Travel bloggers often say that the Masungi Georeserve is perfect for beginner hikers, adventure seekers, and nature lovers. While I agree with that 100%, as an advocate for peace on hurt (and Earth), I believe that this protected leisure spot nestled in the tranquil and rustic town of Baras, Rizal was specially made for broken hearts, too. Yes, you read that right. Not only can the geopark make you “move on” in the literal sense; it can also help you move on from problems concerning matters of the heart. Here’s how:
1. By exposing you to nature.
So your heart’s devastated, your mind’s a mess, and you’re at a complete loss. By the looks of it, I think you’re in dire need of a breather. The Masungi Georeserve is a highly recommended place where you can take that much-needed break as it allows you to be one with nature.
This conservation area that had once been a “secret” karst garden is part of the mountain ranges of Sierra Madre, tucked in lush rainforests, and surrounded by diverse local flora and fauna. Its therapeutic atmosphere will surely calm you and free your mind (even for a short while) with negative thoughts and images of whoever has caused you the heartache. In other words, it’s a great escape to recharge.
2. By engaging you in a physical adventure.
The reserve is not your usual day-hike destination, because it offers a one-of-a-kind discovery trail that consists of numerous obstacles, thereby testing your strength, patience, and courage. Specifically, it requires you to do lots of walk, cross hanging bridges, crawl rope nets, and climb on rocks and spiky limestones. Speaking of “spiky”, did you know that the Masungi Georeserve derived its name from the word “masungki” which means “spiked”? Anyhow, it’s also important for you to know that unnecessary excuses are not entertained in the park. The trail can only be explored and completed by going through all that I’ve mentioned, so you have no choice but to put that game face on. Don’t be too anxious, though. Most parts of the trail were already cemented, providing for a more friendly hike.
Perhaps you’re now wondering—what does a hiking activity have to do with moving on? Well, various articles and even my acquaintances from the medical field say that exercising releases endorphins, one of the so-called “happy hormones” that boost one’s mood—a huge factor that affects how we think, feel, and act. You cannot simply move on when you continue sulking in sadness or depression. A dose of sunshine (referring to both the actual and metaphorical meanings), which you can get from physical activities, should be absorbed by your system so you can think more rationally, accept things wholeheartedly, and move forward finally. 🙂
3. By making you feel that you’re not alone.
When you’re heartbroken, you tend to assume that the world has turned its back on you, leaving you feeling empty and alone. While it’s normal to feel that way, may I just remind you that (1) feelings are NOT facts; (2) you’re NOT alone (that’s THE fact!); and (3) a Masungi experience can prove you that.
First and foremost, you cannot roam around the georeserve without a guide whom they call a “park ranger”. Funny how that in that context, you’re already not alone. 😛 But on a more serious note, Masungi gives you the opportunity to meet co-adventurers who’ve got their own stories to tell. You can actually get teasers of these stories during the orientation wherein the Masungi team asks their guests about their purpose of going to the place. Our response to that question then was “to commune with nature as it lets us get closer to God” (How was that for an answer, Pia Wurtzbach? :P). Meanwhile, the other group said that they went for this kind of getaway to temporarily get rid of life’s daily stresses.
See, hearing these will make you realize that you’re not the sole person in the world who’s going through tough times. In fact, you do not have to go through these alone either. You can always turn to your trusted family and friends who can aid you in the process. Just like in the actual Masungi trek, you have a park ranger who’d lead you in the right directions. You also have fellow hikers who’d lift and cheer you up whenever you feel like giving up. 🙂
4. By giving you a new perspective.
Remember what I told you earlier? That every time you’re down, it’s as if the world has turned its back on you? Well, guess what—it’s YOU who have turned your back on the world. That realization will hit you while exploring Masungi as this sanctuary is set to open your eyes once again to the world’s beauty, enlightening you that, indeed, there’s more to life than ~romantic~ love. 😉
If there’s anything I can guarantee, it’s you leaving the Masungi Georeserve with a stronger mind and a happier heart.
Say hello to your version 2.0. 😉
BANAT NG BIYAHE
Stop the self-pity party. Just save Masungi. 😉
Did you find this post helpful? Also, do you know other places that can help people move on? 🙂