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Gaman, I Can Take It

“Have we all become too soft?”  I wonder about that. There is a Japanese word “Gaman” which is often translated as “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity”. The term is generally translated as “perseverance”, “patience”, or “tolerance”. If you grew up with the language, those translations sound so serious. In reality, I think …

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Easy, No-Sewing Masks for the Corona Virus

I hope everyone is staying home and is safe. As the news for the coronavirus changes daily, it’s hard just to keep up. I’m trying to keep my news consumption to a minimum and stay occupied by reading and writing. What are you up to? In the Greater Seattle area, they’re talking about making face …

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Japanese Forest Bathing For Your Health!

Now is the season to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.  Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with many trails throughout the area that are easily accessible.  Well, now science has proven that not only is hiking in the forest a beautiful experience, it’s also great for your health! Imagine yourself on a …

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with Plants and Get Better Health

Many of us worry about air pollution and how it can affect our overall health, but have you ever thought about the indoor air quality in your home? As an interior designer, I understand how people assume that interior design is all about aesthetics.  It’s true that we want to make sure paint colors match …

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9 Reasons to Drink Matcha Green Tea to Kick Start Your Healthy Lifestyle

Green tea is regarded by many nutrition experts as one of the items on any top 10 list of super foods in terms of antioxidant quantity, health benefits or weight loss. In particular is the green tea powder called Matcha – which is made from stone ground natural green tea leaves grown in Japan. But …

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One-Day Health Workshop – Start 2015 with Better Health for Life!

Happy 2015!   New years is a great time to make changes in life.  Why not start 2015 with the goal to improve your health for life! Dr. Shan-Tung Hsu, will be leading a One-Day Health Workshop:   MindBodyChi Health Workshop – Ancient Eastern Wisdom of Self-Healing Date:  January 24, 2015  Time:  9:00 a.m. – …

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How Meditation Brings Clarity

Meditation has become a practice that is recommended by many practitioners including therapists, new age gurus, health specialists, religions, spiritual seekers and even doctors.  So, what is meditation and why is everyone recommending it? Meditation is the practice to clear the mind. Just imagine a clear glass filled with water.   You can see right through …

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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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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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New Year, New Energy

Happy New Year!  May 2014 be blessed in health, happiness and harmony for you and your family.  明けましておめでとうございます。今年も どうぞ よろしく おねがえします。 This year, of all the resolutions I was thinking about making, I decided it should be the year for just one resolution, instead of the usual ten. Here is the one: Increase Energy!  That’s it! The …

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9 Tips to Raising your Life Energy

I was talking with a friend about how often we hear people say, “I don’t like being around people with negative energy.  They don’t make me feel good.”  And that is truly understandable.  But sometimes we can be confused on what “negative” energy really is.  What gives you “positive” energy or life energy? Life is …

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Age is Not a Number, it’s a Mindset

This week I have been most fortunate to have met and heard stories of amazing people.  I thank them for their inspiration!  Interesting how the universe connects us with people from all walks of life. Dancing next to me in my Jazzercise class was a middle aged Japanese women that I had never met before.  I later found that …

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