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k a n s h a 感謝 , in Japanese what's important is embracing your heritage, opening your heart allowing your roots to spread slowly + deeply. Slowing down to appreciate more of what we do have.
My profound love for Japan grows each day, I've spent my whole morning writing the nourish and travel sections + I'm writing new pieces for Well + Good on my Japanese wellness practices.
Sharing my heritage, so you can be inspired to grow, heal and learn to love more, with your bright spirit.
Here's a small excerpt from my last piece. Please click link in bio for the whole story. Balance allows us to slow down and appreciate what we do have. .....
"Last summer, after my sweet, 95-year-old Japanese baachan (grandma) passed away, I flew to Japan for her first Obon, a tradition in which we celebrate our ancestors. It felt like a powerful moment in time to embrace my heritage (my mom is Japanese and my dad is Polish-American) and fully immerse myself in Japanese wellness—all with my beloved sister, Jenni. And what better place to do all of that than Koyasan, Japan?
A 90-minute drive south of Osaka, Koyasan is considered the most blessed place in mainland Japan for Shingon Buddhist monks, and one of the most sacred mountains in the world. It’s totally untouched (UNESCO added it to its list of World Heritage sites in 2004), and about half of the 117 temples let guests reserve a stay. That means that for several days, you can rest, eat, and pray with the monks.
It’s definitely a journey. From Tokyo, Jenni and I had to take a subway, a train, a taxi, and a cable car to get there, but the second we walked into the crisp mountain air, my spirit began to awaken.
At 6 a.m. every day, we woke and got ready for an early morning prayer session with the temple’s monks. We chanted and shared prayers with guests who had come from all over the world. My sister and I prayed for our baachan’s soul, which felt really memorable and powerful..... "click link in bio for the full story.... ✨✨✨