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Waste conscious lifestyle

February 10, 2020

Hello everyone! Let me start with asking a question to you today. How much paper towels are consumed at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2017? Some of you might have graduated from, so let’s do a wild guess. I would like to answer the question in the middle of the blog. Today’s topic is waste. Have you heard the word “zero-waste”? It’s a type of lifestyle pursuing to be no waste at all through your daily life. Its aim is not only minimizing the waste, but also to be more conscious about the ethical and environmental aspects. It’s a movement of sustainable lifestyle. “Zero-waste” can be done personally…

How much Carbon footprint do you make per year?

February 3, 2020

Hi everyone! As a start of a New Year and decade, let’s think about a few things to our island better. I would like to share something that we can do to live better in the Aloha State. Let’s learn what Carbon footprint is. Carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) caused by an individual, event, organization, or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation according to United States Environmental Protection Agency website. It’s too broad to think how Carbon footprint affects our life,…

What Ayurveda gives to you

January 9, 2020

Hi everyone! This is Jessica from Honolulu Myohoji. From the continuation of the last blog, let’s talk more deeply about Ayurveda.   Ayurveda is a holistic approach for the mind and body. While Ayurveda defines health as a combination of good health and healthy mind, western medicine focuses on people’s physical health. If you would like to focus on your overall well-being, Ayurveda is here for you. Not only does Ayurveda give you ideas of how to live healthily,it will give you a realization of happiness.   Let’s think about happiness for a little bit. Happiness is not something you “get”, but it is something you will “realize”. A teaching…

Life of Science

January 6, 2020

Hi everyone! This is Jessica from Honolulu Myohoji. I would like to share information about energy from an Ayurvedic point of view today. Have you felt any energy of the earth on your daily basis?   Since 2010, I’ve been fortunate to travel to different parts of the world. I realized at times it’s not all about good food or breathtaking view. When I was hiking at Haleakala National Park, I realized I was in the flow of energy. It was beyond my description and couldn’t tell what it really is.   After learning Ayurveda, I learned Ayurveda is the combination of the word “life” and “science”. Ayurveda is a…

Learning “eight limbs”

January 3, 2020

Hello everyone! This is Jessica from Honolulu Myohoji. Let me continue sharing the topic of “eight limbs” in Yoga. What does the “eight limbs” refer to? It shares eight things to do in your daily life as below. Each of the teachings are very important, so I would like to mention the details in my future posts.   1. Yama – Things to do for yourself. The base of the learning of “eight limbs”. 2. Niyama – Things to do to others, for instance, how to get in touch with others. 3. Asana – Physical movement. Yoga regards physical movement as a stage of our spiritual growth. 4. Pranayama –…

“eight limbs” – The base of Yoga

December 30, 2019

Hello everyone! This is Jessica from Honolulu Myohoji. In the last entry, I mentioned “Yoga” is aiming to create a union of your physical and mental self. Today, I would like to mention what is the base of yoga.   For some that don’t know, Yoga is from India, but how old is yoga? There are a few different records, but it’s popularly said Yoga was created around 5000 years ago. When you start learning Yoga, you will most likely read Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutra”. Patanjali mentions “eight limbs”, describing eight steps that act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. When you practice Yoga at schools,…

What’s “Yoga”?

December 27, 2019

Hi everyone! This is Jessica sharing a tip of Yoga, Ayurveda and waste-conscious lifestyle.   Today, I would like to define what’s “Yoga”. What would you imagine? One of the prevailing ways of understanding Yoga is probably the poses you do on the yoga mat. And, yes, this is one of the ways of doing Yoga.  Let’s see what the original “Yoga” means in Sanskrit.     “Yoga”   = Sanskrit word: “Yukti”  = in English translation: Union, preparation, connection, practice, meditation on the supreme being   In short, “Yoga” means “union”. This “union” is the connection between your physical body and your mind.  In yoga, your soul (or mind) is regarded…

Yoga, Ayurveda and waste-conscious lifestyle

December 26, 2019

Hello everyone! This is Jessica, helping Honolulu Myohoji from 2019.  I am very excited to introduce myself as a blogger for Honolulu Myohoji.    This blog is dedicated for Yoga, Ayurveda and waste-conscious lifestyle.  To share a little bit about myself, I got a certificate as a yoga instructor in 2017 with the Lotus 8 Teacher’s Training course. .  I got a chance to learn Ayurveda at the same year. The teaching of Ayurveda gave me an idea of having a better daily life beyond my physical body.  I visited Kerala, India for further learning of Ayurveda in 2019. Throughout my life, I traveled as a backpacker to over 50…

Collection of Recitaitons of Tempu Nakamura – Recitation of Force –

December 20, 2019

I am force itself, a crystal of force that overcomes everything! Therefore by nothing I’m beaten! Not by sickness nor by misfortune! Nay, I am force itself that overcomes everything of all! Indeed! A crystal of strong force!

Collection of Recitaitons of Master Tempu Nakamura – Oath –

December 12, 2019

I solemnly swear that for this one day, I will not get angry, not fear, nor grieve. I will be honest, kind and cheerful, fulfilling my duty to my won life with force, courage and eagerness, and living always as a respectable man with a mind full of peace and love.