku pun mulai pergi beribadah di gereja, tempat dimana aku menemukan kedamaian yang luar biasa. Bahkan perjalanan menuju ke gereja pun terasa penuh keajaiban dan kebaikan.

 

Pada saat mau berangkat ke gereja, semuanya terasa lancar, bahkan pada jam-jam mustahil dimana semua kendaraan keluar pada saat jam pulang kantor atau pada saat ketika cuaca tidak memungkinkan. Ada saat-saat dimana ada hujan datang, ada kemacetan di jalan raya, dan ada kesulitan mencari transportasi. Namun dengan selalu mengucapkan tiga doa yang kusebutkan diawal cerita ini, hujan berangsur-angsur berhenti, jalanan terasa lancar dan transportasi selalu ada di depan mata. Buatku, ini adalah keajaiban yang hendak ditunjukkan Tuhan padaku dan bukan kebetulan semata. Aku percaya bahwa tidak ada kata kebetulan didalam kamusnya Tuhan.

 

Pada saat memasuki lingkungan gereja, pada saat misa akan dimulai, akan terdengar bunyi lonceng kecil di gereja yang menandakan bahwa misa akan segera dimulai. Bunyi lonceng gereja ini begitu lembut dan pelan, dan hanya terdengar di dalam lingkungan gereja dan untuk jarak yang tidak terlalu jauh. Dari sini saja, aku sudah bisa merasakan bahwa panggilan untuk beribadah yang lembut ini bisa jadi merupakan simbol bahwa Tuhan di agama Katolik ini begitu lembutnya memanggil para umat-Nya.

 

Pada saat duduk di dalam gereja dan mengikuti ibadahnya, aku begitu mengenal bahasa yang dipakai didalam ibadahnya. Kadang-kadang, aku mengikuti misa dalam bahasa Indonesia. Kadang-kadang juga, aku mengikui misa dalam bahasa Inggris. Aku begitu mengenal dua bahasa ini, sehingga ketika doa diucapkan, doa tersebut begitu merasuk ke jiwaku dan dapat kumengerti dan kucerna dengan mudah. Doa-doa di misa ini begitu sederhana, pendek dan menyenangkan, karena para pastor dan para umatnya juga menyanyikan sebagian dari doa yang diucapkan. Semua doa yag diucapkan dan dinyanyikan oleh para pastor dan para umat dan semua firman yang dibagikan oleh para pastor berisi tentang cinta kasih, kebaikan, pengampunan dan keagungan Tuhan. Kadang-kadang, para pastor juga berbagi cerita tentang sikap gereja mengenai topik-topik dan permasalahan yang sedang populer di masyarakat, namun pembahasannya melalui pendekatan cinta kasih dan kebaikan. Bahkan ada salah satu pastor yang selalu meminta para umatnya untuk memegang hati kami sendiri sebelum mendengarkan firman Tuhan yang akan ia bagi dan berdoa agar hati kami dapat terbuka untuk menerima firman dari Tuhan. Biasanya, mendengar firman Tuhan dari pastor yang satu ini akan membuat mataku menitikkan air mata karena sangat terharu dengan caranya menyentuh hati para umat. Sungguh semua ibadah yang ada di gereja ini membuat hatiku menjadi lebih damai dan bahagia.

Di dalam ibadahnya, laki-laki dan perempuan diletakkan sejajar dan dapat duduk bersama saling berdampingan. Aku pun sebagai perempuan dapat beribadah kapan saja aku mau, bahkan ketika aku mendapatkan halangan yang datang sebulan sekali itu. Tuhan di agama Katolik ini memang begitu baik hati sekali mau menerima semua umat-Nya bersama dan berdampingan tanpa harus dipisah, dan dalam keadaan dan kondisi tubuh dan kesehatan apa pun.

Berpakaian dalam ibadah agama Katolik ini pun tidak terlalu sulit dan tidak banyak persyaratan. Cukup mengenakan pakaian yang sopan dan pantas, maka kami dapat mengikuti ibadah dengan nyaman. Ini semua memang karena hanya hati yang terbuka yang dibutuhkan ketika mengikuti ibadah di gereja. Aku pun sebagai perempuan tidak perlu mengenakan kostum khusus di dalam gereja maupun di luar gereja sebagai bentuk ketaatanku pada agama Katolik ini. Buatku, terasa sekali bahwa agama Katolik ini sederhana dan tidak sulit. Agama Katolik ini pun mengajarkan bahwa keimanan tumbuh dari hati yang terbuka dan tulus, bukan dengan mengenakan kostum tertentu.

 

Setelah selesai misa, aku pun masih terus menerima kebaikan Tuhan di dalam lingkungan gereja ini.

