Timer Apps for Qigong, Meditation, Yoga, Reiki…

Hi all!

I have been using two timer apps for my Qigong, Meditation and Reiki practices and it is working well for me. Sharing with all here…

a) Meditation Timer & Log by TeleSoftas apps
https://meditationapp.wixsite.com/download-app

b) Meditation Timer by Harish Kumar Chauhan
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sohamgreens.MeditationTimer&hl=en_SG

 

Good day!

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Life goes on…

To protect ourselves and to contain the virus, most of us are indoors. Below are some ways we can keep occupied while we are indoors.

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1. Spend more time on yourself

Each of us must try to get active for 30-45 minutes each day. There are many ways to get active indoors. Some of the ways will be through qigong, tai chi, yoga, meditation, home exercise types of equipment such as the treadmill, etc.

From The Chopra Centre, free programs: https://chopra.com/free-programs

From The Box of Happiness, yoga and many more: http://theboxofhappiness.com/yoga-sequences/

From Live & Dare, free meditation and more: https://liveanddare.com/

From Flowing Zen, [COVID-19 Support] Learn Qigong Online from Me for Free During the Crisis: https://flowingzen.com/21150/learn-qigong-online-from-me-for-free-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

From Reiki Rays, on Reiki resources: https://reikirays.com/

2. Less Clutter, More Energy Flow

The lesser things you have, the more positive energy flows in. Are there things that need cleaning/clearing at your surroundings, closets, kitchen cabinets, etc.? When you are focused on cleaning/clearing, it will relieve you from the stress.

Clean & Happy Nest, Bright Ideas for Better Living: https://cleanandhappynest.org/wpd/category/bright-nest/

How To Make Your Home Totally Zen in 10 Steps: https://freshome.com/inspiration/how-to-make-your-home-totally-zen-in-10-steps/

3. Hobbies: Handicrafts / Sewing / Crochet / Knitting / Paint / Drawing / Colouring

Focus on hobbies that increase your creativity. When your creativity levels are high, there is no place for stress and negativity. There are many online options available.

Crochet Basic Stitches from Karen Costello Soltys: https://www.shopmartingale.com/images/marketing/how-to/pdf/BasicCrochetStitches.pdf

4. Gardening

Spend more time with the plants and feel connected and grounded to nature. Some things you can consider is to grow a new type of plant, repot an existing plant or redecorating your garden space.

The Micro Gardener: https://themicrogardener.com/ten-tips-for-creating-beautiful-gardens/

Good housekeeping: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/advice/g495/small-garden-ideas/

The Spruce, Apartment Gardening for Beginners: https://www.thespruce.com/apartment-gardening-for-beginners-4178600

5. Journal writing

Are you feeling angry and stressed? You can always write out your thoughts and feelings in a journal. By doing that, not only you are releasing all anxiety to the paper, you are lightening the load from yourself.

Tips to start a journal writing from wikiHow: https://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-Journal

6. Scrapbooking

Heard of this? Get creative about this.

What Is Scrapbooking? by Rebecca Ludens: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/what-is-scrapbooking-2960505

Scrapbook Ideas for Beginners: 25 Inspiring Layouts by Megan Andersen: https://www.creativelive.com/blog/scrapbook-ideas-for-beginners/

7. Sing and Hum to yourself

Sing and hum to yourself…

Singing And Humming To Yourself Can Have A Huge Impact On Your Body’s Health: https://www.littlethings.com/singing-humming-benefits

8. Cooking / Baking

With all the panic buying and stockpiling, this can be a bit challenging. Let’s be creative and create simple dishes or bake new items to try.

9. House Improvement Works

You can consider repainting your home or doing some simple home improvement works. And if you are intending to paint walls, why not use the stencils and get creative?

How to Make Wall Stencils: https://www.toolnerds.com/how-to-make-wall-stencils/

10. Write a story

Have you ever wanted to be an author or write a story? There are many online tools available to create a story online.

Commaful: https://commaful.com/writers/

For Children: https://www.imagineforest.com/

My Storybook: https://www.mystorybook.com/

11. Reading Books / Inspirational Guides

Do you still have old books stored away? It will be a good time to get them to re-read. If your nearby library is closed, you can also consider reading the electronic version of books.

12. Origami

A standard size paper of 75 x 75mm and you can make amazing crafts. It is a fantastic activity for the whole family. But do take note that origami paper comes in several sizes.

From Origmi.me: https://origami.me/

13. Board Games / Card Games

Board and/or card games will bring the nostalgic feeling of the good old days! At the same time, it will provide a break from electronics.

