Sun Star Cebu Yearbook - - PUBLISHER -



SIT­TING still does not ap­pear, at first glance, to be the most de­mand­ing of habits. But as stu­dents of med­i­ta­tion will tell you, it is a habit that takes sus­tained prac­tice to ac­quire. Yoga, for in­stance, is more than a fit­ness reg­i­men that has be­come fash­ion­able again. It was orig­i­nally in­tended to pre­pare the body to sit for hours on end. Yo­gis learned the poses, known as asanas, and to con­trol their breath not merely to be­come fit, but in or­der to be­come fit enough to med­i­tate. The ben­e­fits of med­i­ta­tion ex­tend both ways, af­fect­ing body and mind alike. Sci­en­tific stud­ies have shown that med­i­ta­tion cre­ates more than a calm and fo­cused mind— although the abil­ity to cul­ti­vate that, in it­self, is a true bless­ing in our al­ways- con­nected, hy­per­ac­tive times. Among reg­u­lar prac­ti­tion­ers, med­i­ta­tion has also been found to boost im­mu­nity, lower blood pres­sure and pre­vent con­di­tions as­so­ci­ated with stress, in­clud­ing anx­i­ety and arthri­tis. In the months they spent work­ing on this edi­tion, The Cebu Year­book team has weath­ered some spells of anx­ious ac­tiv­ity. But they’ve also had to learn to sit still and take stock, both er­rands that lie at the heart of what each Year­book is about. They’ve ex­am­ined what strides Cebu’s com­mu­ni­ties have taken, in or­der for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to have the “fit, fun and fab­u­lous” lives this Year­book en­vi­sions. And they’ve also asked about what re­mains to be done. I would like to be­lieve their ef­forts have led to a thor­ough and well- pre­sented record, one that will en­ter­tain and in­form all of us, for more than one sit­ting.

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