Meditation

What is Meditation? Meditation is an Action or Practice of the State of Mind.

What does this mean? Simply connecting our body and mind to synchronise with our surrounding towards better health and well-being.

There are many benefits to meditating.

Focus – It increases the levels of our focus throughout the day. This is because we have a clearer mind and a more positive attitude due to releasing negative energy while meditating.

Creativity – If our mind is clear from distractions, our body feels less fatigued because it not constantly fighting the urge to quit. This enables us to awaken our creative mind and improve our cognitive skills.

Progress – We are able to process information better, communicate and find solutions faster as our mind has reached a higher level.

Health – Our brain is supercharged with energies and vibrations while we meditate; we breathe a certain technique which is the right way, our heart rate is steady and blood circulation is improved.

Meditation has helped me overcome fear, stress, depression, fatigue and exhaustion.

First thing in the morning – meditate. Practice every day to keep your mind and body aligned with the universe. Feel the vibrations of Mother Earth. Focus. Relax. Breathe.

You will see things clearly.

Sit with your feet folded and rest your palm facing upwards on your thighs.

Everything around us is in rhythm with our soul. We are one with the universe.

Let go of the anger. Let go of the pain. Let go of the fears. Watch the stress disappear. Turn exhaustion and fatigue into the sole drive of your motivation.
Visualise everything that you want to happen the way it should. Realise it working and feel the miracle taking place. Accept the results.

Breathe in and Breathe out. Relax. Focus. Smile.

Stay blessed.  Namaste 🙏

Buddha Purnima.

Buddham Saranam Gaccami,  Dharmam Saranam Gaccami, Samgham Saranam Gaccami.
Meaning: I go to Buddha for refuge, I go to Dharmam  ~ religious teachings, for refuge.  I go to Samgham ~ religious community, for refuge. Saranam meaning Refuge. Language: Sanskrit.

 

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The Tian Tan Buddha – Buddha Shakyamuni, also known as the Big Buddha. Made completely of Bronze, was completed in the year 1993 and located at the Ngong Ping, Lantau Island.

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The Offering of the Six Devas – to praise him and by offering flowers, incense, ointment, lamp, fruit, and music. These offerings represent patience,  meditation, charity, morality, zeal, and wisdom.

Hong Kong at Night.

Tramming to the peak.. Victoria Peak!

The Peak Tram, serving you since 1888.

wait for it…

 

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Hong Kong Skyline, Skyline Terrace 428, The Victoria Peak.

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ICC Light and Music Show!

City of Peace, Geneva.

Bienvenue à Genève.

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Le Fontaine Jet D’eau , Lac Lèman. The star of the harbour!

Just walk. Its good for the mind and body!

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I spy with my eye, something begins with Y…

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The Years before Brexit.

All relationship needs mutual respect and trust to build and grow.

If you can’t work it to make it, then by all means break it!

We’ve enjoyed being a part of the European Union since 1973. As all good things come to an end, so did Britain’s relationship with the EU.

What a phenomenon Brexit has stirred!? Although, we still have a year to go before we leave them definitely. I do not want to get into any political debates on this matter but rather just share some of my favourite moments of Breunion!

Some of  my European travels that I’ve enjoyed immensely. I hope you do too!

 

Dubrovnik, Croatia.

A beautiful sunny day in an Island at Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Waking up to crystal clear Adriatic Sea, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the colours of life.. it’s a blessing.

Leaving trails behind to be discovered ..

What do you see? Ruins or Foundation? The answer is your Perception to Life.

 

Rice – the sweet fruits of labour. An immeasurable owe to the Asian Farmers.

A staple of the Asian community.

It is known by many names; Beras in Bahasa Melayu, Riso in Italian, Kome in Japanese but my favourite – Arisi in the Tamil language, my mother tongue. I love how it sounds almost similar to the word Arasi, which means, the Queen in the Tamil language.

We only pay attention to the outcome but most of us ignore the hard work that has gone into the preparation of a creation.

Everything is easy these days. We go to a local supermarket, pick up a bag of rice, come home, cook and eat. Some even have it easier – just pick up a cooked packet of rice, heat it up and eat. Work is done!

Have you wondered where the rice you eat comes from? The painstaking labour that has gone into putting that polished white gems on your plate. It tastes good, correct? The many transformations it takes and the dishes it could be cooked into, from the pilau to biriyani, to puffed rice and pudding. Even widely used in cosmetics and the beauty industry.

The actual process begins in a village, thousands of miles away from our comfortable couches and air-conditioned rooms. In the fields of India, Thailand, Vietnam, Madagascar, Philippines, Japan and Malaysia. In scorching heat – planting paddy or rice, the crops then harvested and dried, threshing; a process where rice is separated from the straw, then distributed and milled and polished, packaged and sold. Months of sweat and blood that we conveniently acknowledge to ignore.

As I wrote my first recipe on my blog today, I realised the fond memories of having rice with my meals. It was not the eating but the appreciation to hundreds of farmers across the world who made it possible for me to still take a handful of rice which was first introduced to me by my Mother, as food.

And I remember my late Father always reminded us not to waste a grain, not to step on rice, not to throw food. But also a bit of cooked rice on a plate was kept aside and ate with a short prayer before the start of the meal, to say thank you. Was it a Thank you to God for bringing this food to us? I haven’t seen God but I believe what they meant by God as those who made it possible for you and me to have what we have, considered the works of greater humanity. The presence of God or something more in this Universe felt through gratitude. To leave aside one’s own pain and discomfort as a service to humanity for the comfortable lives of others.

You see, what we can easily take for granted is something that another works hard for, and most times just for the same handful for them and their loved ones. Something that we should all be grateful for, especially where people are chasing after material gains rather than what matters most.

So, here I am sharing a bit of love and a lot of gratitude for the Asian farmers for keeping me alive and the memories of my cultural background to go on.

I hope you appreciate them as much as I do and try the recipes.

Lots of Love XX