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Give the Gift of Insight

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

insight meditation kitOh meditation, how we love thee! Especially at this busy time of year! While it may be years until we have enough scientific research to back it up, many converts to the practice of mindful meditation are convinced of its benefits. Nutrition and exercise may be our first line of defense to take care of the body, but there is a reason why meditation has been around for thousands of years: it works.


Astrology Soul Coach – Cosmic Dance for October 2013

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Astrologically speaking October is a very dynamic month of change with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aries on the 18th and a Mercury Retrograde pattern beginning on the 21st.  First let’s tackle the Eclipse. At the time of the Full Moon, the Earth will stand in-between the two luminaries keeping the light of the Sun from reaching and reflecting off of the surface of the Moon, thus creating a Lunar Eclipse. We can’t deny there are physical repercussions as the electromagnetic pulses are temporarily disrupted. Psychologically there are effects as well – mostly positive.

All eclipses are harbingers of change, but Lunar Eclipses, usually indicate we have come to the culmination or ending of a project, relationship or endeavor. Eclipses act like wild cards bringing new people, opportunities or events into our lives that prompt and guide us to make big changes. Many people report eclipses feel like their internal systems have been rebooted. It’s the chance to clean out some old “programming” and make a clean start. Even when an eclipse drops something in our lives that seems “out of the blue” or surprising, when all is said and done, we often realize the change is exactly what we needed.

Mercury, the planet of thinking and communication, will make its third and final retrograde cycle of 2013 starting this month. This one is in the mysterious, sensitive, complex, and psychological sign of Scorpio. Scorpio represents our need for cathartic change and transformation and the need for intense and passionate involvement. Minds and hearts will come together to reveal some amazing insights!

Both events – the Lunar Eclipse and Mercury Retrograde – have change as a common denominator. We don’t always have control of the changes in the world around us, but we do have the ability to choose our interpretation and use events as valuable learning devices on our way to earning our PhDs in Earth School. Enjoy the ride. I’ll be back with you next month to talk about the Eclipse of new beginnings – a New Moon Solar Eclipse on November 3rd. I’ll leave you with the words of Viktor E. Frankl, “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach

You can find her at and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.


Pembroke Springs Retreat – Japan meets the country Bed & Breakfast

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

A weekend getaway is a great way to unwind and reenergize. A popular alternative to the traditional hotel is a Bed & Breakfast. Bed and Breakfasts often provide a much homier feel as well as personal touches and attention. Nestled on 175 acres of beautiful forest and surrounded by mountains is The Pembroke Springs Retreat.  Located in Star Tannery, Virginia, this serene B&B provides a country feel with distinctive touches of Japan.

The Retreat features five rooms, each with gorgeous mountain views.  Each room is decorated in a separate theme and has its own bathroom.  Guests are provided Yukata (Japanese bathrobes) to enjoy during their stay.  In the morning guests are treated to an authentic Japanese breakfast. This typically includes grilled fish, rice, seaweed, vegetables, egg, miso soup and fruit.  Guests may request an American style breakfast and the innkeepers will accommodate vegans.

During the day, guests can enjoy nature walks on the miles of trails on the property, observing the abundant wildlife and taking in the amazing views of the mountains.  Play a game of tennis on the all-weather tennis court or fish in the pond for bluegill and bass. The area is rich in history, from both the French and Indian wars to the Civil War.   There are endless antique stores in nearby areas.

One of the highlights of the retreat, are the two large Japanese baths which are fed with their natural spring waters. The ofuro has been used by the Japanese for centuries to alleviate both physical and spiritual maladies.  This ancient technique of immersion in hot water removes tensions, stress and soothes muscular pains.

While each of the five rooms has a variance of features, the Sunrise room brings Japan to you.  Facing the east and overlooking the forest, this splendid room features shoji screens, tatami mats and a horigotatsu or sunken table.

While the area hosts a variety of restaurants within a half hour drive, guests won’t want to miss dinner service (check availability). You can view images of the tasty meals presented by an obviously very talented chef on Facebook []. These dishes are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious.  The innkeepers of this Bed & Breakfast jewel are Walter and Taeko Floyd.  The manager is Lisa Floyd.  To learn more about Pembroke Springs Retreat, visit their website

Astrology Soul Coach – Cosmic Dance for August 2013

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

It’s time to shine with the Sun and communicating Mercury both in sunny Leo this month. Leo is the sign of self-confidence and self-expression. Under the influence of Leo we get in touch with our need to be our authentic selves and to be appreciated by others. You don’t’ need to be born under the sign of Leo to help yourself to a heaping helping of attention and recognition.

This month we will also be treated to a New Moon in Leo on August 6th reinforcing our desire to get in touch with the innocent but precocious side of ourselves. The energy of this Lunar Cycle conjures up images of a young Shirley Temple – adorable, talented, outspoken and not afraid to be seen. Now you may not sing and tap dance, but you were born with innate and unique talents that when you allow them to shine, they contribute to the light of all consciousness.

The Full Moon in Leo’s opposing sign Aquarius on August 20th balances the potentially aristocratic Leo energy with a healthy dose of appreciation for differences and the unique qualities of individuals. Ruled by the revolutionary planet Uranus, Aquarius is the  sign of originality, humanitarianism, and social reform.

