From Today for Tomorrow?

A Moment of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

Samantha remained in a state of lethargy, every day more, it seemed an immovable rock, eating without control everything she wanted and her anxiety, exacerbated in the days in which she worked at night. Since her work did not require exercise, she remained in an almost absolute still so her weight increased and her uniform at times seemed to have been shrunken.

Christmas time was going by as if it were one month more than oblivion, succumbing in the deepest of solitude, which colluded with her low self-esteem that gradually transform her in what it seemed to be a robot walking.

In another point of the planet was Janeth with the same problem. Rising early in the morning to arrive on time to the office, site where she remained sitting for 8 hours, taking short steps around until lunch time, time to continue resting, because in the workplace she did not moved, continuing until her workday was over.

Like an executioner the years go by and reflect the inexorable passage of time in human beings, becoming notorious the abandonment in humans with their long and decomposed hair, with a completely unattractive figure.

Usually when a person goes beyond his/her ideal weight he or she seems to have shrunk due to being overweight, in retrospect looking smaller. Not only that, their health deteriorates as well.

A very strong phrase I heard and that impressed me a lot was: “fat calls for more fat”.

Then, as the person eats, he or she is getting fatter and that fat is a mass that is growing, attracting more fat.

And it is that the ban causes more appetite, they say; and it is real because in the eyes of the vast majority of people, the cakes, the chocolate, the candies, the ice cream, the desserts and everything in a bakery and confectionery draws much attention.

It is like medicines; the vast majority of people don’t like medicines because they taste bad, but if they like liquor that also taste bad and at times burns their throat, but that does not matter.

It is the lack of understanding of human beings. We eat everything that harms us and we ask ourselves, why we are sick. Irrational beings on the other hand teach us to eat a well-balanced meal; for example, cows eat grass and always drink water. But someone said: “Anyways we will die!” Yes, it is true, but with life being so short, why not live it, healthy, calm and peaceful?

Not too long ago, in a TV program they talked about this subject which is very alarming and made reference, that if parents were overweight, they were not stopping to think about their children. They allowed the children without the slightest objection to ate any non-healthy food and presented a couple with their daughter of approximately seven years of age. Together the three of them weights amounted to 457 pounds, so the presenter said: “One does not get fat today for tomorrow”.

Incredibly, after so many years, on her 37th birthday, Samantha made the decision to stop eating junk food and by December of last year, she looked slim and healthy.

Janeth instead, after one and several diets, December surprised her eating all the delicacies of the season, promising that from January this year, she will put an end to that nothing healthy game.

Drinking water? I don´t like it! It is an antidote to hunger. A hot mug in the morning, with a little lemon juice is of great benefit to the body.

Some time ago I heard; two or three cups of hot water with lemon before each meal doesn’t allow us to be overweight, so hands to work and stay healthy!

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book for sale in Amazon.

What purposes do you have for this New Year?

A Moment Of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

Based on the principle that no one is eternal, that we are in this world for a reason and that we have a mission that we must fulfill fully, have you asked yourself, How well am I doing this mission?

This new year can not be the continuation of a routine as if it were about living because it time, without setting goals, without setting a date to reach an objective, without thinking of you and how important you are, as a human being and as a person.

When I take my breakfast on a rush to go to the office, if I have not enough time to eat it complete, I am thinking I leave thinking of the half cup of coffee and the piece of bread that was left on the table; the mind wraps me all morning.

Be guided by the power of the mind for all that is good, can lead us to the success and progress in life, but if we use it negatively, we achieve nothing good.

Based on this logic, stop to think about a change of mind in your life from now so that at the end of the year, you can reap the fruits of your dreams.

Remove from your mind the mediocre thoughts and the routine in your daily living. Today you must set goals, set up dates to achieve a project. Save a sum of money weekly or monthly in a private and safe place, to reach that day which set and crystallize your idea, always thinking about a better tomorrow. The unexpected situations, difficult times, the mishaps and health, never waiting to save; if you don’t already have the money, it will not solve chaos in a minute. No one will lend X amount of money, because that X amount of money will not be easy to collect overnight to return it.

Forever there have been people who once began with small savings for some purpose; set up a company, renting a room to sell food, buy a bike to deliver mail, purchasing a motorcycle to offer messaging service or as many more ideas, and today are big business full of satisfactions and dreams accomplished.

