My dear friend recently told me to “blaze my own trail.” I had to think about that. What a concept, right?! I thought this was really appropriate in a first month of the year when so many people look outside of themselves to better themselves. Weight loss, smoking cessation, quitting drinking, meeting a boyfriend/girlfriend, changing jobs, the list goes on.
So what if we chose to look inward, to get quiet, hit the pause button in our minds, and listened in to what we really need vs. what we want? You may surprise yourself. What you think you need may not be so. What if we chose, again, rather than waited, to blaze our own trail?
The recent #Metoo and #TimesUp movement also comes to mind with this phrase. What can you just not tolerate anymore in your own life? Where is it time to take ahold of the reins and do it yourself??
It’s time, more than anything, to get quiet. Sit down, close your eyes, and meditate, even for 5 minutes. See how your mind entertains you and continually come back to your breath rather than hanging on to any one thought. Eventually you may feel something in your gut, or hear a word/or phrase that pierces through the chatter. Listen in, tune in to yourself. What is it?
It’s hard I know, But this is where the work really begins. This is where, you put yourself first and foremost in the spotlight. PAY ATTENTION. Honor what is working for you in your life, and what simply needs to be let go of. How about not following the same path and stepping away from that path, to make your own trail?
Here's one way to start blazing your own trail:
As 2017 comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for reading my blog and contributing to the conversation. Thank you! I read every single comment (on the blog and in person) and appreciate all you have to say. You inspire my creativity in jewelry making and yoga teaching.
In the new year I hope to bring you more about jewelry and all it can offer you. I hope my blogs will continue to brighten your day and provide insight for gifts, new information on trends, and all-things-jewelry (and sometimes yoga!)
I would love to know what topics you are interested in. Please tell me in the comments below what you would like to discuss next year, or contact me directly.
Scroll down to read any blogs you may have missed this year. And I will leave this quote with you. Notice the color......and check out my January blog to find out what it means!
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. ~Mary Lou Cook
All Right! It's "that time of the year" as they say, and I am happy to announce my holiday events coming your way. (More in the works: click here to see most current events)
Newton Holiday Art Fair
Saturday, December 2, 10am-5pm
Newton City Hall, Newton, MA
Love Live Local Holiday Festival
Sunday, December 3, Noon-5pm
Cape Cod Community Center, Dennis, MA
Centerville Yoga Trunk Show
Friday, December 8-Tuesday, December 12
Open during normal business hours
Tired of wearing all black? Need a pop of color? Prepare to move into the season with jewelry-inspired tones which reflect the vibrancy, class and beauty of YOU. You are inspired. You are unique. We have got the jewelry for you! Think ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst and even clear crystal tones.....here are a few ideas to bring classy color into your outfit and keep up on the trend of jeweled tones in jewelry.
Halloween is one of my favorite days. It's a perfect excuse to dress up in fun costumes, have parties, and the best, most widely socially accepted excuse for eating candy.
So in honor of Halloween this month, I thought it a good idea to talk about Energy-zapping Vampires. You know them....they are the ones you most likely avoid when they call, or you get a uncomfortable feeling in your stomach when you encounter them and you aren't sure why. These people are out there and they are Energy Vampires. They take take take, and never give. They steal your light, they bring you down, they take your power in little ways until you find yourself avoiding them at all costs. (Ever seen someone and turned around quickly to walk the opposite way, your head down, as you mumble 'please don't see me, please don't see me'?) They enter your life and do not leave. When you encounter them, you can feel your blood pressure rising, your sense of security jeopardized, an “oh no” wash over you. Here are four examples of vampires.
Constant Talkers (those who talk over you, interrupt you in conversation, and don't listen to you)
Narcissists (the world revolves around me)
Victims (Poor me, everything bad happens to me, and let me tell you all about it)
Controllers (those who want to control how you feel, what you do, have opinions about everything)
Let's connect this to what I really want to talk about, crystals and stones. It is thought that a tyrant wants power over others. A 'magician' desires power over herself. Labradorite is considered a stone of magic, magic referring to clairvoyance, communication with higher guides and spirits, among other mental and intuitive abilities. So use Labradorite to connect with yourself, toward self-mastery and knowledge. Get to know yourself rather than trying to control others and disconnecting from yourself. Take back your power! This is important because once you put yourself first, and pay attention to what you have control of, instead of what you don't, you are less inclined to put up with the nonsense, to get caught up in other's people's drama.
