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.
I am out in Northern California, my native stomping grounds, and taking some time to reboot, let’s say. I get to hang with my parents, be reminded of all the great things here I miss after moving to New England. With this newfound time on my hands, I began thinking about a topic for my March blog and was certainly inspired by the recent deluge of rains and flooding that this area received in the last month. I am an enduring fan of the blooming mustard that engulfs the vineyards, the sweet spring smell floating in the air, the tight buds of California poppies about to shoot forth near my mom’s place. And how does this relate to our jewelry line or you, you may be thinking?
Well, did you know New York Fashion Week just happened? Well good for you. It is hard to stay up on these things and I enjoy bringing some fashion news to your inbox. But I too need to research and discover what are the big trends, so let’s chat about what is out there.
The past season has been dominated by the choker, but the “sautoir" – or long necklace – has made a bold comeback.
Long chains with pendants, energizing stones or mineral slices were all over the runways.
And, I am pleased to say for those of us young in the 90s, that chokers haven’t gone completely away yet. Also not gone away (remember my earlier blog about Fall Trends), statement earrings just like rings, were seen all over the runway in various forms, materials and shapes- the bigger the better.
But here is what I find really interesting, and ties in neatly to the inspirational green Sonoma hills I am a witness to, is the color appropriately called “Greenery,” which is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017. (also known as Pantone 15-0343)
We could ruminate as to how they figure out the color of the year (sometimes taking 9 months I’ve read), but instead let’s happily accept this joyful color and reminisce about what the message that color brings, and how we may wear it in jewelry to evoke this message.
As you can see from GH Inspired Designs, we love leaves, trees and other nature- inspired pieces. We want to wear and design pieces that remind us of the beauty and inspiration of Mother Nature. This color green is truly Nature at its best. When we wear it, it connects us back to the messages which Spring joyfully calls out….renew, regenerate, refresh- grow! Every spring we get to begin anew, echoed by the shoots from the ground, the sprouts on the trees, the tight petite buds of new blooms.
In Japan there is something called "shinrin yoku," which translates to "forest bathing.” It is considered preventative health care because you are walking as a moving meditation of sorts, breathing a different kind of clean air, and you feel more in touch with Nature, Mother Earth, Spirit Connection. So similar to Crystal Therapy and other ways to cleanse yourself, it is a wonderful way to reconnect to your personal “Spring.” But if you can’t do that, what can you do? Bring green into your environment. Put in on your body, wear the color. It should make you feel good.
So this spring remember the color called Greenery and let it be a reminder for all that is new, fresh, and hopeful.
The kindest thing you can do is share this with others. You, my friend, are part of our marketing department. Thank you for your sharing your heart.
Click here to see this beautiful green and other nature-inspired looks in our jewelry.
It’s February and because we are close to Valentine’s Day, Rose Quartz seems to be a wonderful choice to feature this month.
Who doesn’t need more love and especially right now in all the local and global turmoil surrounding us.
Have you ever thought about wearing a crystal not just because of its color but because of the way it makes you feel?
Or perhaps you are tuned into the energies of the crystal you are wearing.
Consider surrounding yourself with love through this gorgeous light pink stone.
Where it’s found: Brazil, Madagascar, South Dakota
Key Words: Love, Gentleness, Compassion, Forgiveness
Chakras: Heart (4th), Throat (5th), Third Eye (6th), Crown (7th)
Emotional: Rose Quartz is a stone of unconditional love. It opens the heart chakra to all forms of love: self-love, family love, platonic love, and romantic love. Rose Quartz has excellent protection energies during pregnancy and childbirth. The elevated energy of quartz gives Rose Quartz a property of enhancing love in virtually any situation. It also brings gentleness, forgiveness, and tolerance. Some believe that rose quartz has calming effects and helps people develop strong friendships.
Physical: Skin, especially burns and blistering from heat; past emotional trauma; healing to the heart, release of worry, fear, anxiety
Rose Quartz is more powerful when it is clearer and deeper colored than opaque. But don’t think its gentle pink fool you- it is one of the most important stones. Rose Quartz is traditionally related to the heart, but is also believed to stimulate the upper chakras, the Throat, Third Eye, and especially Crown Chakras. Once stimulated, the upper three Chakras then opens the heart Chakra (4th), bringing a silky smooth, gentle love to you. Imagine using this stone to clear the upper chakras, then opening your heart chakra and pave the way for jump starting new love, in whatever form you are looking to find.
Meditation with Rose Quartz:
Hold your rose quartz in your hand or place it on your body, preferably on your heart (Malas and necklaces are especially good.) Sit or lie down, quietly breathing.
Imagine the left side of your body as receptive See the left side of your body surrounded with pink light. Then imagine this pink light surround your heart space. Start at the towpSee in your minds eye this area open like petals of a lotus flower. From this area shines an energy that is filled with love, that IS love. See this light expand until your entire being is outlined in a cocoon of loving light. Breathe it in and let it fill your lungs. Exhale out all past emotional trauma which is stagnant and no longer welcome.
Continue to breathe in and out slowly and mindfully, each time breathing in love and peace, breathing out all that does not serve you.
Gently open your eyes and take a moment to acknowledge how you feel. Remain open and curious to self-compassion, a lighter heart, a more joyful outlook.
