Are you extremely exhausted?

This is a transcript of the video below, both in Filipino and English.

Pagod na pagod ka na ba? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Napapagod talaga ang buhay-pandemiya. Sinasabi ito ng maraming mga mag-aaral na laging nakakatutok sa computer, o ng mga taong nagtatrabaho sa bahay. Wala na daw boundaries ang paghahanap-buhay sa pamamahinga. Ang silid-tulugan ang siya ring silid-aralan.

Nguni’t mahalaga ang pahinga. Isinalaysay ni San Marcos ang tugon ni Hesus sa mga alagad pagkatapos nilang mag-report sa Kanya ukol sa kanilang trabaho. Jesus said,

“Come away by yourselves and rest awhile.”

Mark 6:31

At pagkatapos nilang lumalayo nang saglit, idinagdag ni San Marcos ang isa pang detalye: nalaman ng mga tao kung saan sila pumunta, at nagdagsaan sila roon. Ibig sabihin, walang katapusan ang pagtatrabaho. Nguni’t may hangganan ang ating mga katawan.

Take micro-breaks. Kahit 15 minutes lang po: lumabas ka muna at magpa-araw. Take the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes screen exposure, look at an object esp a plant 20 meters away for 20 seconds. Gawin ang nagpapasaya sa iyo araw-araw. At huwag kalimutan manahimik at magdasal.

Manalangin tayo; O Diyos, bigyan mo kami ng pagkakataon na magpahinga upang magawa namin ng buong sigla ang iyong hangarin. Amen.


Are you extremely exhausted? For a fruitful life, join me in another episode of “Coffee and Prayer.” Kape’t Pandasal [Coffee and Prayer]

Pandemic life is indeed sapping. This tiredness is expressed by many students who spend time online or by those who work from home. There are no boundaries between your work and rest. The bedroom is also the classroom.

But rest is important. Mark wrote in his gospel how Jesus responded to his disciples who reported about what they have done. Jesus said,

“Come away by yourselves and rest awhile.”

Mark 6:31

And when they left to a deserted place, Mark added a detail: people heard about where they went, and they followed them. In other words, there is no end to work. But our bodies have limits.

Take micro-breaks for 15 minutes. Go out and soak in the sun. Take the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes screen exposure, look at an object especially a plant 20 meters away for 20 seconds. Do what makes you happy every day. And remember to spend time for quiet and prayer.

Let us pray: O Lord, give us the opportunity to rest in order for us to do your will with a greater joy. Amen.

Published by Jboy Gonzales SJ

TV/Digital host: Kape't Pandasal. Vlog: YT On the Line. Environment, Youth Formation. Music. Leadership. Always dancing to a different drum.

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