7 Surprising Tips to Increase your Motivation Immediately

This is a guest post by:  Marcus Clark   Everyone knows the stereotypical ways that society tells us to increase our motivation – listening to ‘hype’ music, reading inspirational quotes, competing with others, etc.  If these ways were as successful as people made out, we wouldn’t struggle to self-motivate so much! Here are 7 surprising …

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2016 Pantone Color of the Year-Rose Quartz & Serenity

This year for the first time in its history, Pantone chose not one but two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Why two?  Because they said, the two colors reflect the duality of the times.  One cool color and one warm color.  The two means connection, balance, order and peace. The color of the year often …

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The Energy of a Hand-made Dining Table from Reclaimed Wood

In feng shui, we say all things have energy.  That means inanimate things like dining tables have energy too. But not all dining tables have the same energy.   Unlike a factory made table, one made from reclaimed wood carries a different kind of unique energy. How do we assess this energy?  Through it’s chi.  The …

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Sogetsu Ikebana and the Fundamental Energy of Plants

Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, has a 600 year history.  It began when the practice of offering small flower arrangements to Buddhist shrines were taken out of the religious context.  It originally developed as an art to enjoy nature, bringing flowers into the Japanese home.  Today, in this age of information technology, ikebana …

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Pollution Should Be Considered in Feng Shui Analysis

Feng shui is the study of how to live in accord with nature through understanding our environment and its inherent chi-energy.  We search for places that strengthen and enrich our lives.  Feng shui is a tool to help us design spaces that enhance our well-being. Dr. Hsu teaches us that Form School Feng Shui is always evolving with the times.  Just as new …

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Our Downsizing Story – From 3,700 sq. ft. to 1,190 sq. ft.

I must apologize for not writing for nearly three months.  It’s been a very trying three months for me. After twelve years, we have sold our home and downsized.  With three boys, our 3,700 sq. ft. suburban home was spacious with a huge deck that commanded a fabulous view of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle in the …

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The Asian Philosophy of Nature as a Lifestyle

As a student of Master Hsu, I’ve come to appreciate Asian philosophy more and more.  It has become part of my lifestyle.  It affects how I think, live, and feel. In his teachings Dr. Hsu always tells me, “nature has all the answers.”  Well, okay, I understood the words, but it didn’t really mean much. …

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Ancient Eastern Wisdom of Self-Healing Workshop in Seattle

MindBodyChi Health Workshop – Ancient Eastern Wisdom of Self-Healing Date:  April 19, 2014, Saturday Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Location :  Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell Street, Seattle, WA  98121 ($5.00 parking across the street) Cost $150 – register through me at jenny@asianlifestyledesign  for a 10% discount! – lunch included This is a One-Day …

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