Make dreams reality it is not achieved in a day. There will be sweat, difficulty, effort, dedication, willpower and responsibility, but the goals in life are achieved. There may be beings who achieved everything on a day, because they inherited, by illicit business, turbid media or any used cunning, but since everything easy dubious and risky has no essence, what comes easy, easy goes. The achievements obtained with effort, sweat and tears, in the end, gives great satisfaction, peace and tranquility in the soul.

Stained hands that propelled success, the restful mind and clear road that has traveled in life to crystallize projects that once were far away, are key witnesses needed for a person to breathe with joy every moment of his life.

By natural law, you are born alone and alone you have to die, and right or wrong decisions taken, are their own responsibility, so that no one answers on the other. To achieve the objectives that we want to, it is satisfying, shine with their own light, move forward without elbowing and without reclining on anyone. ¡That’s life!

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and everyday, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”.
You can find her book at for sale in Amazon.

Healing the Soul- My experience in a Temazcal

by David Alfredo Paulino

Mentors have an uncanny ability to sense our state of being. Perhaps we project it more openly than we care to admit. In my case my mentor, Armando, left a post on my Facebook wall checking up on me and telling me that I would always be welcome in his home. Once I saw that, I remembered our countless conversations about how beautiful Mexico was. Those memories spurred me to reach out and ask him when I could visit. Plus, I felt I needed to get out of New York City for a while. Physically I needed a breather but much more importantly my soul needed to rest. With Armando’s track record, I knew that I would need to get out of my comfort zone; boy was I right.

I was nervous boarding the plane, mainly because Armando had sent a list of expectations that he had for himself, one of those expectations was that he wanted to create a space where I would have intense dreams for the duration of my stay. The night before my flight I had a dream with my cousin whom had passed away three years ago. It made me think twice about going through with the trip, but I could not let that hold me back as I try to be a man of my word.

As soon as I arrived in Mexico City, I bought a ticket to his town called Tepoztlan, it is known as the birthplace of the serpent god Quetzalcoatl. He picked me up at the bus stop. He was as happy as I remembered, with a warm smile and an even warmer heart. Armando’s spirit never ceases to amaze me. I got into his car and he began to show me Tepoztlan and it was marvelous to say the least. The town is situated at the heart of the Tepoztlan valley with the shrine of Tepozteco, dedicated to the god of pulque Tepoztecatl. I was in awe as soon as I saw the town and the mountains served as a backdrop to an already magical place. We arrived to his two story home and as soon as he opened his door he went directly to the wine rack and started pouring a cup for me and for himself. After three hours of drinking and catching up we decided to call it a night, he showed me to my room and told me, “we have a long day tomorrow, we have a ritual to go to…do you wish to partake?” I immediately said “of course!”.

It was around 9:00 am that I woke up to a knock on my door, “David, there’s coffee downstairs, get ready so we can head out”. I got up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, drank coffee and then we got in his car and headed for a village called San Andreas where the ritual would take place. I was told minimal things about the ritual, that I would sweat profusely and that it would be hard on my body and my ability to endure an extreme environment. We arrived to the home of our spiritual guide, we spoke and ate one of the most delicious pastry I have ever eaten, a tamale made of pineapple. I fell in love with it!. After we ate, the guide told us to take bits and pieces of the outer shell of the tamale which is like hay, and make knots. The knots would represent any negative things that people that we love have ever said and did to us. Although they might not have done it out of malice; it still had an impact on us. After that, we followed her to a nearby fire that was heating a pile of volcanic rock. We had reached the Temazcal. A Temazcal is a type of sweat lodge used by many pre-Hispanic indigenous tribes of Mesoamerica. It was used as a place to heal the sick and for women to give birth as well. Now it is mainly used as a place to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit. In order to enter the Temazcal we needed to throw our straws into the fire and walk around the fire. Following that, she blew incense all over our bodies before entering the Temazcal. Little did I know that a Temazcal would be just what my body needed.

