Skin Savors

Eminence Organic Skincare Wildflower Collection. Nourish. Infuse. Transform. Inspired by Hungarian heritage, the new Wildflower Collection Cleansing Balm & Ultralight Oil are great multi-functional products that will transform your skin’s radiance. A combination of European wildflowers and conditioning therapeutic botanical oils not only nourish the skin but provide a gentle scent that evokes the feeling of Summer. Containing Poppy, Cornflower, Echinacea, Evening Primrose and Linden Flower Extracts. The collection blends flowers that are grown on the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm, which promise to relax and restore your mind, body and soul.

Kiehls Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask. The old-world apothecary since 1851’s latest golden beauty mask is formulated with Calendula Flower Petals and Aloe Vera, to deliver an instant refreshing surge of cooling hydration upon application, to soothe skin. With continued use, skin is calm and comfortable, for a healthy-looking complexion. Calendula Extract, Petals, and Aloe Vera, each highly regarded for centuries as medicinal herbs in both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, widely used for their versatile and potent, healing and hydrating properties. An Artful Living Blog perfect for Summer skin pick + ELLE International Beauty Awards 2018 winner.

Chamomile Compress Homespun Remedy. Resting with chilled Chamomile tea bags over the eyes for 10 to 20 minutes can help reduce and prevent puffiness and nourish your skin.  It’s also a wonderful way to unwind anytime of day. You can even do this while resting in a restorative yoga pose. 1) Place 2 Chamomile tea bags in small bowl and cover with boiling water. 2) Place in an air tight container & refrigerate to cool. Use within 2 days. 3) Simply remove tea bags and squeeze out excess water, then relax with tea bags over eyes for 10-20 mins. for soothing relief. Note: Not recommended if you have an allergy to plants in the same family, such as Ragweed, Daisies and Marigolds. In such cases, Cucumber slices work well too! One of the most common remedies for eye irritation and inflammation. 1) Cut two slices of Cucumber, submerge in ice-cold water for 10 mins. 2) Then place on closed eyelids for 10 mins.

Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sunshine, is the deep drink your skin is thirsting for. Alchemic essences harmonize your skin and the Sun’s rays with this nourishing serum, perfect for Sun soaking, and for Sun-soaked skin. Everybody Loves the Sunshine lets you relax in luxurious light, aligning your body with the glorious rays of the Sun’s life force. A melody of tropical coconut, sweet flowers, warm spices, and verdant flora = a sensual invitation to languid Summer days. If you could only bring one product to a desert island, this is it! This season, take time to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness, abandon elaborate regimes and synthetic products, and reveal your renegade beauty, with beauty philosopher, aromacologist, botanical muse, and creatrix of Living Libations, Nadine Artemis and her new essential guide.

Renegade Beauty: Reveal And Revive Your Natural Radiance by Nadine Artemis, 2017. In this beautiful guide, Artemis introduces readers to the concept of renegade beauty -the art of doing less and allowing the elements and life force of nature to revive the body, skin, and soul so natural radiance can shine through. Anyone stuck in perpetual cycles of new products, facials, and dermatologist visits, will find answers as Artemis illustrates the energizing elements of Sun, fresh Air, Water, the Earth, and plants. A comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to simplify their self-care, take their health into their own hands, and discover radiant beauty. More than simply a beauty book, it’s a new paradigm for healthy living lifestyle, including essential myth-busting and evidence-based tips for awakened vitality and self-healing.

Feminine Wisdom

Feminine Wisdom In Leadership: Dakini Teachings From The Tibetan Tradition. An Evening With Judith Simmer-Brown, ABC Homebase NYC, September 27th 2018.

Tibetan Buddhism offers a paradigm for leadership inspired by the sacred feminine that flourishes in the face of change and fosters community through dialogue. This presentation draws from the dakini tradition of Tibet as well as cutting ­edge organizational development literature to suggest fresh approaches to authentic leadership.

Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative & Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s and student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, her senior teaching specialties include meditation practice, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath, explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men.

About

The Naropa + ABC Home partnership, co-presented with Garrison Institute & Tricycle Magazine, offers a New York City audience the rare opportunity to experience the practices and pedagogies that lie at the heart of Naropa University, founded in 1974 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, CO. Through quarterly presentations, performances and workshops featuring Naropa faculty, they endeavor to integrate a contemplative view into society in order to foster the next generation of enlightened leaders.

Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism by Judith Simmer-Brown, Shambhala, 2001.

