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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Dim Sum

One my favourite “light” dishes to fill tummy will be Dim Sum. For those who are not familiar with Dim Sum – it is actually “small bites” of dumplings, pao (steamed buns), spring rolls and more.
While some Dim Sum items tends to be steamed, some will be deep fried. As with any food, over indulgence is not advisable. Always eat light…not eat till you are full!

Check out some articles that can open your eyes to the world of Dim Sum:

From HerWorld: These are the healthiest dim sum to order
https://www.herworld.com/lifestyle/food/these-are-healthiest-dim-sum-order

From SmooDiaries: Dim Sum guide for beginners
https://thesmoodiaries.com/dim-sum-guide-beginners/

From TheSpruceEats: Chinese Dim Sum Menu Translator
https://www.thespruceeats.com/dim-sum-menu-translator-694589

Happy Dim Sum!

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Tropical Fruit Goodness! Bananas…

From where I am now (that is in Singapore) it is always possible to get all kinds of tropical fruits all year round. But today, I will post on bananas.

In Singapore, bananas are imported from various countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Ecuador, Vietnam and India.

Bananas need to be consumed at a certain time. If not they become overripe and not so pleasant for some to consume. Well, there are other ways which we can use ripe or overripe bananas for cakes, kuehs (local delicacy) and more…below are some links to the benefits of our tropical fruit, bananas and some recipes for trying…

Enjoy the yellow goodness! šŸ™‚

6 Good Reasons to Eat a Banana Today
https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/good-reasons-eat-banana-today
By: HealthXchange.sg

When to Eat Bananas and Is It Suitable for Everyone?
https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/when-eat-bananas-suitable-for-everyone
By: HealthXchange.sg

Recipe: Fried Banana Balls, by Nonya Cooking
https://www.nyonyacooking.com/recipes/cekodok-pisang~HyMxuwsDG5-7#video

Recipe: Banana Cake, by Best Receipes
https://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/easy-banana-cake-L1581.html

Recipe: 4 desserts to make with ripe bananas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0PQrCwol6g

Recipe: Ways to use your overripe bananas, by Womens Weekly Singapore
http://www.womensweekly.com.sg/how-to/ways-to-use-your-overripe-bananas/

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Age has no limits for interests!

I am a Postcrossing member and recently at the Postcrossing blog, an article was written featuring their oldest member for now. She is Helen, 101 years old from the USA. One should read to find out that there are no age barriers for interests – even though we might have some limitations within our physical body as we age.

Among whatever that was written, what caught my eye was when Helen mentioned, “What you donā€™t use, you lose!” Isn’t that very much the truth? Our daily activities are at times so confined to certain matters, that we do not get to use all our talents and capabilities. It is time to look at ourselves and ask on a daily basis on what we are failing to use and letting it go to waste.

I was totally thrilled to read on Helen. I hope you do find some inspiration in this article just as I did.

Link to the article:

Title:Ā A special postcrosser: Honney17 from the USA!

https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2018/10/27/a-special-postcrosser-honney17-from-the-usa

Enjoy the Little Things

Nudo: Adopt an Olive Tree in Italy

I just received my first set of olive oil tins from the olive tree farm that I adopted from Italy. The farm, Il Fico is owned by Nicola who is dedicating his time and efforts to take care of his family lands producing olive oil.Ā 
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Taken from NudoAdopt website,
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“Nudo Adopt is a collaboration ofĀ small scale, artisanal producers. The programme is a platform for these micro-producers to bring high-quality, speciality food to a wider audience. Each farmer keeps responsibility for the care of their olive grove and Nudo helps give security to the farmers by making the link with the customer. ThisĀ in turnĀ helps to keep traditional farming practices alive and protects the countryside from intensive and destructive modern farming methods.”
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More details on Nudo can be found in the below links:
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Happy to do my small part in supportingĀ a family small scale business of Nicola in Italy. šŸ™‚

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Forest Therapy / Forest Bathing / Shinrin-yoku

In my younger days, when I was introduced to the basic elements present on earth such as wind fire, earth, sea and sky, I tend to favour the earth element more than the others. Whenever I think of earth, the trees come to my mind. I love trees or greenery. Back in my younger days, there was always an opportunity to be close by frangipani trees, casuarina trees and more. These days the varieties of trees found in Singapore differs. Of course, we do have the “common” trees that can be found along the roadside.

Trees are great healers too! In Japan, there is something known as shinrin-yoku or forest therapy. Forest therapy or forest bathing (as some may call it) is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest. Walking through a forest or to a place of greenery does provide someone with health benefits. There are many articles on this and below are two of those articles.

Forest Therapy / Forest Bathing / Shinrin-yoku - Esther Neela Blog

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Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/17/536676954/forest-bathing-a-retreat-to-nature-can-boost-immunity-and-mood

The Japanese practice of ā€˜forest bathingā€™ is scientifically proven to improve your health
The Japanese practice of ā€˜forest bathingā€™ is scientifically proven to improve your health

Spending time with trees or plants not only improves our overall health, but it just allows us to be in the moment. Quite often in our life, we are occupied with many matters that we may at times feel disconnected to our own self. Forest Therapy / Bathing is a good idea to get ourselves connected and unified – with the help of the energy and vibrations of the trees.

For those of us who are city dwellers and do not have access to “forest” or a place near us that provides us greenery that much, there are many ways we can experience “forest therapy / bathing” too.

Some ways:
a) have some greenery around us such as green plants around our work desk or our homes
b) If work requires you to be desk bound, one way is to have a desktop wallpaper or screensaver of greenery or forest. At regular intervals, close your eyes, and keep that visual forest in your mind. As each moment passes, imagine yourself being in the premise and enjoying the “green” moments.
c) build a Zen garden or invest where you can “draw” your own Zen garden, such as can be found here in this linkĀ https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SG&v=MNH9jpwvc7Q&hl=en-GB
d) If you are the type who prefers fish and aquarium, you also can have that in your indoor space to have an “escape” or feel “closer” to nature.
e) neighborhood parks also gives a form of relaxation. Look for parks nearby you and make a point to go for walking around that place.
f) If you have a Koi pond or any pond, spending time near it, also can give you a form of relaxation. I find this works for me well. Spending time near a Koi pond provides me with some “fresh” vibrations.

There are many ways where one can always reconnect to nature on a daily basis. It is a matter of effort and discipline on our part to do that.

Make sure you have a “date” with nature daily! šŸ™‚

Forest Therapy / Forest Bathing / Shinrin-yoku - Esther Neela Blog