How ‘Bahala Na,’ the Filipino Spiritual Practice of Letting Go, Helps Me Embrace Uncertainty

How ‘Bahala Na,’ the Filipino Spiritual Practice of Letting Go, Helps Me Embrace Uncertainty

I’ve posted on this before BUT it’s such a crucial issue for so many of us I don’t think we can think about it too much.

What’s “it”?

Uncertainty! The killer of happiness for so many and the creator of stress and anxiety.

We can’t necessarily expect to LOVE uncertainty. But we can embrace it and ensure it impacts LESS on our moods and our lives. Here’s how …

via Well and Good by Carl Lorenz Cervantes

Whenever I make a decision, whether a life-changing or ordinary one, I say a prayer and hope that it’s heard. After all, things work out in weird ways—and when we are open to serendipity, we are more likely to experience it. No matter if I’m sending out a job application, taking a test, or joining a raffle, I know in my heart that if something is for me, then it will come to me. If not, then I can move on to other things. And either way, I keep my faith in the idea of a divine or universal plan: If I do what I need to do, things will unfold in accordance with that greater plan. That is the philosophy of the Filipino phrase, “Bahala na!”

According to Mark Joseph T. Calano, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy at Ateneo de Manila University, in the Philippines, “Bahala na!” is about accepting one’s fate. “This is an act of surrender,” he says. “However, it can also mean trust.”

“Bahala na is an act of surrender.”  —Mark Joseph T. Calano, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy at Ateneo de Manila University

The exact origin of the phrase isn’t totally clear. Scholars such as Rhochie Matienzo and Ronaldo Gripaldo believe that the word “Bahala” comes from “Bathala,” which is the name of the supreme deity of pre-colonial Filipinos. However, others say the term has Sanskrit origins. In any case, we know that it reflects a kind of trusting spirituality…

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