Category Archives: Inspiration & Spirituality

Soul of Travel Series: Traveling the Globe, Connecting the World

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October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. UN Day marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 1945 UN Charter when the UN officially came into being. The UN has one central mission: the maintenance of international peace. The UN does this by working to prevent conflict and creating the conditions to allow peace to hold and flourish.

In honor of UN Day later this month, we’d like to share our new Soul of Travel series of wall calendars which strives to capture the essence of place, to revere nature and regional cultures, and to cultivate a deep appreciation for adventure. Sharing the diversity of world cultures and sacred traditions as well as the inspiration and beauty of the natural world is our passion. We believe that exploring other cultures with an open mind and open heart can lead to a deeper understanding.

The 2020 Soul of Travel series features the countries of Iceland and Ireland as well as two diverse natural environments of our world — forest and desert. Peering through the lenses of worldclass photographers, viewers will get glimpses of our amazing planet that illuminate a sense of wonder and strengthen our global connection.

Spaceship Earth 2020 wall calendarAnother new wall calendar for 2020 is Spaceship Earth: The Overview Effect. The luminous vision of Earth from space reveals one human family. Boundaries and differences that seem insurmountable at ground level are diminished, illuminating the understanding that all people have the same desires for love, safety, happiness, and acceptance. The “overview effect,” first described in 1987 by science writer Frank White, is the cognitive shift experienced by astronauts while in space. With sudden clarity, they understand that the Earth — home to everyone and everything we have ever known — is a pulsing, swirling, living place that we must protect.

The Spaceship Earth wall calendar features stunning images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) photographic archives paired with powerful quotes from philosophers, writers, and astronauts.

We hope these new calendars can be inspiration to nurture your heart, renew your soul, and expand your mind.


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Celebrate Chrysanthemum Day and the Double Ninth Festival

The ninth day in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (October 7, 2019) is “Chong Yang Jie” (chong means “double” or “repeat” and yang means “bright, vital, active energy”) and is celebrated as Chrysanthemum Day and the Double Ninth Festival.

Celebrating Chrysanthemum Day

Revered for its simple, perfect beauty and medicinal properties, the gorgeous yellow or golden chrysanthemum (“chu” in ancient Chinese) is highly regarded both for its color and for its symbolism of long life, enduring luck, love, and success. It’s also believed to ease the burdens of a difficult life when you wear an image of a chrysanthemum or keep the flowers displayed in your home.

Because it blooms from autumn into winter, it also symbolizes the mediation between Life and Death, Heaven and Earth.

To celebrate the day:

  • Give chrysanthemums as auspicious gifts.
  • Offer chrysanthemums as noble altar offerings.
  • Drink chrysanthemum tea (known to clear toxins) or medicinal wine.
  • Eat the traditional flower gao (cake).
  • Place yellow golden chrysanthemums in your home or office to immediately attract good luck.
  • If you wish to receive rewards, success, fame, recognition, honor, or bonuses, place nine chrysanthemums in the fame gua (back middle area of your space) on the first floor of your home, office, and/or business.

Celebrating the Double Ninth Festival

With the presence of two number nines—the most yang number of all—today’s energies embody action, long-lasting change, transformation, and completion. This is a very auspicious day for harnessing active and positive energies as the yang qi is doubled!

This also makes it a fabulous day to perform a Feng Shui practice to manifest the wish of your heart using the power of nine:

  • Beginning today on this auspicious festival, write (in red ink) a prayer or wish for your happiness, health, or prosperity nine times and place it in an Asian-style red envelope. Write the same wish every day for nine consecutive days. Read your wish nine times throughout each day, especially upon waking and before going to sleep. With clear intent and deep faith, visualize and feel your wish or prayer coming true. Imagine the nine steps that would transpire to see your wish actualized.
  • You can also activate the yang energies by wearing purple, yellow, gold, and/or orange colors today.

In modern day China, this is also a day to honor and respect senior citizens. The word for “nine” is “jiu,” which shares the same sound as the word for longevity, so show love to your own elders as well as strangers.

For great fun, you could also watch the over-the-top film Curse of the Golden Flower, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li, which has literally thousands upon thousands of chrysanthemum flowers in the settings and costumes.

Finally, traditionally this is a wonderful day to hike in the mountains, as it’s believed to represent climbing to a higher position as you symbolically increase your happiness, health, and prosperity!


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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Artist Spotlight — Android Jones: Electro-Mineralism

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We’re excited to welcome Android Jones to our family of contributing artists. His vibrant multilayered psychedelic pieces challenge your perception of reality and push the boundaries of imagination. Creativity, Jones emphasizes, is the foundation of consciousness and an agent of social change.

Android Jones began studying art at age eight. At the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, he trained in traditional drawing, painting, and animation. Jones worked as an intern at Industrial Light and Magic and later founded Massive Black, an art development company in Los Angeles. An independent artist since 2005, Jones maintains a large art studio in a repurposed barn in his hometown of Lyons, Colorado.

Jones is well known for his multilayered psychedelic works and live performances using a custom-built digital setup. He participated in the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Tour, and his work has been projected on the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building. A longtime member of the Burning Man community, Jones has exhibited his work around the world and has contributed to events on six continents.

Jones’s work centers on spirituality and altered states of consciousness. Describing his work as Electro-Mineralism, he manipulates light and energy to capture complex concepts while drawing on his formal background in the arts. He attributes his ability to create his art to the wonders of technology and credits the planet’s resources for advancements in art production.

You can see more of his artwork on his website.

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Thinking of You Week 2019: Make Someone Smile

Thinking of You Week (September 23 – 29, 2019) is just around the corner. First launched in the U.K., this weeklong celebration seeks to create awareness for the positive impact a greeting card with a handwritten note can have on the recipient—especially when it’s unexpected—and to encourage more meaningful connections and caring interactions throughout the year.

While greeting cards are often sent to friends and family, this fun week encourages us to reach out to other special people in our lives—a favorite teacher, important public servant, emergency room doctor, nursing home resident, mail carrier, and the barista who always remembers how we like our coffee. Embrace the challenge to create a wave of happiness and make someone smile with just three little words: “Thinking of You.”

Once again, the US Postal Service (USPS) is supporting the event with a Thinking of You postmark. Last year over 500 million residences across the US saw the commemorative postmark on first class mail during the month of September.


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Happy Holi — Spring Festival of Colors

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Holi is a colorful and boisterous Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the Festival of Colors. This is a time of shedding inhibitions: People smear each other with red and yellow powder and shower each other with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. Restrictions of caste, sex, age, and personal differences are ignored. Continue reading

Giveaway — Flowers Always Travel-Size Journal by Katie Daisy

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We’re so excited about the NEW Katie Daisy Travel-Size Journal. It’s perfect for recording your gratitude lists, meditations, prayers, poems, diary entries, or even your daily to-do lists. To celebrate the release, we’re doing a giveaway on Facebook. You can enter to win by liking or commenting on this Facebook post. We’ll randomly select 2 winners (US address entries only) at 12:00 p.m. (PT), Friday, January 18. Continue reading

Universal Children’s Day

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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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading