Philippines Trip Day 2 Lesson # 1:It is increasingly important to be open-minded

“Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there with open arms an open heart”

Today I learned the true meaning of living life to the fullest. It is in the moment that we open ourselves without expectation that we allow room for what’s divine to happen. I had no idea of what to expect going to the high school today. When reached the school over 100 students chased our van. Only to step out the van and be greeted by 2,000 more students and “Teach Me How to Dougie” sound waving through the leaves of what looked like a school in the middle of the province.

“Barrio” San Isidro High School is located on the outskirts of Lipa City it’s often referred to as barrio to describe a small community of people. That’s exactly what this school was a community of amazing free spirited students waiting to see us perform.

We quickly made our way to the center of the dirt stage circled by the students. While checking my mic, I Chanted 1, 2 1, 2 and unexpectedly the youth responded 3, 4 3, 4 as simple as that may seem it was amazingly profound to me. It was and innocent way for them to connect back with me, a very welcoming and reliving cultural exchange. After our performance the youth prepared a dance performance for us. Their dance routine was very consciously put together. It translated a message about our mind, body, and spirit being connected to the earth and it being our job to save it. It was a message well received from the universe as the rain from the sky. Regardless the tenacity and resilience of these students immensely shined through.

The teachers and administrators seemed to be embarrassed that it began to rain while we watched the performance. Instantly they covered our heads with Payongs “umbrellas” encouraging us to step out of the rain. We removed the Payongs and danced in the rain with the students. That moment was one of my most life changing experiences yet. It taught me the true meaning and lesson of letting go. This was a truly humbling and honoring experience!


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