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New Year’s Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

New Year’s Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

Happy lunar new year Gung Xi Fa Cai Sin Hai Jong Geng (wishing you good health) Wan Shi Ru Yi (may everything go according to your wishes) As I write this it is the eve of the lunar Chinese New Year 2015, the year of the Yin Wood Sheep.   It is said that the Japanese and Chinese celebrate the Sheep, the Vietnamese the Goat, Korea and Mongolia, the Sheep or Ram.  But they are all [...]

Feng Shui for Our Special Dog

Feng Shui for Our Special Dog

This is January 2015, and we are nearing the solar new year February 4th. During this time there are many energy transitions occurring, and I can feel it strong in our home. We have a 17 year old dog, who is in a major transition. His name is Joey, and we brought him up here. He was up for adoption when he was one month old at a pet store, and I brought him home as a present to my husband and [...]

Feng Shui Reflections – Janet Mitsui Brown

Feng Shui Reflections – Janet Mitsui Brown

I read an article in the paper about the concept of the New Year. Time as we know it, is based on the circulation of earth around the sun, and of the moon around the earth. We calculate seasons by our rotation around the sun, and night and day by the rotation of the moon around the earth. As profound as this is, many people take the days and the seasons for granted. It happens for a reason and [...]

Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

The Yin and Yang of our neighborhood -- Every morning one of my first tasks is to walk two of our three dogs around the block of our neighborhood. Its an enjoyable walk for both dogs and myself – the dogs to get out of the confined world of our property and take care of business, and for myself, its a form of meditation. The added plus is that I get to run into our neighbors, who walk, jog, [...]

New Year’s Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

New Year’s Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

Sho Chiku Bai (pine, bamboo & plum) -- Steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience in feng shui The year 2015 is well underway here in Los Angeles, and in our home. This year my husband, daughter and I are busy clearing, giving away, tidying up our home. and we are fortunate to have an abundance of pine and bamboo surrounding us in our yard. I just need to find some plum to add [...]

Feng Shui New Year – Janet Mitsui Brown

Feng Shui New Year – Janet Mitsui Brown

Happy New Year 2015 a new Feng Shui beginning -- According to the Western calendar, also known as the Gregorian calendar, we in this country observe January 1st as the beginning of the New Year. Japanese New Year is also celebrated on January 1. But in other cultures New Year’s Day is celebrated in an alternative calendar, still attracting celebrations to begin a new cycle of a new year, but [...]

Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

The Winter Solstice December 21 -- It's the winter solstice here in Los Angeles, the moment in time when the northern hemisphere is at its furthest distance from the sun. And as I did my seasonal shopping I noticed it was chillier and night arrived earlier than usual – of course, the sun is just too far away today. But, from tomorrow the days will get longer and progressively warmer until [...]

Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

Symbols of Hope in Los Angeles -- I’m a Buddhist and I happen to belong to two Temples in Los Angeles. At one Temple I happened to see a most beautiful leaf on the ground and I picked it up. I thought it was gingko biloba at first, but later I found out it was a leaf from the peepal tree – a species of the Banyan fig, or what is now known as the Bodhi tree. I dried the leaf, thinking [...]

Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

Feng Shui – Janet Mitsui Brown

Celebrating life with Feng Shui -- Mid July, this is a yang time of year here in Los Angeles – lots of sunshine, long daylight hours, and the best of all, weekend Obon festivals. The Obon festival in Southern California is a traditional gathering, almost every weekend at a different venue, usually on the grounds of a Buddhist temple, to express respect & gratitude to the spirits of our [...]

Feng Shui in Hanoi – Janet Mitsui Brown

Feng Shui in Hanoi – Janet Mitsui Brown

The first evening after catching up with our daughter in Hanoi we retired for much needed rest. A wonderful shower after an extended journey is refreshing – but with a time difference of plus 14 hours I woke up at 3:00am and could not get back to sleep, so I meditated - a good use of time. At 6:00am I prepared for the day. Breakfast begins service at 7:00am…the Vietnamese rise early [...]

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