Daily Meditation or just take your time to relax can change your life!

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Zen Piggy Meditating in front of Buddha in Sacred Japanese Tatami Room.

(Other than Fine Art work Goddess collection, I make Cute Piggy figurines. 🙂 It is also mind soothing and healing to people’s heart as it brings smiles. I also make them with positive intention! If you want to see more piggies, please visit my ORIGINAL PIGGY PHOTO BLOG, http://originalpiggy.wordpress.com also The Original Piggy store on Etsy, QiCreativeArt.Etsy.com)

Daily Meditation is good for you. You don’t know what is the point of meditating? Meditation helps reduce stress, helps us to focus, help us to relax that promotes various health effects and just so much more.  So how to meditate? Just sit in relax position. Don’t even have to worry about sitting on the floor like typical meditation image. Just sit down and relax. close your eyes and visualize you are in somewhere very very relaxing and makes you happy, make sure that location is somewhere nature. like, imagine you are by the beach in the tropical ocean… or you are sitting by the cliff in Grand Canyon… wherever you like! Just keep visualizing, relax, and feel the sensation just like you really are in the special location. Imagine all your stress goes away, you feel so relaxed, wind, sound, scents, everything washes your stress away. If your busy mind start distract your meditation, try to keep focusing on visualizing you are in the beautiful nature location. At least for about 10 minutes, just keep feeling your relaxation and that is the start! Practice this as often as you can. Then maybe you can go to the next step of meditation. But just doing this will bring all the benefit. The more you do, the more you will see why. Once you get it, you will not want to stop meditating. Piggy knows it. So he meditate everyday. ;)

Cultural Identity

Are you multi-cultural? Do you have international friends? Have you dated someone from international countries? Have you lived over seas? Have you experienced cultural shock?

I have a beautiful son who is 9 years old. He is half of me, Japanese, and his daddy is African American. So he is mixed and multi Cultural child. I am Japanese, born and raised in Japan, so I still have accent when I speak English, I still make lots of mistakes when I write English.( You should see my mistake all over my blog!lol) But I am proud mother of a son. I am bilingual, multi-cultural, global and beautiful. 😉  I have lived in this Country for over 15 years. I am very Americanized, but very Japanese at heart. I love and tend to eat Japanese food, sushi and all kinds of asian food(Asian food culture is strong!!lol) all the time.

My son’s daddy is understanding when it comes to cultural difference. He always respects me as Japanese and he understands that I am Japanese. He agree that we should take advantage of the fact our son is multi-cultural and make sure to raise him bilingual and have a global knowledge. I raised him in the U.S. so he naturally gets all American culture and English as he grow up, so I have to work extra strong to let him know his other half of blood and he is half Japanese and he has another home and family in Japan. I always speak to him in Japanese so he is bilingual. I want to make sure he can communicate with my family also.(None of my family live here and they do not speak nor understand English)

But… his american grandparents are traditional African American family and they are NOT familiar with eastern culture(off course Japanese culture included) at all. I am the only real Asian person in their family and they are not ready to accept our cultural difference. They are great people. I know. I know their heart is really nice but they just are not familiar with international cultures and co-existence of different cultures.

 

Every once a while his granddaddy comes to me and tell me this uncomfortable words. The other day, he said it again. He said…

 

“You have to forget about all Japanese stuff, it is America here. You cannot tell your son about all Japanese stuff. He needs to do American way. You need to follow American way. This is what we do…(Continue long story…)”

 

Yes, I felt VERY disrespected and very uncomfortable.

I let him say a few words but I told him “I am Japanese and I cannot forget about my own culture, myself. My son is half Japanese and I will teach him about his own identity. He is thinking of moving to Japan for his high school and he will need to learn his culture for his future.”.

 

He did not like to hear it. He did not want to accept that his grandson is half Japanese. He knows his grandson is half Japanese, but he wanted him to be just American. Not Japanese.

 

 

I understand, all of us, we want our identity to be protected. We believe our culture is the best(or at least most comfortable). So as being grandparents, who are not exposed to different cultures close to them, they just don’t know about other side of the world. They simply cannot understand there are so many different cultures out there and how different they are. I was not angry but I felt upset to hear those words that sounds very disrespect to my identity.

 

In instant moment, I felt they deny my identity. I felt they were disrespecting me and my whole culture.

 

But spiritual self knows that was not true. They did not mean to disrespect me, they just wanted to have their grandson as close as they can have because they love him so much.

