IT'S 'day after launch day!' Yesterday, I officially launched my Etsy store after months of preparation, work, prayer, meditation and excitement. If you read through to the bottom, you'll find an exclusive coupon code to use for a limited time in my Etsy store! This is my way of reaching more people with healing energy work than just through individual, one-on-one session work. I create custom, handmade, hand-knotted malas. What's a mala, you ask? Well, let me start by telling you about how I got interested in malas and then I will give you the traditional mala explanation.
When I do my session work, I always have a beaded cross necklace in my hand-it's one that I put together from some beads that I had and a wooden cross that I love. It's not anything fancy, but it keeps me grounded and reminds me to where I turn for my guidance and answers. I use it to help clear out the 'dust' in my mind at times when things get a little cloudy.
As I began my Yoga Teacher training last year, I really dove deep into the philosophy side of Yoga and discovered these beautiful and spiritual necklaces called 'malas.' Malas are traditionally used for meditation and prayer. It is typically made up of 108 beads with a 'guru' bead and a tassel at the bottom. Between each bead is a hand-tied knot. So, what do you do with a mala? Here's the beautiful thing, you decide what to do with it. In the Buddhist tradition, malas are used for mantra repetition-you touch each bead as you repeat your mantra and turn it either clockwise or counterclockwise as you move around your mala, skipping over the guru bead at the bottom. You can also use it for breath work-one breath per bead as you work your way around. Using it during prayer is also very powerful, it helps center and focus your prayers and keeps you in the present. Many people wear them around everyday, as well. It's just a matter of how you need your mala to work for you and it's a very personal decision for you to make.
The different materials used to construct a mala are very important. I could go on and on about this. I won't though, you would be reading all day. What I will say is this, you should be very picky about your mala. It should be one that really resonates with you and that you connect with. Every mala is made differently. It can be made up of wood, stone, crystal, plastic, glass-you name it! I love to use gemstones and wood for my malas. I'm very careful and considerate about where I get my materials from. The thing that I ran into when I was searching for my 'perfect' mala was that I was finding that the quality was not what I was needing. I bought three malas from the same company, and not one of them had the knots between the beads. The knots between the beads signifies to me that the person constructing it has put the energy and intention into the mala that it deserves and it is a very spiritual part of the mala necklace. Without the knots, the mala was worthless to me. That doesn't mean that the same mala wouldn't be priceless to someone else, but it was a point that was very important to me. Why couldn't I make my own? Not to sell, just for me. My first one was a pink zebra jasper, lava stone and clear quartz mala. I loved it! I started to get requests from clients to make malas for them! Then, I decided that I needed to go a step further and integrate it into my business as a way to reach out further.
The process I use to create a mala starts before any beads go on the string. I figure out which materials are going to be put together and why. The 'why' is so important. Each mala carries a certain energy for healing and intention. I use Reiki to make sure the materials (gemstones, wood, stringing cord, tassel, counterparts) are all clear and that they all mix well. Then, the stringing begins, each bead is loving strung and an intention placed with every hand-tied knot in between. The guru bead is picked to help balance out whatever beads are on the mala or as a spiritual guide. I like to say that the beads pick themselves, I intuitively know which ones go where. I do not lay out a pattern beforehand. I have tried this several times and it just doesn't work for me!
My favorite part of this entire process is that this is a way for me to spread energy healing without having to just do one-on-one sessions with clients. My intention has always been to help as many people as I can in as many ways possible. With the purchase of one of my malas, know that you are receiving not only a piece of jewelry, but one that is infused with energetic healing and love. If we could all find ways to spread love, compassion, kindness, empathy and understanding-I know this world would begin to heal from all of the darkness that threatens on a daily basis.
There you go! I hope that gives you some insight into my malas as well as to what they are exactly and why I make them. For a limited amount of time, I am offering a $10 discount off of any 108 bead mala purchase through my Etsy store! Grab the coupon while you can and enjoy browsing!
Enjoy 10OFF to receive $10 off every 108 bead mala ordered until Aug 31st, 2017!
Love and Light~
What is your imagination creating in 2017?
There's always a push at the beginning of a new year to do something drastic, to make a BIG change for the coming year. How often do you see people posting about a new fitness routine or making a resolution to go to the gym? Or change their eating habits? Or that they are going to lose "X" amount of pounds? There's nothing fundamentally wrong with these resolutions or 'goals.' The problem is that these great ideas and good intentions usually don't stick! There's a very good and very obvious reason for this. They are all focused on the outside, without addressing what is going on internally.
It's great to want to eat healthier, to exercise more, to lose a little weight-if it's for the right reasons. If the focus is only on the outcome to be a superficial goal, most likely that goal won't be met. If you shift your focus to becoming healthier (whole body) in the process, to building a stronger body to support your energy levels or to feel better in your current clothes-that's going to take you much further to reach that 'goal.' Only focusing on what you are looking at in the mirror everyday, or deciding each day is 'good' or 'bad' dependent on whether or not you think you look good, isn't going to be a good basis for putting that resolution into creation.
