Ask any fashion designer what inspires them most about Japanese culture and they will probably say the Kimono. Like many other timeless fashion trends, the Japanese kimono starts out with a very simple concept; in fact, its boxy shape is what makes it such a versatile place to start for young designers. Over the years since the Kimono was first introduced in North America, numerous designers have used it as an inspiration for dresses, blouses, scarves and robes.
The ice is finally melting across much of the United States, as nature springs to life outside every window. Harsh winters seem to bring about a beautiful spring, so this one should be glorious. Why not get your home and garden ready to usher in the warm breezes with these beautiful new chimes? Every chime is different in that it evokes a different mood or energy to the listener.
How do you start the day? Do you hit the snooze button then proceed to gulp down a few cups of coffee? Are you mindlessly checking your phone while eating breakfast, not fully engaged in either activity? Perhaps you get dressed and head out the door into the bustling crowds or you find yourself in a traffic jam. Even those lucky telecommuters must push themselves into that home office and face down the grind of their work day.
Chances are you’ve heard plenty of people extol the benefits of meditation; how it improved their creativity, boosted energy levels and reduced stress. Some may even claim it’s the reason for their success. But do you believe it could work for you?
It may sound like a gimmick, but when it comes to meditation accessories do matter! Meditation can be hard enough to start without special “supplies,” but it is almost impossible to do without them. Items such as mats, chimes, timers and gongs are a “must have” for anyone who is serious about meditation. But where can you find the best selection?
So much has been written lately about the benefits of meditation, with much of it aimed at helping people deal with holiday stress. But few people are successful at forming new habits during the busiest time of year. A better idea is to start new habits in January. This may explain the recent trend toward meditation retreats.
Oh 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.
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Cosmic Dance for December 2013
This past week I spotted a Bald Eagle perched in the highest branches of one of the tallest trees in the area. Although there are a few around, this is a rare sighting in an urban area in this part of the country. Animals are messengers and this one carries a message very pertinent to the last month of 2013. “Time to spread your wings” seems like an obvious choice, but I don’t think that’s it. As we look forward to December and the first 6 months of 2014 we’re looking at two important retrograde cycles, the first by Venus, the planet of love from December 21st through January 31st and the second by Mars, the planet of action March through May.
The Eagle’s Message is about being patient, finding a higher vantage point from which to view life and embracing a larger perspective. Venus is associated with what we love and value in life – often a proxy for intimate relationships – but actually much more encompassing. Venus has been traveling through the practical and committed sign of Capricorn since November and will continue through the first week of March. During the retrograde pattern, in which from our perspective on earth Venus will appear to be moving backwards, we will revisit some old relationships and maybe even do some evaluation of currents ones. We might also give more thought to how we earn, invest and spend money. Retrogrades are times for reviewing previous choices and decisions and coming to greater clarity.
Relationships will continue to take center stage in the first half of 2014 with Mars moving through Libra, the sign of partnership. December is a good time for honest reflection about our goals – generally, financially and concerning love. Focus not on action but on improving the clarity of your perception.
Quote of the month: “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” (J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan)
C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach
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When we think of meditation, an image of someone sitting cross-legged on a pillow comes to mind; perhaps in a quiet room with candles, hands upturned. But for people who are not quite accomplished in the art of relaxation, meditation can be very difficult. Fortunately, this group of people has a noisier option – gong therapy!
When it’s time to invest in a new meditation pillow, customers can have a hard time choosing the proper filling. This is particularly true when the pillows are purchased online, as many meditation supplies are. Without the ability to feel the texture and weight of a pillow, shoppers find it difficult to choose between buckwheat hull and organic kapok fillings.