Seek out the calm


I think calmness seeks me out. Or possibly it is drawn to me by a necessity that the universe seems to come together and say " We need to do something, create something so that she will stop and embrace the stillness."

The calm before the storm. Bring it on. It was a wild and wicked few minutes last night when a storm ripped through my home and business on the Fox River that forced me to breathe and take a moment. A long moment. Fifteen hours of silence with the loss of electricity to over seventy homes.

Yep. Zero. No lights, no computer. And very limited iphone, ipad and I pad mini access. I even went out at two in the morning to a local gas station, to borrow their electricity to charge my iphones. Seriously? Is this the same Zen person that writes and designs on the aspects of Zen Living?

Yet, there is was. I found it. After only sleeping for a little over an hour last night, I decided to embrace the stillness and take a walk down to the river. The fog was lifting off the water and the ethereal light was mystifying to experience. I stood by the edge and felt an awareness that I miss in my life.

I found the calm. It exists in our everyday life when the world is unplugged.

It takes a force of energy to reveal to me what I needed most.

I found Zen.

Love and Light...

 copyright 2013 by  MaryEllen Malinowski, Zen Living by design | Infrared Light Int'l


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    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 Spring 2015.

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