Also Labradorite is thought to create a field of protection around the wearer. So you are strengthened when encountering vampires.
If people tell you that you are a good listener, or you find yourself listening more than talking in conversations, and you are a person with a strong sense of self but easily fatigued, you might be an Empath. For empaths these situations with the above vampires are heightened even further. Empaths can tune into another’s energy and notice if that person is off, sad, not herself. And then different than others, they can feel that energy. They have to protect themselves from that energy rubbing off on them. Empaths can be left feeling more depleted emotionally and physically. Their life force is weaker if they aren’t careful and put these protective shields in place.
So another stone for protection is Amethyst. It can help to clear your energy field of these negative influences, and becomes a perfect stone to place around your home to create a safe space. And when you wear it, you then bring that protection to your body, for enhanced state of well-being, balance, and clearing of negativity.
One more thing Amethyst can help with is those reading this who know they are emotional vampires (good for you for noticing!) and want to change it. Use this stone to help recognize your power and gain knowledge of yourself. You no longer have to play victim to your outside situations, but align what you do daily with your inner spiritual purpose.
Enjoy your Halloween however you see fit. And may you not be visited by vampires........
I was lying in bed and feeling the discomfort of early morning in knowing I had to get out of bed. I wanted to sleep in. But my clock read 6:08am and I just HAD to get out of bed, wake up the kids, make coffee and lunches, feed the dog, start a load of laundry, finish the dishes, check my emails, etc, etc., etc.
Did that raise your blood pressure a little, just reading that? I know! I completely believe in getting things done, accomplishing, and being productive. But it can be overwhelming and certainly not relaxing. These are good qualities until they are not, and life becomes about moving through the motions and not really enjoying it. Sounds all good until moments turn into hours, hours, into days, days into years and here I am wondering why time is getting faster and how did my kids become teenagers when I still feel like 25 inside????
Time keeps moving and it is up to you and me to take a moment and PAUSE.
Notice that I didn’t see “Just Breathe” or “Feel the Moment” because I think this word, PAUSE, encompasses both feelings. When you pause, you do breathe in, breathe out, and notice what is happening around you. And it can be in the middle of being productive, accomplishing, being creative, or however you spend your time.
And that is really the cornerstone of mindful meditation.
You may be thinking, why if it’s so difficult to pause? And why bother? What is the point? And the answer for me is this: Because I enjoy feeling life. I want to experience and grow. I want to be of service to others, help others on their life journeys. And I want to do it with the least “suffering” possible. I would suggest that ALL people want to end their suffering. This is a joyful thing, a worthy cause to which to devote your life: to lessen your suffering and the suffering of others.
Being self-aware, observant, mindful in your moment, and taking that PAUSE- is where it that opportunity lies. Your ability to take your life to a possibly more fulfilling, joyful, less overwhelming place could lie in that PAUSE that we choose to take not just daily, but multiple times daily.
Try it and see. Even once in your day, perhaps before you get out of bed, say to yourself, “Thank you for one more day.” and then PAUSE and reflect in that moment. See what it does for you. I look forward to hearing your comments.
There is something rather magical about being an “artist," a person skilled in creative activity as one dictionary puts it. It is heartening to know I am a part of a special club who create art out of necessity, because it is innately in me and demands to come out in whatever form my art takes.
It is not uncommon for me to dream jewelry designs. I have no shortage of ideas. I can walk by a blowing tree or blooming flower or gorgeous sunset and suddenly find myself choreographing bead colors and styles in my head. It is a part of me that has taken up residence in my head and I welcome it like you would an old friend who moves in or that one old cozy sweater you can’t get rid of.
I consider myself lucky to have a passion that I love, the opportunity to actually have time and desire to make it, and to make a living at it. How many of us walking around can say that?
