Labyrinth Lore

Find Your Center May 4th 2019 + Celebrate World Labyrinth Day. Throughout history labyrinths have served as representations of journeys into the sacred. An ancient practice used for millennia by many faiths as a quest for meaning, spiritual centering, contemplation, meditation and prayer. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, you open the senses and focus on the process of taking slow and deliberate steps, while bringing the mind to prayer, chant, or a spiritual question to contemplate during the walk to the center. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path to the center and one direction out, which is called unicursal (one line). In this way, the labyrinth symbolizes a journey to a predetermined destination, a reflection then of how you walk your life. The metaphorical quest of life from birth to spiritual awakening to death.

It is believed that the labyrinth’s origins are in the image of the spiral. A curving line around a central point, which symbolizes movement, growth, change, and a continually shifting perspective that is inspiring and life-renewing. An archetypal shape that can be found extensively woven into the very fabric of the natural world, represented mathematically in the Golden Ratio, also known as the Divine Proportion. Classical labyrinths are based on this template, rooted in what is referred to as Sacred Geometry. Sacred Geometry is the reverence for geometric patterns and numerical ratios that are reoccurring and universal. As such, sacred geometry is connected to the belief that by exploring these patterns, one may gain insight into the structures of the Universe.

In our modern world, there is an increasing need to take time for self-reflection and simplicity and just as those who came before us, there is the desire to build a bridge between mind body and spirit. As we unite those aspects of our life experience, we find that we are able to live with a greater sense of wellness and fulfillment. The meditative experience of walking a labyrinth is an invaluable tool for contemplating the journey of one’s life, toward integration and the individuation of the Self. Therapeutic and spiritual techniques of our ancestors are just as pertinent today as they were at their inception. Walking the labyrinth is a sacred journey which offers the opportunity to explore areas of one of the most complex mysteries of all, that of our own psyche. Enjoy The Quest!

To Find Labyrinths Near & Far: World-Wide Labyrinth Locator

The Overstory

The Overstory: A Novel, By Richard Powers, Published By W.W. Norton & Company, The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner For Fiction

The winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction receives Wonder. Wisdom. Words. worthy recommendation. A wise, deep, impassioned novel of activism and resistance, that is also a stunning evocation of, and ode to, the natural world. The Overstory is the quintessential eco-epic for the climate change era, whose win couldn’t come at a more pivotal time in history. It’s been called “An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story, whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.” An allegorical ecological masterpiece writ large that the Pulitzer committee praises for approaching trees and the threats facing them with reverence and an urgency that could be enough to change minds.

The Overstory: A Novel By Richard Powers

From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours that is vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity’s self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us?

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Seasons Spring

 Springtime Salutations. Quote By Pioneering Twentieth Century Biologist, Conservationist & Natural History Writer Rachel Carson, who is credited with sparking the modern global environmental movement with her groundbreaking and thought-provoking book Silent Spring, and for crafting an equally timeless and timely cultural message, in the posthumously published The Sense of Wonder. Books that endure as magnificent manifestos for the vibrant curiosity with which we are all born, and which we risk losing if we imperceptibly, yet steadily, slip into apathy and resignation. Above all, she extends a reminder that the faculty for wonder is our most precious natural resource and our greatest responsibility to conserve.

We Heart It

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. hasn’t written a We Heart It post in a Winter while. Wish granted! Curated clever companies and creations to contemplate, curios to captivate, covet, conjure curiosity, and cultivate conscious consumption.

Jes MaHarry Pure Lux Charm Bracelet, For the ones who have become empowered from life’s lessons and have learned to rise from love. This one of a kind bracelet is over the top beautiful with a bit of Platinum, Gold, Diamonds and one exquisite Green Tourmaline to symbolize inner strength. Jes MaHarry has a spirited passion for life that pours through everything she does. Her strong desire to live each moment as fully and freely as possible is fueled by her empathic relationship with animals, deep love of nature and compassion for all living things. A soulful lifestyle that translates into her art and original mixed-media jewelry. Be Free & Love Life.

Jiva-Apoha Classic 1967 Body Oil, A unisex blend of organic Sunflower Oil, pure essential oils of Mysore Sandalwood, Ginger, Patchouli, Vetivert & Cinnamon Bark. Inspired by a time when the air was thick with impending change and self-awareness was the last stop before freedom. Some of the world’s finest earthly delights are blended here to create the quintessential spicy, woody and seriously sexy skin treatment. Jiva-Apoha is Sanskrit for “Soul-Healing,” a mix of the powerful healing practices of Ayurveda and Shamanism. Both of which have been around, relied upon, and healing people for thousands of years. A tightly curated line, coveted by those in-the-know, for helping to teach people how to heal themselves. Raise The Vibration.