What is your imagination creating for this year?? What does this year look like for you? THIS is what I want you to focus on. Paint a picture of what this year is going to look like-your intentions for your career, family, self, household, etc. Write it down in a journal, cut out photos of how you want your house to look, pick up books that encourage you to deepen your relationship with your loved ones, sign-up for a course that helps you to better your skills at your current job. Notice I didn't just say, "write it down and put your attention on those things." You have to put action behind your dreams & imagination to actually see it created!
Imagine it, describe it, write it, and then create it! Whatever action you take is what will lead to whether or not you manifest your dream. Get our of your own way! Often times, we are our own worst roadblock. What we tell ourselves on a daily basis can either be very inspiring for creating our dreams, or responsible for bringing them crashing down around us. This is not about having a Pollyanna attitude, it's about believing in yourself to make sure that you stay on the path of action to achieve your dream that you have imagined. Creation comes from action. Action takes dedication. Dedication to spending the time on you. Get rid of the junk so that nothing will keep you from believing in yourself and your dream.
If you want to learn how to visualize what your ideal 2017 looks like, and learn how to start to take the action steps to get there, sign-up HERE for our free 5-day Learn to FLY online workshop. It's chock-full of tips & tricks to get you focused on imagining, creating and working towards your best year yet! You'll receive an e-mail in your inbox each of the 5 days with a new practice to do each day and tips to help you visualize your ideal year. All you need is to have an open mind and a willingness to spend some time on you each of those 5 days! You'll be doing a little writing, so having a journal on hand is good, or if you like to keep things electronic an app like Evernote (which is free) or Day One ($4.99) is recommended. I've just been introduced to Day One and it looks really intriguing! You can find either app in the App Store.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me before signing up! This is going to be an exciting journey and I will be there with you every step of the way.
Love and Light~
Looking for the sign-up form for the 5-day online workshop? Just click HERE. Watch your inbox after you sign-up through the form, you will have to confirm your subscription as well.
are you ready to fly?
2017 is literally right around the corner! Are you ready to FLY in the New Year?
We are ending 2016 with a lot of heaviness around and that all needs to be released before going into a new year. What are your intentions for next year? Have you thought about it yet? Do you have a plan to make those intentions become your reality? If your answer is, "No," that's okay! You don't have to have a set plan, written out and set in stone. Sometimes, life has different plans for us than what we expect or plan for. The most important thing is getting rid of the baggage from the past! Releasing it and bringing your energy up to a level that attracts abundance and prosperity. This can be in the area of health, work, family, money, fitness, a new hobby, a new relationship, etc. It can be as simple as wanting to create abundance in the area of time for yourself.
Sometimes there are energetic blocks in our system that are holding us back from moving forward in abundance and prosperity. That's why it's so important to use this time of the year to clear out the gunk! Release stuck emotions, let go of resentment, anger, worry, fear and feel your wings start to expand! Start the New Year with a fresh perspective, a little more focus on where you are going and a lighter, clearer outlook on what you can accomplish for yourself. When you release 'stuck' emotions and the negative energy they create in your body, you are literally letting go of the past and giving your body/mind/spirit the chance to heal and move forward. Things that may have been difficult for you before-become easier. It helps heal relationships and create stronger bonds. There are so many reasons to release all that is weighing you down! It's called a 'release' for a reason! Let go of your burdens. Lighten your load so that you can fly!
What does it take to FLY? It's pretty simple. You have to have Faith, you have to be able to Love and you have to dedicate time just for You.
Faith + Love + You= FLY!
Sounds pretty simple, right? It is pretty simple when you are listening to your true inner voice and believing in yourself. Sometimes it takes a little (or a lot of) work to get there and that's okay! It's about learning to look in the mirror every day and see beneath the mask that you wear on a daily basis to the beautiful soul underneath and then letting that soul shine.
I'm working on a 5-day program that will help you to hone in on what you want to focus on for the coming year. It's going to include fun and challenging worksheets to fill out, daily meditations to do so that you are making time to go inward to start to connect to your inner self, customized mantras for you, and other good stuff! If you are interested in this, please sign-up HERE to receive a notice when it is ready to launch.
For a limited time, I'm offering a discount on an Emotion Release session to help you get started on releasing the heavy junk that is holding you back. If you sign up for the Monthly Newsletter before December 23, 2016-you will receive an e-mail with a special link to purchase a session at the discounted rate!
Love and Light~
I am a wife, mom, photographer, avid reader, Yoga enthusiast, nature lover, traveler, adventurer, and child of God, who loves to learn about anything and everything and is just trying to help others see the beautiful beings that they are! Welcome to the blog for my website. Here you will find articles about many, various items of interest. I am a Reiki Practitioner, Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, Energy Healer, Astrologer, custom Mala Creator and your go-to for the support that you have been looking for. Thank you for stopping in!