As we entered we were directed to a tarp on the floor so that we may sit. We were creating a circle around a little hole in the ground where the volcanic rock would be placed on. Once we were all seated the guide began by introducing herself and instructed us to introduce ourselves and say why we were there. It was a good thing that I was not first, as I needed time to prepare my Spanish. Once it was my turn I stated who I was and that I was here in order to heal my traumas and to discover them at the same time. The ritual had 4 phases each dedicated to one of the directions of the Earth, north, south, east, and west. I began to reflect with the north phase, I could already feel the space beginning to pick up steam. We were all concentrated on our breaths, our chants, and singing. With each new phase, we continued to focus on our breaths, our chants, and our singing with the heat becoming more intense and thus pushing our bodies more and more. When we got to the last phase I was a mess, at this point laying down because of how uncomfortable I was, and I started to lose feeling in my hands. After our last session I asked the guide about it and she told me, “You have no goal to fully grasp on, you are aimlessly scrambling never fully dedicating yourself to one thing. Once you have a goal and direction then you will be where you want to be.” I listened silently trying to absorb everything she said. When we ended the ritual, we headed outside to douse ourselves with cold water.

The cold water felt really good, my body was still affected by the experience, I felt light and lethargic. There was food prepared so we began to eat and getting to know the others that participated in the ritual. After we left and returned home we decided to rest because of the effect of the Temazcal. I slept profoundly and my body felt great. Armando and I spoke about our experiences and what the guide told me. I told him I left with a clearer mind of what I have to do. He asked me what it was and I told him I’d rather not say it just yet.

My trip to Mexico was a magical one that I will always remember. Mexico’s beauty and rich history was simply enchanting and it left me desiring to see much more. I will return to Mexico and would love to experience more of it, it taught me many things, above all I learned about patience and endurance. The anxiety I felt was lifted due to what I learned during my trip. I encourage others to visit a new place by yourself, you never know what you might learn about yourself.

My name is David Alfredo Paulino. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a international studies major with a concentration in Global Political Systems and my minors are Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Asia and the Middle East. I was born in Manhattan, NYC, but I currently live in the Bronx with my Mother, little sister, and Stepfather. Although I was born here, most of my fondest memories come from my frequent visits to the Dominican Republic, and always being there. I even stayed there for a year. Due to my constant going back and forth, I grew to love the atmosphere there and sometimes I yearn for it more than the actual city.

A Look at your world

A Moment of Reflection…
by Lilia M. Fiallo

A Look at your world

What is to love yourself?

To love yourself, is to accept you as you are, with all your defects, qualities and virtues, being aware what defects you can change, seeking to live with tranquility and peace with your own being, every minute of your existence.

All the answers to the various questions you find, will be of your privacy. They are thoughts that contain the truth and justice that characterize a clean mind open to heaven.

What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up, thank God?
Do you do well in all of your life’s actions?

If the answer is NO, you are not prepared to face difficult times throughout your life.

Do you get optimistic because you know you are going for your work or for school?

Your work, however humble or professional, has great significance. For your work you receive a payment that covers the daily expenses, leaving something to save, and perhaps, you can give yourself the pleasure of buying what you crave. Do you love your job, or do you love the money you are paid for doing that work?

Do you treat your family with the love that characterizes you? Can you understand the difference in the way of thinking for each one of them, and simply you remain on the sidelines, or mix in the discussions?

With responsibility and maturity, do you perform your tasks or do your work conscientiously?

Live in peace and let live?

Being offensive and hurtful causes harm to others. Do not judge, do not criticize, do not censure. Bring positive energy to your life!

They say that in a closed mouth does not enter insect, so it is always convenient to keep silent. What A said of B, B can’t know and what B said of A, either. Silence is better not to be involved in absurd situations that can cause great wounds in the soul, enmity, and sometime even death. It is better to build an atmosphere of harmony to your surrounding with nobility and humility.

Health is the most precious treasure that every human being has. We worry little and nothing about taking care of our health, we usually give it a second place, and if we have a doctor’s appointment, we often ignore it. Blood pressure for example, is a hidden enemy of young people and adults and although you know it, you believe that it is child’s play and continue to eat everything, far from taking precautions. If you end up in the hospital, who would you blame?

With respect, without harming anyone, without taking over another’s place, when you project, think or decide something, you do it with enthusiasm and pride because you know you have the right to be happy? And for all the goals that you intend, do you think you will get?

Never postpone your big goals for trivial matters that will hinder your life. Your mind can wrap it whimsically to get everything you want and when you wake up from your mistake you can’t back down. Use the great power of the mind to crystallize dreams that will fill your life with happiness.

