Archives for the month of: April, 2014

20140430-213214.jpgThis is the third week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week three focuses on transformation, from opening and activating the seven chakras, to allow for more joy, love, possibilities, and fulfillment in our lives.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)
Day 12: Activating Expression (Om Shakini Namaha)
Day 13: Activating Wisdom (Om Hakini Namaha)
Day 14: Activating Consciousness (Om Katyayani Namaha)
Day 15: Expressing Security (Om Bhu)
Day 16: Expressing Happiness (Om Bhuvaha)

Having found and activated our personal power, by radiating it, by expressing it… we can not only help ourselves through difficulties, but we can share support and give strength and compassion to others who need them the most, and become a source of inspiration and hope.

“Spiritual power is the flow of universal power focused through us to support and benefit others.”

Oprah mentions that by surrendering to the flow and trusting that which is greater than ourselves, we “radiate a vortex of strength and power.”

Deepak adds that by expressing power through the solar plexus chakra, we gain access to a “core of support that knits together mental, emotional and spiritual strength.” These three kinds of strengths are what we need in order to overcome obstacles, reach our goals in life, and share our strength with others.

I’m in the process of surrender, of trusting in a higher power, and just letting go. It has not been easy at all, but I am flowing, and doing my best.

I am sure that trusting in the belief that I will be okay, no matter what happens, is helping. That was something I learned, through many obstacles, first hand, but grateful for.

But surrendering and letting go doesn’t happen automatically for me. I still resist and still want to take control. There isn’t a day that go by when I have to stop and remind myself why I am surrendering and letting go at least once a day, but I also know that I am more at peace when I do.

Surrendering isn’t about giving up control of your life. To me, it’s about giving up control of the part of me that can self-sabotage all the self-work I have been doing and giving in to the ego’s wants, fears, and doubts that get in the way of my happiness. My life is a whole lot easier when I swim with the flow than against it.

Today’s centering thought is “I radiate strength and support.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Swaha, which means “I express my confidence into the world.”

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts:
Day 1: Finding Security (Lam)
Day 2: Finding Happiness (Yam)
Day 3: Finding Power (Ram)
Day 4: Finding Love (Vam)
Day 5: Finding Expression (Ham)
Day 6: Finding Wisdom (Om)
Day 7: Finding Consciousness (Sahasrara Im)
Day 8: Activating Security (Om Dakini Namaha)
Day 9: Activating Happiness (Om Rakini Namaha)

20140430-132752.jpgI am truly grateful for these french fries; eventhough, it gave me a tummy ache after, because I satisfied a craving and I enjoyed it at the moment of consumption.

20140430-124032.jpgWhen I first laid eyes on “Exsomnis” by Tomasz Rut, I was rooted (sorry for the pun) to the spot. It was one of the featured art for auction on a cruise that I took in 2012.

I was really simply there to view what was going to be auctioned that day, but I found myself in front of “Exsomnis” several times.

It pulled on my heartstrings like you wouldn’t believe. It touched me to the very core of my being. It shined a beacon on what was missing in my heart… in my life… It left me both devastated and breathless at the same time.

At the last minute, I made the bid for it, and luckily, I was the only bidder.

Exsomnis,” which means “Sleepless” in Latin, hangs over my bed, so I get to see it every single day, with hopes of one day finding and connecting with that one man, the Imzadi, with whom I can share such passion with.

This is my Happy for Day 11… “Exsomnis.”

#100HappyDays #TomaszRut #Exsomnis #FineArt #Imzadi #Happy

20140429-213504.jpgI don’t watch that much T.V., and when I do, most times I am watching the Travel Channel, OWN, Create, PBS, Food Network, or Discovery Channel.

One of the shows from Discovery Channel that I have watched over the years is Deadliest Catch. I can’t believe they are in season 10! I am grateful I caught a show today (I didn’t know the series’ new season started already.)

I miss Capt. Phil Harris and his crab fart catching method. Captain Johnathan Hillstrand is hilarious! He’s like a part ornery, part super happy pirate. 😉

I can’t believe the conditions they face on the Bering Sea! I am in awe when I watch the show, and still captivated by their experiences after all these years! There is always something new to see and learn, and this Aquarian likes that a lot.

So I was out to find my happy, and I came upon a wall…
20140429-120818.jpgA wall of Speculoos Cookie Butter… three different kinds! Wow!

If you haven’t tasted speculoos cookie butter, don’t! It’s sinfully good, and I have friends who are totally ad-dic-ted to it. HaHa! I recently sent the wall picture to them via text. I am sure they will be by a similar wall where they are soon!

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#100HappyDays #speculoos #cookiebutter

20140429-062704.jpgThis is the third week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week three focuses on transformation, from opening and activating the seven chakras, to allow for more joy, love, possibilities, and fulfillment in our lives.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
Day 9: Activating Happiness (Om Rakini Namaha)
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)
Day 12: Activating Expression (Om Shakini Namaha)
Day 13: Activating Wisdom (Om Hakini Namaha)
Day 14: Activating Consciousness (Om Katyayani Namaha)
Day 15: Expressing Security (Om Bhu)

I woke up early to be able to do today’s meditation before going to work, and as I was listening to the introduction from both Oprah and Deepak, I realized what had happened yesterday to me and why the restaurant owner’s wife suddenly hugged me.

