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Astrology Soul Coach, July 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

“Go big or go home!”

No, you are not imagining there is a voice within that is screaming now is the time; if you’ve got it flaunt it; or some similar refrain. This month Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system (not including the Sun) leaves family and home-oriented Cancer for the drama and spotlight of Leo. Jupiter changes signs once a year so this is a significant shift in universal energies when the big daddy of them all moves into fiery and self-expressive Leo on July 16th. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and represents how we move past limitations and boundaries. With Jupiter in Leo we are being called to more leadership, self-confidence, generosity, visibility and authenticity. Remember that last one. Leo is nothing if not authentic. Leo loves to shine and is one of the more flamboyant, romantic and playful of the signs.

While Jupiter is in Leo we expand ourselves and enrich our lives when we take risks in the direction of our dreams; accept we were born to light up the planet; and are willing to be great at what we do. Greatness is lurking inside everyone – have you found yours? For more inspiration consider the lion – proud, confident and self-assured. The following people were born when Jupiter was highlighted in Leo, Bill Gates, Mick Jagger, Bette Davis, Jim Morrison, Yo-Yo Ma, George Lucas, Elizabeth Taylor, Edward Kennedy, Diana Ross, Jimmy Stewart and Eleanor Roosevelt. (Just to name a few!)

This year isn’t about being ostentatious, prideful, or acting superior. It’s about understanding we are each fabulous and spectacular in our own unique and individual way. Find that way and live it.

leoThis is a year to be more visible, more authentic and have a great time doing it!

 Quote of the month: “Be not afraid of Greatness.” William Shakespeare

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, animal communicator, writer, speaker and coach. You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a weekly Astrology radio show, “Simpletales”, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern and can be also be heard on “A Course In Miracles with C.A. Brooks” on Fridays at 8am Pacific – 11 Eastern.

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Chopa Zen Home and Gift Receives 2014 Best of Panama City Beach Award

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chopa Zen Home and Gift Receives 2014 Best of Panama City Beach Award

Panama City Beach Award Program Honors the Achievement

PANAMA CITY BEACH April 24, 2014 — Chopa Zen Home and Gift has been selected for the 2014 Best of Panama City Beach Award in the Online Retailer category by the Panama City Beach Award Program.

Each year, the Panama City Beach Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Panama City Beach area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Panama City Beach Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Panama City Beach Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Panama City Beach Award Program

The Panama City Beach Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Panama City Beach area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Panama City Beach Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Panama City Beach Award Program

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Best online Retailer Award

Best online Retailer Award

Meditate More Comfortably with this Tatami Meditation Mat

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Tatami Meditation Mat Set

Tatami Meditation Mat Set

The ability to be totally relaxed and comfortable during meditation is extremely important. Without a comfortable place to sit, beginners often give up too soon.  If you plan to practice meditation regularly, you will need to create a separate space that is specifically set aside for quiet meditation. (more…)

Start the Year off Right with a Tatami Meditation Mat

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Tatami Meditation Mat

Tatami Meditation Mat

If you’re looking to start the year off right by dedicating more time to meditation and quiet reflection, now is the time to invest in a comfortable meditation tatami mat.  These traditional meditation mats have become a popular staple for those who practice Zen meditation.

When one sits down to meditate, creating an environment of peace and harmony is extremely important.  Meditation is most effective when you can remain still and focused for long periods of time.  Meditation sessions can be quite lengthy, and you won’t want to become distracted by soreness or discomfort.  While many people use a simple yoga mat, others find these are too thin and rubbery to provide the cushioning needed for longer sessions.

Bare floors and uneven cushions are not designed for long periods of peaceful reflection either. That’s why so many Zen enthusiasts recommend a Tatami Meditation Mat.  Sturdier than a yoga mat, yet without all the thick padding of a Zabuton, a round tatami mat offers just the right amount of support for meditation.

The best Japanese tatami mats are made from natural fibers and materials, like rush grass, cotton batting, kapok and buckwheat hulls.  Natural fibers maintain their shape better over time, and provide a more supportive surface than synthetics or bare floors.

The Tatami Meditation Mat shown here is made from woven Japanese rush grass, and is filled with dried rice straw.  Its round shape and brocade border make it a striking addition to your meditation area, without taking up too much space. This mat measures 24” in diameter and is 2 ¼” deep.  It is available in with either a red/gold brocade or solid black border.  Order a tatami mat for yourself or someone special in your life, and plan on sticking to your resolution to meditate more this year.

Tatami Mats and Good Fortune

Friday, June 19th, 2009

 

Tatami Mat Set - 9 x 9 ft. square

Japanese Tatami mats are more than just a design element in Zen décor; they are steeped in ceremony and connected with prosperity and good fortune. 

Originally used by Japanese nobility, these rectangular floor coverings are traditionally made with a rice straw core and a wetland rush grass covering, or “omote”.  The Tatami omote is formed by tightly weaving the stems of soft rush into a soft mat covering.  In early Japanese society, Tatami mats were associated with exalted members of society, whose privilege permitted them to sit on a Tatami mat, while others sat on a wooden floor. 

The rules concerning Tatami mats are important to remember, especially if you are aiming for a traditional, and “auspicious”, Japanese arrangement.

According to Japanese tradition, an “auspicious” layout means that Tatami mats must never be laid out in a grid pattern, meaning at no point should the corners of three or more mats touch. An auspicious layout is achieved when the junctions of the mats form a “T” shape.  An “inauspicious” layout, which forms a “+” shape, is believed to bring bad fortune to a home.

While Tatami is associated with longstanding Japanese traditions, such as tea ceremonies, most modern Japanese homes still have a Tatami room.  Today, Tatami is still commonly used for Japanese religious rites and ceremonies, but many people also use them for protective purposes during martial arts training, such as Judo. 

Traditional Tatami mats are exactly twice as long as they are wide, and usually have “heri” cloth edging on the long sides.  According to Japanese culture, Tatami floor mats must be kept as clean as a dining table or bedding surface at all times. 

With their rich, high quality, natural bamboo slat surface, Tatami mats can be used to enhance any room décor.  They are durable, alluring and easy to maintain.