Ichigo Ichie: Embracing joy in transitions

By Kimine Mayuzumi Ichigo Ichie (一期一会), a Japanese proverb, is a concept that I often share with my readers and audience. Translated as “one encounter, one lifetime,” it encapsulates the idea that each meeting is unique and exists in its own space and time – an irreplaceable moment. Embedded in the Japanese tea ceremony, this concept encourages us to treat the unique quality of each experience as a precious treasure. There was a moment last…

Thriving through the break: A 5-step guide to recharge your soul

By Kimine Mayuzumi As the winter break unfolds (or perhaps it’s already in full swing), I wanted to take a moment to share five key recommendations and reminders to help you seamlessly transition from the rigors of the past term to a well-deserved period of rejuvenation. 1. Reflect on the term Take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments, both professional and personal. Whether it’s teaching engaging classes, completing challenging coursework, or reclaiming your health, each…

The Japanese stone that holds wisdom: Embracing life’s uncertainties

By Kimine Mayuzumi In the journey of life, we often stumble upon precious gems that shape our perspectives and guide us through the stormy landscapes.  Today, I’d like to share with you one such gem. It’s a simple stone with a profound message, and the story behind it. It’s my hope that this message will resonate with those of you facing tough times and provide a source of inspiration, as it did for me. The…

The power of planning: Embrace mindfulness and prioritize with ease

By Kimine Mayuzumi In a world that seems to revolve around deadlines and outcomes, I’ve found myself immersed in enlightening dialogues with clients about the power of planning.  One question, in particular, lingers in my mind:  “How do you navigate planning when it tends to make you become outcome-oriented?”  Echoing the ethos of our “Be mindful, Trust the process, Let go of outcomes” philosophy, this query on planning is especially relevant in today’s fast-paced world,…

3-minute guided meditation after writing

By Kimine Mayuzumi   Some time ago, I created an audio for guided meditation before writing, and it touched the lives of many, helping them set the right intention for their writing sessions. Recently, it was a reader’s comment on that guided meditation that inspired me to take a step further. The reader, like many of us, longed for a way to wrap up their writing sessions, to savor what they had achieved, and to…