Midweek Mindfulness with Pema Chödrön — Feb. 3, 2016

Pema Chodron 2016 wall calendar by Amber Lotus Publishing

Image from our Pema Chödrön 2016 wall calendar. Southern Oregon coast © Chip Phillips. Click image for more.

“When you can smile at fear, there’s a shift: what you usually try to escape from becomes a vehicle for awakening you to your fundamental, primordial goodness, for awakening you to clear-mindedness, to a caring that holds nothing back.” —Pema Chödrön

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Groundhog Day

Little Critters 2016 wall calendar

Image by Kate Endle from our Little Critter 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more.

Groundhog Day might seem frivolous—people gathering in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see Punxsutawney Phil lumber out of his burrow and thus determining the weather for the coming year. But Groundhog Day is one of a number of holidays—which include the Celtic Imbolc and the Christian Candlemas—that are celebrated at this moment, halfway between midwinter (Yule) and the height of spring (Easter, Spring Equinox), when the first signs of spring are evident, whether those are the thaw, the emergence of snowdrops, or the head of a groundhog poking out of a burrow. Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — February 2016 — Free to Download

Hello, February!

Today is Imbolc, one of the many diverse holidays that herald the beginning of spring. We love, love, love bees and see them as a beautiful symbol of the renewed energy of the spring to come. Hope you enjoy!

Free Desktop Wallpaper February 2016Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. See download tips and system instructions below.

Mac Users: Ctrl+click the image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Right-click the image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.

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The Flame Endures: Brigid the Saint

Imbolc is a time to celebrate the coming of spring and is also the feast day of Saint Brigid (February 1). We’re delighted to share a post from Lunaea Weatherstone, a long-time Amber Lotus contributor and author of Tending Brigid’s Flame: Awaken to the Celtic Goddess of Hearth, Temple, and Forge. The following is an excerpt from Chapter One of Tending Brigid’s Flame. ~Amber Lotus

Celtic Mandala 2016 wall calendar

Brighid’s Mantle by Jen Delyth from our Celtic Mandala 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Why include a saint in a book largely intended for Pagan readers? To put it plainly, it’s because the saint and the goddess are one and the same. She never left. No other Western goddess has an unbroken history of worship. No other goddess has been clung to so passionately by her devotees, no matter what other canons of faith they accepted. To write a book about Brigid without including her saint aspect would be denying half her powers:

  • The power of endurance
  • The power of practical love
  • The power of bridging differences

As a Pagan, there was a time when I assumed that the goddess Brigid had simply been co-opted and whitewashed by the Church into something more manageable, less powerful. I see it somewhat differently now. Continue reading

Midweek Mindfulness with Eckhart Tolle — Jan. 27, 2016

Image from our The Power of Now 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Image from our The Power of Now 2016 wall calendar. Water lily flowers, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore © Tim Fitzharris. Click image for more info.

“The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” —Eckhart Tolle

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Alasitas: Abundance In The New Year

ou Can Heal Your Life 2016 wall calendar by Amber Lotus Publishing

Artwork by Joan Perrin-Falquet from our You Can Heal Your Life 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

In La Paz, Bolivia, the new year is welcomed with the month-long festival of Alasitas. The festival has its roots in the custom of the indigenous people, the Aymara, who prayed for good crops in the coming year and gave each other gifts. In pre-conquest times, these gifts were often miniatures representing what people would like to receive or achieve in the new year.

Leslie Jamison writes about this tradition in The Empathy Exams: “For three weeks, the markets around the Parque Urbano are full of tiny objects, tiny everything: tiny horses, tiny computers, tiny diplomas, tiny houses, tiny Jeeps, tiny llamas and tiny llama steaks, tiny passports.” Continue reading

Lunar New Year Approaches: New Year, New Luck + Energy!

See Believe greeting card by Duirwaigh Studios

See Believe greeting card by Duirwaigh Studios. Click image for more info.

Here are five practices to support you in welcoming brand new chi and luck for a brand new year (Lunar New Year, February 8, 2016). Enjoy!

1. This is a Taoist ritual for good luck. Write down your heartfelt dream or wish by hand 49 times for 49 consecutive days. You can then either burn it or tie it to a wishing balloon and send it to the heavens (just make sure to buy the bio-degradable latex kind and cut off the ribbon before you release).

2. Make a Good Fortune cake. Wrap an auspicious symbol such as a Feng Shui coin, gold ingot, ring or gemstone and place in a wee bit of tin foil. When the cake is half baked, place this packet into the batter. When the cake is shared by family and friends, whoever gets the lucky object will have a windfall of prosperity! Continue reading

Our Continuing Mission — 560,000 Trees Planted

60,000 Trees Planted

We strive to create products that illuminate the sacred dimensions of everyday life — mindfulness, healthy lifestyles, and earth awareness. Inspiring artwork woven together with words of wisdom can be an instrument for creating a calming space in our busy world, centering our thoughts during challenging times, or simply a way to express a personal aesthetic in any environment.

Embracing the concepts of Right Livelihood, we wish to reduce or offset the harm our publishing activities cause by partnering with Trees for the Future to replenish the resources used in crafting our products. In December of 2014, we reached the significant milestone of half a million trees planted since 2008. Our original commitment for 2015 was to plant an additional 30,000 trees, but by the end of the year we had doubled that number. We have now planted over 560,000 trees! The 60,000 trees planted in 2015 is more than 25 times greater than the estimated 2,000 trees used to produce our 2015 product line (which includes our 2016 calendars).

What began as a simple strategy to offset the number of trees used to produce our products has morphed into a fundamental component of our ongoing mission. As our president Lawson Day says, “We intend to continue planting as many trees as we can for as long as we can.”

Thank you for purchasing our calendars, greeting cards, and gifts. And for being a part of our mission.

We’re proud to be a carbon-negative independent publisher. Read more about our efforts and philosophy of Art, Commerce, and Service.

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