Posts tagged "gift"

Garra Rufa - The Zen of Fish Pedi

In all of my travels throughout this beautiful country called The Netherlands, it was my experience by the North Sea at a Fish Spa Lounge that truly raised the bar in the Zen Living lifestyle to an extraordinary level. Garra Rufa fish remove the dead skin cells from your feet and at the same time... Read more »

Journey of a Thousand Tulips

Tulips. We all think of tulips this time of year, especially in Chicago after a very long and challenging winter. We look for signs of spring… and seeing a bud form on a tree branch, the sound of birds chirping and the sight of tulips raises our senses and bring us comfort knowing that the... Read more »

Mini Paardjes. Zen Living in The Netherlands

Mini Paardje. Zen Living in The Netherlands. It was a journey of a lifetime. One I waited an eternity to experience. There were so many “ifs” with this trip. Should I go? Is it really a necessity to travel so far to see the Koi in The Netherlands and will it really make a difference... Read more »
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Red Square Spa - Russian Zen Living

Nature is an integral part of healing. In exploring the international spas and healing treatments that are offered from cultures through out the world, I have found Zen Living to cross boundaries with a thread that connects the essence of restoring our well being. It is a way of life. After my experience in the... Read more »

Design with beauty and build with truth

The aesthetics of imperfection within a Japanese healing garden simply means that nothing is perfect, especially in nature. It is in identifying that which is imperfect, where the perfect characteristic is found. In a moss covered lantern, by the edge of a pond where stones rest as if nature gently tossed them along the water’s... Read more »

The Soul Heals With Japanese Gardens

Japanese healing gardens are created to remember and remind us of the fragility of life and the beauty that awakens each and very moment, giving attention to that which is right before us, in our now. In the blog series on Japanese Healing Gardens, I will take you on the path towards understanding the healing... Read more »
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In the Now the Gifts are Given

  Treasure the moments that you captured, whether with your camera or in your heart… it is in those glimpses  that you will remember this holiday season and have the appreciation of love and beauty that surrounds you. It is wonderful to receive gifts… and yet it is not in the unwrapping of a package... Read more »

Art of Shoyeido

As the historical legend will reveal, Japanese incense was discovered over fourteen hundred years ago on a tiny island called Awaji in Japan. This large piece of drift wood, that seemed to have an unusual scent to it was given to the Empress Akiko as a gift. This unique process and art form was carried... Read more »

Journal to Zen Living

Journal to Zen Living -  01 January, 2013. I went to the river early this morning. A promise I felt, that light would come. With my dogs by my side, camera in hand, and faith in my heart, I walked down the cold, dark path. I knew I would find light on this new day.... Read more »
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Ice

Ice. Newly fallen snowflakes that froze. Photographed in infrared light. M. Malinowski
Ice. Frozen snowflakes that found their way to a forest and captured in infrared light. When you need to search within, there is no better place to see yourself than a forest in December with new fallen snowflakes. It is enlightening to the trained eye, and transcending to the spiritual who can see not what... Read more »
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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 Infrared photographer, published author, Japanese garden designer and Executive Director of The Koi Whisperer Sanctuary. Her mission is to enlighten Chicago and the world to experience Zen Living by their own design. Zen Living by design Magazine coming Spring 2014 M@infraredlight.com www.infraredlight.com www.koiwhispersanctuary.com www.zenlivingbydesign.com

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