Top 10 Health Benefits Of Board Games: https://howgameareyou.com/health-benefits-board-games/

14. Other Ideas

Coronavirus Keeping You Home? These Fun STEAM DIY Kids Activities are Parenting Rescues! by SassyMama: https://www.sassymamasg.com/parenting-coronavirus-stay-home-kids-activities/

In short, all I can say,
Be positive! Be creative!

Blessings,
Esther

 

TOP 25 THIS TOO SHALL PASS QUOTES | A-Z Quotes

…there is still hope…and every single hope begins with each one of us…

Daily, all of us are receiving news of the coronavirus and how the numbers are increasing around the world. While this is no easy news to digest, this is also not the time to discriminate against a group of people and/or country. In this difficult time, all of us must be calm and positive. We should make a point to turn all negative energy into positive energy through prayers, compassion and thoughtfulness.

Below are various articles on suggestions as to how we can better manage the current crisis. Let us all come together as one united family to assist each other in this difficult time.

Amid “darkness” and confusion over the virus, there is still hope…and every single hope begins with each one of us.

Love & Peace,
Esther

Sources of Information

From Sadhguru on Coronavirus Outbreak in China (YouTube Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-mCfo4-f8

From The Chopra Center, Sheila Patel, M.D., Chief Medical Officer “Anxious About the Coronavirus? Here Are Eight Practical Tips on How to Stay Calm and Support Your Immune System”
https://chopra.com/articles/anxious-about-the-coronavirus-here-are-eight-practical-tips-on-how-to-stay-calm-and-support?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=200310-March-Newsletter&utm_campaign=Newsletter2020310

“Healing COVID-19 – Method to Transmute the Diseased Energy”, by Saummitta A Mazumdar
https://reikirays.com/73291/healing-covid-19-method-to-transmute-the-diseased-energy/

From Live & Dare, Giovanni D., “Meditation and the Coronavirus”
https://liveanddare.com/coronavirus-meditation/

From Sassy Mama, “10 Things Parents Should Know About Coronavirus (That We’ve Already Learned in Singapore)”
https://www.sassymamasg.com/10-things-parents-should-know-about-coronavirus-singapore/

From Flowing Zen, Sifu Anthony, “11 Practical Tips For Dealing with the Coronavirus”
https://flowingzen.com/21048/11-practical-tips-for-dealing-with-the-coronavirus/

From Ministry of Health Singapore, Infographics
https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/resources

From HealthExchange.sg
https://www.healthxchange.sg/men/health-scares-outbreaks/how-to-keep-safe-novel-coronavirus-self-care-tips?utm_source=memberenews-feb20&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hxcmemberenews-feb20

Reiki Practitioners / Healers, you might find this useful:
“Eradicate Coronavirus”, by Rinku Patel
https://reikirays.com/73177/eradicate-coronavirus/

12Mar2020

“There is a saying in Tibetan,
‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
~ Dalai Lama ~

Happy International Women’s Day 2020!

Hi, my friends!

It has been a long while since I posted in my blog…I am back again! What a better day than to be back on this meaningful day for all – Happy Women’s Day to all!

Each of us has both feminine and masculine qualities – we should strive to balance it all…Even though today is purely dedicated to females, I also want to take this opportunity to include the men who are actively taking up roles as a mother, daughter, etc in a family.

So, Happy Women’s Day!

You can also read about the International Women’s Day 2020 theme: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Happy Weekend to all!

Love,

Esther

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Inspirational and Motivational Monthly Downloadable & Printable Calendars

If you are looking for a different way to motivate and inspire yourself on a monthly basis, you can see whether monthly downloadable calendars will do the work for you. I have found the monthly calendars recently and am sharing with all. I do like it as each month there is a different theme.

For non-Reiki practitioners and wants general motivation, try this site, Action for Happiness:
https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars
Personal remarks: Suitable for all.

I came across “Action for Happiness” website by chance and like the fact that they have monthly motivational calendars plus other interesting things.

For Reiki practitioners and believers, here is the link to the Reiki Rays site:
https://reikirays.com/68595/chillax-reiki-calendar-july-2019/
Personal remarks: This will be more useful for people who have knowledge of Reiki and the terms.

I use both calendars and it just adds more dose of inspiration and motivation to my daily activities.

Look and see whether it can benefit you too…Have an inspiring day! 🙂

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Website: Reiki Rays, 2019 Reflection & Intention Workbook

If you are into Reiki, Self-healing or a Reiki practitioner, this is a useful website of free articles, downloads and more.

