Archives for the month of: April, 2014

20140427-125000.jpgChawanmushi! It’s a Japanese dish akin to a steamed, savory egg custard.

#100Happy Days #chawanmushi #steamedegg #egg #yummy

Link:
The Recipe

20140427-030245.jpgThis is the second week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week two focuses on connecting with the seven chakra centers to “build a grounded state of peace and possibility.” Week two will activate what we found within last week.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
Day 7: Finding Consciousness (Sahasrara Im)
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)

I cannot believe we are already on the 14th day of this meditation journey. Today we activate the 7th Chakra, the Crown Chakra, which will help us align with “natural and divine consciousness.”

There are no words about this meditation that I can express better than the following…

From Oprah: “When you feel the flow of love and light filing you up, you are experiencing your true self. You are awakening the profound power of pure consciousness… pure awareness. You are able to bask in the magnificence of simply being. Trusting that your being, in itself, is connected to all that is.”

From Deepak: “Living as your true self is enlightenment. When you love simply being alive, when you feel as if love and light are filing you up, you are experiencing your true self. These are enlightened moments. Your life is meant to be harmonious and free. Today’s spiritual secret is incredibly simply… Being here is enough.”

By activating the crown chakra, we tap into creativity, intelligence, confidence, and joy so that we can link our everyday selves to our true selves… to help us flow more with life with ease. It “wakes” us up to all that is, and be able to understand the true magnificence that we truly are, and what we can offer in this life.

Today’s centering thought is “my life energy radiates the light of Being.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Katyayani Namaha, which means “I activate my pure awareness.”

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)

20140111-205612.jpgThank you again, Tina, for the Liebster Award!  Here is my official acceptance.

The rules for accepting this Liebster Award are:
1. Link back the blogger that tagged you
2. Nominate ten others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
3. Ask ten questions for the bloggers you nominate
4. Let your nominees know of their award

Please note: I understand the Liebster Award to be for new blogs, but I can’t always see the number of followers.  However, the rules above doesn’t state the number of followers, and I consider the blogs I nominated (scroll below for the list) as still newly discovered by me.  Please excuse the little Aquarian’s tiny rebellion. This is all done with love. 😉 
 

Here are my answers to Tina’s questions:
1. What book that you’ve recently read has made the greatest impression on you?

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein has made the greatest impression on me.  It’s a 42-day guidebook to change your perception to a more loving, forgiving, and grateful way.  At the end of the project, you would have broken through some or many fears and learn to expect miracles!

2. What is your favourite song (of all time, or just for now), and why?

Unconditionally” by Katy Perry is my most favorite song. It is about loving someone unconditionally, through acceptance of the other person for who they truly are. It’s a beautiful song.  I play it all the time to not only give myself unconditional love (I’m pretty hard on myself), but also because I want unconditional love to be my way of life.  I want to truly be able to give unconditional love to everyone I meet for harmonious interactions with them.  As in Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Mastery of Love, I want to make my heart a magical kitchen that can give love, without wanting or needing it returned, because my heart would always be whole and always be filled with love.  This is a huge project, but something I truly want to achieve for myself.

3. Do you have any pets?

I do! I have a cat.  He was the family cat, until about 3 years ago, when he moved in with me.  I think he is the boss of me.  SIGH! LOL!

Except for two very small tuffs (nearly invisible unless you are truly looking for them) of white hair, he is nearly black in color, so I called him Lucky when he first came to be with us. His other name is Mini Panther because for such a tiny runt with very delicate bone structure and small paws, he grew to be very huge!

4. What’s your favourite home-cooked meal?

This is hard, because I love food so much. HaHa!  I like to make Chawanmushi, which is a Japanese steamed egg dish.  You mix beaten egg with broth, along with other ingredients and steam it.  It is a very yummy, but low calorie dish.  I am planning on putting the recipe up, so please stay tuned.

5. If you could spend one week in a city (or other place) of your choice, where would you go and why?

In Europe, I really liked Venice. I was twenty when I toured Europe, and in looking back, I don’t think I truly appreciated that gift for what it was.  I want to go back to Europe and have a do over, but Venice stayed in my heart.  At that age, I thought it was the most romantic place in the world.  I still think it would be an awesome place for a honeymoon.