Prana Yoga Travel & Adventure Clothing, Prana is a versatile lifestyle brand offering sustainable fashion for yoga, travel and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Love their motto. Clothing for people who live fully, play long, and travel well. Founded on a core belief that companies should give much more than they take from the world, inspired by their adventures and rooted in sustainability. Prana’s refined urban-to-adventure style, durability, and easy-going comfort has been time-tested and perfected. From city streets to mountain peaks, Prana strives to create, inspire, and educate with eco-friendly minded products for conscious consumption. For The Road Ahead.

Well+Good: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living, By Alexia Brue & Melisse Gelula, Forthcoming April 2019. From the trusted, influential and trend-setting website Well + Good comes their first cookbook. Founders Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula have curated a collection of 100 easy and delicious recipes from the luminaries across their community to help you eat for wellness. They are what the buzziest people in every facet of the wellness world -fitness, beauty, spirituality, women’s health, and more, cook for themselves. Whether you want to transform your eating habits, clear up your skin, add more nutrient-rich dishes to your repertoire, or sleep more soundly, you’ll find what you need in this book. Along with go-deep guides on specific wellness topics contributed by experts. Food For Thought.

Edens Garden Bee Happy Synergy Blend Essential Oil, This fun and vibrant blend was designed to bring joy and cheer to each and every day with a sparkling sunshine scent of Lemon, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Lime, Douglas Fir, Mandarin, Geranium, Lavender, Damiana, Vetiver and Vanilla CO2, that will surely keep you and your kids smiling. Beneficial aromatherapy treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Winter Blues too! The Edens Garden OK For Kids 18 synergy blends line was specifically created to be safe for children 2+, but also efficacious for adults as well. E.D.E.N.S. pledge: standing for Effective, Dedicated, Educated, Natural & Safe. Don’t Worry Bee Happy.

Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action, By Seane Corn, Forthcoming September 2019. The new memoir from Seane Corn, inspired international yoga teacher extraordinaire, activist, and co-founder of Off The Mat Into The World, guides us into a deep, gut-level understanding of our highest Self through yoga philosophy and other tools for emotional healing, as embodied fully-felt wisdom. To spark a “revolution of the soul” in each of us and awaken our purpose to become true agents of change. A few of the stops along the way include: The everyday “angels” Seane finds in the gritty corners of New York’s 1980’s East Village; her early struggles as a yoga-class misfit; the profound shadow work and body-based practices that helped her to heal childhood trauma, unhealthy behaviors, and relationship wounding; hard-earned lessons from some of the most heartbreaking places on the planet; and many other unforgettable teaching stories. Off The Mat Into The World.

Farmhouse Pottery Collection, Elevate your dining experience with the truly authentic handmade feel of signature farmhouse pottery design and timeless elegance. These pieces remain Farmhouse Pottery perennial favorites. Durable American stoneware wheel thrown in Vermont. The owners + makers, a husband and wife team at Farmhouse Pottery are old-world potters with simple tools and strong beliefs in process and authenticity. They believe the farmers, craftsmen, and makers are the core of our communities, and that farm-to-table isn’t a foodie trend, but rather the rediscovery of a more sustainable lifestyle and value system. Beautiful American Traditions.

David Lynch MasterClass On Creativity & Film

The iconic painter, musician, actor, photographer and Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking David Lynch is now on MasterClass. The popular online education tool where classes for students of all skill levels are taught by the greatest minds to inspire, educate and transform lives. David is teaching his creative processes of translating ideas into film through an extraordinary 13-lesson course, including a bonus chapter on Transcendental Meditation -a technique he has practiced for nearly 50 years. Cinematic Genius.

Glamping At Ventana Big Sur California, When Big Sur’s stunning eco-luxury resort Ventana shut down in 2017 for renovations after the only bridge into Big Sur was destroyed, they went through a multimillion-dollar restoration revamping and decided to add 15 luxury tents to the 20-acre Redwood Canyon below the main part of the resort. Offering exclusive glamping experiences focusing on outdoor splendor with an elegant twist. An on trend immersive natural world experience, while still relishing all the amenities and services of a world-class resort. Not only do the safari-style tents include real beds with premium white linens and cozy heated blankets, but there’s also hot running water in teak enclosed showers and daily housekeeping services. Big Sky Style.

Seeds Of Love

Seeds of Love: Special Evening With Deepak Chopra & World-Renowned Environmental Leader Vandana Shiva,ABC HomePlant-Based Restaurant NYC, February 5th, 2019. Evening includes high vibration tonics, mezzas, and music + poetry by Haleh Liza.

