Grounding, Nurturing, and Calming

Image from our Gardens of the Spirit 2018 wall calendar featuring photos by John Lander. Click for more info.

Late Summer is the season of abundant harvest associated with the Chinese element of Earth, bringing tidings of grounded, nurturing, peaceful and compassionate chi. The Earth element encourages us to nurture ourselves and others as well as create the most loving, supportive, stable, sustainable and peaceful home and life that we can live.

In our bodies, it’s related to the stomach, spleen and pancreas. In our physical spaces, it’s related to the center of the Bagua, known as the Tai Chi or Health Gua, as well as the Relationship Gua (Kun).

When earth is balanced inside of us and our homes, we feel grounded, stable and calm and enjoy loyal, reliable and compassionate relationships. Our romantic partnerships, career, business and children feel stable.

When the Earth element is out of balance we may feel insecure, lonely, listless, anxious or worried. We might be apathetic, sluggish, bored, stuck, inert, or lethargic. Or overprotective or smothering in our relationships. Or perhaps too accommodating, trying to be all things to all people.

Here are some easy and simple ways to support you getting grounded, rooted and earthed!

  • Use gold or yellow bed sheets.
  • Wear clothing in the colors of yellow, gold, orange or brown.
  • Eat yellow, gold and orange colored foods.
  • Get out into nature! Lie on your belly on the earth or forest floor and inhale and exhale deeply. Walk barefoot in the sand or grass. Walk on a stone reflexology path.
  • Burn aloeswood incense.
  • Drink pu’erh tea.
  • Hang stone wind chimes.
  • Chant or sing.
  • Hold jade over a place on your body that needs healing.
  • Take an Epsom salt foot bath before going to bed.
  • Get a foot massage. Rub pure organic essential oil of pine onto the soles of your feet.
  • Make sure to take time to nurture yourself.
  • See your acupuncturist to balance your spleen, stomach and digestion.

Gwynne WarnerGwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.

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Giveaway — Ram Dass Planner

We’re giving away 2 copies of the Ram Dass 2017-2018 planner. You can enter to win by liking or commenting on this post on our Facebook page. We’ll randomly select 2 winners (US address entries only) on August 9, 2017, at 12:00 pm PT.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — August 2017 — Free to Download

Julius Caesar’s adopted nephew and heir, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, was the first Roman emperor to receive the title Augustus, meaning “revered.” Augustus named the month for himself.
Flower: Poppy
Birthstone: Sardonyx

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Lughnasa (Pagan/Wiccan)
1 – Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
7 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
7 – Partial Lunar Eclipse 2:22 pm EDT
7 – Full Moon 2:11 pm EDT
12 – Mercury Retrograde Until September 5
14 – Last Quarter 9:15 pm EDT
15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
21 – Total Solar Eclipse 2:26 pm EDT
21 – New Moon 2:30 pm EDT
25 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
29 – First Quarter 4:13 am EDT

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I Am Goat by Kevin Horan

I Am Goat wall calendar

We’re delighted to offer the I Am Goat wall calendar again for 2018. Today we’re sharing the cover as part of the Daily Post photo challenge. The theme today is “unusual.” We think photographer Kevin Horan addresses the unusual head-on with his wonderful goat portraits. 

Read more about Kevin, his process, and rescue goats. 


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Midweek Mindfulness with Mark Nepo — July 12, 2017

The Book of Awakening 2018 wall calendar

Image from The Book of Awakening 2018 wall calendar. Stacked stones © Dietmar Voorwold. Click image for more.

“This is the trick to staying well, isn’t it: To feel the sun even in the dark. To not lose the truth of things when they go out of view. To know there is still water, even when we are thirsty. To know there is still love, even when we are lonely. To know there is still peace, even when we are suffering.”
Mark Nepo

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Happy Birthday to H. H. the Dalai Lama

Image from our Dalai Lama 2018 wall calendar. Photograph by Rosemary Rawcliffe.

“One of my fundamental beliefs is that not only do we inherently possess the potential or basis for compassion, but also the basic or fundamental human nature is gentleness.” — H. H. the Dalai Lama, from Healing Anger

Previously, in honor of his 80th birthday in 2015, we shared Eight Stanzas for Training the Mind.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2017 — Free to Download

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the fourth month to have the length of 31 days. July was named by the Roman Senate in honor of the Roman general, Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis.
Flower: Larkspur
Birthstone: Ruby

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Canada Day (Canada)
4 – Independence Day
6 – Dalai Lama’s Birthday
14 – Bastille Day (France)

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Happy Summer Solstice! — Eratosthenes’ Inspiration

Seasonal changes are such a delight to the senses. The summer solstice marks longer days, if you live in the northern hemisphere, and ushers in fragrant blooming plants, delicious summer fruit, and adventures with friends and family. But the summer solstice also shares an anniversary of a scientific achievement. Here’s an excerpt from “Summer solstice: the perfect day to bask in a dazzling scientific feat” by Stuart Clark posted on The Guardian: Continue reading