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“The fact remains that we are siblings.”

“The fact remains that we are siblings.” That was one of the messages that I received. It pierced right to my heart and gut! Condescending. Imposing. Guilt-tripping. Invalidating. Dismissive. Marginalizing. You may as well replace the word ‘siblings’ with ‘family,’ … Continue reading

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The Void — The Death Of A Child Vis-a-vis Having An Unloving Mother

“When you lose a child [particularly through death], the void will always be there.” I have heard that uttered by grieving mothers. And it is no different when a daughter is/was not loved by her mother. The void left by … Continue reading

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A Genuinely Apologetic Mother’s Letter To Her Wounded Daughter

After going no-contact with my birth mother in 2010, I arrived at a point in my journey where I gave up on my dream of having a nurturing and loving relationship with her. No blaming. No what if’s. No regrets. … Continue reading

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis & The Pull To Reconnect With My Mother

At around this time, two years ago, I was at a most vulnerable state and quite conflicted. My mortality had been brought to my awareness following the breast cancer diagnosis that I received in June 2018. As I wrote in … Continue reading

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In Reverence To Mother Mary [On The Occasion Of Her Birthday, 8th of Sept.] And The Sacred Feminine

I was born and raised Roman Catholic in the Philippines, a country that, despite being in Asia, is the only one in the region whose culture is so westernized. Influence from Eastern mysticism and religious teachings are quite limited. The … Continue reading

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Some Mothers Are Unloving. Motherhood Is Optional. Dealing With Dismissive Reactions.

It isn’t so much anymore the wounding or wounds from my mother’s unloving ways per se that’s triggering me or hurting me. It is more the reactions coming from others. From members of the family who refuse to acknowledge the … Continue reading

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Unexpected Yet Inevitable — In memory of Tita Lola, Part 5

Originally posted on Aligning With Truth:
Tita Lola spent her last several months living with my eldest sister and her family after she had a gallbladder operation. I believe it took place about a year before she passed on. Tita Lola was well…

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So Long, Tita Lola — In Memory Of Tita Lola (Part 4)

Originally posted on Aligning With Truth:
Image source: http://talent.paperblog.fr/ What’s happening? Why is this happening? Oh, God! What am I supposed to do? You’ll be ok. I think. I hope. I don’t know. Oh, God, no. Please. Don’t. Please, God…..…

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Releasing the ties that bind – In memory of Tita Lola, Part 3

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Image source: http://www.visualphotos.com/ On August 2, the day before Tita Lola’s birthday, I was talking to my closest friend, a mother of a six-year-old girl and a six-month-old baby boy.  Such adorable bundles of joy!…

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“Your mother is just waiting for you…”

[Continued from “The Request For Binding Prayers For My Mother Before Her Passing“] A few days before my mother’s passing, I received a message from Jacqueline [not her real name], a close family friend, with the words, “Your mother is … Continue reading

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