Ecologist, philosopher, and founder of the Navdanya environmental conservation movement, Dr. Shiva was named by Forbes magazine as one of the seven most influential women in the world today. Celebrated for her plant intelligence seed freedom curriculum that focuses on the reclaiming of traditional methods of seed saving, sowing, growing and harvesting to insure a healthy future for us all. Highlighting the inherent rights of people to practice indigenous, organic, and biodiverse farming as an alternative to industrial agriculture. With a dedication to renewing a sacred food system, one that is aligned with the natural rhythms of Mother Earth, ecology, human health and global social justice. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Shiva will discuss themes from her new book, One Earth, One Humanity Vs. The 1%.

One Earth, One Humanity Vs. The 1% by Dr. Vandana Shiva, Forthcoming March 2019.

Dr. Vandana Shiva’s most radical and important ideas are represented in lucid form in this essential primer for those who wish to understand the forces that threaten our planet. Her vision of “one earth, one humanity” and its scientific and cultural roots are explained in depth; the monopolistic economic machinations of the 1% are exposed; the genetic manipulations of Monsanto are uncovered; and “philanthropists” are exposed as the new Robber Barons. Vandana Shiva’s struggles on the streets and in homes and farms across the world have yielded a set of principles based on inclusion, nonviolence, reclaiming the commons, and freely sharing the earth’s resources. These ideals, which she calls “earth democracy,” serve as an urgent call to peace and as the basis for a just and sustainable future. Unafraid to confront authority and name names, this new book exposes the global elite, uncovering their links to the rising tide of fundamentalism, violence against women, and planetary death.

About

Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and the founder of The Chopra Foundation, the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and co-founder of Deepak HomeBase. He is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including 25 New York Times bestsellers.

Haleh Liza Gafori is a poet, composer, vocalist, and translator born in NYC of Iranian descent whose work reflects her Persian mystical roots as well as a deep reverence for nature. Her poetry has been published by Columbia University Press and Rattapallax Press and she has recently completed a manuscript of new translations of poems by Rumi and Hafez.

American Home

A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House By Gil Schafer III (Author) & Eric Piasecki (Photographer), Published By Rizzoli, 2018.

For award-winning New York-based architect Gil Schafer, the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate the small moments of life, houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and anchored in a distinct sense of place. Essentially, Schafer believes a house is truly successful when the people who live there consider it home. It’s this belief, and Schafer’s rare ability to translate his clients’ deeply personal visions of how they want to live into a physical home that reflects those dreams, that has established him as one of the most sought-after, highly-regarded architects of our time. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. has long-time admired Schafer’s comfortable, gracious, and understated New England projects and collaborations with interior designers.

Detail Pages Of Interiors From A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House.

In this big, beautiful new book, A Place To Call Home Schafer follows up his bestselling The Great American House, by exploring the ways in which place is fundamental to the idea of home, sharing his process, taking readers on a detailed tour of seven beautifully realized houses in a range of styles located around the country. Each in a unique place, and each with a character all its own. 250 lush, full color photographs of these seven houses and other never-before-seen projects, including exterior, interior, and landscape details, invite readers into Schafer’s world of comfortable classicism.

Detail Pages Of Interiors/Exteriors From A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House.

A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House, Schafer shows how traditional and classical principles can blend with a sense of place to create homes in a range of styles, all with the satisfying tensions of fancy and simple, past and present. “I am, to be sure, a classical architect,” says Schafer. “As important as a commitment to classicism has been to me, no less meaningful is the desire to create architecture that is effectively responsive to a set of circumstances.” While Schafer is absolutely a classical architect, he is in fact a modern traditionalist, and A Place To Call Home showcases how he interprets traditional principles for a multiplicity of architectural styles within contemporary ways of living. Creating a cohesiveness that shortchanges neither history nor modernity.

Terrain Style

Terrain Garden Center & Home Goods Store + Garden Cafe In Westport CT, A Charming Wisdom. Wonder. Words. Favorite That Celebrates The Cycle Of The Seasons & The Bounty Of The Land.

Founded in a historic nursery in southeast Pennsylvania, Terrain is a nationally renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with an entirely fresh approach to living with nature. It’s an approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces.

From Terrain’s Autumn Teak Tables & Seating Collection, Designed To Weather The Elements, A Protected Teak Table Offers Timeless All-Season Outdoor Dinning. In Addition To Gardening Supplies, Terrain Also Stocks Vintage & Handcrafted Furniture.

In the 10 years since opening the first Terrain store, hundreds of unexpected ideas for decorating the garden and home have been collected -many of which are shared to enjoy each season on The Blog at Terrain, but now, for the first time, they have gathered the very best of those ideas and tips into one place. Edited by creative director Greg Lehmkuhl and their community of garden and design experts who have been with them since those early days in the nursery, Terrain the book, is a seasonal guide focusing on the art of styling the spaces in and around the home with nature.

