Category Archives: Inspiration & Spirituality

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.

Robert Sturman
Location: New York City
Pose: Bakasana – Press Float Back
Photo by Mamaste

Sturman finds great inspiration for the creative spirit within his own practice that allows him to focus on finding beauty everywhere. Through his images, he strives to encourage all of us — at any time and in any place — to experience the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of yoga and to enjoy the diverse beauty found in the moment.

His stunning repertoire runs the gamut: yogis perched on rocks jutting out of the Pacific Ocean; African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya; breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. Sturman has also worked extensively with war veterans who have embraced yoga as a way to help heal PTSD and to try to change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides.

Sturman’s honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist of the 2007 United States Olympic team. In 2012 and 2013 he was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga practiced around the world.

For more information and to see more of his wonderful photographs, please visit his website. and follow him on Instagram.

More About International Day of Yoga

The word yoga derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21st since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in Bharat or India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of June 21st, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

The theme for the 2018 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is “Yoga for Peace.”


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Loving Day — June 12

Image from our Feathered Friends 2019 wall calendar featuring artwork by Gennine Zlatkis. Click for more info.

We believe that love always wins. It might take patience, courage, and tenacity… but love is what unites us. Loving Day, celebrated on June 12, is a wonderful day to reflect on the power of love. Here’s a bit more about this special day excerpted from lovingday.org: Continue reading

It’s Here… The Katie Daisy 2018 – 2019 Planner

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We’re so excited to have the new Katie Daisy planner in stock. We adore Katie ❤ Her art is an inspiration to so many and we’re delighted to be part of sharing it. Read more about Katie and her process.


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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! Continue reading

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

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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