This brings me to where I am currently sitting, in a rented, pale blue art shanty, in front of the Hyannis Harbor. I have set up a small shop for a week and am part of the few who were assigned this week slot to sell our wares. I have carefully decorated my space to look like a small boutique, full of my jewelry lovingly placed and labeled. Outside I am surrounded by buzz: the boats coming in and out of harbor, the seagulls’ cry, the rumbling of trucks carrying fresh fish to the local restaurants, and the constant stream of chatter from vacationers from all over the world who have come to this one location.
One of the best parts? Out of the seven lined up shanties, I am the only jeweler! Wow what a treat to stand out in a crowd of thousands of jewelry designers, locally and beyond. I am on my fifth day of seven, where I sit and greet those who stroll past my shanty and peek in. Some are just looking, some try on much and leave with nothing, and some take a quick glance and rush out in hopes of not being noticed. Occasionally I will get a woman apologizing for not staying longer, her husband grimacing impatiently outside. I often wonder where some of them go? There is the woman who tries on, lovingly cradles a piece in her hand for minutes, and right when I am sure she will buy, she reluctantly drops it back in its place and darts out, calling that she will return but never does. And the woman who wants to know everything about everything in my shop and we get along like fast best friends. When she leaves with a purchase I feel slightly melancholy like I am missing out on something, knowing I won’t see her again.
Or that one friendly Irish lady who loved my style and purchased multiple pieces, and still continues to order every few months online. I would call this one an “ambassador” of my jewelry, a fan, a lifer.
Anyway, I guess I just want to acknowledge openly what a joy it is to spread my creativity around, even if it is in the shape of some earrings or a necklace. I truly appreciate my customers, those known and those still who haven’t found out about me. On these tables sit a little of my heart in the form of jewelry. They are little bits of heArt, for those who will judge and consider, to pick up and try on, and often to put back. But even better is when someone cries out at finding her treasure, and assuredly hands it over for purchase. This is when I know; she gets me and I, her.
Happy Summer!!! Do you hear all those exclamation marks? I love July. It means my birthday is around the corner (the 24th) and summer is in full swing. I love a warm day with a cool light breeze and the slow paced feeling that accompanies it.
Our company is busy this time of year too, as stores scramble to fill in for the higher traffic and sales, and our own team is out and about at various outdoor shows. (See full schedule here).
So tonight is the full moon for this month. This moon gives me pause, as always. I am one to feel the moon on a visceral level…that instinctive, internal feeling that I should stop and take it all in, that things are shifting and making room for new or perhaps, change.
Some are calling it a “Blessing Moon.” For me it is a time take in a slower pace, to sift through what is working and what isn’t, on a daily level as I go about my work and play. What do I want to learn more about, say in my yoga practice? It is a great time, in the full moon, to start to zero in and clearly define where I am going and what I have learned along the way to support and sustain me.
This is a phrase I use a lot while teaching yoga: Support and Sustain. It is good to remember, especially while staying in a pose, to work with your breath so that it slows down, remains even and steady, rather than shallow, erratic, and hard to maintain.
Once we establish a yoga practice where we know our bodies and can remain in a pose and breathe fully and deeply, we then can shift, start to move deeper in perhaps on an energetic, spiritual level. We can choose to go beyond familiar ground, out of our “comfort zones,” past our Edge, to find the blessing beyond the comfort zone. What can await us doesn’t have to be scary but welcoming, beckoning, and surprising.
In relation to the full moon July 9, I want to discuss the ethereal beauty of the gemstone know as Rainbow Moonstone. It is one of my all time favorite stones and is for many I meet. High quality rainbow moonstone has a beautiful sheen, caused by light diffraction. While there are other shades (peach, white, grey), I prefer this one which is generally associated with the feminine as it can help one to tap into the intuitive part of the mind. It is a talisman to enter inward and decipher how to navigate new stages of growth. How perfect for a period near and on a full moon, to then nurture yourself with ease and patience, rather than hurrying for the next stage of life.
This summer, around a full moon, and really, anytime you want to slow down and take "it" all in mindfully, find a beach or body of water outside in the warmth, and slow down physically. Sit. Look around at the beauty around you. Then maybe meditate to look within to what works and doesn’t work in your life to aid you in becoming your better Self. Treat yourself with gentle, loving energy. Empower and align yourself with the Goddess within.
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Enjoy the full, Blessing Moon!
You have heard that you have a birthstone, a gemstone associated with the month of your birth.
