Beating My Way To Health

If you know me personally or have been following my posts on our blog, you will know that I am quite the fanatic in keeping myself as healthy and as fit as I can, with all kinds of simple routines.

Hence (thankfully, by the grace of God), at the age of 90, I am still as active as can be.

Has anyone heard of the health benefits gained by using a bamboo beater to beat oneself with? No I am not a masochist, but if you ascribe to the oriental viewpoint of how to activate the circulation in your system, you will understand where the basis for this method is coming from.

This being a simple but totally effective way to activate the circulation and the ‘chi’, thereafter, my level of alertness shoots up and I feel great. I can confidently say that it also helps me maintain an upright posture with ease.

Suzanne's daily routine - keeps her in good stead. Photos were taken in 2012 at the age of 88, but this year at age 90, she still beats herself up daily!

Suzanne’s daily routine – keeps her in good stead. Photos were taken in 2012 at the age of 88, but this year at age 90, she still beats herself up daily!

I use the beater to beat myself on all parts of my body – starting from the head downwards to the neck – shoulders – back (but not the spine) – torso – arms – palms – buttocks – inner and outer thighs – back and sides of calves – right down to the soles of my feet – several times a day.

The photos above show where and how I beat myself. At each spot shown, I beat about 10 times.

Suzanne shows the way to use the beater on her palm..

Suzanne shows the way to use the beater on her palm..

When it comes to the soles of my feet I continue beating up to the count of 100 on each foot. This works wonders for me and I do believe it contributes towards my ability to walk fast!

Suzanne shows how to beat her shoulder blades with the beater.

Suzanne shows how to beat her shoulder blades with the beater.

As to how often use the beater to beat myself… well, let us just say, at all times of day, whenever I have a few minutes free. If I have been seated for a while, out comes the beater to beat my palms and the soles of my feet.

I beat my husband up too!!! (LOL) To be specific, I use the beater to beat the soles of his feet every day and night, and the back of his shoulders. It helps his circulation and relaxes the shoulder muscles after spending hours at the computer desk.

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The bamboo beater that I use, as shown in the image above, is purchased at the local markets. Apparently these are made in China. They are pretty light but effective.

If one cannot find the beater, then the alternative would be to use the palm of the hand to beat oneself. That will be discussed in another chapter…

I totally believe in this beating technique, and it suits me very well. However, if in doubt it is best to check with your physician first before trying it out. The important thing is to remember NOT to beat the spine. 

As I always say, all my keep fit routines are deceptively simple and easy to follow. The only thing is to remember that any keep fit routine needs to be practised regularly and consistently.

Amen.

Suzanne

Suzanne’s Daily Art…

Sue's notesI am an avid reader of keep fit techniques – from Acupressure to finger Mudras and anything else in between – as long as there is some knowledge to be gained in helping to keep oneself healthy, I will read it in-depth.

In order to remember all that I have read up on, I do what comes naturally – that is, to illustrate the details that I would like to remember for myself, as easy reference at a glance.

When friends come up with problems, I will dive into my reference books and research on what they could do to try to help themselves (as I do for myself) – and the best way to share with them the details – is of course, to draw them out so they understand what is to be done and precisely where..!

Some friends are amused by my drawings, but apart from enjoying the artistic side of it, it is to me, the easiest way to ‘show and tell’.

My drawings are found in all the books and reference material that I get my hands on. Here, I share some of my illustrations that I have done for friends. Suzanne’s Daily Art, if you would like to call it.

Art brings me such joy and I am grateful for the ability to express myself creatively in every way. Amen.

Suzanne

 

Let There Be Peace….

Birds and flowers are drawn by Suzanne.

Birds and flowers are drawn by Suzanne.

More so today than ever before, we need Peace in every aspect of our lives and in the world.

As the quote  (from this link – please click here) above says, the world will be a better place if everyone starts with themselves and spreads the ripples of Peace far and wide.

While there are many prayers for Peace, this one below is for Peace of Mind:

A Prayer for Peace of Mind

Almighty God, We bless you for our lives, we give you praise for your abundant mercy and grace we receive.

We thank you for your faithfulness even though we are not that faithful to you. Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit.

We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives.

Please guide our path through life and make our enemies be at peace with us. Let your peace reign in our family, at our place of work, businesses and everything we lay our hands on.

Let your angels of peace go ahead of us when we go out and stay by our side when we return.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We thank the Lord for everything we have and wish everyone a blessed week ahead. (Don’t forget to spread the Peace…!)

We Have An Award…!

liebsterA few months ago, we were nominated for the LIEBSTER AWARD by McCrazy Daily Lessons! Thank you so much, Heather (Princess!) It was a very pleasant surprise and we are truly excited about being nominated for this award.