Para pastor biasanya akan berada dibelakang gereja setelah selesai misa untuk beramah tamah dan menyalami para umatnya satu per satu, baik laki-laki dan perempuan, dan memberikan berkat kepada umatnya bila diperlukan. Buatku, bersalaman dengan para pastor ini adalah suatu berkat tersendiri. Bila bersalaman adalah tanda dari sebuah perdamaian, maka bersalaman dengan pastor adalah berkat perdamaian dari Tuhan sendiri yang diberikan melalui perantaraan para pastor ini. Terasa sejuk sekali di hati ini. Semoga Tuhan selalu memberkati para pastorku tercinta!

Pada suatu waktu, aku bertemu dengan seorang wanita dari Filipina yang membagikan satu-satunya kertas doanya kepadaku setelah misa selesai. Waktu aku menolak karena merasa tidak enak menerima kertas doa tersebut yang mungkin saja masih diperlukan oleh sang ibu tersebut, dia menyarankan aku untuk tidak perlu kuatir karena dia akan selalu mendapatkan kertas doa yang lain dari gereja. Sungguh suatu kebaikan untuk berbagi yang tulus! Kertas doa yang diberikan ibu tersebut berisi doa Koronka kepada Kerahiman Ilahi dalam bahasa Inggris yang diambil dari buku harian Santa Maria Faustina, yang akhirnya nanti menjadi nama Krismaku.

Di dalam dan di luar gereja pun kami bisa menemukan kertas doa yang tersebar di segala sudut di lingkungan gereja, baik dalam bentuk buku, selebaran, brosur dan foto kopian. Biasanya, para umat sendiri yang meletakkan kertas-kertas doa ini sebagai tanda rasa bersyukur bahwa doa-doa mereka dikabulkan oleh Tuhan.

 

Di dalam diriku sendiri, aku menemukan kesembuhan setelah sering mengikuti ibadah misa di gereja dan berdoa dengan cara yang sesuai dengan ajaran agama Katolik ini. Ada banyak luka batin yang berada di dalam tubuhku dan ada sesuatu yang menempel di dalam tubuhku. Dulu, dua hal yang mengganggu ini tidak mau sembuh dan hilang dari tubuhku. Setelah sering ke gereja dan berdoa dengan cara yang sesuai dengan ajaran agama Katolik, luka batin itu pelan-pelan sembuh dan sesuatu yang menempel di tubuhku pun pelan-pelan lepas dan menghilang. Kini hidupku menjadi terasa lebih ringan dan bahagia, dan aku pun merasa lebih tentram dan damai. Aku percaya bahwa Tuhan memang mau menyembuhkan aku dengan cara-Nya yang sangat istimewa ini.

Dari kegiatan di gereja, aku juga belajar tentang indahnya berbagi. Semakin sering kami berbagi, maka kami pun akan mendapatkan balasan yang setimpal, bahkan mungkin lebih baik dan meluap, yang pada akhirnya kami harus bagikan kembali. Sebuah siklus yang mengagumkan! Di gereja, kami dilatih untuk berbagi mulai dari beramal dengan memasukkan uang ke kotak kolekte, kotak pemeliharaan gereja, kotak kebersihan, dan aktif dalam berbagai kegiatan lain diluar misa. Hal-hal ini begitu membekas di pikiranku, sehingga sekarang aku senang sekali berbagi apa pun kepada orang lain.

 

Akhirnya, aku memutuskan untuk menjalani proses Katekumenat, yaitu pembelajaran bagi para calon baptis (Katekumen). Bersama dengan para katekumen yang lain, kami belajar bahwa agama Katolik adalah warta gembira bagi yang mencarinya dan bahwa Tuhan itu adalah cinta kasih yang hidup di hati dan perbuatan kami. Aku sendiri pun akhirnya mengambil kesimpulan sendiri bahwa Tuhan itu harus dicari oleh penganutnya sendiri dan agama harus dipelajari oleh orang yang mau menganutnya. Pada saat menjalani proses Katekumenat ini, aku mendapatkan sekali lagi keajaiban dari Tuhan, yaitu proses pembaptisanku dipercepat menjadi awal bulan Desember 2013 dari jadwal yang seharusnya, yaitu Maret 2014. Suatu keajaiban yang luar biasa istimewa bagiku! Dari kejadian ini, aku benar-benar merasakan cinta kasih Tuhan yang luar biasa. Dia tidak mau membiarkan aku terlalu lama menunggu di depan halaman rumah-Nya untuk betul-betul masuk ke rumah-Nya. Bahkan didalam bayanganku, Tuhan tidak saja membuka pintu rumah-Nya lebar-lebar, namun Dia juga memegang tanganku dan menariknya agar aku dapat segera masuk ke dalam rumah-Nya dan memeluk-Nya dengan erat.

