Thursday, October 14, 2010
This study will examine and generate an in-depth understanding of loneliness as experienced by eight individuals (65 years and above) living independently.
I will compare these future findings to the findings of my doctoral dissertation which was defended in 2007 at the University of Rochester, NY.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Loneliness and Lived experiences of Elederly Individuals Living Independnetly: Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach
She describes, "I think it (loneliness) is more like emptiness. So right there and then I have covered half the day. so even if I do not have any plans to go our for the rest of the day. the spiritual experience and the contact with people gives a lift. That even if that kind of empty feeling comes along and I feel lonely, later in the day; I have built the foundation in the morning for my day."
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Situated in the northern district of Kudat, the heartland of the Rungus people, Maranjak Homestay was developed by a family, which have come together for a community project to share their lifestyle and culture with visitors. The journey to Kudat (about 130 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu) will take about two and half hours, cruising the Land Below The Wind with rice field and magnificent mountain sight along the way. Maranjak Homestay began welcoming visitors to the longhouse in the village of Bavanggazo in 2002.
Pepper and bananas plantation of Borneo.
The 24 hours of flight was very challenging, I safely arrived and landed on Borneo Island. Nonetheless, my two luggages were misplaced and I arrived without my belongings. Today at 7.00 pm, I received a call from the airport informing me that my two luggages have just arrived from Korea.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
It was a mixed feeling of joy and sadness on Sunday (10/3/2010), it was my farewell and thanksgiving mass at St. Cecilia Church. There were many parishioners who attended the Holy Mass.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
I am on my way home to Borneo!................................
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Today was my last day of ministry at the Sister of Mercy of Americas. Being in the Mercy Mother house was a blessing and to have ministered the elderly individuals (Religious sisters, priests and laity) in residence at the Center was a great joy.
After the Holy Mass today the residents gave the blessing to me as a sign of sending off:
your gifts have opened us
to the wonderful riches of a culture
far different from our own.
You have reached out with an open heart
to the gifts of our culture
and especially of our aging population.
We are grateful for your faith ministry to us.
You care and compassion are inspiring.
As you make your way back to Borneo,
we ask Our Lady of Peace to accompany you.
May God deepend your faith and your prayer
so that wherever you go
and whatever you do,
you will continue to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
May the blessing of God be upon you
as you minister in your new parish
and among the people of Borneo.
May you enrich their lives
as you have enriched ours.
Our Prayer for you is the song that you have taught us:
May the blessing of the Lord be upon you
we bless you in the name of the Lord (2x)
May the Love of the Lord be upon you
we bless you in the name of the Lord (2x)
May the Hope of the Lord be upon you
we bless you in the name of the Lord(2x)
Friday, September 24, 2010
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Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse residents prove they don't miss a beat
By Amy Kotlarz/Catholic Courier
BRIGHTON -- The monthly drum circle at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse starts early, allowing the sound of drums to reverberate to the floors above and below.
"Why don’t we just play and wake up the others?" Father Peter Abas, motherhouse chaplain and sacramental minister at Henrietta's Guardian Angels Parish, jokingly suggested to those gathered for the November session.
Father Abas, who began leading the motherhouse’s drum circle several months ago, headed around the room passing out drums, maracas and other percussion instruments big and small to the group of elderly sisters, priests and laypeople.
Once all had instruments, Father Abas suggested they warm up, and he clapped out a beat with his hands. On his cue, participants joined in with taps, booms, bangs and clangs. Father Abas then added a more complex rhythm, and Sister Margaret Caufield, a retired music teacher, created a melody from her perch at the piano.
The din came to a prompt close when Father Abas counted "4-3-2-1," and then the jokes started.
"We can make a lot of money if we go for a concert," the priest quipped.
Yet unlike many other musical groups, this drum circle is an end unto itself. Father Abas, who has led several other area drum circles, noted its therapeutic aspects: It helps people relax, gives them energy, and allows them to vent frustrations and express their talents. At the outset, he said, some of the participants seemed weak, but after even one session of drumming, they appeared to be invigorated.
To illustrate this point, during a break in the music Father Abas asked the 80- and 90-year-old participants how they felt.
"Oh, about 25," one sister responded.
"I want to get up and dance," said Sister Mary Carmella Coene, who will turn 100 on Dec. 21. During the circle, she vigorously hit a bass drum as tall as the seat on her wheelchair.
After the drumming session Father Abas pointed out that many of the circle’s participants live in the motherhouse’s dementia unit.
"This is the first time I have done it (a drum circle) in a residence and with some in a state of Alzheimer’s or dementia," he noted.
To help them get the full benefit of the circle, he gently encouraged participants who were reluctant to pick up an instrument and try drumming. For example, one sister who was wheeled to the circle tried to turn down the offer of a drum.
"I don’t want any," she said. "I don’t want to make noise."
"Today, you are not making noise, you are producing noise," Father Abas remarked as he handed her a drum.
Other participants said they are sold on the circle and on Father Abas.
"I think Father’s spirit is so wonderful," Sister Mary Jude Rockenbrock said.
"You don’t have to do it exactly, and you don’t have to be musical," Sister Rita Biel remarked.