Are you happy with what you have?
Do you give others the treatment you would like them to give you?
Do you currently live a world of tranquility and peace?

Today analyze, meditate and think, what you can correct and what you want to achieve.

May the gray years not surprise you without realizing your goals!

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and everyday, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”.
You can find her book at for sale in Amazon

When Failure Hurts

by Juan Ocasio-Borrero

“Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” Jesus Christ asked Peter the Apostle three times shortly after his resurrection (John 21: 15-16). Earlier that morning Jesus saw Simon Peter and the other Apostles fish all night and caught nothing, and although they didn’t recognize it to him, Jesus performed a miracle for them: they caught a huge load of fishes. (John 21: 1-6).

Peter must have remembered then what Jesus did when he accepted the Lord’s invitation to follow him and he became a ‘fisher of men’ (Matthew 4:18, 19). But now that Peter heard the Messiah asked him the same question three times: “Do you love me?” he was very sad. Simon knew when Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, captured, and tried by the High Priest Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin by night. Outside in the courtyard Peter waited for the outcome of his Master’s trial.

Peter was recognized by the people, and fearing of being caught, he denied Jesus three times. It was no surprise, because Christ prophesied that Peter will deny him three times before a rooster crow twice (Mark 14:30). The Bible said that Peter wept (Mark 14: 66-72). He failed Jesus miserably. He promised that even if all abandon Christ he would not (Mark 14: 27-29). But he did. He failed.

What a sadness Peter must have felt!

Have you felt that way before, who thought he was stronger than the other Apostles and disciples? Have you started a ministry or service for God, but never finished? Did you start strong doing God’s will, attended church services, but in time walked away? Do you feel you have failed God after you were saved and sinned? Is there any hope left for you?

You might feel hopeless, helpless, like a total failure. “God will not accept my prayers or repentance.” “Perhaps Christ will forsake me.” “I am alone.” you might say. Depression seems to sink in. “God has left me on my own.”

But that is not the case!

Jesus, understanding the upcoming trials of his disciple, encouraged Peter with these words: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired you to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22: 31,32). Even when the Devil weakened Peter in the time of his trial the Lord assured Simon that his faith will remain; even more, Peter will reach such level of strength he will inspire others through his testimony and his breakthrough!

Peter was the Apostle that lead in the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven during the Pentecost that caused many to be baptized in the name of Jesus and received the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts, chapter 2). Also, Peter was the first Apostle to baptize the first Gentile (non-Jewish) Christian through a vision given to him by Jesus Christ himself (Acts, chapter 10, see verses 34, 35, 44-48). Peter wrote two of the greatest letters to the Church, announcing a “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).

In summary, do not get discouraged when things do not go the way you intended. God knows your heart and he promised that “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Joshua 1:5). Rest assured that even if [your sins] they shall be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18)”. Jesus forgives your sins, strengthen you, and sends the Holy Spirit as a Comforter to bear witness with you about Christ (John 15: 26, 27).

You are precious to God, and rest assured that He loves you. That is why He sent His only-begotten Son to save you (John 3:16) and promised eternal life to His worshippers who are true to Him and overcome this world falling to perdition and destruction. Soon, all tears will fade away in God’s Kingdom where “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there by any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:1-4)”. You can say with confidence: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me (Philippians 4:13).

You can learn one thing from failure: to trust in God (Proverbs 3:5); let Him direct your path all the time. With God you will surely attain victory, and the fulfillment of any endeavor for his glory.

Note: The verses used are taken from the King James version, 1611.

About the writer: Juan Ocasio-Borrero serves as a minister and preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Geneva, NY. Feel free to contact us at thehouseofruthministries@gmail.com and listen to Bible classes in YouTube: The House of Truth/Juan Ocasio Borrero.

The Psalms: Songs of Praise

The Psalms: Songs of Praise
by Juan Ocasio-Borrero

“Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.” (Psalm 33:2)

The book of Psalms is by far the largest in the Bible with a total of 150 songs called ‘psalms’. The book itself is divided in 5 smaller books of songs: Book 1: Psalms 1-41, Book 2: Palms 42-72, Book 3: Psalms 73-89, Book 4: Psalms 90-106, and Book 5: Psalms 107-150.

The term psalms is translated mizmor in hebrew, psalmo in greek, and psalmun in latin. The word means: a sacred song or melody of praise. It usually was sung accompanied by an instrument of strings, like a harp. King David was the most prolific writer of psalms; Asaph, Moses, and others wrote some songs, too.

