Category Archives: Inspiration & Spirituality

Universal Children’s Day

Women Who Rock Our World 2019 wall calendar

Image from our Women Who Rock Our World 2019 wall calendar featuring artwork by Rachel Grant. Click for more info.

Celebrated on November 20th each year, Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 by the United Nations. This special day is an opportunity to promote international togetherness and focus on improving children’s welfare. Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

Here’s more info about this special day from the United Nation’s website:

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

Universal Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.

We want to build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential, and we know you do too.

2018: Children are taking over and turning the world blue


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World Kindness Day — Make Kindness the Norm

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Image from our Katie Daisy 2019 wall calendar. Click for more info.

World Kindness Day is an international observance on November 13. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. Today we’re invited to highlight good deeds that focus on the positive power and common thread of kindness that binds us regardless of race, religion, politics, gender, or zip codes.

The Random Acts of Kindness blog has a wonderful post encouraging us to make kindness the norm. Here’s an excerpt:

When a moment of kindness appears, it’s as if a fog has been lifted… just for a moment. It’s lovely. It makes us feel good. We smile. But, then the fog rolls back in and we go back to the norm of our daily lives.

But, what if we started being intentional about not only noticing and absorbing them when they happen to us, but creating those moments for others? What if we made it a point to go slightly outside of our comfort zone at least once a day to make someone smile? To share a compliment with a co-worker or friend? To reach out to a family member we haven’t spoken to in awhile? What if we stopped thinking about them as random acts of kindness and started thinking about them as intentional acts of kindness?

We love this idea of making kindness the norm in our daily lives. It’s a beautiful way to bring mindfulness into our words and actions. The Random Acts of Kindness website also has some fantastic ideas to get us started.


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New 2019 Wall Calendar — Wild Woman Rising

Wild Woman Rising 2019 wall calendar

Who is the wild woman? She’s the grit and grace inside that insists we claim our voice, trust our instinct, and fearlessly cast off forces that insist on perfection and oppression. She will not allow the plundering of the divine feminine or our natural resources. She will not be tamed. We crave her protection and we long to bask in her healing presence. We bravely step up, howling with the insistence that we will no longer live without her. We brazenly demand a fulfilling life, one in which we embrace our true essence. She will rise and so shall we. For there is no force more powerful than a determined woman.

Sophie Wilkins’s evocative illustrations are ripe with symbolism. Wilkins explores the myriad expressions of the divine feminine with animal guides as companions. Writer Angi Sullins implores us to cultivate a sanctuary for the wild woman in homes, studios, gardens, and boardrooms around the planet and in the depths of our souls.

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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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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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Ganesh Chathurthi

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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

Midweek Mindfulness — Heart Sutra

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Artist Spotlight — Robert Sturman: The People’s Yoga

The People's Yoga 2019 wall calendar

Image from The People’s Yoga 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by Robert Sturman. Click for more info.

To celebrate Yoga Day, we’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — The People’s Yoga.

Experience the global connection of yoga in these striking photographs that highlight the serenity of stillness within the hustle, bustle, and grit of modern living. Dedicated yoga practitioner and photographer Robert Sturman captures everyday people and yogis from around the world in dynamic moments of this ancient practice. A woman stretching into Scorpion pose in Manhattan; a group of musicians paused in Standing Backbend in Bulgaria; and a police officer meditating in uniform before a Ganesha mural in Venice Beach, California, are just a few of these portraits of quiet strength and everyday life. Continue reading