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In the United States it’s known as an “aha!” or “light-bulb” moment. In Zen Buddhism it’s called satori: a sudden awakening. Zen expert D. T. Suzuki describes satori as “acquiring a new point of view for looking at things…the sudden flashing into consciousness of a new truth hitherto undreamed of…a general mental upheaval that destroys the old accumulation of intellection and lays down the foundation for new life.”

I’m Emmy Creigh. Welcome to Casa Satori, “The Aha! House.” The concept of Casa Satori came to me as a way to blend relaxation with realization—a palapa on the beach implies an empty mind, which is the ideal state for reaching satori.

I was born in Garden City, Kansas, grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of the Pacific–Callison College in Stockton, California. Through Callison I was able to study in Japan—where I became interested in Zen—and the Yucatán. (I also served in Peace Corps–Paraguay from 1975 to 1977, the subject of my new memoir, Journey to the Heart of the Condor.)

I believe that creativity is nourishing and it’s possible to see everything around us as inspiration. I especially love books and discovering new information that challenges the status quo. I am eager to share my findings with you in my blog, “How Can I Keep from Writing?” I’ll write generally about the three things Casa Satori is passionate about: health, harmony, and books.

Casa Satori’s mission is to help freethinking individuals sharpen awareness and engage more fully in life by sharing non-mainstream perspectives on physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing that can help us heal ourselves and, by extension, our planet.

In plain terms: I am a cancer survivor who is passionate about sharing cutting-edge information that can help you increase mindfulness and achieve maximum all-around health.

I hope you’ll sign up to receive my blog and keep up with what’s happening with Casa Satori Books, publisher of literature that illuminates.

Thank you very much! I look forward to hearing from you.