 

So I was not angry, but at the same time, I cannot let them talk like that either. I wanted to educate them about the different cultures and in this world, we all live together in one country and we all co-exist together in the world. It is simply nice not to deny other cultures. Instead, we all should respect each other and live in harmony. That is what I have been doing and what I will always do.

I have not talked to them about this matter yet, but I will send them email about it.

 

If you are an American, or you are from all other international countries who lives over seas, you know, in the world, there are so many different cultures and people. You cannot deny or disrespect different culture because you are not familiar with them. Just simply respect different people, different cultures.

Cultures are your identity. It is strongly part of you, so if someone deny the culture, you feel you are denied.

 

I would ask his grandparents this question, “If your grandson goes to Japan and start his new life there now, and Japanese grandparents tell him to forget about American stuff, it is Japan and you gotta forget about all American things, How would you feel?”

 

I know they will not like it if my parents teach my son how he should forget about American culture.

I nor my family will NEVER do that. Because we know how precious it is to co-exist together this way.

 

If someone deny your culture, you feel very sad.

If someone say something disrespectful about your culture, you feel frustrated.

Same as other way around, if someone push their culture and language to you, you feel disrespected.

 

Cultural difference is beautiful. Skin color difference is beautiful. Different custom, food, language is so beautiful.

 

We are all beautiful equally.

We all live together.

We all are connected as basic humanity.

We exist together and educate each other.

We are all one! So let’s stop having strong wall between us.

We will live in harmony with full of goodness.

 

 

First post! Myself and the blogs!

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Sunrise, beautiful colored sky and a tree. Quiet moment of beauty of the nature

My first official post on my Artist blog!

I will be writing about myself, nature, spirituality, growth, wisdom that will help anyone, art works, creativity, energy that run inside of us and the whole universe….etc.(too much? 😉

Just a little about myself…

I am a fine artist/ pyrographer/ painter/ photographer/ spiritual, intuitive healer/ energy healer/ a mother of a son( 9years old!). I meditate almost everyday for self cleansing and to live happier meaningful life. I go to the total nature area (National parks+) often to be myself, to feel true joy of my life, to gain wisdom of life, to love, to grow, to raise my spirit.  I grow so much spiritually in the past a few years. After going through major life hardship, it opened my heart and eyes toward inside of myself. I realized that everything is inside of myself. and going to the nature always helped me to deeply connect of myself and it is so important to be connected and grounded at all the time. I am very much Earthy person, kind, never get angry, never look at anyone bad way, believing everyone, every life is equal, spiritually awakened strongly.

I have a cat named “Kitty”(very scary cat, people call her she is mean, but she is not! She just has scary personality.;)), and a gold fish named “Fishy”(very friendly! you can pet him).  I am Japanese, born and raised there, I have been in the U.S. for just about 15 years. Currently living in Los Angeles. So my English may sound funny and I still make lots of mistakes writing in English, please forgive me.  I enjoy multiple cultural experience and the beauty of the differences. I love eating great food, I love being outside.

And I…. well, too much about myself.lol

Anyway,

I had a few different blogs to blog about targeted audience, so I had one blog for my spirituality, CORE -Enlightenment store, and I had another blog for my personal views and life…. in Japanese(I am Japanese) and English both and it was getting TOO MUCH! My life is not for spending all day everyday in front of computer!!(I was screaming inside of myself.lol) I am pretty sure there are so many people experiencing the same thing. For your personal use, business use, hobby use… whatever that was, people have multiple account at multiple social medias and blogs.  And I cannot believe that there are sooooooooooooooo many of them today! I am very much a nature minded person, I am not made for computers… My spirit is not happy when I spend all day in front of laptop. I know some people are amazing at it, that is great! but Not me…

So! I just combine all my blogs and twitter account into one, as myself,  have one account. It is self-expression of myself, my art and the wisdom to help others. Someone told me it is the best to have targeted audience for each account, but I realized it was not working for me. So I follow my intuition to combine all. Following intuition is always the best for self. Your intuition could be the message from your guide, message from your god, message from higher self… however you call it. There is always something inside of ourselves that send the strongest messages for the best in our lives.

If you love art and creativity, follow me! If you love photography, follow me! If you love nature, follow me! If you love spirituality and self discovery, follow me! 🙂

Everyday is the celebration of life, life this moment to the fullest and the best will follow in the future. Do not caught up thinking too much of fear toward unknown future or plan too much for the future. The most important thing is TODAY, NOW, that will lead to your brighter future. If you are not living your life happy today, that will lead to your future. Be happy and live life to the fullest everyday!