The Amayori Sento — Mindfulness

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What to Do When You Feel Slow and Sluggish This Autumn

If you’ve noticed a drop in your energy over the past few weeks you aren’t alone. It’s not just the cooler temperatures that make us want to curl up in bed with a book all day. In Traditional Chinese Medicine autumn is recognized as a time for gathering. The time of day associated with autumn is evening - a time of reflection. The element associated with autumn is Metal which is associated with the urge to interact with others but the need to maintain distance.  Rather than fight against what is natural, embrace this beautiful season and be in harmony with the earth and its energy.  Take a step back. This is a time to nurture yourself and prepare for...

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Autumn Transitions: Letting Go & Being Open To Change

Autumn has a special place in everyone’s heart. I think it goes back to the “back to school” season. There is just something about it – you can feel a shift in the energy of the universe. Spiritually, autumn is about change, letting go, transformation and learning the lesson of impermanence. Leaves turn beautiful colors and we savor this beauty. But eventually like all things in life, we have to let it go. And so, life goes on.   I may be about to make a huge change in my life. More on that as it unfolds. I realized recently that I have been in a bit of a personal rut. For a while I was digging my heels into...

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Easy After-Work Rituals To Calm & Quiet the Mind

Everyone has workdays where they are going full speed. One of the biggest challenges at the end of the day is turning off your work mode and relaxing enough to separate this form your home life. Over the past year I have developed rituals for myself that allow me to quickly and easily transition from work to home mode. I look forward to these rituals all day and I always know I have them to look forward too. I suppose they are my healthier version of the evening cocktail. In Japan there is a beautiful custom of removing one shoes before entering the house. Most traditional Japanese homes have a step or ledge that is either higher or lower than...

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Asa Buro: The Morning Bath

Most people in Japan tend to bathe at night. A morning bath is a rare thing and is usually done when vacationing at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) or an onsen hot springs resort. Among the Japanese, the asa buro is considered the ultimate luxury in ryokan bathing. I rarely take morning baths myself but it is slowly becoming part of my Sunday mornings. It is easy to see why a morning bath is seen as being so luxurious. It really is a wonderful thing to do for yourself when you can carve out an extra early 40 minutes or so. The energy of the early day brings a feeling of a calm peacefulness. Even better if you are...

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Yusuzumi, a Summer Evening Ritual

If you were with us last year you may remember the word yusuzumi. This was the theme of our 2015 beloved Summer Breeze collection. The tradition of yusuzumi is so special that I love revisiting it every year. The meaning of yusuzumi is to enjoy the cool of the evening after a hot summer day. Japanese summers are notoriously hot and humid and yusuzumi is a relaxed reprieve from the heat. A favorite summer Japanese tradition of mine is taking a warm (not hot), early evening bath and then relaxing with a glass of sake or cold green tea. Right now I am obsessed with Amayori's Okinawa Luxury Bath Salts. I just slip into the bath and imagine that I'm at the beach with the...

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