But what does that mean and is it important?
Certain crystals and quartz are used are transducers of electromagnetic energies (think crystal radio receivers and quartz crystals in watches). With this in mind, it is not too much to consider that gemstones may also be capable of transmitting or amplifying other energy not yet detected by science. Yet biophysicists are now implying the physical bodies of human beings are liquid crystals. If we ourselves are crystal-like, you can imagine how the energy of a stone may “flow” through the body. Read on if you are interested in working with stones to help with emotional and physical self-healing.
Key Words: Attraction, Creativity
Chakras: Root (1st), Sacral (2nd), Solar Plexus (3rd)
Emotional: Garnet is a powerful stone to attract what you want. Use it to create, visualize, and attract dreams, aspirations, and goals. It can bring insight where there is chaos, providing a feeling of awareness, purpose, and vitality. It stimulates the kundalini energy for health and well being.
Physical: Infertility, can help with weight loss
Key Words: Protection, Spirituality, Addiction Release
Chakras: Third Eye (5th) and Crown (7th)
Emotional: Stone of the Mind, Amethyst is a stone of purification and spiritual protection and expansion. Use it to aid in overindulgence and even physical addictions. It wards off negativity. Use during meditation to bring clarity to imbalance caused by destructive behaviors and thoughts. It will allow the wearer to gain insight and clarity in mind and body.
Physical: Amethyst is also great to combat insomnia; use to recover from addictions and bad habits that generally cause imbalance and negativity; brain function and balance; nerve disorders
Key Words: Sooth, Calm, Cleanse, Courage
Chakras: Heart (4th) and Throat (5th)
Emotional: Aquamarine is derived from the Latin word, aqua marina, meaning sea water. Aquamarine is the sister to the Emerald. It is the anniversary gemstone for 16th and 19th years. As a stone of the water element, it can bring you in touch with deep emotions and the subconscious. Aquamarine is often used as a “good luck” stone to bring feelings of peace, love, joy and happiness. Aquamarine is metaphysically known as a stone of courage and fortitude. Use it to release old relationships and habits since it brings emotional patterns to the forefront for confrontation. It is said to assist with quick intellectual response.
It is one of the best stones for communication.
Physical: Soothing for skin issues (eczema, rosacea), allergies; calms the nervous system
Key Words: Psychic Abilities, Clarity
Chakras: Heart (4th), Third Eye (6th) and Crown (7th)
Emotional: A diamond can be a tool to access the higher being, to find power, inner knowledge. If spiritual insight combines with the inner knowledge, this is where clear seeing unites with high,vibrational energy. Diamonds carry high energy which definitely stimulates the heart, third eye, and crown chakras. Use it to strengthen and support this high energy, to enhance psychic abilities, and to burn through with intensity, unwanted emotional issues.
Physical: Promote energy flow, supports other stones and their energies
Key Words: Love, Compassion, Abundance, Healing (in all ways)
Chakra: Heart (4th)
Emotional: Emerald is the stone that best represents the heart chakra. It can help pave the way for love and compassion to flow in one's self and therefore, to others as well. Imagine alleviating weight in one's heart and replacing it with light and emotional nourishing. Wearing emerald can also bring prosperity because it brings one's vibration up to the spectrum of abundance. It can bring health and healing and courage due to the nature of an open heart. Use it to create a field of abundance, embracing all of life's gifts with the
energy of a divine love.
Physical: All heart diseases and ailments
June: Pearl and Moonstone
Pearls are calming and centering. They give purity and promote faith, charity, and integrity, truth and loyalty. They especially enhance personal integrity. They help one connect with the Goddess, the ultimate feminine energy. Pearls have been used to treat disorders of the digestive tract and muscular systems, as well as to aid fertility and to ease childbirth.
Pearls come fine-finished directly from nature. They are said to harmonize one's life with the rhythms of the natural world. Having what appears to be an inward glow, some claim that pearls can be used to help tap inner wisdom and to nurture the growth of love.
