The Amayori Sento — Morning

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Ground Yourself in the Morning

One of Japan's "Three Views", Matsushima Bay at dawn. I originally intended for this first post on grounding to be about morning meditation. Rather than that, let's step back a bit and discuss waking up in the morning. So many people are experiencing anxiety dreams due to what is going on in the world. These types of dreams can leave you feeling exhausted both physically and emotionally. By grounding ourselves from the moment we wake up, we pull in all the scattered energy produced from a night of intense dreaming. This will help you create a solid base that will last for the entire day. First, a quick lesson on the Japanese perspective on energy systems within the body (similar to...

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An Easy Weekend Morning Ritual

Little moments of tranquility can have such a rejuvenating impact on our lives. There are so many ways to make everyday moments more beautiful and mindful. All that’s required is a bit of effort, creativity, and intention. I love to read after I meditate and exercise on weekend mornings. I just sit on my couch for 30 minutes or so and read whatever book currently is holding my attention, or I pick a random book and just dive in. What makes this moment go from “reading on the couch” to a weekend ritual is this: Tea: I always make a cup of tea to sit down and read with. Tea stops us and takes us out of the day-to-day. I...

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Detox This Spring With These Japanese Wellness Tips

Spring is the perfect time to detox your surroundings, mind, body, and diet. The key to detoxing anything is to do things that are reasonable and that you can be consistent with. Here are some of my favorite Japanese wellness and lifestyle tips that are easy to incorporate into your life and will spring-clean your mind, body, and soul. Switch Out Coffee for Matcha: Invest in a good quality matcha and substitute it for your morning coffee. Matcha is made by grinding whole tea leaves. This beautiful bright green powder is packed with antioxidants. It is a strong immunity booster and has AMAZING effects on the skin. The energy lift that matcha will give you is very similar to coffee...

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Zen Morning Spa Water

I love making spa water and am always trying new things. Recently, I came up with a version using many of the ingredients that are used in Amayori’s Zen Morning fragrance. Blood oranges won’t be in season for much longer but you can always leave these out or use regular oranges. When making spa water, try to buy organic as the peels are soaking in your water should be pesticide free. If you can’t find organic, just shave off as much of the peel as you can. In the photo, I used a 32 fl oz. pitcher. You can also use a much larger one, up to 64 oz. Since the fruit is soaking, it has the ability to flavor...

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Upgrade Your Morning Routine in Four Easy Steps     

    I have written about my morning wake up routine before but wanted to touch on it now since we are heading into the colder months. As the mornings are darker, it’s hard to jump out of bed with the enthusiasm that we would have during spring or summer. Following are four things you can do that will help you wake up easier and help make your day better. When I start my day this way, the whole day flows and my mood is uplifted.   Be Thankful: Before my mind jumps into all of the things I have to do and the concerns of the day, I stop it. I flip right into what I’m thankful for. Going...

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