In Asia, I would like to go back to Hong Kong and do more sightseeing and tasting, especially the night markets (which at the time of my visit, I didn’t know much about).

6. What’s the best thing about your neighbourhood?

I like that it is quiet and family oriented.

7. What’s your least-favourite household chore?

Cleaning grout! I need to figure out how to clean them to really get the dirt out.

8. What’s your favourite place to go when you need to recharge spiritually?

There is a state park I like to go to.  It’s a five mile trek.  I like to go very early, when not many people are around.  Usually before halfway through, I start to feel connected.  Then a little after the half-way mark, hungry. 😉 Breakfast is my prize.  The way back is always faster. LOL!

9. If you were allowed to catch a glimpse of where you might be ten years from now, would you want to? Why or why not?

Yes, but the only thing constant is change. I think we are always changing our future–that nothing is set in stone, because our actions cause effects all the time.  I think that is why it is important to learn to stay in the present moment, as the future is always fluid.

10.  What motivates you to keep posting on your blog?

When I get a comment that I have helped someone.  I hope I do. I certainly get inspired all the time by other bloggers.

 

Here are my ten nominees:

Be Present Yogahttp://bepresentyoga.wordpress.com/

Bonne Vivante Lifehttp://bonnevivantelife.wordpress.com/

Jeanette Clawsonhttp://lunanista.wordpress.com/

Lavender Reflections http://lavenderreflections.wordpress.com

Momboxhttp://mombox.wordpress.com/

K’Lee (Obzervashunal)http://obzervashunal.com/

Otrazhenie http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com

Robin Oxford-Davis (Begin To Believe)http://begintobelieve.com/

Ruth Williamshttp://ruthwilliams.wordpress.com

Ultra Love Solutionshttp://ultralovesolutions.wordpress.com/

(I tried, when it is available on your blog, to search if you are not accepting awards.  My apologies if I missed your message.)
 

Honorable mentions – Bloggers currently not accepting awards, but I wanted to let them know I appreciated their blogs.

Dom DiFrancescohttp://blackandwrite.net

Eric (The Hunt For Truth)http://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/

Finding My Inner Couragehttp://findingmyinnercourage.wordpress.com/

 

Here are my ten questions for the nominees:

1. If you could have a do over, what would it be?

2. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

3. What was something you learned from a child recently?

4. What was something someone learned from you recently?

5. Who should play you if your life is turned into a movie?

6. You just won an employee for a year, and you could choose one from the following: Chef, Masseuse, Housekeeper, Driver, or Personal Assistant (can only assist and can’t do the other jobs mentioned).  Which employee would you choose and why?

7. What are three things that you like to do that make you happy?

8. You have been given a chance to use a time machine for one round-trip travel.  Where in history will you travel back to and why?

9. What song describes you?

10. What is the best food you have ever eaten in your life thus far?

 

Related Posts:
Tina Pumfrey’s Blog
Nomination by Tina
Thank You to Tina Post
Awards Page

20140426-212557.jpgThis is the second week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week two focuses on connecting with the seven chakra centers to “build a grounded state of peace and possibility.” Week two will activate what we found within last week.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
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)
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)
Day 12: Activating Expression (Om Shakini Namaha)

Today we activate the 6th Chakra, the Brow (Third Eye) Chakra, which will help us get in tune with our intuition.

Intuition is that inner knowingness. We all have this in us, kind of a built-in mechanism, but sometimes we have a hard time listening or even trusting it. Sometimes, we even block our receptivity to it. For me, that happens when I worry or doubt or when I am riding an emotional roller coaster.

I was more intuitive as a child, when I had utmost trust in the flow. As I grew older, I gave in to outer guidance more and more.

Today, I am trying to reclaim what I once had as a child, because I am realizing for myself that when I trust my intuition, things are easier, I make better choices, my perception is better, and I feel less like I am swimming upstream in life.

Today’s centering thought is “my inner wisdom wisely guides my actions.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Hakini Namaha, which means “I activate my intuition.”