Moonstone Key Words: Growth/Self-Discovery, Intuition, Magic, Feminine Power, Peace and Harmony
Chakras: Third Eye (6th) and Crown (7th)
Emotional: Moonstone is generally associated with the feminine as it can help one to tap into the intuitive part of the mind. it is a talisman to enter inward and decipher how to navigate new stages of growth. Nurture yourself with ease and patience, rather than hurrying for the next stage of life. Think emotional balance with gentle, loving energy. Empower and align yourself with the Goddess within.
Physical: Fertility issues, hormonal shifts, water retention, emotional wounds or grief, daily stress
Key Words: Life Force, Strength, Protection, Creativity, Enthusiasm for Life, Courage
Chakra: Root (1st)
Emotional: Rubies emanate a vibrancy unlike any other stone in the mineral world, stimulating the root chakra (1st). This results in a stronger life force and strength to you. It is a revitalizing stone, encouraging one to find the true self. Stimulating energy in the body, it provides passion, enthusiasm, and courage toward life. Ruby is a powerful stone for those trying to develop a more loving attitude to the physical, sensual, and creative. It is also great for grounding to the earth, to replenish your energy when one is fatigued, dizzy, forgetfulness, or other signs of energy overload.
Physical: Good for those in recovery from abuse or addictions; stimulates sexual energy and supportive in stressful times; Infertility
Key Words: Prosperity, Well-Being, Positivity, Health
Chakras: Solar Plexus (3rd), Heart (4th)
Emotional: Since ancient times, Peridot has been a symbol of the sun. Its healing energies bring an inner sense of warmth and well-being. Think the word Increase; increasing health, joy and well-being, financial success. Peridot is full of positivity, spiritual and financial abundance. Use it also to remove obstacles.
Physical: all heart related imbalances, recovery of tobacco addiction, cleansing for blood and better oxygenation
Key Words: Awareness, Focus, Mental Discipline, Psychic Abilities
Chakras: Third Eye (6th), Throat (5th)
Emotional: Blue Sapphire will help to discern surface appearances and find the underlying truth. This stone aids in mental discipline, structure, and inner wisdom. Get focused and accomplish those goals. it can also help to stimulate psychic abilities and be used to battle against negative thoughts and situations.
Physical: Good for headaches, eye and vision problems, dizziness
Key Words: Love, Emotional healing
Chakra: Heart (4th)
Emotional: This stone, known for its attention to the heart, is unsurpassed in help with healing and cleansing from old wounds from childhood and other emotional wounds. Restore love, recoup from depression, anxiety, worries, stress.
Physical: heart attack recovery, balance mental state
Key Words: Spirituality, Mental Clarity
Various Types: White (Colorless), Blue, Gold
Chakras: White is Crown (7th); Golden is Solar Plexus (3rd); Blue is Throat (5th) and Third Eye (6th)
Emotional: White Topaz is often colored in various shades of blue. It is a fine stone for finding one’s spiritual path. It assists in finding confidence in expression of truth and attracting those who are truthful. Because Topaz has always been associated with compassion and communication, it's a wonderful stone to wear when you need to "build bridges" between yourself and other people. It radiates warmth and protection and brings emotions and thinking into balance. It is a powerful magnetic healing stone that helps
to absorb tension, pain and disease.
Physical: Blue Topaz is great for throat issues, calms migraines and neck issues
White Topaz strengthens hair and nails
Key Words: Protection, Strength, Communication
Chakra: Throat (5th)
Blue color caused by copper; green color is caused by iron
Emotional: Turquoise is a master healing stone that helps to strengthen the entire body. It is often called the "stone of health." Turquoise helps with articulation and wisdom while communicating. It promotes health, peace and inner calm and is worn for good fortune, wealth, and protection from evil. It is a good stone to wear for self-forgiveness and self-acceptance.
Physical: Good to wear for oxygenating the blood and increasing energy, blood pressure
*Please note that this information cannot yet be proven entirely through science. This information is offered for historical context only, and should not be the only treatment for actual medical conditions. Metaphysical/Healing Properties listed are collected from various sources. We do not guarantee any of the statements made or the validity of these statements,
nor should you use any of this information as medical advice.
Welcome back friends!
So have you felt let down, disappointed or surprised, even angry recently? And could it be possibly, due to someone doing something, or something not happening, quite the way you expected? Join the club. I feel myself fall in the Trap over and over again- having a goal, or seeing an outcome that suddenly veers of my course, and takes a turn I wasn't expecting.