Affirmation or Mantra: My heart is open to give and receive the energy of love.
Click here to see Rose Quartz in our jewelry.
Interested in more? Amethyst is the traditional February birthstone. Click here to see my blog on Amethyst.
Life is too short to wear boring jewelry- plus musings on the presidential inauguration, zodiac sign of Aquarius and how you fit in to the mix.....
As you know, I enjoy making jewelry that helps one to feel inspired, possibly empowered..loved and special. How do I do that? One way is by choosing gemstones and crystals that are in tune with those energies. There is a giant wave of interest and knowledge that has been passed down since ancient times, of forms and vibrations of gemstone and crystal energies.*
I love to educate myself and continue to search how I can translate this information into my jewelry and ultimately, my clients’ self-expression by wearing my designs.
So let's talk about the presidential inauguration on January 20. Americans will undergo a big transition toward the end of the month. There is a lot of community building and at the very least, a larger awareness toward political views and cultural identities. I believe it's a fundamental right for us to speak up, speak out, and get your voice heard.
So, some great stones for this-communication, speaking truth, having a voice- are: Amazonite, Angelite, and Turquoise to name a few. Amazonite in particular is best worn around the neck for this reason, as it physically connects to the throat (5th) chakra….the chakra governing truth in communication. If you want to set personal boundaries, wear it if you are overly concerned with opinions of others, of if you overly judge.
Also less unknown is the Rudraksha seed. They are one of the most popular and traditional materials used for making mala beads. Rudra means “Lord Shiva” and Aksha means “teardrops”, making Rudraksha “Tears of Lord Shiva.” It is said that Lord Shiva went into a deep trance meditation for the well-being of all living creatures of the earth and when he finished and opened his eye tears fell to the earth. These tears were in the form of seeds which grew to trees, later being called the Rudraksha tree. These seeds help in healing the heart center and balancing the chakras, promoting inner peace, as well as granting knowledge, power, and enlightenment.
Speaking of knowledge and enlightenment, meet the next Astrological sign in the zodiac: Aquarius (born January 20-February 18). These people (my husband is one) are considered the Great Awakeners- altruistic, humane people who are determined to make a difference. Aquarians are visionaries, progressive people often thinking about how things can be better. Making the world a better place is a collaborative effort for Aquarians-perfect for an America changing and evolving daily.
Hope on the ride by wearing jewelry with Turquoise (health, peace and inner calm) , Tiger Eye (strength/balancing extremes), and definitely Quartz Crystal. Quartz Crystal (good for intention/focus/spiritual development) is powerful. It can stimulate the positive and brings clarity on all levels. Traditionally this crystal harmonizes and aligns human energies (thought, consciousness and emotions) with the energy of the universe, thus creating outward harmony. It dispels confusion and will bring the wearer mental clarity and heightened spiritual awareness.
Whatever happens toward the end of January consider yourself in the Know. Enjoy!
*NOTE TO BELIEVERS AND SKEPTICS OF STONE ENERGIES: 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 stones 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. If you are interested in working with stones to help with emotional and physical self-healing, you are encouraged. 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.
Find spiritual growth despite daily life challenges….How do you know if you are spiritually growing?
“If your enlightenment is egocentric and self-delusional, then life will soon give you a challenge that will bring out your unconsciousness in whatever form—as fear, anger, defensiveness, judgment, depression, and so on.” Eckhart Tolle
So I ask the question: if you face the challenge, face your unconscious- feel, anger, fear, etc….does this make you more enlightened?
You may be like me: a fairly spiritually educated person, who goes to yoga, eats well (with occasional sugary treats of course), reads inspirational quotes and takes signs from the Universe for face value….looking to find the positive in the negative whenever I can- the Silver Lining.
But what happens when you find yourself confronted with a situation or challenge out of your control? (Think the election results, stories in the media)— confronted with a lesson you know is in front of you, in which you just can’t see that Silver Lining?
How do you know if you are spiritually growing despite these challenges?
One way is that you are open to a “lesson” from the situation.
I believe in my human mind that one way to get closer to enlightened spirit is to welcome and be open to let the Good in. You may not see the Lesson per say; it may not be right in front of you, ready to grasp. We mostly don’t have perfect days that are without difficulties. But feel comforted that you are spiritually progressing simply because you look for positivity in these difficulties. Instead of focusing on the bad, you reach for the good, whether it shows up then or later.
For a person like you, who is on the spiritual path, know that it is YOUR spiritual path, and complications are essential for your growth. Sometimes the risk is behind the light and you must step into the shadow to see it- otherwise you may risk the Risk in not staying open and positive….and that doesn’t feel spiritual. It feels more like the ego is speaking - speaking out in anger, fear, sadness, judgment, you fill the word in.
So I say let’s help each other to look to inspiration from the quiet gaps in-between our thoughts, in the moments where we can get solo and sit with the silence, during meditation, before sleep, whenever you can. Confront the situation by allowing yourself to feel, on a human level first and foremost. Step into your awareness and be open to all that awaits inside….be with the fear, the unknown, the difficult- that’s what we can do, that’s where the spiritual growth comes from, that’s where a small slice of enlightenment awaits you.
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