What brings JOY?

1.  Good News brings great JOY!
Hope is granted to all those who hear and share the Good News.

 

2. MEETING with Jesus brings great JOY!
He came and bridged my life. Carried me out from darkness and into light. There’s always light if you turn to Him. 💫

 

3. Finally, FOLLOWING Jesus brings great JOY!
For the love of Christ The guy who came to save me (and you!) Merry Christmas 🎄


Silk Is Best at Nevillee

I love silk. I love it because I love the soft touch and how it glides in the skin. I also love it because I’m Chinese and fascinated by the cultural history and products of my culture. I also love it because it I’ve visited silk factories in China and seen their manufacturing process. I’ve got a sweet spot for this exotic material.  

Silk is also a material high in protein. Sounds new age and I’m not sure about scientific research on this as I haven’t done much of it yet, but accordingly to the Chinese, using silk products that have skin contact can have keep the skin supple and young. This isn’t just limited to skin care products but bedsheets, garments and even eye shades! 

I don’t own massive amounts of silk products but I certainly have one of each of the aforementioned. Yes, quilt cover and bedsheets, cocoon face masks, qipao (traditional Chinese dress from the 50’s) and eye shades too! 

You can see why I got extremely excited when my friend, founder of Nevillee, relaunched her brand with silk camisole and shorts. 

I couldn’t wait to put my order in on her VIP pre-launch and was privileged to get my very own silk camisole with my initials monogrammed together with a matching pair of silk shorts. 

Her tagline is “simplicity is a luxury”. I couldn’t agree more. Her pieces are both. Simple and luxurious. Her launch range isn’t wide but I highly recommend it as a commodity piece. Perfect elegance.

Check it out here and don’t forget the monogram service adds a special touch for gifts. The perfect gift idea!

Bone Matters | Wesley Mission School for Seniors

It was my honour and pleasure to be holding this holiday workshop for the students at Wesley Mission’s School for Seniors.  My heart was so full after today’s workshop as I saw happy souls walk away with courage and confidence in themselves both inside and out! Well done to all the speakers today and also the seniors for showing up! 

It’s a common misunderstanding that bones are like ‘dead matter’. That time is your bones’ worst enemy and that there is NOTHING you can do about it. 

Well, that’s NOT entirely true. In fact, bones are ALIVE and far more than the common misbelief. If they are alive, it means they need care! 

Bones are organs and continue to rebuild until you die. It’s just that their growth slows down as you age. As you age, bones do lose their strength (also measured as Bone Mass Density), which is why older people are more prone to breaking their bones. And even more frequent in female than in males. However, with dedicated care, you can prevent rapid loss of bone mass and even make changes to your (perhap, rigid) posture. Age is no limitation! 

For this workshop today, my audience was senior people all over 55+. The goal of the session was to help them understand that we are not ‘withering’ away with brittle bones. In contrary, the goal is to help them learn how about bone density, techniques to increase bone mass (particularly using yoga) and how correct postural alignment can be achieved over time. 

I’m not going to share the presentation on this blog post but for those who are interested, send me an email for further information. 

Some key takeaways from the session:

1. There are 206 bones in a fully grown adult body, representing 15-20% of body weight. 

2. Our body is continuously removing OLD bone and replacing it with NEW bone through a process called ‘remodelling’, all throughout our lives. 

3. Starting as early as 40 years old, the replacement of new bone becomes SLOWER than the removing. This is when bone mass density (BMD) starts decreasing. 

4. BMD is the highest between 20-45 years old with men having both larger and stronger bones than women. 

5. Women experience more rapid drop in BMD during their menopause years due to hormonal changes that stagnates the the speed of bone remodelling. 

4. Increasing BMD is important all throughout our lives through a healthy diet and exercise.

5. Yoga is a great way to increase bone density for the senior population due to its gentle and weight-bearing nature of the physical activities. ^However, please note that common ageing osteo or rheumatoid dysfunctions can have implications on the types of yoga poses one should avoid or practise. It’s is highly recommended that you work with a trained yoga therapies for a tailored yoga program and get clearance from a certified medical practitioner. 

6.  The recommended calcium intake for women over 45 is 1200mg and for men over 45 is 1000mg. Vitamin D is 1000ug for both groups. A common practise is to “increase” the calcium through taking calcium oral supplements. In a healthy diet for this population should see enough of calcium intake. So, it’s best to check with your doctor (drawing bloods) to see whether supplementation is required. Meanwhile Vitamin D may be the more prominent mineral that is lacking to help with bone growth, seeing the need for supplement intake.

7. Last but not least, we spent much time discussing the important of our anatomical alignment. How our muscles will naturally recruit the correct ones and find balance when we are able to bring ourselves closer to alignment. For most people, perfect alignment is not possible. In fact, I personally believe we all suffer from some sort of chronic holding pattern. But being constantly aware of anatomical alignment properties helps us identify chronic issues we may be experiencing and alleviating symptoms of them. 

8. Final note, we can trust that the bones will dry but the spirit never does. Therefore, remember always:

“A joyful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ” ~ Proverbs 17:22

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Jesus for President

I’m not American so I have very little vested interested with the politics in that country, apart from the fact that I will hear of the subject from my Sociologist and Economist husband. But this post written by a dear friend of mine stole my attention. And now, I have a vested interest with who’s running for Presidency for the UNIVERSE.

Entering Advent

     
Today ends the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional in child’s pose. Here it looks like I’m begging. And there’s an element of that. I beg for God’s forgiveness and grace.

It also looks like I am cupping my hands in a gesture receiving grace. And there’s an element of that. I show gratitude and give thanks to our Lord for sending us a Saviour. I am so #thankful for all the things I have in my life and all the things get to do (as opposed to ‘have’ to do). It looks like I am worshipping. And there is an element of that. I worship my God. I love Him and I want to serve Him. 

Finally, it looks like I am laying down something. And there is an element of that. I lay everything at your feet. My all… Thank you for coming to offer salvation. 

Thank you hosts for this “challenge”. It has been fulfilling and most rewarding for me. I can actually enter into advent, for what advent is.

2 Minutes of Silent Meditation

IMG_1774Today is Day 4 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional.

As we hide ourselves in Jesus, connecting with Him and letting Him speak His truth of who He is and who we are in Him, pondering these things in our hearts… Sometimes we need to carve out time to just let it all sink in.  So today we are taking an intentional silent meditation.

When we pray, we bring our praise and petition before God. But in meditation, we sit in silence and allow God to do the speaking. We simply listen and let His truth seep deep into our soul. 🙏

This season can be so over-full, things to do and places to be. But we can never do and be everything. So I encourage you to begin your 2minute silence with Jesus by asking Him what you may be holding too tightly to and what you may need to let go of. Then allow Him to whisper His love & mercy into your soul, breathe new life into you, and reveal what you may need to release. And then just sit and revel in His sweet presence.

Today I heard the Lord speak to me.  It’s not always what I want to hear and that’s how I know it’s True and He’s here; to give it to me RAW. Here I capture the key points:

  1. Patience (with Holy Yoga direction specifically)
  2. Obedience (with my ministry work)
  3. Continue on with rest – not so sure about discerning this one.  Could this mean spending more time with Him and extending my ‘Social Sabbatical’?  For now, I’ll run with that.