The first few weeks of August are the perfect time to take a good long look at your environment and think about how your home or office does or does not support your sense of self. What does it say about you? Use the Leo energy of self-expression to rearrange, re-design and re-create your environment to reflect your unique personality. After the Full Moon, take your cue from Aquarius and give away or donate those gently used clothes and home furnishings to a good cause.  Your choices and possessions speak to the world about you. Make sure they are representing your most authentic self!

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach

You can find her at and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern. Leo

Express Yourself with Sumi Ink Painting and Calligraphy

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

sumi calligraphyWhether you consider yourself an artist or just a “dabbler,” there is something so wonderful about the Japanese art of Sumi ink painting. A close relative of calligraphy, Sumi ink painting is usually a monochromatic technique that relies on water-based inks along with special pens and brushes. Whether it is calligraphic writing or Sumi painting, there are four essential implements in this East Asian art form: they are the paper, ink, brush and inkstone. In China these four items are known as the Four Treasures of the Study, and in Korea the Four Friends of the Study.


It’s Almost Spring – Time to Start Planning Your Zen Garden

Friday, March 1st, 2013

zen rock gardeningIn case you’re not familiar with the concept of a Zen garden, let’s just say “it’s not your grandmother’s garden,” and probably not your mom’s either.  As nontraditional as Zen gardening may be to the Western eye, it has an effect on people that borders on transformational.  One visitor who sat in the Zen rock garden at London’s Three Wheels Temple said this: “It is very hard to explain… suddenly you feel a great peace and you feel just completely happy sitting there.  All your mind wants to do is be there, taking in the tiny details like the shapes of the rocks and little patches of purple in the dark green of the moss.”


Transforming Your Life for the New Year

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

With the New Year approaching, many of us are feeling optimistic and looking towards setting goals and resolutions for an empowering and successful New Year. If you are looking for some help with putting your intentions into action, author Bill Phillips has developed a personalized and realistic plan to invigorate the body, mind and spirit to become healthier, happier and more fulfilled in the process.

Having led more than a million people to improve their health over the past eleven years with his program Body-for-Life®, Bill Phillips is a self described student and teacher. Delving into both ancient and modern healing traditions and cultures to discover the connection between mind, body and spirit led him to write Transformation.

Transformation is an insightful and guided process that reshapes the “whole person. Each step will help you understand and expand your awareness, refocus your mindset and heal the emotional hurts of the past to attain your greatest transformative self. It will also help you achieve a sustainable healthy lifestyle and begin living more compassionately. The book includes wonderful and inspiring stories from people who have reinvented their lives through his teachings.
If you have the desire and struggle with some habits you would like change in the New Year, understanding nutrition, exercise, and mindset are all key to getting started and living your live with intention.

Transformation will offer you the direction, support and encouragement to make a different and realize your true potential. Chopa is helping you make the change you desire with a special offer. Transformation is just $13.98, half off the cover price.

Becoming your Best Self

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Sara Wiseman is an internationally recognized Spiritual teacher, author, intuitive, and musician. Having experienced a spiritual awakening and transformation in 2008, she has since devoted her life to helping others find their path of soul growth. She has taught and worked privately as a spiritual teacher for thousands of clients around the world. Ms. Wiseman is much more than an author. She offers an array of coaching, teaching and guidance. Among her services are Intuitive Readings, Clarity Coaching, E-Mail Readings and Intuitive Training. She is also a vocalist and songwriter for the Martyrs of Sound musical group, creators of amazing Healing Music.

Among the books she has written, one of our favorites is Becoming Your Best Self: The Guide to Clarity, Inspiration and Joy. Becoming Your Best Self is a practical and informative book on using and improving your intuition. What if you could receive Divine guidance at any time? What if you could clearly see your highest potential? What if you could heal the past, live joyfully in the present, and manifest your dreams in the future? In this insightful book, Sara shows how you can, by using your intuition, even if you have never used it before.

She will teach you how to establish a direct connection with the Divine that will raise your vibration, heal your heart, allow instant access to the Universal information, and transform your life in the process.
We invite you to read her book and learn more about Sara by visiting her website at Sign up for her blogs about spirituality, intuition, life’s path, life’s purpose, soul growth, healing and so much more.

She also hosts her own Radio show, ASK SARA on Wednesdays and Fridays. As Sara describes it, “Two shows, two days, two ways to grow. It’s you and me with our hair down…and it’s fun!”

Ask Sara can be found Wednesdays, 4PM (PST) on CBS SKY RADIO, Call in Live at 248-545-SOUL.

Her second show is available on Contact Talk Radio (CTR) on Friday’s at 11:00AM (PST). Call in Live at 877-230-3062.
With over 1.5 million listeners on CBS The Sky and over 60,000 subscribers on CTR, you can join the fun by calling in for free readings, advice and to ask questions about your own path.

Chopa Adds 30 New Titles of Meditation Books, CDs and DVDs!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Chopa is known for being the leader in Zen home décor and Zen-inspired living, with an unparalleled selection of Shoji room dividers, Japanese furniture, garden fountains, kimonos and meditation gongs, among many other Japanese and Zen items in our online store.  One would expect a purveyor of “all things Zen” to sell quite a few books, DVDs and CDs on meditation and yoga, but up until recently Chopa has had a very small selection of these.

Now, thanks to our recent inventory expansion, Chopa is proud to offer a whole new line of books, CDs and DVDs that will teach you how to properly meditate.  Several other yoga meditation books are available on this new section of the site.    Now, in addition to finding great gift ideas and terrific new home furnishings, you can count on Chopa for Buddhist meditation CDs, or a book on how to meditate for beginners. (more…)