Category Archives: Inspiration & Spirituality

How to Unlock Good Fortune for 2018

Auspiciousness is an effervescent and radiant energy field that magnetizes good fortune, success, and prosperity. The best way to create this field of energy is by inviting sheng chi into you and your spaces.

Here are some simple ways to create environments and a lifestyle conducive to auspicious and fortunate luck!

  • Keep your spaces sparkling clean! Move out and dispel all old, stale, stagnant and tired energies. Continually renew and refresh your spaces energetically.
  • Surround yourself with uplifting images, sounds, and scents. Ring bells, chimes, and singing bowls. Burn good quality incense. Diffuse pure essential oils such as sweet orange, frankincense, or kaffir lime. Have bright, colorful, and beautiful paint, art, décor and clothing.
  • Have healthy life force with lush green plants and landscaping, fruit, and flower trees. Arrange colorful and fragrant fresh flowers and place throughout your spaces.
  • Invite movement. Wind chimes on the breeze, birds at the feeder, fish swimming in the aquarium, or water features.
  • Use bright and golden electric lights. Bring radiance, sparkle, and glimmer with fairy lights, candle lanterns, chandeliers, sparklers, crystal spheres, mirrors, and metallic décor.
  • Offer love and kindness. Express gratitude. Be generous. Laugh and be happy!
  • Host and attend happy occasions such as celebrations, feasts, weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.
  • Bring one new item such as a piece of furniture, décor or art into your home and business to stimulate growth chi and to compound your sheng chi. It’s also a great idea to give away one item (or more!), leaving physical and metaphoric space for new blessings. These two practices are even done by Taoist monks in their temples.

And, of course, celebrate the Chinese New Year!

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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Meditation on Gratitude and Joy by Jack Kornfield

Image from our Meditation 2018 wall calendar. Buddha statues © Anek. Click image for more info.

Gratitude has been on our minds a lot lately. It can be such a balm for the soul during times of stress and transition. As the new year begins to unfold, creating time to meditate on gratitude seems like a wonderful way to cultivate loving concern for ourselves as well as the world around us. Author and meditation teacher Jack Kornfield offers a beautiful and simple way for us to begin. Here is an excerpt from the original post on his website:

Buddhist monks begin each day with a chant of gratitude for the blessings of their life. Native American elders begin each ceremony with grateful prayers to mother earth and father sky, to the four directions, to the animal, plant, and mineral brothers and sisters who share our earth and support our life.

Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small, an appreciation of the moments of good fortune that sustain our life every day. We have so much to be grateful for. Continue reading

Daily Journaling: A Transformative Habit

Kuan Yin journal featuring the beautiful artwork of Duirwaigh Studios. Click image for more info.

The beginning of a new year often inspires self-reflection. Journaling is an excellent way to capture this inspiration, track our emotions, or cultivate a routine toward mindfulness. Benjamin P. Hardy posted an excellent article on Medium about the many benefits of daily journaling as a keystone habit. Here is an excerpt:

Journaling Clears Your Emotions
Several research studies have found that writing in your journal reduces stress.These benefits include:

  • Reducing scatter in your life
  • Increased focus
  • Greater stability
  • Deeper level of learning, order, action, and release
  • Holding thoughts still so they can be changed and integrated
  • Releasing pent-up thoughts and emotions
  • Empowerment
  • Bridging inner thinking with outer events
  • Detaching and letting go of the past
  • Allowing you to re-experience the past with today’s adult mind

When you are in an intensely emotional mood, journaling can help you more fully experience and understand those emotions.

After you’ve vented on the pages of your journal, you’ll quickly find a release. Objectivity will return and you’ll be able to move forward.

Without a journal, intense emotional experiences can be crippling for hours, days, and even years. However, an honest and inspired journal session can be the best form of therapy.

Journaling Increases Your Gratitude
Even if you start a journal session in a bad mood, the insight writing brings has a subtle way of shifting your mind towards gratitude.

When you start writing what you’re grateful for, new chambers of thought open in the palace of your mind. You’ll often need to put your pen down and take a few overwhelming breathes. You’ll be captivated not only by the amazing things in your life, but by the awe and brilliance of life in general.

As part of your morning and post-work journaling sessions, be sure to include some gratitude in your writing. It will change your entire life orientation from scarcity to abundance. The world will increasingly become your oyster.

Gratitude journaling is a scientifically proven way to overcome several psychological challenges. The benefits are seemingly endless. Here are just a few:

  • Makes you happier
  • Makes you healthier
  • Strengthens your emotions
  • Makes you more optimistic
  • Increases your energy levels
  • Helps you bounce back from challenges
  • Makes you feel good
  • Makes your memories happier
  • Reduces feelings of envy
  • Helps you relax
  • Makes you friendlier
  • Increases your goal achievement
  • Improves your decision making
  • Increases your productivity

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Hygee: Savoring Winter

Image from our Present Moment 2018 wall calendar published in partnership with our friends at Sounds True. Photo © tomertu. Click for more info.

Hygge (pronunced HOO-gah) is the Danish way of embracing winter that embodies loving connection and ease. Dwelling. Savoring. Slowing down. Making ordinary everyday moments more meaningful, special, and beautiful.

I love how this philosophy mirrors the Taoist, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine paths of being in alignment with the season. With winter being so yin (cold, dark, wet and damp), it’s a time for deep rest, relaxation and restoration. We can balance this with some strong yang chi — fires, light and warmth! Continue reading

Cultivate Gratitude with a Thank You

What are you grateful for? How do you practice gratitude? We love this list of 5 “Thank Yous” from Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. shared on the Psychology Today website. He suggests that we use this as a simple checklist to build our sense of gratitude which in turn will allow our sense of well-being to flourish. Continue reading

Giving Tuesday — Planting Seeds of Kindness

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is an annual opportunity for everyone to commit to supporting a charity that speaks to your heart. Support can come in many forms — some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice to share the good works. Continue reading

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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