Let’s Wake Up to the Moment

Photo: Karen Ari Sami Location: Lorien Hotel and Spa

Greetings to you,

It’s been too long. I hope life has been treating you well. I have had some moments of emotional ups and downs in the past two months, but overall life has been very kind to me since I turned 45 on May 15. It feels like I am going into a phase of self-mastery, knowledge, and spiritual power that I cannot explain to you at the moment.

After the past month of being with and around people every day, I am finally making time to relax and recharge. Below are some words of wisdom from my favorite spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh‘s book How to Relax. Sometimes, the only way to relax is not in trying, but simply in just giving a command to our mind, body, and spirit to do so.

Waking Up to the Moment

Walking meditation is a way of waking up to the wonderful moment we are living in. If our mind is caught, preoccupied with our worries and our suffering, or if we distract ourselves with other things while walking, we can’t practice mindfulness; we can’t enjoy the present moment. We’re missing out on life, but if we are awake, then we’ll see this is a wonderful moment that life has given us, the only moment in which life is available. We can value each step we take, and each step can bring us happiness because we are in touch with life, with the source of happiness, and with our beloved planet.

I hope you enjoy the wisdom above. For me, walking is a daily meditation that I cannot live without. Regardless of where I am at the moment, walking at sunrise and sunset are usually my must-do activities. Most often, I prefer to do it alone and in silence so that I can hear the birds and the bees singing, whistling, and chirping.

Try walking without shoes. It feels amazing!

How Much I Love Old Town Alexandria

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I love praying and sitting in silence at Saint Mary’s in the afternoons.

There are so many reasons why I love living in the City of Alexandria and having a business right in Old Town. But here are some visual reasons why I just love being here.  From the architecture to the food choices and being near the waterfront, I could wander around all day and still discover something new and inspiring each time.

In fact, I am so passionate about where I live and work that I will be hosting our very first Nguyen family reunion ever! My family and relatives who had escaped Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon in 1975 will be coming in from all over the world and gathering here. Many of the different generations will be meeting each other for the very first time as well.

I will share more on that event with you soon, but for now, soak in the sun and fun of Alexandria.  I hope you will make the time and visit me at my goddess sanctuary and lifestyle boutique if you are ever in town for any reason.  And if you have any questions about the area or want advice on a restaurant, just let me know. 🙂

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A clean and quiet courtyard for your afternoon break!

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The homes are beautiful and have a European feel to them.

You can’t come to Old Town without visiting tu-anh goddess sanctuary!

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I can stretch and meditate anywhere at anytime!

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Resting my Goddess feet from a long walk and watching the sailboats go by is so therapeutic.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church

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There is water and greenery!

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The colorful and cute homes!

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My favorites to eat at Brabo Tasting Room of The Lorien Hotel.

I can play Volleyball right by the water!

I can play Volleyball right by the water!