So, what is a Liebster? The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

Of course, accepting this nomination comes with some “rules”, and here they are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator asks you.

3. Post 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your own, with under 200 followers, whom you think are as awesome as you.

5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.

6. And finally… Display the Liebster Award logo on your page.

Here are the 11 we had to answer:

1. Where are you currently living? – in Malaysia

2. Where are you from? – we are 3rd generation Malaysian Chinese

3. Where would you like to be? – we love where we are

4. Hopes? – we hope for Peace in the world

5. Dreams? – at our age, many of our dreams have been achieved, but we always have a new one to look forward to – it would be nice to be able to meet the new Pope Francis in person.

6. Fears? – we believe the good Lord is looking after us and feel safe in this knowledge.

7. Do you like to travel? – yes of course.

8. Favorite Sport? – my wife loves to watch F1 while I enjoy tennis, badminton and football matches.

9. Favorite Movie? – Action-packed movies

10. Country music or Rock and Roll? - Jazz

11. Who is your number ONE? – GOD

Eleven Random Facts:

1. We love tea-time.

2. Suzanne enjoys Japanese cuisine but I prefer local Malaysian fare.

3. Our family and friends are all important, but #1 is our faith in God.

4. Suzanne loves watching Chinese soap operas on tv.

5. At 91, I am probably the ‘most mature’ computer enthusiast in town.

6. Mary loves to cook and she is truly good at it!

7. Suzanne is never idle and keeps busy with creative projects.

8. Suzanne is a keep fit enthusiast.

9. We love dogs.

10. We are always thankful for daily blessings.

11. We believe in learning something new every day.

And the nominees are:

Coffee with a Side of Autism

So Many Right Ways    

Expressions by VAL

Whispers & Fizz

Beyond Blessed

Writing for God’s Glory

Immaculate Conception Chapel, Sg Batu

Karen Barbe

Love of Nail Art

Roots Fitness

Kerri

Eleven questions my nominees MUST answer if/when they accept this award:

1. What is your zodiac sign?

2. What is your favourite hobby?

3. What is your favourite type of cuisine?

4. What nationality are you?

5. Do you enjoy any sport?

6. Favourite movie?

7. What kind of music do you enjoy?

8. Where in the world would you like to visit next?

9. What languages do you speak?

10.What is your dream car?

11. Who is your ‘hero’?

Thank You once again, McCrazy Daily Lessons!!

GARABANDAL International Magazine: April – June 2014

Magazine cover APR - JUN 2014The APRIL – JUNE issue of Garabandal International Magazine is available for online reading – please click here.

This issue’s contents are as follows:

Cover Story:                                                                                                               Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXIII & Blessed Pope John Paul II

Garabandal Features:
A Predilection for Priests

Special Features:
The Papacy Unites the Catholic Church

The Beautiful Hands of a Priest

The Beauty of the Catholic Priesthood

Wake-up Call Changes Priest

Unknown, Courageous Priest

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for 2014

Invitation: Tears from Heaven

For those who have not heard of Garabandal, you might like to find out more at www.garabandal.com

God Bless.

Tony

Suzanne: Stretching Is A Necessity

Suzanne stretching with rubber band stretcher 1

Photos of Suzanne were taken in 2012 at age 88, and she is still at the same routine today, at age 90

Photos of Suzanne were taken in 2012 at age 88, and she is still at the same routine today, at age 90

Hello there, it has been a long while since I last shared my keep fit tips online. As you know, I keep exercising on a daily basis to keep fit. One of the routines is to stretch my muscles.

Do read up on the benefits of stretching (click here and here to read) so you will know how important it is, especially when one advances in age.

As they say, if you don’t use the muscles, they will go to waste, so I make sure I stretch daily – as it is a simple but very necessary activity.

I find that stretching with a resistance band like the one in the photos, helps to deepen the stretch, which in turn, gives the muscles a better ‘strengthening work out’.  The photos above were taken in 2012, when I was 88, and I am still at it, at the age of 90. Praise the Lord!

But as in all cases, please know that I have been exercising and stretching for many years, and I know how my body adjusts to the different routines I have.

The smart thing to do is to know when to exercise caution. If in doubt, please consult your dr in advance for advice.

Wishing everyone a blessed week ahead!

Amen

Suzanne

“Giving Light To Everyone” – A Friend’s Adoration Experience

We are pleased to share the testimony of a friend, Elizabeth, who eloquently describes her beautiful experience during the hour of Adoration following Holy Thursday mass.

