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The Home Alter: Creating Your Sacred Space

In most Japanese homes, you will find some sort of special space, usually a shrine or altar. They tend to be either Buddhist or Shinto-themed. Or they can be as simple as a tokonoma – an outlet with a hanging scroll and flower arrangement. These spaces in the home serve as places of worship and meditation and are where people pray to their ancestors. Drawing on this Eastern wisdom, we can create a sacred space in our homes that serves as a place to reconnect with ourselves, take a pause, and refocus our intentions. You can put anything on your alter – what’s important is the objects’ meaning to you. Today I wanted to share my home altar with you....

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How to Buy, Brew, Store & Order Sencha Green Tea

Not much comforts the heart and mind like a cup of well-prepared green tea. Stopping for a moment during a busy day and enjoying a small cup of tea can easily bring us back to our center. There is a magical beauty to its simplicity. Green tea also has incredible health benefits and is known for its strong antioxidant profile. It is good for the body, both internally and externally. Topically, green tea is one of the most revered Japanese skincare ingredients available, and its consumption is one of the reasons that Japanese women tend to have such radiant skin. Today, I want to talk about brewing the perfect cup of green tea because I have seen so many people...

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A 2 Week Meditation with the Home Essence

I have been meditating for quite some time now and frankly, I couldn’t imagine life without it. Meditation is a wonderful way to start the day. Your day will always flow better having had a moment of quiet solitude. But where to start if you're just approaching the idea of meditating? Welcome to my Meditation Challenge. Every morning for the next two weeks, spend 10 minutes a day sitting with your eyes shut while breathing deeply. Here’s what to do: Find a comfortable posture (a chair or sitting on a pillow is fine too). Set your intention. Shut your eyes. Just breathe. Here is the fun part: Use the Home Essence and its corresponding story (found inside each box) as a...

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A Shower Meditation

Summer is a wonderful time for a languorous shower, so I thought I would share with you my favorite way to use showering as meditation. This ritual is amazing when done on its own or before a bath. I also love this ritual if I’ve slept poorly or if I’ve had an unpleasant dream. Using the Aromatic Body Wash, begin by pouring a quarter-sized amount into your palm. Massage the wash into your skin, beginning wherever feels comfortable. Take your time—this is where the beauty happens. Since the Aromatic Body Wash is non-drying and skin-nourishing, it can be massaged into the skin for as long as desired. Spend a few minutes massaging with your eyes shut, and as you do,...

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Two Ways to use the Aromatic Body Wash

The Aromatic Body Wash is more than a skin cleanser—it is a mood-shifting skin nurturer. Based on the Japanese ritual of showering before taking a bath, there are two ways to use the Aromatic Body Wash that will turn your shower into a beautiful experience for the skin and soul. As a Massage-Based Wash: At Japanese onsen (hot springs) or sento (public baths), there are washing stations set up with body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. Upon entering the washing area, you find your spot and bring a washing bucket and a bench over to it. One of the things I have noticed when bathing in Japan is the amount of time women spend on the washing phase of their ritual. In...

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