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!
Here are some simple ways to create your own at home experience of hygge…
- Slow down and really relax! Take a nap by the fire. Turn off our phone, tv and computer and connect. Share food, music or poetry with loved ones without distraction. Watch the sunrise or moonrise. Enjoy pure “being” and presence!
- Create warm, cozy spaces — use faux fur throws, flannel sheets, soft sweaters, slippers, a blanket tent and so on.
- Decorate only with what you love. Go natural and organic by hanging fresh or dried tree branches and fresh flowers or greenery in every room.
- Illuminate with soothing light. White candles in clear glass jars. Mirrored sconces. Fairy lights. Fires in the fireplace. White paper star pendants.
- Savor comfort. Love your favorite people. Create comfort and shelter for yourself and others. Cuddle with your cat and dog. Light a candle at breakfast. Take a hot bath. Stick cloves in a fresh orange.
- Create sacred sanctuary and community. Enjoy the good and simple life. Savor the present moment. Walk in the woods. Have a bonfire outside. Make snow angels.
- Eat warm foods — soups, porridge, congee, stews. Drink hot chai, tea or cocoa. Enjoy artisan chocolate or chutney. Bake bread.
- Declutter. Simplify. Be content in simple things. Enjoy BEING instead of doing!
Gwynne 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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2018 Calendars — Art for Everyone
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
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
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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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. Continue reading
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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Image from The Book of Awakening 2018 wall calendar. Stacked stones © Dietmar Voorwold. Click image for more.
“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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