Terrain: Ideas & Inspiration for Decorating the Home & Garden, By Greg Lehmkuhl (Author), Hardcover, 400 pgs., Artisan Workman Publishing, Forthcoming October 2018.

Spanning all four seasons with ideas and inspiration geared towards each distinct time of year and organized by décor statement -container plantings, wildcrafted wreaths, and arrangements, the book starts each section with a design philosophy and hardworking guide to materials and plants, followed by gorgeous examples of the design principles in practice.

Terrain + Garden Cafe Westport CT, Autumn Inspired Garden & Gastronomy Events & Workshops October 2018.

The book not only captures the brand’s unique and appealing sensibility in over 450 beautiful photographs but also shows, in project after project, tip after tip, how to live with nature at home. Here are ideas for flower arranging beyond the expected bouquet, using branches and wild blooms, seed heads and bulbs, colorful container gardens inspired by painterly palettes, and dozens of ideas for making wreaths out of vines, stems, evergreens, fresh leaves and ferns, and decorating with heirloom fruits and flowers, and more involved projects, including taking inspiration from Scandinavia & Britain to create a truly natural Christmas. With insight for every season, Terrain blurs the indoors and out to bring the subtle and surprising joys of nature into our lives every day.

Beloved By Wisdom. Wonder. Words., Westport CT Anthropologie, Complete With One-Of-A-Kind Décor, Boasts Everything From Exclusive Apparel Collections To Insider Beauty Finds, Custom Furniture To Handcrafted Ceramics, Designer Bridal Gowns To Work-Of-Art Shoes.

Greg Lehmkuhl is the creative director of Terrain garden, home, and outdoor lifestyle brand from the team behind Anthropologie. Founded in 2008 on the site of a 100-year-old nursery in Glen Mills, PA, Terrain now has a second store in Westport, CT -both stores feature an on-site nursery, home store, and café, as well as shops within two California Anthropologie locations, and will soon open five more stores across the country. Terrain has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Martha Stewart LivingElle Décor, and InStyle.

Shamanic Oracle

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards, by Alberto Villoldo (Author), Colette Baron-Reid (Author), Marcela Lobos (Contributor), Jena DellaGrottaglia (Illustrator) 2018. Deluxe-packaged oracle deck based on the wisdom and beauty of the shamanic world.

Legends say that before there was time, before there was language, there were the sacred symbols. The Medicine Wheel, the Curse, the Eagle, the Jaguar, and others spoke to us intimately. In their countless manifestations, they offered hope, expressed caution, illuminated opportunity, inspired creation, courted power, and shared knowledge. The sacred symbols belong to the realm of archetypes and the collective unconscious, the spiritual common ground shared by peoples modern and ancient.

Details Of  The Journey, The Medicine Wheel & The Sacrifice Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards.

Now, three master teachers and healers –Alberto Villoldo, Colette Baron-Reid, and Marcela Lobos, have brought their wisdom and talents together to offer a doorway into the realm of the sacred symbols with the Mystical Shaman Oracle. When you consult the oracle, you summon power and insight that can help you understand the present, heal the past, and influence the course of your future. We can become our own prophets and visionaries. We can converse directly with Spirit, dialogue with the forces of nature, speak with the great archetypes, the ancient gods, without intermediaries. No one needs to stand between the Creator and you, or between you and the great powers of nature.

The Owl Mystical Shaman Oracle Card.

Every card is a dynamic snapshot of a situation or a moment, and shows you how the moment can transform from one condition to another. The symbols present the forces and influences at play and the direction that the energy is moving toward. After you meditate on the image and the power that it holds, consult the text in the guidebook. Each card has three important messages: The Essence. The Invitation. The Medicine.

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. as a medical anthropologist has traveled to the source of India’s holy rivers in the Himalayas to rediscover the wisdom of the Sadhu, India’s ancient shamans. Villoldo directs The Four Winds where he teaches the practice of shamanic energy medicine. His books include: One Spirit Medicine; Shaman, Healer, Sage & Power Up Your Brain.

Ideal Bookshelf

Beloved artist Jane Mount, founder of Ideal Bookshelf brings literary people, places, and things to life in her new treasure trove of a book Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, which comes out September 11th -available now for pre-order. A gorgeous, artfully illustrated volume filled with literary trivia, book recommendations, lists, and quizzes, any book lover would appreciate. Tour the world’s most beautiful bookstores, find your next great read in Jane’s lovingly curated stacks of books, peek inside the workspaces of favorite authors, and meet an adorable array of bookstore cats & much more! In celebration of all things new bookish goodness, events with special creative guests kick off at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn NY and continue throughout September at truly indie bookstores across the country. #fortheloveofbooks