Kerinduanku terhadap Tuhan benar-benar terjawab ketika aku masuk ke jalan-Nya yang bernama agama Katolik ini dan menemukan-Nya di jalan ini. Tidak hanya menemukan Tuhan, namun Tuhan pun datang sendiri kepadaku dan menemui aku secara istimewa melalui segala berkat, kemudahan, kebaikan, kesembuhan dan keajaiban yang Dia tunjukkan dan berikan kepadaku. Aku percaya bahwa Dia telah menyelamatkan aku dari jalan yang kurang tepat bagi diriku.

Tuhanku yang sekarang ini begitu baik. Aku mencintai-Nya. Terima kasih, Tuhanku yang baik.

 

Jadi, dulu namaku adalah Astrid Amalia. Sekarang, namaku adalah Theresia Maria Faustina Astrid Amalia. Theresia adalah nama baptisku yang kuambil dari Santa Theresia Kanak-kanak Yesus, si Bunga Kecil dan Jalan Kecil yang juga merupakan Pelindung Misi dan Doktor Gereja. Maria Faustina adalah nama Krismaku yang kuambil dari Santa Maria Faustina yang menulis buku harian tentang Kerahiman Ilahi.

 

Setelah benar-benar memeluk agama Katolik secara resmi, aku benar-benar merasakan berkat Tuhan yang luar biasa indahnya. Aku sebagai manusia biasa boleh saja berusaha sekuat tenaga dengan kekuatanku sendiri, namun bila ditambah dengan doa langsung kepada Tuhan atau pun melalui perantaraan Yesus Kristus, Bunda Maria, Yosef, para Roh Kudus, para Malaikat dan para Santo dan Santa, maka hasilnya akan jauh lebih baik dan lebih dahsyat yang membuat aku kebanjiran berkat yang pada akhirnya harus dibagi kepada sesama. Sekali lagi, ini adalah sebuah siklus yang mengagumkan yang Tuhan tunjukkan padaku.

 

Selama menjalani proses spiritual dan rohani ini, diluar dari semua dukungan yang datang dari para sahabat-sahabatku dan sebagian kecil dari keluargaku yang mengerti aku, aku pun sempat mengalami perjalanan yang berliku yang datang dari luar diriku. Tentunya tidak ada jalan yang selalu mulus.  

Pada saat mengetahui bahwa aku sudah sering beribadah ke gereja, salah satu kerabat terdekat dari keluargaku mengatakan bahwa bila aku pindah agama, maka aku akan menambah dosa orang tuaku dan mengirimkan mereka ke neraka. Jawabanku saat itu adalah bahwa bila ada yang harus terkirim ke neraka, orang tersebut adalah aku, karena keputusan untuk pindah agama itu datang dari diriku sendiri. Orang tuaku malah akan masuk surga karena telah memberikan dasar pendidikan beragama yang lebih dari cukup, yaitu pendidikan agama yang dulu aku anut di rumah dan pendidikan agama Katolik di sekolah.

Setelah dibaptis, salah satu temanku mengatakan bahwa agama Katolik itu banyak kekurangannya, dan dia juga mengatakan sebuah kata yang menyiratkan bahwa aku adalah penganut agama Katolik kemarin sore sehingga tidak pantas berkomentar untuk menanggapi semakin tingginya serangan dari agama lain terhadap agama Katolik. Di dalam hati, aku hanya berucap bahwa biarlah agama Katolikku ini penuh dengan kekurangan sehingga kami umat-Nya semakin rendah hati dalam menjalankan ibadah kami, dan biarlah aku dicap sebagai penganut agama Katolik kemarin sore selamanya sehingga aku dapat terus belajar tentang indahnya mencintai Tuhanku dan sesama makhluk hidup lainnya dengan cara yang diajarkan oleh agama Katolik.

 

Perjalanan spiritual dan rohaniku belum selesai. Aku percaya bahwa masih akan ada perjalanan spiritual dan rohani lain yang diberikan Tuhan yang tentunya akan tetap menarik dan berharga. Aku berterima kasih sekali bahwa Tuhanku yang sekarang ini mau menyediakan waktu-Nya yang berharga untuk mengetuk hatiku dan memanggilku dengan cara-Nya yang istimewa sekali melalui agama Katolik yang aku anut sekarang, dan pada akhirnya Dia pun tinggal di dalam diriku. Semoga Tuhan dan berkat-Nya ini selalu menetap didalam diriku selamanya.

 

Sekali lagi, Tuhanku yang sekarang ini begitu baik. Aku mencintai-Nya. Terima kasih, Tuhanku yang baik.