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)

20140426-182013.jpgI like the image above. It is so funny, and I can honestly say, I have done this a couple of times, too.

I like a clean house though. Even at work, I have the cleanest cubicle. I can’t function well in a disorganized place.

As I am still healing and trying not to exacerbate anything, and most of all, learning to be gentle with my body, cleaning my house means I have to do them in steps, and sometimes over several days.

So while I was putting a bag of brown sugar into a shelf (okay, I need to come clean and tell you that I was throwing the bag into a shelf about 5 feet up), it broke and sugar spilled on my counter and newly mopped floor… I was happy that I just laughed at the situation.

Why was I happy? Because I automatically shrugged it off and went with the flow of it. Which means I am becoming a little more comfortable with the whole “surrender” and “going with the flow” thing. Kinda cool, right? So that is most definitely something to be grateful for. Now to clean the sugary mess!

20140426-112216.jpgI wonder what secret he is telling her… I think he’s telling her he likes her. 😉

#100HappyDays #cute #couple #secret

20140425-222446.jpgI took this photo a couple of days ago as we headed to the entrance of a church. I looked up and to me it looked like two hands reaching for each other. It may be farfetched, but with imagination, it might work. 😉

I am grateful this evening to have been given a chance to visit an old family friend, Uncle N. He is Uncle M‘s old classmate when they were kids in the home country, so there is a lot of history.

Uncle N is battling cancer and is now in hospice care. It hurts to see him in pain, but his family is all around him, and he is surrounded by much love.

I was able to catch up with two of his older sons, who are slightly older than me. We had some good memories when we happened to meet up growing up. The younger of the two was my partner for my cousin’s cotillion party, helped me with math problems (weird fractions) during practices for the cotillion, and was my partner for one of my High School dances. I am glad that they are both well.

May this family be surrounded with love, and may good memories ease the pain in their hearts, during this most difficult time.

20140425-053446.jpgThis is the second week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week two focuses on connecting with the seven chakra centers to “build a grounded state of peace and possibility.” Week two will activate what we found within last week.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
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)
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)


20140425-054111.jpgToday we activate the 5th Chakra, the Throat Chakra, which will help us to fully express our truth and our most authentic selves. In doing so, we can immerse ourselves in “creative unlimited joy!”

When we express our truth and vision, we create a better inner reality for us, one that is more positive. It is akin to choosing how to perceive our experiences–choosing to be happy, choosing to see love, rather than fear, etc. We are set free, and we can be in a more optimistic space, able to share kindness, love, forgiveness, and be willing and able to take more risks in life, for better fulfillment in it.

Today’s centering thought is “my life energy expresses its truth.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Shakini Namaha, which means “I activate my creativity.”

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)

20140425-052023.jpgI had sent a text to a friend yesterday morning about our upcoming trip (and a bucket list one for me). My texts are in blue.

She told me that when I had decided to go, that she “felt,” at that moment, that something amazing is going to happen to me during the trip.

When this friend “feels” things, it usually comes true, so I am absolutely game for amazing goodness coming my way. Bring it on, Universe, I am ready! Show me what you’ve got!

I am super excited for the trip. With a “going with the flow” and “expect miracles” mentality I’m bringing, a fun and hilarious friend to go with, and a trust in the unfolding of my life for my best and highest good, this trip is going to be a blast!

20140424-174443.jpgI had a sweet recollection today of when I was a child studying Mandarin and Fukien. I received an ink stone and some ink sticks, like pictured above from a Chinese Script painting set I bought a long time ago.

I was about five years of age, when I received them. They were not regular ink stone and ink sticks. They were very delicate, and when you grounded the ink stick with a bit of water into the ink stone, a beautiful scent from the ink would permeate the room.

They were probably a very expensive thing to give to a child, but I believe it was to encourage me to do my best with my Chinese scripting.

I believe I first used them with my paternal grandfather as I watched him use his. My dad’s younger brother, my late Uncle R, helped me practice my Chinese, especially cramming before tests. HaHa! I miss them so much today, but am grateful for all the time I was able to spend with them.

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