As a yogi, I then try to teach myself to "just let it go" or "move on" from the situation. But I still feel empty, not fulfilled, even a little confused. And why? Because I had expectations which weren't met. The result isn't what I planned. Despite my strong, determined efforts, I just couldn't control it and something else happened. And boy, that feels, well out of control.
The question is can I avoid the hurt, the pain, the disappointment, before it happens? Why do I set myself up to fall back in the Trap?
Consider we are at the mercy of the Universe, or God, or Light, Buddha, or whatever you call your Higher Power. What would happen if we placed this desire, this expectation, with this Power, and did eventually release from an expected outcome? Even if a situation unfolds itself and stays awhile, and it doesn't align with your intentions, or desires, or goals, is it possible to sit back and reclaim your power in choosing not to suffer through the pain of not getting what you expected- in not reacting but responding when ready?
Whether you follow Buddhism or not, there is much to learn from what Buddha taught. For example, there are four Noble Truths of Buddhism I have learned which I share with you:
Suffering and dissatisfaction exist in life
Suffering arises from attachment to desires, such as control or set expectations
Suffering ceases when these attachments cease to exist
Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path
This liberation from suffering is what many people mean when they use the word “enlightenment."
I have decided to continue to have goals, plans, ideas. But this time I hope to remain in the present moment, taking what comes, and accepting it. I will choose to bathe in my own resilience, stepping aside to get out of my own way.
This quote from one of my favorites, Pema Chödrön, has shown up for me a lot this past month. What I mean by shown up is that I have seen it a few times through social media, and thought of it in conversations with friends. Whenever this happens, I stop and ask myself, "Does this mean something? Does it mean nothing? Does it resonate with me in any way?"
I like to think I am somewhat spiritually aware, a person who strives to ride the evolution of Self on a daily basis (meditation, yoga, eating well, praying, reading multiple self-help sources, stopping to smell the flowers, hugging those I love, walking my dog,- you get the gist). But this time it resonated for me because I can apply it, not just in a nebulous way, but to a specific situation I have in my life. And it didn't just resonate, it boomed, like cannon ball boomed. And for this reason I stopped, meditated on it, paid attention to the words, the way if felt physically and mentally. My mom taught me to do this at a young age and it has always shown me more about myself.
How often do we as people ignore something time and time again, until it shows up in physical ways (sickness, insomnia, depression, worry or worse)?
Take Oprah's wonderful quote - "Whispers are always messages, and if you don’t hear the message, the message turns into a problem. And if you don’t handle the problem, the problem turns into a crisis. And if you don’t handle the crisis, disaster. Your life is speaking to you. What is it saying?” — Oprah Winfrey, May 25, 2011
So I guess my point is, could there be something or someone in your life, which needs your attention? Do you need to face something difficult or change your outlook, in order to preserve your integrity? Most likely we do, but first we need to stop and listen in. And that is hard for most of us. When is the last time that you felt in your gut something was off, but you chose to ignore or put aside or deny, that feeling. And why?? Why do we put off change, even when it is keeping us up at night or making us sick or fueling our anger? How about instead of letting that message turn into crisis, we instead stop, listen in, and go ahead and feel that feeling, the whisper, that makes us squirmy, squeamish, uncomfortable? What is the worse that could happen? Huh. Most likely we will get better, feel better, change, EVOLVE.
Figure out for you what is YOUR meditation to help you do this very action of stopping, sitting, listening to yourself without judgment. It is the least you can do for yourself. And you deserve it.
Ever since I can remember I have worn and loved jewelry. I have pictures of myself at four dripping in my mother’s long beads and clip on earrings. Then while making jewelry as an adult, I began to wonder about the beautiful beads I was using… stones and crystals found in the earth- the colors, the swirls- the weight, characteristics. For years I have remained curious and open to this concept and do believe in potential in wearing and using certain stones and crystals for added health benefits. But just like astrology, I take it as another tool in my toolbox, not someone to depend on entirely for major decision making, but to enhance my sense of well-being and with the world and nature which surround me. I hope my blogs may educate you and peak your interest, and if nothing else, inspire you, to pick stones which call to you. and to wear more of the jewelry you love.