Live in Color



But the only thing to do is to be where you are at this moment, sometimes looking about in the full light of consciousness, other times standing comfortably in the deep shadows of mystery and the unknown. - Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

Being where you are at this moment. It sounds easy but at times it is quite challenging. Staying on your path is more of a meandering than a straight path. Yet, living in color - that OMG moment is what brings life and energy into your life.

The recent Color Run in Chicago that was held last weekend was all about that Zen moment. See that is what is forgotten my friends. Zen Living is about embracing your life and living in the moment and if that means running in a race that splashes you with color at every kilometer you reach, so be it. The Color Run™, is also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet -  a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. In this very moment you clear your mind and just enjoy being exactly who you are and where you are, that is the integrity that Zen Living gives.

What an amazing concept to raise money for Global Poverty and the result is that you walk away looking like you have emerged from an Avatar movie sequel. The joy and laughter that I saw on my daughter's faces when they stepped off the train, still covered from head to toe in dyed corn starch colors. It didn't stop there, we went shopping at the local Target, and yes they were covered in paint. Watching the reactions of people in the suburbs as if my girls and our friend Emily was strange and ridiculous. It is color, people. It really is ok. We went home and they surprised me with a secret "stash" - tossing green paint all over me and our white, Great Pyrenees dog named Akari. We laughed and as they continued to share their experiences of the day, I couldn't help but think, this is Zen. This is our Zen of in the moment and knowing that we were all exactly where we needed to be.


Love and Light...



photography copyright 2013 by Emily Long.  MaryEllen Malinowski, Zen Living by design | Infrared Light Int'l









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    MaryEllen Malinowski

    Zen Living by design is a division of Infrared Light International, a lifestyle design company that enlightens, educates and empowers clients to connect with living an extraordinary life based on the simple elements of nature, water, light and tranquility. Founded by MaryEllen Malinowski in 1994, The Infrared Light Gallery®’s success is based on eastern art, lifestyle, designs, travel and international design concepts that make people’s homes, business and personal well being reflect a simplified Zen Living. "M" is an international award winning fine art infrared photographer, published author, Japanese garden designer and Executive Director of The Koi Whisperer Sanctuary & Japanese Gardens in St. Charles, Illinois. MaryEllen's fine art infrared prints have sold at Sotheby's in New York, and her lifetime dedication to Asian design has developed into her creations of mesmerizing Japanese Garden designs and water gardens that can be found in estate homes and properties in the U.S. MaryEllen's dedication to Living Art, The Nishikigoi of Japan ( Koi) has opened up to an international mission of Koi Keeping. A lifetime pursuit of developing a magazine is in the works and Zen Living by design Magazine will be coming in 2015.

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