True Stories

Difficulties define us, diminish us, or develop us. We fall sick and emerge with a newfound respect for our bodies. When others fall sick, we learn from this, too. That’s how life helps us grow. Either through pain (Kensho) or through insight (Satori). Most of us grow by pain and learn the intense way. Not very common is growing by insight and transforming who we are by changing what we think. True Stories offers the opportunity to grow by insight.

E.S. Reyes: Happy Family

E.S. Reyes: Happy Family

My mother has always been an idealist. Before my father, she never had a relationship with anyone else— a Maria Clara in a grotesquely real manner. When she had me, I heard that she collected a lot of child-rearing books; she did everything to make sure that I grew up...

Talia: Married To The Wrong Person Far Too Long

Talia: Married To The Wrong Person Far Too Long

What do we know when we’re young? Not only did I grow up in an insular small town, I was lucky enough to have a religious upbringing, with its bonus effect of screwed up views on sex. Sex is only okay after marriage, so if you are stupid enough to have sex with a guy,...

Ms. A: The Unlikely Monster

Ms. A: The Unlikely Monster

Quiet. Picture a quiet little girl looking out of her classroom window, imagining a fantastical world, an escape from reality. She was a fair curly little girl with chubby cheeks and round eyes.  People would often pinch her cheeks and say “so cute”. This hurt,...

Willa: Changing Views

Willa: Changing Views

Ten days before the lockdownin the city I seek refugeThe road forlorn, almost emptyAnticipating Two weeks after the lockdownin the city I liveThe road sad, not as emptyCoping Twelve weeks into the lockdownin the city I workThe road glad, getting its slow fillHoping...

Essa: No More Shortcuts

Essa: No More Shortcuts

  Want to know my secret to success?  I was 17 years old when I started carrying 7 boxes of brownies and walking up 7 flights of stairs of the engineering building of my school. When I reached the top, I put the boxes down and shouted, “Palit na mo ug brownies. Tag 10...

Maya: Natural Healing Through Listening

Maya: Natural Healing Through Listening

Last year was crazy unforgettable.  I was loving being a full time freelancer juggling several projects at the same time and growing my tribe. I was sleeping well, eating healthy, meditating a lot, practicing Astanga Yoga, and biking to get around. Yet super...