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About Amber Lotus Publishing

Amber Lotus Publishing is an independent publisher of mind body spirit themed calendars, greeting cards, journals, books, and wisdom decks. We create products that illuminate the sacred dimensions of everyday life — healthy lifestyles, mindfulness, and earth awareness. Sharing the diversity of world cultures and sacred traditions as well as the inspiration and beauty of the natural world is our passion.

We’re Excited to Share! Introducing Our New Calendar Titles for 2018

When someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in their hands. — Rumi

Amber Lotus Publishing has been illuminating spirit in the world since 1988. (2018 will mark our 30th anniversary!) It is our great joy to continue to hold that intention carefully as we craft our products.

This year we’re deeply honored to offer the first calendar – an Amber Lotus exclusive – featuring the calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hanh. Each work of art in The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh offers a serene expression of his artistry and a timeless interpretation of Buddha’s teachings.

We’re delighted to welcome Katie Daisy to the Amber Lotus family. We have a new wall calendar, a weekly planner, and a coloring book featuring Katie’s inspiring art and unique perspective on living a life with purpose.

Instagram phenomenon Chris Burkard joins us again to create Call of the Wild, featuring his stunning adventure photography combined with his observations on the power of the natural world.

We have a new Rumi calendar featuring text from Coleman Barks paired with exquisite contemporary Persian art. Other new offerings include The Artful Cat, Heart Land, Kitchen Art, Mandala Meditations, and two new weekly planners: Love This Life and Eat Well, Kiss More, Travel Often.

We are grateful for the creative collaboration we share with our customers, artists, authors, reps, and friends, each of whom, in his or her own way, illuminates spirit in the world.

— In gratitude


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Happy October Full Moon!

Today is also the Mid-Autumn Festival. Read more from Waverly Fitzgerald >>


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — October 2017 — Free to Download

October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the sixth month to have the length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin ôctō meaning “eight”) after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans.
Flower: Calendula or Cosmos
Birthstone: Opal or Tourmaline

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
2 – Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
4 – Mid-Autumn Festival (Asian)
5 – Sukkot Begins (Jewish)
9 – Columbus Day Observed
9 – Indigenous Peoples Day
9 – Thanksgiving (Canada)
13 – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
19 – Deepavali/Diwali (Hindu)
20 – Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í)
24 – United Nations Day
31 – Halloween
31 – Samhain (Pagan/Wiccan)

Free October Wallpaper

 

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New Coloring Book from Amber Lotus Publishing — Wishes & Wings and Wondrous Things — A Menagerie of Friends: Butterflies, Bunnies, Birds, and More by Cori Dantini

Wishes and Wings coloring book

Free coloring sample pageDownload a sample page from Wishes & Wings and Wondrous Things — A Menagerie of Friends: Butterflies, Bunnies, Birds, and More by Cori Dantini and share your work with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Join in the fun with a cast of lovely ladies, happy hedgehogs, and frolicking woodland creatures illustrated by Cori Dantini. Spend time coloring whimsical landscapes where you can plant wishes and dreams that bloom to life with your rainbow of colors.

Cori invites you to share the journey:

One of my favorite things growing up was opening a BIG brand-new box of crayons — all perfectly sharp and smiling back at me. Fast-forward many years, and I have a similar joyful feeling when I see a sharp colored pencil. I imagine if you are reading this, it means you might feel the same when you think about coloring, and that opening your special box and seeing a smiling rainbow of color makes you happy, too.

After the thrilling moment of seeing that array and then selecting an image to bring to life, I like to think about the colors I’ll use before I start applying them to the page. I’ll often select three or four complementary or contrasting hues and shades to create a colorway so that the image feels connected and balanced. I also like to create a path or rhythm for the eye to follow using pops of color that bring attention to big or little details on the page.

But first and foremost, I like to have fun! This is art, and the most important thing is to enjoy yourself. Even after 25 years of making art, I still remind myself over and over again, “This is mine, and it gets to be and look however I want.” My hope is that you take these coloring pages and make them your own. Experiment! And have fun!

— Cori Dantini


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International Day of Peace 2017

Peace Now

Peace Now holiday greeting card. Click for more info.