The primary emblem of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism is the dakini, or “sky-dancer,” a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences. Western scholars and interpreters of the dakini, influenced by Jungian psychology and feminist goddess theology, have shaped a contemporary critique of Tibetan Buddhism in which the dakini is seen as a psychological “shadow,” a feminine savior, or an objectified product of patriarchal fantasy. According to Judith Simmer-Brown -who writes from the point of view of an experienced practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, such interpretations are inadequate.

In the spiritual journey of the meditator, Simmer-Brown demonstrates, the dakini symbolizes levels of personal realization: the sacredness of the body, both female and male; the profound meeting point of body and mind in meditation; the visionary realm of ritual practice; and the empty, spacious qualities of mind itself. When the meditator encounters the dakini, living spiritual experience is activated in a nonconceptual manner by her direct gaze, her radiant body, and her compassionate revelation of reality. Grounded in the author’s personal encounter with the dakini, this unique study will appeal to both male and female spiritual seekers interested in goddess worship, women’s spirituality, and the tantric tradition.

Forest Bathing

Nature’s the ultimate stress-buster, says Science. It’s simple math: You look at a tree, you feel better. No one knows this as well as Dr. Qing Li, a researcher from Japan who focuses on something called forest medicine. Li’s work confirms what intuition and common sense have long told us: Being around trees is healthy. But it’s more than just that: Li has found that spending time in nature is not just good for those of us who are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or fatigued. It can actually have positive effects on sleep, energy levels, immune function, and cardiovascular & metabolic health. That research is well-known in Japan, and the idea of “forest bathing” -spending time in nature with purpose and attention, is well-practiced. But the idea of walking into the woods instead of the pharmacy hasn’t yet caught on in the US and other Western societies.

Now comes the spotlight moment that forest bathing deserves. Li, who serves as the chairman of the Japanese Society for Forest Medicine, just wrote his first book. The definitive guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku. Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, 2018.

Notice how a tree sways in the wind. Run your hands over its bark. Take in its citrusy scent. As a society we suffer from nature deficit disorder, but studies have shown that spending mindful, intentional time around trees -what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, can promote health and happiness. In this beautiful book -featuring more than 100 color photographs from forests around the world, including the forest therapy trails that criss-cross Japan, Dr. Qing Li shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels and blood pressure, strengthen your immune and cardiovascular systems, boost your energy, mood, creativity and concentration, and even help you live longer. Once you’ve discovered the healing power of trees, you can lose yourself in the beauty of your surroundings, leave everyday stress behind, and reach a place of greater calm and wellness. #forestfromthetrees

I’ve Been Thinking

I’ve Been Thinking… Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life by Maria Shriver, 2018.

The Artful Living Blog became an admirer of Maria Shriver over the years through her bestselling books and journalism, recognizing that she was a thoughtful, reflective, honest interpreter of our current world. Also from being a subscriber to The Sunday Paper -a weekly newsletter from her self-described digital home powered by inspiration for people with passion and purpose, where she shares information, reflections, news stories, viewpoints & more. One quickly learns therein that observing the week through Maria’s lens is refreshing, always interesting and optimistic. Inspiring read encouraging hope that we can all be activists in some small way and make a positive difference by becoming “architects of change.”

As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In her moving and powerful new book: I’ve Been Thinking, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers & wise reflections designed to get readers thinking, feeling, and laughing, to guide them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field -a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion, a place of joy. I’ve Been Thinking is ideal for anyone at any point on the continuum of life. Whether you feel like you’ve got it all together or like it’s all falling apart, whether you’re taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is a book you can turn to again and again. The perfect daily companion or weekend pick-me-up, and an exceptional gift for the graduate, or someone looking to move forward in life with hope and grace.

The Green Witch

The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to The Natural Magic Of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils & More, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock, 2017.

At her core, the Green witch is a naturalist, an herbalist, a wise woman, and a healer. She embraces the power of nature; she draws energy from the Earth & Universe; she relies on natural objects like stones & gems to commune with the land she lives off of; she uses plants, flowers, oils, and herbs for healing; she calls on nature for guidance; and she respects every living being no matter how small.

In The Green Witch, you will learn the way of the Green witch, from how to use herbs, plants, and flowers to make potions and oils for everyday healing as well as how crystals, gems, stones, and even twigs can help you find balance within. You’ll discover how to find harmony in Earth’s great elements and connect your soul to every living creature. This guide also contains directions for herbal blends and potions, ritual suggestions, recipes for sacred foods & information on how to listen to and commune with nature. Embrace the world of the Green witch & discover what the power of nature has in store for you. Equal parts informational and inspired. Green Goddess Gratitude Great & Small Goodread!