Archive for February, 2010

I’ve been craving for brownie lately. On average last week, I ate one little (less than 1-square inch) bar a day. That says I was low on energy and needed some power surge. Get ready for a run? No, not yet. Now I am having some zits on my face. Is it the chocolate or the Obagi? I can’t tell.
I was eating regularly for past two weeks, one grapefruit juice a day, tuna tomato green salad for lunch, avocado berried instant oatmill in the morning, more vegetables for dinner. I was doing good. I stopped using Obagi for two weeks as my skin is so sensitive to that stuff. They are all the samples from my sister.
So I tried the AM Exfoliate again yesterday. Thinking it was weekend, if anything happened (the worst is some breakouts) I am not going anywhere. And it did give me some jits in the evening.
Man, too much for all these cosmetic skin care products.
I am going back to where I was before, keep doing what I had been doing.
A few months ago (probably 6 months or so) , Mr Vinh at work (a philosophical and friendly man who likes to tease on every one) commented that my complexion looked good. I remember I was alternating Exuviance Rejuvenating Complex and Retin-A at night. The Retinol helped. I realized women need someone like him to be an honest commenter or what we call a true “reference point”.
Right around the end of January, my sister commented my skin looked good then. What was going on two weeks before that: I took a lot of rest, went to bed at same time every night, drinking more water.
And the Cetaphil sunscreen SPF 50 with anti-oxidants helped to give my skin a glowing look during daytime.
Note that the time in between, my skin was like an on and off, under the weather mood. So what made it look good was a process, which can break down if not kept up. So I ‘d better maintain by keeping track of what I do to my face on a calendar. Manytimes I asked myself when I last had a microderm or a facial or a light peel. I’d better train myself into the habit of filling up the calendar.
It can get tedious but it is a healthy habit. So I’d better stick with it.

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were female in your last earthly incarnation.
You were born somewhere around territory of modern North Europe approximately on 1200.
Your profession was trainer, holder of the fine animals, birds, insects.

Your brief psychological profile in that past life:
Revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere – politics, business, religion, housekeeping. Could be a leader.

Lesson, that your last past life brought to present:

You are bound to solve problems of pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

From an Interesting psychic link

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These are some intrinsic concepts in Zen teachings.
Satori = Zen’s spiritual goal, often likened to a brilliant flash – a moment of tremendous clarity that dawns upon the practitioner, revealing the Truth – that we are creatures of joyful spirit, at once human and one with all of creation.

The way to satori lies through Mu-shin (Mu = emptiness). Many Zen stories speak of emptying the mind; to be in a state of mu, you must learn to curtail the ego, that part of our mind which chatters constantly (and is often likened to a monkey!)

Jiyu = the sense of freedom (or self-reliance) that pervades your being when the ego has been tamed.

Shokokakkya = to shine the light, metaphorically speaking, into the ground under your feet, wherein the truth about you lies.

To arrive at these goals, Zen teaches essential Buddhist precepts like respect for living creatures, practicing kindness and honesty, regulating sexual passions and respecting one’s body by avoiding intoxicants and harmful foods. Other fundamental Buddhist teachings like the Eightfold Path and Four Noble Truths are also intrinsically woven into Zen wisdom.
From Buddha Groove

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Sunday – the beginning day of the year of Tiger and also Valentine’s day. It was a productive day for me.
I did a good workout today after 3 weeks of lagging-off, went to join this group (no name yet) to release birds, crickets, turtles, and fish ( they try to make it happen every Sunday), and made it to two meetings today.
The tradition says you don’t want to do too much on the first day as you’ll end up doing or working hard throughout the year. Well, that is not a problem for me. I have to work anyway. There are seasons for work, and there are vacation days. For some downtime to retreat myself if I feel the need, I can just get some days off to break away or to become idle from doing anything. Sometimes routine can tire me out. And changing routines does help me to get my mind freshened up and re-energized. Over the years my list has always started with family, and then career. I’ve learned to love myself and listen to my body. Sometimes you have to be selfish, in order to be self-less… and to learn more about my true self. Resorting my to-do list (for near and far future) , I realized I did not start my New Year’s resolutions until today. I also noticed I don’t wish everybody “Happy V-day” anymore. I focused more on the traditional Lunar New Year’s Day. I guess I meant to no longer believe in the “labeled” day. To me love should be celebrated all year round. I wish everyone with love, luck, blessings, and longevity as always, and never jot down the word “prosperity” when it comes to family members or loved ones.
The year of Tiger will be amazing. So far I feel it’s going to be an energetic year for me. My ultimate personal goal is not yet met … hopefully soon. Besides work less and more travel, there are other activities I want to do, but it also depends on how much load I will have, such as joining some social clubs, taking some Latin dancing lessons (salsa, meringue, …) for the purpose of just getting out and meeting people. The bottom line is, keep my body in good shape. Life is too short and there’s a lot of things I still miss out, or I want to be a part of.
Will see what’s in it for me. I’ll just embrace it.
There are so many sources telling all the things about “Tiger” but the following links are a few good ones:
2010 Year of the Tiger – Love this link for all things related to ‘tiger’
Year of the Tiger 2010
Dr Mao with some good common senses
And the song “Eye of the tiger” as well….

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Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.
I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs’ speech.
Picked this up as a motivation for my cousin, and of course always as reminder to myself, I hope this will enlighten some of his worries. It was hard to believe he had tumor in his brain, the CNS area. I try to help bringing more resources such as meditation, 2nd opinions, holistic medicine to him in hope to drive away the killer inside his body. At the same time I am praying to the Highness (God or Buddha) for him and for his family. His two kids are so lovely and too young (10 and 3). They can’t be losing their father. It will be hard to imagine this will happen to the boys…

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