The purpose of the psalms were many: to exalt and praise the Lord Almighty, to confess sins or transgressions against God, petitions or supplications for His servants and His people, Israel, prophetic declarations, or to give thanks for His mercy and great power. Psalm 18 shows us how we can also praise God. It says: “I will love thee o Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (verses 1, 2). It also tells us that “I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

When we are afraid, desperate, depressed, afflicted, or persecuted, we can trust in God for peace, support, deliverance, and perfect justice from a loving God who hates evil and evildoers, but rewards the loyalty of His children. Psalm 23 is the best-known psalm and is commonly called ‘The Shepperd’s Prayer’. It emphasizes that if we trust in God we shall not fear anything that can separate us from the love of God. The apostle Paul said: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)

In conclusion, our worship with God must have prayer, study of His Holy Word, living a life centered in Jesus Christ, departing from a sinful way of living to a life of praise and thanksgiving, dedicated wholly to our Maker with a pure heart and a sound mind. The Psalms help us to keep praising and declaring the great works of the Lord. (Read Moses’ Psalms 89 and 90). “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6).

Note: The verses used are taken from the King James, 1611.

About the writer:

Juan Ocasio-Borrero serves as a minister and preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Geneva, NY. Feel free to contact us at thehouseofruthministries@gmail.com and listen to Bible classes in YouTube: The House of Truth/Juan Ocasio Borrero

Emotional Intelligence and Soul Mate

Using Emotional Intelligence to find our Soul Mate
by Tyrone Dixon
Copyright © July 2018
All Rights Reserved.
Translated into Spanish by: Nina Vergara

When it comes to romance many of us struggle with finding our soul mate. There are many variables to consider when discussing romantic relationships, and why two people may or may not be compatible. Or why we just can’t seem to find the “one.”

The first thing I would invite you to do is think of romantic relationships in terms of it being a science, as opposed to a Fairytale, which many of us grew up believing it is. You know the “knight in shiny armor” coming to save the “distraught princess,” and then both of them going on to “live happily ever after?”… Right.

True romance involves establishing a deeper connection with your partner through consistent behavior, which allows trust to be present for both parties, and a safe space to be comfortable in expressing oneself without fear of retaliation or judgment.

Are you starting to see why you should look at romance relationships as more science than Fairytale? If not, consider this fact; 50% of the time when we say we are ready for our soul mate, we are not in a spot to fully commit ourselves to the other person (we may be unemployed, going through financial hardship, depressed, not over our previous romantic relationship, etc.).

After working with several clients on past, present, and future relationships I was able to come up with a list of thing we can look for in an ideal romantic relationship:

1. Ideal partner – someone who has developed the skills to be with another person, and work on themselves at the same time. Once we feel we have found the ideal partner, the remaining characteristics on the list will let us know if the relationship can be transitioned to a deeper connection (soul mate).
2. Maturity – is this person able to take responsibility for their actions? Or are they always looking to place blame on others/circumstances?
3. Open and honest – can we talk to this person about difficult things? Are we comfortable sharing our deepest secrets with this person?
4. Integrity – does this person’s words and actions align?
5. Does this person challenge us to take calculated risks?
6. Respect for our goals – one partner’s goals or life vision does not exceed the others.
7. Are they committed to understanding us? – are they aware of what we have in common? Do they have an appreciation for our differences?
8. Unconditional acceptance – accepting us for who we are, and a willingness to continually strive for growth individually & together.

I invite you to use this list going forward when you are working to establish a romantic relationship. It can save both partners time, prevent highly stressful situations, and most of all help us to avoid heartbreak.

Peace and Love,

Tyrone Dixon works as a Certified Professional Coach in the Syracuse Community through his business ArozeThrough Concrete Coaching. He was born and raised on the South and West Sides of Syracuse. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo. It is his pleasure to be a “writing contributor” for CNY Latino, and write about the topic of Emotional Intelligence (EI). He loves the City of Syracuse and believes that exposure to Emotional Intelligence can help change the direction of the individuals living in some of our “high poverty” areas. Can you imagine how much better our city would be if people were taught how to manage their feelings without hurting someone? Or if we could teach people to be proactive in identifying situations they are not comfortable in?.