How I Learned that we can Communicate without Speaking the Same Language

Many years ago, our family lived in Kuwait due to my husband’s job.  The experience taught me a lot about different cultures and communication.   What I learned was that you don’t always need words to communicate.  And even without communication, you can understand the energy.  Energy doesn’t need an explanation.   While driving down the …

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Can a feng shui gadget fix a relationship?

In many Asian cultures, when a couple decides to get married, some traditional families go to a “marriage or relationship counselor”, who reads your astrological birth charts to see if you’re a match.  There are some practitioners that also look at the characters of your name. They get a feeling of the character through it’s …

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Make a Living Room Feel More Energized

Does your living room feel organized and neat but you feel that something is missing? Being an interior designer and a feng shui consultant, I get the opportunity to visit a lot of different homes.  Living rooms come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are large, some are narrow, others have very high ceilings, while …

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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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How to Bring Chi to an Office with No Windows

Several clients have lamented that they have no windows in their office. One shared, “I don’t know if it’s sunny or raining. After a while, I have to get out of my office so I can see outside. I don’t know why, but I just want to know what the weather is like.” Imagine sitting …

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Shinya’s Japanese Super Refrigerator – KuraBan

I don’t know why but us Japanese love new electronic technology.  Whenever a new product is introduced to the market, it seems like everyone knows about it or already has one.  It’s a type of herd society in that sense, but in general they are open, hungry and curious about any new gadget.   A while …

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