For anyone who would like to know more about the significance of Holy Thursday and the Adoration, please click on the links below:

Holy Thursday: please click here            What is Adoration: please click here

Adoration

MY ADORATION EXPERIENCE  (by Elizabeth)

This Holy Thursday, 17th April 2014, I was intent on spending one hour in adoration instead of the hurried minutes I had spent in all the previous years. The ambience after mass was perfect when the lights were dimmed in the Church of Divine Mercy, Penang and the solemn voice of our parish priest, Father Martin came through, inviting all present to spend one hour with the Lord.

I didn’t really know what to do or say so I started with praise and thanksgiving for all the blessings I had received. To my dismay, that took me less than 5 minutes and I wondered what I was supposed to do with the remaining 55 minutes!

Then I remembered what I had learnt at the recent Oremus Catholic prayer program, so I invited Jesus to take over because I didn’t know what to do next. I closed my eyes in the stillness of the church and suddenly, a laughing Jesus was sitting in front of me holding both my hands!

I had never imagined Jesus in that light before. He took me through all the good moments in my life, some forgotten, some very impossible dreams I have had and how it was ALL realized. I had come to believe that these achievements were due to my efforts.

As He gazed at me, I saw His hand in every happy moment of my life. I felt so loved and I was amazed that I was so important to Him. It was as if the one purpose in His life was to make me happy. We were both laughing as we recalled the good times. I glanced at my watch – half an hour had gone by and I didn’t want this feel good moment to go.

Then he started to take me to the moments that were not so happy. I flinched, blocking out that phase. The only sorrow I allowed Him to show me was the death of my mother at a young age. Like a loving father, He did not force the other sad moments on me.

He then asked me a strange question – ‘Why can’t you be your true self instead of mirroring the behavior of those around you?’ I did not understand this, so I asked Him to teach and guide me to be the person that He wanted me to be.

Jesus than asked me another question using these exact words, “Will you carry my light for all to see?” I was almost groaning up to the point he said ‘carry’ because I had always associated ‘carry’ with the cross and I really wasn’t prepared to do anything difficult. I don’t remember replying to His request because I was focused on the cross.

Soon it was time for Him to go to Gethsemane. I asked His permission to spend the hour of prayer with Him and He said “Yes”.

What happened next is beyond my wildest imagination. There is no way that I could have forced this scene on my own without the stroke of the Master story-teller Himself.

At the end of that hour, I realized that I was no longer in that particular spot with Him. Instead I found myself with a group of people outside. I saw myself pointing Jesus out to them. At that horrendous moment, I realized that it wasn’t Judas but I who had betrayed Him in the garden of Gethsemane!

My heart was beating fast and I realized that my one hour of adoration was up. I quickly went out of the church as I felt I had to speak to Father Martin or someone about what had happened to me. He was with my sister and a few others who were all intrigued with the newly renovated grotto. I convinced myself that they would think I was a fanatical fruitcake, so I joined them in admiring the new waterfall and pond. Looking back, this behavior had what prompted Jesus to ask the very first question He had put to me!

When I returned home, I kept playing the experience in my mind and then promptly fell asleep. The next morning as I was praying, the scene kept flashing again. I quickly jotted it down, lest I forget or distort any part of it. I was still in state of heightened awareness of my experience. I shared it with my children, but the words didn’t quite come out the way I wanted it to as I had difficulty controlling my emotions and my tears.

I promised myself that I would write it out and share it with others, but a little voice kept creeping in trying to convince me that not only will they be skeptical but they will also think that I had a vivid imagination and nothing else.

I fought this conflicting urges for 12 days. Today, Tuesday, the 29th April I received an unexpected phone call from a woman I have never met or talked to. For over 2 years, I have been helping people write testimonies for the Chapel of Immaculate Conception in Sungai Batu. I wanted badly to write the powerful story of healing of Diane’s daughter. We had communicated via SMS for appointments to meet or talk over the phone but it kept on being postponed.

Diane’s call without prior notice was a surprise indeed and she herself could not explain why she chose to call. We talked for a long time. I was balancing my phone and frantically jotting down her spiritual journey when she suddenly quoted Matthew 5:14-16. I froze immediately and then blurted out in disbelief, “Why are you telling me this?”

Diane was taken aback, so I related to her what I had experienced on Holy Thursday.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a mountain cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and covers it; instead it is put on a lamp stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before others, so that they may see the good you do and praise your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:14-16

After getting a direct hit from the Lord himself, I sat down and wrote out this testimony so that ‘it can give light to everyone’. God bless.

A Testimony by Elizabeth                                                                                                    Written on Tuesday, April 29th 2014