Each 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 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016. Continue reading

New Coloring Book from Amber Lotus Publishing — Celtic Myth and Symbol: A Coloring Book of Celtic Art and Mandalas by Jen Delyth

Celtic Myth and Symbol coloring book

Sample coloring pageDownload a sample page from Celtic Myth and Symbol: A Coloring Book of Celtic Art and Mandalas by Jen Delyth and share your work with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Experience a personal connection with ancient Celtic mythology and symbolism as you weave color through intricate paths of knotwork, spiral patterns, and mandalas. These powerful symbols encourage us to go within as we meditate on their meanings.

Jen invites you to share the journey:

Celtic art is an intricate, enigmatic language that embraces interpretation. Limitless in creative variation, the ancient spiraling and intertwining patterns and symbols reflect the beat of the earth and the beauty, power, and spirit of nature. Energy flows from the center and unfurls in an infinite dance of possibility. Like the eternal knots, the great circle of life has no beginning and no end; seeds grow to be saplings and tall trees, which then return to the earth.

This art form is a living tradition. I immerse myself in crafting original designs and paintings, searching for simplicity, balance, and meaning within the ancient forms and stories and creating new designs that speak to us today. I grew up in Wales, an ancient land with an artistic culture spiraling back from the Celts to the first people. I find inspiration in my journey as an artist in the sacred patterns of my ancestors, where all is seemingly in motion, yet held in perfect balance.

It is the mysterious and spontaneous exploration of color that brings me the most delight. The Celtic scribes made their own paints by mixing egg white with organic pigments from plants and the earth. Touches of finely ground rare gemstones or of precious gold leaf added brilliance to their intricate illuminated vellum manuscripts. I mix creamy egg yolk with many of the same natural pigments the ancient Celts used. We are fortunate today to have a seductive array of different colors, paints, inks, pens, and pencils to channel our creativity as we bring beauty and personal expression to our art.

I invite you to share in this creative journey — to discover the joy of personal expression with the sensual and often enchanting process of bringing these designs to life with color. I believe that as we connect more deeply with the ancient Celtic language of spirals, knotwork, mandalas, symbols, and patterns, we can experience the gentle meditative focus that often comes with following the twists and turns — to the center and out again — of these mystical patterns.

Ysbryd!
— Jen Delyth


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2018 Celtic Mandala Wall Calendar by Jen Delyth

Celtic Mandala by Jen Delyth

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — September 2017 — Free to Download

From the Latin word septem, meaning “seven,” September was the seventh month in the Roman calendar until 45 B.C., when Julius Caesar revised the calendar.
Flower: Aster
Birthstone: Saphire

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Eid al-Adha (Islamic)
4 – Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 – International Literacy Day
10 – Grandparents Day
11 – Patriot Day
16 – Independence Day (Mexico)
18 – Constitution Day Observed
21 – International Day of Peace
21 – Muharram (Islamic New Year)
21 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
22 – Autumnal Equinox
22 – Mabon (Pagan/Wiccan)
30 – Ashurah (Islamic)
30 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)

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Artist Spotlight — Gravity Glue: The Stone Balance Meditations of Michael Grab

Land Art 2018 wall calendar

Land Art is composed primarily of the natural elements available at hand. Materials such as rocks, leaves, and water are the medium, and the terrain is the canvas.

The 2018 edition of the Land Art wall calendar presents the work of stone balance artist Michael Grab. His rock balancing is a meditative practice that flows with passion and patience. Achieving a challenging balance requires contemplation of both mental and physical elements in real time — the now. Encountering his creations inspires a sense of peace and magic — a feeling that anything is possible.

Working with contemplative patience amid the sound of flowing water, Michael Grab achieves impossible stone structures with gravity as his only “glue.” Although steady hands, slow breathing, patience, and problem solving are carefully honed skills essential to his craft, Michael’s work relies more on his ability to still his mind and tune in to the nature of the rocks and his surroundings. “There comes a point when the mind shuts off entirely, like in a deep meditative state.” Michael says. “In a very literal sense it feels like creating a state of union with the environment.”

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