Posts tagged "nishikigoi"

Living Water, Healing Home

    Intuitive ponds have a connection to nature through water, stone, light and the landscape elements of Japanese placement. Within itself Japanese water gardens have the power to transform. Designing with transitional space in mind, the indoor home space and the outdoor environment become seamless. Peace and tranquility is experienced from within the home just... 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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Keeper of the Koi

We never really own anything. Do we? We think we do, but in a way we are just enjoying, borrowing or caring until we pass it on. We find pleasure in the hunt, enjoy the possession of material items, without truly realizing that it’s never  truly ours, forever. With my work with the Koi, I... 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 »

Living Christmas

You can formally educate yourself, practice your religion, read books on spirituality, listen to music, attend yoga classes, become a vegan… yet the entire universe goes away when you stand in front of a forest. This is where you will find peace. This is the living Christmas. In the spirit of the season and all... Read more »

The Golden Carp

The Golden Carp. NIshikigoi, or Koi as they are known have been a part of a culture for centuries in Japan that honors the history and mystery behind this beloved fish. A symbol of determination, ambition and achievement, the legend speaks of the carp that struggled to swim up the Yellow River in China, fighting... 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 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. M@infraredlight.com zenlivingbydesign.com .koiwhisperersanctuary.com infraredlight.com

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