"When you really get going, you can feel the other people take over," said Father David Doerner, a former missionary to Japan who participated in the circle.
The communal nature of the circle is one reason why Sister Caufield, the piano player, said she pines to be back in its midst.
"One hour of piano playing at my age is difficult," said Sister Caufield, who taught at Rochester's St. Andrew and St. John the Evangelist schools.
But if it is difficult, Sister Caufield doesn’t let on. As participants call out the names of songs from the patriotic ("God Bless America"), to the nostalgic ("You are my Sunshine"), to the seasonal ("Santa Claus is Coming to Town"), she pulled the melodies from her memory.
Some sisters joined in singing the songs. Sister Caufield’s biological sister, Sister Ann Caufield, said it's clear that people find it fun to be a part of the circle.
"By the looks on their faces, everybody seems to enjoy it," she observed.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Loneliness is inner emptiness.
Solitude is inner fulfillment.
- Richard J. Foster
+ Just like two summer peaches,
loneliness and solitude
can often appear to be the same;
however, don’t be deceived.
One is bursting with sweetness
while the other is rotting away.
teach us the grace of solitude. +
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The possibility of introducing "Creative Therapy Sessions: Harmonizing Sacred Drumming, Arts and Reflective Discussion" for the Elderly Care in Borneo. I had conducted many sessions in Rochester, NY and I am confident that this Creative Therapy Sessions will find a place in Borneo.
A beautiful painting produced by Late Joan Hull. She did this painting while she was doing the program with me " Integrated Individual Therapy: Harmonize Through Sacred Drumming, Art and Reflective Discussion.
It is never too late to come together! You will be surprised that by playing together you will be able to feel the "peacefulness of your inner-self."
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The University of Rochester's River Campus and Medical Center are located approximately one mile south of downtown Rochester and 15 miles south of Lake Ontario, in upstate New York.
Schedule a Campus Visit/Interview
For prospective students and parents, the best way to learn about Rochester is to visit. Almost everyone attends an information session and takes a tour. You can also interview with an admissions officer, talk to current students, and visit academic departments and labs
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
With each successive meeting, the group is more in tune with other and themselves. the drumming is more harmonious. The discussions pour out more sharing. The paintings become more vivid. Father explains, "Everyone is speaking, everyone is heard, and each person's sound unique. We can feel our "heart-beats" through the sound of the drums and we all have a sacred story to share." , Abas -2009 Charism Newsletter.
Keep on moving the brush and it produces wonderful "product" and this is the sample of work done by 18 persons who took part at the workshop on" Integrated Group Therapy: Sacred Drumming, Arts and Reflective Discussion."
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Monday, August 23, 2010
National and International Presentations
"sister and brothers" with Him and the great "Love" His Father has for me. He also showed
God's great "Love" for me through His Incarnation,Dying, Rising, and Ascension.
Individual Therapeutic Integration : Sacred Drumming, Painting/Art and Reflective Discussion
Colors of Life
The dialogue that follows depicts her sincere reflections of specific feeling and its relationship to color.
She no longer felt inadequate as an artist by the time we finished discussing this – and – was very eager to
give her feeling about words and colors and to weave this creative plain.
FP: Thank you Sister, for sharing. Excellent.
Sister: Since I didn’t know what to do, the Lord did it.
FP: Sister, you said you are not an artist. If I can bring a big canvas here, you can express
with different colors. I think you can do that. For example, give me one word that was there.
FP: Okay, brilliant, now if you had a canvas, what color, do you like to use. What color would you use?
Sister: I LOVE purple.
FP: Okay, then you love purple. Then I will be sitting down here, and I will play one music tape.
I will use a very simple music tape. I will use “Yahweh You are Near”. When I play that,
until the music stops and you just keep on moving. Your expression of brilliant will be in the color that you like.
What is the next one?
FP: Okay dazzling. What color is dazzling for you, Sister?
Sister: Uh, red.
FP: Okay, red. How do you imagine that is going to be?
Sister: I think it could have many shades of red all around it and be dazzling.
FP: See, so we already have a kind of purple, and probably the red will be coming like
a sun-ray from the purple. The brilliantness and the dazzling, is coming. Now, pick one or two more words.
Sister: Okay, well, flowering.
FP: Ok now, what color do you like to express flowering with?
Sister: Oh, pink and blue or yellow.
FP: Ok. Where will we put that on that big canvas?
Sister: If it’s going to be flowering, it should be on the bottom coming up.
FP: Ok. Look at the interpretation now. This flower produces beautiful aroma.
If you put it towards the bottom, the flower will produce that brilliantness.
The brilliantness produces that ray. See how it is now?
Sister: And the last one will be resplendent.
FP: What color are you going to use for that?
Sister: Oh, I’d like a mixture of pink, like that.
FP: And where would you like to put that, when you imagine that now?
Sister: I think the whole thing is resplendent.
FP: So, in the background, like this, behind. So, it might be a little bit light.
Then, darker and darker, so that’s how it is. That’s exactly how you want to do it. We can work on it.
Group Therapeutic Integration: Painting/Art, Sacred Drumming & Reflective Discussion
and I can't sleep. Then it suddenly comes to me that I've reached a point in life when
I have no control of things; myself, my children, everything. Then its in God's hands.