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

Artful Artisan

Yoga + Jes MaHarry Jewelry Collection, Video by John Phaneuf.

Get an empowering prana fix while admiring the new Jes MaHarry Jewelry ~ Lucid Collection. A follow-up to her equally beautiful Divine Light Collection. Artisan jewelry, handmade in Ojai, California. Jewelry with soul, using recycled Silver & Gold and ethically sourced gems. The Lucid Collection was inspired by living a life true to your heart, influenced by MaHarry’s love for yoga. Finding a deeper connection to life through following your breath, being fluid, and following the Sun… becoming lucid.

The Art Of Jewelry, Jes MaHarry + Sundance Resort & Catalog.

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. Her soulful lifestyle informs her art & original mixed-media jewelry that has come to be renowned worldwide. Collections of bold gemstone fusions, authentic ancient trade beads, and distinctive charms she so artfully carves with symbols of life, love & words of inspiration.

MaHarry’s pieces can be found at her California studio, and The Artful Living Blog’s perennial favorite: Sundance Catalog. With humble beginnings as a General Store at Robert Redford’s beautiful Sundance Resort -which radiates the art of untouched Nature. Over the years the General Store has cultivated many relationships with an impressive selection of talented artisans from across the U.S., many of them handcrafting exclusively for Sundance. When you purchase from this catalog, not only have you found something truly unique, beautiful, and skillfully made, but you are also supporting American craftspeople and efforts to enhance and preserve the environment.

 Also find therein, MaHarry’s new interactive adult coloring book, infused with the bohemian-chic artistry of this magical jewelry designerthat encourages creativity, introspection and positivity on every beautiful page. Purchase includes: a signed limited edition print, pencil and a handmade bookmark made of pewter, leather + trade beads. Bookmark charm stamped on front with “Free Spirit” and an Owl, back stamped with a Horse and artist signature.

Free Spirit: A Coloring Book for Calming Your Mind, Freeing Your Imagination, and Igniting Your Soul by Jes MaHarry, 2016.

As the number-one selling jewelry designer for the Sundance Catalog MaHarry’s whimsical designs have been featured on Ellen, Good Morning America, and the Today show, and have been worn by celebrity trendsetters coast to coast. Her eclectic style appeals to those who favor the hand-crafted over the mass-produced, and her carefully sculpted charms are infused with spirit, insight, and a rare depth of emotion. On the cutting edge of her industry, MaHarry was the first jewelry designer to popularize positive affirmations written on jewelry. Her positive messages, which are carved into her award-winning jewelry, have garnered her countless fans across the globe, including Pope Benedict who commissioned her to design commemorative coins for the Catholic Church.

MaHarry sets a trend in motion with her Free Spirit adult coloring book, which, like no other coloring book, also features positive affirmations, spiritual inquiries, and room for users to answer questions and add their own artful elements. Each page of beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations leads readers into spiritual inquiry through journaling prompts, mindful magic through coloring, and offers encouragement for freeing the spirit so it can soar.

Feminine Wisdom

Feminine Wisdom In Leadership: Dakini Teachings From The Tibetan Tradition. An Evening With Judith Simmer-Brown, ABC Home 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.

Fast Company

Recommended, Fast Company Summer 2018 Issue Featuring The 100 Most Creative People In Business. The 100 visionary leaders you’ll read about here hail from a wide range of fields: tech, media, healthcare, energy, travel, entertainment, finance, food and more. Each has succeeded in moving an entire sector forward in a new way during the past year, having an effect on their industries, if not the world. A thought-provoking list that isn’t about power or lifetime achievement, but about unique ideas having meaningful impact right now. Groundbreakers forecasting the future of business.

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, leadership, world-changing ideas, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.

Skin Saviors

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, healing and hydrating properties. Attains The Artful Living Blog Summer skin-loving stamp of approval + an 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, spa 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.

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