International Day of Peace 2018

International Day of Peace PosterEach year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The first official observance of the day was in September 1982.

The theme for 2018 is “The Right to Peace: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”

The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948, as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The Universal Declaration—the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages—is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.


Ways to Participate

Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace
In 1984, in commemoration of the annual International Day of Peace and in solidarity with the United Nations, the NGO Pathways To Peace inaugurated the Minute of Silence at 12:00 Noon in each time zone, resulting in a “Peace Wave” around the world. Individuals, organizations, communities, and nations are invited to participate in this shared and practical act of peacebuilding on September 21.

See more ideas for getting involved by visiting the International Day of Peace website.


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Celebrate Thinking of You Week: Create a Wave of Happiness

Thinking of You Week logo

Amber Lotus Publishing is celebrating Thinking of You Week with a greeting card bundle giveaway.  

Thinking of You Week (September 24 – 30, 2018) is coming to the United States this year, thanks to the Greeting Card Association. First launched in the U.K., this weeklong celebration seeks to create awareness for the positive impact a handwritten greeting card can have on the recipient—especially when it’s unexpected—and to encourage a wave of more meaningful connections and caring throughout the year. USPS is getting in on the fun with a special postmark for all first-class stamped mail in September.

Greeting Card Giveaway

To celebrate the week, we’re giving away 3 greeting card bundles. Each bundle contains 5 of our bestselling designs. You can enter to win by liking or commenting on this post on Facebook. We’ll randomly select 3 winners (US address entries only) at 12:00 p.m. (PT), Tuesday, September 18.

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Late Summer and the Element of Earth

Image from our Gardens of the Spirit 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by John Lander. Click for more info.

Late Summer is the season of abundant harvest associated with the Chinese element of Earth which brings 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 life and home that we can.

Late summer is related to the stomach, spleen, and pancreas in our bodies. In our physical spaces, it’s related to the center of the Bagua (the Tai Chi or health gua) as well as the Relationship gua (kun). The sound of Earth is singing.

When earth is balanced inside of us and our living space, we feel grounded, stable, and calm and enjoy loyal, reliable, and compassionate relationships.

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, lethargic, or overprotective or smothering in our relationships. Or perhaps too accommodating, trying to “be all things to all people.”

Here are some simple adjustments to support the Earth element in your home:

  • Bring earth from sacred places back home and sprinkle it into your garden and house plants.
  • Do this Taoist visualization ideally between the hours of 7:00 am-9:00am. Think of your house as having an umbilical cord connecting it to the very center of the earth. Now see and feel it soaking up that earth energy and bringing it into your home.
  • Check all the locks on your doors and latches on your windows to make sure they work perfectly so you have peace of mind.
  • Make your home earthy, comfy, and cozy.
  • Be extra wary of clutter.
  • Decorate with golden yellow paint, wallpaper, or decor (a fabulous antidote for the Pacific Northwest weather, by the way!). You can use square shapes in your furniture or fabrics such as check, plaid or herringbone.
  • Perfect accents would be natural geodes, agates, and gemstones.
  • Add ceramic pottery planters, tableware, lamp bases, or Asian garden stools.
  • Ground each room with an area rug in proper proportion.

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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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — September 2018 — Free to Download

September is the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the third of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the fourth of five months to have a length of less than 31 days.
Flower: Aster
Birthstone: Sapphire

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
3 – Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 – International Literacy Day
9 – Grandparents Day
10 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
11 – Patriot Day
12 – Muharram (Islamic New Year)
13 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
16 – Independence Day (Mexico)
17 – Constitution Day
19 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
20 – Ashurah (Islamic)
21 – International Day of Peace
22 – Autumnal Equinox
22 – Mabon (Pagan/Wiccan)
24 – Mid-Autumn Festival (Asian)
24 – Sukkot Begins (Jewish)

Free September Desktop Wallpaper

See download tips and system instructions below: Continue reading

Ganesh Chathurthi

Ganesh greeting card

Ganesh Blessing greeting card. Click for more info.

Ganesh Chathurthi is a lively seven- to ten-day long festival to worship the elephant-headed Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom and success. As the remover of obstacles, he is also called Vighnesa or Vighneswara. It starts on the fourth day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. For 2018, the festival begins on September 13 (dates may vary by region). The festival is especially colorful in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, and is the bestknown event in Bombay. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Ray Morimura: Now and Zen

Now and Zen 2019 wall calendar

We’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — Now and Zen.

Used widely throughout East Asia, woodblock printing is an age-old technique for printing text, images, and patterns. The craft originated in China as a method of printing on textiles and then on paper. In Japan polychrome prints known as nishiki-e (brocade pictures) spread more widely and resulted in more realistic and expressive prints. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Rachel Grant: Weaving the Past with the Present

Image from Women Who Rock Our World 2019 Wall Calendar

We are thrilled to welcome Rachel Grant to our family of contributing artists. Her gorgeous work is featured in our new 2019 wall calendar Women Who Rock Our World. This calendar is one part homage to female scientists, artists, writers, activists, athletes, and leaders and one part call to action. Each month highlights one revolutionary woman’s inspirational words paired with breathtaking original art and a short biography.  Regarding her extensive work on the calendar, Rachel said, “It was fascinating to work on. So much inspiration in these women’s stories.”

Here is a bit more about her process and what inspires her wonderful work: Continue reading

Introducing Our New Calendar Titles for 2019

It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to introduce nine new wall calendar titles for 2019. Click each image below to see more info about each one or browse our full selection of over 75 calendars on our website

This Land Is Your Land 2019 Wall Calendar

Women Who Rock Our World 2019 Wall Calendar

Now and Zen 2019 Wall Calendar

The People's Yoga 2019 Wall Calendar

Super Foods 2019 Wall Calendar

Wild Woman Rising 2019 Wall Calendar

Stoic Meditations 2019 Wall Calendar

Save Our Sharks 2019 Wall Calendar

Bird Brains 2019 Wall Calendar


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