 

Dei Gratia. Berkah Dalem. Semoga aku dan semua makhluk hidup di alam semesta ini selalu diberkati oleh kemuliaan dan keagungan Tuhanku yang baik hati sekarang dan selama-lamanya. Amin.



18 November 2013

SunPride Fruitaholic Yoga Event

If you asked me about what I could think of SunPride, I would definitely say Banana. Yes, I was a fan of SunPride's Banana. But it was in the past. Now I know that SunPride is all about fruits! Woho! I am so happy, because fruits are my favorite food! 

It starts from my yoga client that owns a public relation company called Kennedy Voice and Berliner who suggests that a media visit by its client, SunPride Indonesia, should be different from the ordinary media visit. As she loves yoga and yoga is always connected to a healthy lifestyles, then an idea of having a media visit with a yoga practice comes up! Just a brilliant idea! 

Both yoga and fruits are the doors to healthy lifestyle, and that there is a practice of eating raw food in yoga world where we only eat raw food like fruits for several days. Yoga and fruits are like body and soul! Perfect match! 

So, I have fun teaching yoga at the media visit by SunPride called SunPride Fruitaholic Yoga event to MRA Media Group and Female Daily Network. 

The first yoga event with MRA Media Group is about opening the Third Chakra (Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra). It is all about abs and core practices. This practice is the soul of Forrest Yoga, the yoga style created by Ana Forrest and the yoga style I learned from my great teacher - Cat Kabira. The practice strengthens the stomach that stabilizes our emotion and self-confidence. The muscles in the stomach are also the tools to stabilize our yoga poses. It is a fun yoga event without the mat! I appreciate the enthusiasm of the participants for practicing the yoga practice on the floor without the yoga mat. This is fine for me as I believe that yoga practice can be done at any conditions, even without the mat ;-) 

The second yoga event with Female Daily Network is about opening both the Fourth Chakra (Anahata Chakra) and the Third Chakra (Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra). At this yoga practice, I share the knowledge of loving the inner-self first before loving others and stabilizing the emotion of the inner-self to give us the confidence to choose which things in our life that deserve our loves more. Most of the participants are familiar with yoga, so it is easy for me to teach them the yoga I know. Again, it is a happy yoga event. 

At all yoga events, SunPride placed a desk of fruits where we can eat all the fruits they have! That is where I find out that SunPride is all about fruits, not just Banana. LOL! I can find apple, pear, guava, papaya, melon, pineapple, orange, kiwi, and many more! 
And what surprises me is that SunPride has their own plantations in some cities in Indonesia. So yes, most of the fruits by SunPride grow in the rich land of Indonesia. So proud to know that! 

While eating the all yummy healthy fruits, I read some of the fun facts about fruits that are shared by SunPride. So, let me share about them. 

Banana contains dopamin and serotonin that can lift up our mood and make us feel happy. Aha! That is why monkeys are the happiest creatures in the world ;-)) 
Don't worry if we see the black dots on the skin of a banana. It is a sign that the banana has sugar spots that can combat cancer and contains Tumor Necrosis Factor that can increase the blood system and rejuvenate our body. It can help those who want to stop smoking as it contains vitamin B and minerals that combat the stress caused by the stopping of consumption of niccotine.

Melon contains vitamin A, E, C, and K that can take away dead skin cell, enlighten skin and protect our skin from UV lights. It is just a great antioxidant! 
It is also good for curing cancer, increasing digestion, reducing heart disease & stroke, healing common cold. It also has mineral and calcium that support the growth of teeth and bones in the babies.

Papaya contains vitamin A, C, folat & pottasium. It is good for our skin, immune system, heart, fertility, digestion and can reduce the risk of cancer. It is good for those who are on a diet as it almost has no calories, fat and cholesterol. It is an anti inflammation to reduce the pain in our joints, to heal the wounds and good for our blood. By applying it on our skin, it can reduce acnes and wrinkles. 

Apple is good for combating cholesterol, asthma and diabetes. It can be used as a face mask to reduce wrinkles. 

Orange contains vitamin C that can enlighten our skin, increase our immune system, reduce the risk of lung cancer, heal irritation on our mouth and influenza. Its potassium can help to lower down the cholesterol and blood pressure. It is a stress reliever too. 

Kiwi is good for our digestion, healing the diabetes, and increase the growth of good cells in our body. 

In my own personal opinion, I love fruits as they help me to stabilize my weight and control my hunger. Fruits also perfect for me as I don't have to cook them and their taste is so nice as  they are naturally sweet! The latest experience I get is that fruits are good for increasing my stamina and endurance when I practice running.

Thank you, SunPride Indonesia and Kennedy Voice and Berliner for giving me the chance to share the goodness and the love of yoga to your partners and sharing the sweetness of the fruits from your plantation. The fruits are totally the gifts from heaven! 

Namaste!