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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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ARRA - Music of the Soul

  ARRA. I was introduced to this incredible band recently by a close friend of mine. As always, Jodi was trying to get me to forget about work and come out and dance and listen to what she claimed brings “unsuspecting friends together through their music”. I had been thinking about it for a long... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

The Bamboo That Bends

  The Bamboo that bends is stronger than the Oak that resists. – Japanese Proverb As ancient Chinese poets have written describing an honorable man, they compared him to bamboo. They reveal that he does not have to be physically strong, but must be mentally strong, upright and perserverant.  As the fastest growing plant in... Read more »
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Hydration for the Body and Soul

 It was a transformation, that I can say. An OMG experience. Working with water every day in my business I know the benefits of water and the capabilities to heal. The Hydration Therapy treatment at LA Tan in South Elgin is a a water therapy treatment that not only puts you in a dream like... 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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