It was because, at that present moment, at dinner with my mom, I was radiating happiness, and somehow I touched her–enough so that she gave me a hug. Wow!

I feel both a wonder and a bit of responsibility, because if my happiness could touch someone in that way, then if I am sad, fearful, angry, or whatever negative emotion I might be experiencing, that could also do the same.

It becomes even more apparent to me now how important it is to choose happiness.

Deepak said that “when we express happiness, we change the world… the way a single candle once lit, adds to the light of the world.

I want to be one of those candles that adds to the light of the world, and so can you.

Today’s centering thought is “I radiate happiness and generosity of spirit.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Bhuvaha, which means “I express my happiness into the world.”

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts:
Day 1: Finding Security (Lam)
Day 2: Finding Happiness (Yam)
Day 3: Finding Power (Ram)
Day 4: Finding Love (Vam)
Day 5: Finding Expression (Ham)
Day 6: Finding Wisdom (Om)
Day 7: Finding Consciousness (Sahasrara Im)
Day 8: Activating Security (Om Dakini Namaha)

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Day 197/365 and 100 Happy Day 9: Dinner With Mom

20140428-230434.jpgThis is the third week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week three focuses on transformation, from opening and activating the seven chakras, to allow for more joy, love, possibilities, and fulfillment in our lives.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
Day 8: Activating Security (Om Dakini Namaha)
Day 9: Activating Happiness (Om Rakini Namaha)
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)
Day 12: Activating Expression (Om Shakini Namaha)
Day 13: Activating Wisdom (Om Hakini Namaha)
Day 14: Activating Consciousness (Om Katyayani Namaha)

Today is so busy since rushing out of the house to go to work to coming home after dinner and light shopping, but I am happy that however late it is, that I can have a moment to sit still and go within.

I love this week’s meditations because it is about letting our higher selves come forth. Imagine what this world would be like if we say, do, act, and feel through our higher selves!

Today’s meditation focuses on security and peace. Before we can help others feel secure and at peace, we must be secure within. As we grow more secure and peaceful inside of us, the more we can extend these feelings to others through the expression of our authentic selves.

Today’s centering thought is “I radiate complete peace and security.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Bhu, which means “I express my stability into the world.”

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts:
Day 1: Finding Security (Lam)
Day 2: Finding Happiness (Yam)
Day 3: Finding Power (Ram)
Day 4: Finding Love (Vam)
Day 5: Finding Expression (Ham)
Day 6: Finding Wisdom (Om)
Day 7: Finding Consciousness (Sahasrara Im)

20140428-212233.jpgI am grateful and happy that I had a fabulous dinner with my mom. It was my treat, and she chose our favorite Chinese restaurant. Mom is unable to eat any greens at the moment, so that was why there weren’t any green veggies or herbs for garnishes. We had hot and sour soup, black bean fish, double mushroom beef, and steamed rice. The staff always give our family free appetizers, which today consisted of potstickers, egg rolls, crab rangoon, and fried shrimp.

The funny thing was, as I was taking a picture of the first entrée, the second one came, and I explained to the long time faithful server, Alan, that the food will be my Happy Day entry for today. Alan then said that we were his Happy Day today, because it was good to see us today (we haven’t been by in a while). Awww! How cute!

Then the restaurant owner’s wife (although I don’t really know her) came by, and asked after the food, and I guess I was really happy being there, and LOL, she gave me a hug!

It was really such an awesome dinner. 😉

#100HappyDays #Happy #Dinner #DinnerWithMom

I am grateful for family and friends, and the sharing of prayers of healing with each other.

I am grateful for yummy chawanmushi, and in sharing it.

I am grateful to hang out with my siblings.

I am grateful for clean sheets. 😉

I am grateful for rest.

Tomorrow, I will be grateful for another day, with new adventures to be had!

20140427-125000.jpgChawanmushi is a Japanese savory, steamed egg custard dish.  It is named for the way it is steamed in a tea cup.

You mix beaten egg with broth or stock, as well as other ingredients like meat (chicken works well), seafood, herbs, and mushrooms, to steam and then enjoy.

Ingredients for today’s recipe:
Eggs
Broth or Stock (1 cup per 2 eggs)
Shrimp (peeled, de-veined, and sliced in half lengthwise)
Mushrooms (quartered or sliced)

20140427-130512.jpgDirections:
1. Beat the eggs, until well incorporated. (2 eggs per 1 cup of broth)

2. Measure the amount of broth you need (1 cup per 2 eggs used), and mix into the beaten egg. (The broth will season your egg, so be careful with the sodium).

3. In a ramekin, glass dish, or foil pan, arrange your mushroom and shrimp.  (When you incorporate your liquid, the ingredients will swim and rearrange themselves.)

20140427-130519.jpg4. Using a strainer or a fine sieve, slowly ladle the egg and broth mixture through it into your ramekin, glass dish, or foil pan. (Doing so will minimize the amount of air bubbles, which will make pock marks on the top after steaming.)

5. Cover the ramekin, glass dish, or foil pan with clear plastic wrap or foil.

6. Boil the water in your steamer.  Turn it down to medium heat after it boils.

7. Steam your chawanmushi until the middle is set.  (For the small ramekins, I check at around 8 minutes.  It may be done within 10 minutes.  The cooking or steaming time depends on the material of your dish (foil, ceramic, glass, etc) and the size of it.

8. Set it aside to cool a little, and then enjoy!

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