yin & yang

Experiencing frequent heart pain is a total torture! Sorry to disappoint but it’s not related with love troubles. :p I think the stress of working and taking classes after work is taking a toll on me. It makes wonder on how the full time students who are also juggling work hours in between handle it. I’m sure the pressure is enormous!

Anyhow, I’ve been attacked by giddiness, cold hands and feet, worry wart, and forgetfulness for the past few weeks. Mitch (my friend) mentioned that we have the same symptoms and according to her doctor, those are indication leading to anxiety attack. Her doctor advised her to take magnesium and she told me to do the same thing.

Over the weekend, instead of buying magnesium, I opted for a foot reflexology and back massage for a faster result. It did help relax my nerves for a couple of days. I considered getting a massage every other day but I realized it would be very costly so I decided to have it once a month.

My work and class kept me busy that I totally forgot about the magnesium. One day at work, I was flipping through the pages of the health booklet that my colleague lent me and was surprised to see that one of the health supplements featured contains magnesium, zinc and calcium. It’s called yin and yang, a health supplement from France.

The next morning, my colleague helped me process the order after I expressed my interest in buying yin and yang. It’s such a great product that it greatly improved my well being in such a short span of time.

At the end of the day, it’s really all about balance.
Work and life balance.
Yin and Yang balance.

So when you feel stressed out, check if something is imbalance. :p
Or it can also be associated with your love cup. Think about it.

Aja!

yin & yang

sticks

Going to Kwan Yim temple was an eye opener and learning experience (please refer to Kwan Yim temple article) for me. You betcha! Before leaving the temple, my friend and I tried the “sticks method of prayer request” out of curiosity. For those who want to know how it’s done, here’s the flow:

1. Get one (1) can of sticks (it contains around 100 sticks) and one (1) pair of yin yang “dice” at the counter situated inside the temple.

2. With the can of sticks and pair of yin yang “dice” on hand, proceed to the praying area (shoes must be removed). Kneel or sit down on the carpet whichever is more comfortable.

3. Silently greet Kwan Yim, introduce yourself by stating your name and address, then ask the question.
(Note: My friend said only one question must be asked.)

4. Shake carefully the can of sticks until one stick falls. If it’s more than one, you have to return the sticks and shake again.
(Remember, only one stick should fall. I know it’s tricky but that’s the rule.)

5. Once you have that elusive one stick, get the yin yang “dice” then shake it using your palm then carefully roll it in front of you.

6. If one “dice” is facing up and the other is facing down, then go to number 7. Otherwise if the yin yang “dice” were both facing up or both facing down, go back to number 4.
(Note: There’s only a maximum of three tries in rolling the yin yang “dice”.)

According to my friend, if you have already reached the maximum number of allowed tries then your question is not worth asking… or if you are persistent, you can try it again another day.

7. Bring the can of sticks and yin yang “dice” to the counter and give the “chosen” stick to the person in charge.

He will then give you a paper with the equivalent number and summary of the answer.

8. The detailed answer can be found in the book located at the side of the counter. Just search for the number given to you.

Believe it or not, the answer I got has a grain of truth in it. The suggestions and advices included in the answer were also very helpful. Still, I was kinda skeptical about it, so I went there again with the same question; but I was alone this time. :p The common denominator of the old and new answer that I’ve got is: “Let nature take its course.”

Moreover, I guess Kwan Yim got fed up with me asking the same question because there’s also a warning included in the answer. lol I got goosebumps so I did not do the sticks again.

Scared? Don’t try.
Brave and ready to accept the answer? Go for it! Aja!

Kwan Yim temple

The Buddhist practice first hand experience was finally ticked off from my bucket list when my Singaporean – Chinese friend brought me to Kwan Yim temple. She was kind enough to teach me how to pray the Buddhist way.

(I’m not sure though if they have other methods of praying in every temple.)

How did we do it? Here’s how:
1. Bought lotus flower for offering before entering the temple.
2. Each of us took three incense sticks (free) near the entrance of the temple.
3. We burned the end part of the three sticks and then face the sky.
4. Hold the three sticks (hands clasp and slightly raised) then softly shake the sticks back and forth.
5. While doing number 4, silently greet Kwan Yim and say your name, where you came from, and your brief prayer.
6. Take the sticks near the entrance of the temple and repeat number 4 and 5.
7. Leave the incense sticks in the allocated area.
8. Proceed inside the temple and pray in front of Kwan Yim.
9. Leave the lotus in the designated area.
10. Take some free sweets and fruits.
(Temple “employees” gives away fruits and sweets donated by devotees)

We were ready to go when my friend asked me if I want to try doing the sticks. One question can be asked to Kwan Yim and he will give the answer through the sticks.

I did try…:p Check out in my next article, sticks