Category Archives: Inspiration & Spirituality

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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Midweek Mindfulness with Mark Nepo — July 12, 2017

The Book of Awakening 2018 wall calendar

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“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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Summer Season + The Element of Fire

Present Moment 2018 wall calendar

Image from our Present Moment 2018 wall calendar published in partnership with our friends at Sounds True. Photo © jared ropelato.

The fire of incandescence and luminosity is here! In nature the Fire Element is related to the season of Summer when yang energies are at their greatest with the heat and long sunlit hours.

Just like the flames of a fire, this season’s energy gifts us with dynamic enthusiasm, movement, joyful expansion, charisma, activity, desire, passion, laughter, love, and ecstatic bliss.

It’s the season of numinous and luminous light, warmth and affection burning on the altar of our hearts. When our fire element is healthy and balanced, we feel happy, compassionate, light and playful. Continue reading

World Environment Day — June 5th

Image from our Call of the Wild 2018 wall calendar featuring photography by Chris Burkard. Click image for more info.

World Environment Day is a chance to reconnect with nature and celebrate the places that matter most to you.

How will you celebrate World Environment Day? Here’s some wonderful information from the UN website about this international celebration and the 2017 theme: Continue reading

Midweek Mindfulness with Joseph M. Marshall and Jim Yellowhawk — April 12, 2017

Lakota Way 2017 wall calendar by Amber Lotus Publishing

Image by Jim Yellowhawk from our Lakota Way 2017 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

HONOR
For any person, any society, any nation to remain strong, honor must be one of the values to live by. Strength is not only a physical trait but it can also be woven into the spiritual and philosophical threads that bind a person’s character and that of any society or nation as well. There is no true strength without honor. Without honor, there is only force without reason or compassion. Without honor, strength is only a brute weapon, and the consequence is that “might makes right.” Furthermore, honor must be applied to all the many aspects of life, be it friendship or politics, words or deeds, peace or war. Without honor, a warrior is defined only by the weapons in his hand and not by what is truly in his heart as a human being. Without honor, a warrior acts only with the weapons in his hand and not by the values that make him a person first.
— Joseph M. Marshall
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Midweek Mindfulness with Pema Chödrön — February 22, 2017

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we already are. — Pema Chödrön

Pema Chodron 2017 wall calendar by Amber Lotus Publishing

Image from our Pema Chödrön 2017 wall calendar. Japanese white-eye on blossoming plum tree, Honshu, Japan © Toshiaki Ono.

When people start to meditate or work with any kind of spiritual discipline, they often think that somehow they’re going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really are. It’s a bit like saying, “If I jog, I’ll be a much better person.” “If I could get a nicer house, I’d be a better person.” “If I could meditate and calm down, I’d be a better person.” Or the scenario may be that they find fault with others; they might say, “If it weren’t for my husband, I’d have a perfect marriage.” “If it weren’t for the fact that my boss and I can’t get on, my job would be just great.” And, “If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.” Continue reading