“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
My favorite part of being a jeweler is getting custom orders. There's something special that goes into a piece when I know exactly who it's for and what it means to the customer.
The process of creating this necklace was filled with so much joy, love and excitement...from original idea to the message thanking me when the gift was given. The story began when a friend was looking through the tangled mess of my jewelry after my holiday shows - in the trunk of my car (that sometimes happens around the holidays)
He wanted something special for his wife's birthday to celebrate their beautiful little boy, Sunny. The front has the actual impression of his wee little fingerprint, in the back I set his birthstone, a fair trade fire citrine. Attached are the parents birthstones. The best part was showing the finished piece, knowing his wife is going to cherish it like I do mine...of course I had to make one for myself and haven't taken it off since.
Another added bit of goodness was trading. Even better than buying local, handmade, organic, used etc. is trading for those things. It's so easy to buy something when we need it, it's how we were raised... in a throw away disposable era. It still surrounds us, there are plastic sippy cups call 'take & toss' what???
When we open up to the idea of simply doing without, or finding a better source we can become more ethically concious consumers. A good place to start is by asking yourself 'where did this come from?' then...'is there a better source?'
Alright...getting sidetracked, so I'm always on the lookout for ways I can barter and this worked out perfectly since I was looking for a wheatgrass juicer and he had one to get rid of. Sweet!
I'm excited to work on this as a little side element of my business and am grateful to have friends that are happy to be my testers as I work through new ideas.
I've been thinking a lot lately how I can give and do good with my jewelry, more than donating a portion of my proceeds to a great cause, but something more direct. Before owning my jewelry business I worked with brain injured and mentally challenged adults for ten years, though grossly underpaid and overworked I enjoyed parts of it immensely. Nothing can replace the feeling of giving or helping selflessly. There's that euphoric feeling when you know you've contributed to someone's well being, even just a minute of it. Those moments hint at something greater than the trivialities that we allow to engulf us.
I'd like that personal connection to be intrinsic to the nature of what I create. I feel so lucky that projects like these cross my path and inspire ways to bring that into my work....
I have some ideas cooking, so look for good things to come :)
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The more I learn about health and well-being the more I'm in awe of how amazing and complex our bodies are. The ability to maintain homeostasis, or a stable environment including temperature, pH, energy, pressure and volume makes me so grateful for my good health. The danger is that all these wonderful things are happening quietly, without requiring us to be active participants. We can 'survive' on processed food, lead a sedentary lifestyle, and fill our mental space with stress while our systems compensate quietly. It's only when something forces us to think about it that we take action, whether it's illness or inspiration.
It wasn't until I was preparing for pregnancy that I became fascinated with the effects that food and stress had on me. As I learned about the benefits that certain foods have on fetal brain development, the chemical conversations between mother and child and the importance of maintaining proper pH levels in the blood that I realized I'd been living on primarily an acidic diet. yikes! The amount of energy it took to process the dairy, grain and meat that made up most of what I ate left no energy for repairing damage or living a vital life.
When our pH level is off our blood cannot absorb enough oxygen and a plethora of ailments ensue. Fatigue, weight gain, poor digestion, and sickness (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis) have all sadly become commonplace in our society mainly because of the products that now pass as food. Creating an internal acidic environment forces the body to take minerals such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from our organs and bones to neutralize the acid and remove it. Our systems are constantly fighting to regain the balance we've thrown off.
alkaline foods acidic foods
citric fruits, almonds, coconut, avocado, meat, eggs, fish, milk, sugar, corn, rice
green leafy vegetables, buckwheat, quinoa fried and refined food, cheese, beer & wine
|Sandywoods Farm community garden|
Through some inspiring friends and research I found the Sattvic diet, also referred to as a yoga or sentient diet. It is a way of eating to benefit both the mind and body. Simple, pure clean foods. I love it!
According to Hindu philosophy there are three types gunas, (think of them like types of energy) that are inherent in all food and objects.
Sattva is defined as calmness, energy, purity, clarity, creativity
Raja is defined as energy, change, creation, action, generation
Tamas is defined as destruction, lethargy, death, darkness, inactivity
"If the food contains sattvic energy-then the body becomes more sattvic by eating it. It is very obvious that what we eat not only affects how we look physically, but also how we feel energetically and how clear and creative our mental energy is also. Some foods support and enliven our life-force energy, whilst other foods inhibit and undermine them." ~ Vidya Heisel
Here's a basic guide to eating a Sattvic diet from My Yoga Kitchen
SATTVIC FOOD - EAT MOST
RAJASIC FOODS - EAT MODERATELY
TAMASIC FOODS - EAT LEAST
Here are some resources if you'd like more information. I'm just beginning to learn about this and welcome all of your thoughts, recipes , book suggestions etc...