To know more about this website, visit this link: https://reikirays.com/about-reiki-rays/

In addition, they have a free download for welcoming 2019 with reflection and intention: https://reikirays.com/thank-you-newsletter/create-your-year-reiki-workbook.php

There are also many other articles by various Reiki Masters and Teachers. I am sure you can find something useful here.

Blessings,
Esther

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Drinking Water from Copper Cups

You will know the benefits of copper vessels if you happen to be in the Yoga and / or Ayurveda line. Alternatively, if you have had Indian traditional upbringing, you will also be aware that drinking water from copper vessels is important.

I spent my younger days with my great grandmother, grandmother and all the elders. In those days (that is in late 1970s), silver ware and copper ware were the most used by Indian families. The elders in my family taught me the benefits of drinking water from copper vessels and eating from either copper or silver wares. Come to think about it right now, those days glass wares were not common and so was plastic wares too. The most common types of plates and utensils were usually made of copper, silver or wood.

As days passed and modernization took place, Pyrex glassware were the trend and so was forgotten the copper and silver wares. Nowadays, I try to make changes to my daily life based on what I learnt in my younger days. One of the many things that my elders taught was to drink water early in the morning out of a copper cup/mug. I re-started with that practice and I should say it rather makes a slight difference to my body systems. Benefits are not major and visible immediately. As with any healthy changes to food and lifestyle, the results will be visible or experienced slowly. The results I experienced was a better “feel” of the inner systems mainly in the digestive system. Other results are not visible to me, but I do believe it does well for my body systems one way or another.

While Indian elders and traditions tells of benefits of drinking water from copper, there are always reports contradicting that. I am not here to debate which theory is correct. I am sharing what I have learnt in my younger days and a practice I am putting back into my life and influencing my family members at the same time too. Moreover, drinking water once in the morning from a copper cup is not much work or something to debate about. It all comes down to how much you believe and trust what has been said (or learnt) or passed down from generations.

Below are some articles on drinking water from copper cups:

From YogaDigest.com: 6 REASONS TO TRY A COPPER WATER VESSEL
https://yogadigest.com/copper-water-vessel/

From OneWorldAyurveda.com: Health Benefits of Drinking Water in Copper Vessel
https://blog.oneworldayurveda.com/health-benefits-drinking-water-copper-vessel/

From Wholesome Ayurveda.com: Correct Way To Drink Water From Copper Vessels And Its Health Benefits
http://www.wholesomeayurveda.com/2017/02/27/correct-way-to-drink-water-copper-vessels-health-benefits/

From Vasantihealth.com: Are You Using Your Ayurveda Copper Water Vessel Correctly?
https://vasantihealth.com/blogs/news/are-you-using-your-ayurveda-copper-water-vessel-correctly

From Today.com: Drinking from a copper cup: Good for health or the latest health fad?
https://www.today.com/health/drinking-copper-cup-good-health-or-latest-health-fad-t86946

From DrCopper.in: Various Information such as cleaning, benefits, etc
https://www.drcopper.in/

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2018 Diary / Planner by Orange Circle Studio, Succulents

Purchased the below planner from Amazon.
Best features I love: lightweight, starts from August 2017 and has a monthly features plus weekly. Vibrant colours, with lovely inspirational quotes.

Downside: the monthly planner box might not be big enough to hold many matters. If your handwriting is the big type, you might have a difficult task to keep everything in the box.

Other than, it is a lovely and a good buy. And I have already started planning my August… 🙂

Wish to purchase this? Visit the below link:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6VQHJO/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_dp

Pictures below:

2018 Diary / Planner by Orange Circle Studio, Succulents - Esther Neela Blog

 

2018 Diary / Planner by Orange Circle Studio, Succulents - Esther Neela Blog

 

2018 Diary / Planner by Orange Circle Studio, Succulents - Esther Neela Blog

 

2018 Diary / Planner by Orange Circle Studio, Succulents - Esther Neela Blog

 

2018 Diary / Planner by Orange Circle Studio, Succulents - Esther Neela Blog

 

2018 Diary / Planner by Orange Circle Studio, Succulents - Esther Neela Blog

Beautiful Letter Writing Stationery

If you are looking for beautiful paper to write a letter or send a short note to your friend via postal mail, you can consider Peter Pauper Press Stationery Sets and Note Cards. They are not only beautiful and made of high quality paper, those are affordable too. 

If you are residing in a country where they do not ship their items, you can also consider Amazon to purchase their items.

I usually purchase from Amazon their items. I love their papers, books, bookmarks and note cards. Check out their website below. 

http://www.peterpauper.com/sub_cat.php?cPath=22_120