Monday, October 31, 2016

Make Your Own Mala Beads with Satya Jewelry Plus the Propah Prosperity Project!

You all know I was super excited about the Make Your Own Mala Beads session at the W.E.L.L. Summit. I pretty much talked to anyone about it who would listen. Obviously, the breakout with Satya Jewelry was not a disappointment. I didn't know what to expect except to know that I would be, of course, making my own Mala Bracelet. I was far more satisfied with the overall experience than I thought I would be. Actually, satisfied is totally the wrong word, because I was inspired (more about that later!)... The session started with Satya herself telling us about her journey and where jewelry making has led her, her charitable efforts and what she's currently doing. To say that she is a positive creative force would be an understatement. She's already donated over a million dollars to charity in her career, which speaks for itself plus her jewelry is gorgeous and to be treasured. You can call me crushing over here and it would be accurate. In addition to learning about Satya and her brand, she led us in an interesting (new to me) meditation which was meant to center the mind but get the creative juices flowing. Then when actually making our bracelets, rather than rushing through the experience, we concentrated on breathing which each bead. This was kind of a struggle for me but also forces me to making each bead purposeful and important. I would love for Satya to bring one of her Mala Making events to Boston in the coming year, so I can experience what making a full mala necklace would be like because I think it would be an excellent exercise in centering, meditation, mindfulness, and bringing purpose to what I'm doing. If you're lucky enough to be close to one of her events, I would very much recommend it! But since, it doesn't look like I'll be able to partake any time soon, I was inspired to create a project at home, which I think will prove useful in keeping me as "on track" and "grounded" as I can be until this babay comes....
It's called the Propah Prosperity Project and today is Day One of me sharing (technically I started last week.). Here's the details, all most of which came to me during the Satya session. I worked out the rough edges when I got home from the WS and got to work on myself and spreading positivity. When Satya was talking, she mentioned making magic through mala beads and also the significance of an experience she had at an intensive yoga training years ago. She also mentioned the significance of 40 days in a lot of different journeys so I have decided to launch this project that combines the following: mindful meditation every day, making magic through mala and spreading positivity to those in my world.

For 40 days, I will make it a priority to wake up early or make the time at lunch to meditate and create with positive vibes. Taking the inspiration from my mala making session, I will meditate on my purpose for the day while also focusing on positive energy and the things that I am grateful for (which isn't always easy for me). Since I love the energy of "good vibes", I obviously want to share them with others, so for the 40 days of this practice, I will create a mala bracelet a day, focusing on what I love about them/how I appreciate them and send a note of positivity on to that specific person (and also literally using the USPS). I will also share with my readers about that person and in short what it is about them that I admire. My goal is to bring Prosperity, as in the state of good fortune, comfort and well-being to both myself and my people.

To start the project, I did mass produce the handmade note cards by whipping out my watercolors and creating a few different variations to use when writing my notes each day. That exercise in itself was a relaxing one that I hadn't done in awhile. Already it began with positive energy, am I right? I ordered some special beads that had meaning and also decided to incorporate ones that I have been collecting over the years from vintage vendors, flea markets and the like. I wanted these to be special and personal, so that if the recipient did want to use them as prayer beads or worry beads (more likely my use), they'd have something special to hold.

For Day One, I chose to honor Gianne of both The W.E.L.L. Summit and Organic Bath Co. It may seem obvious that since I was inspired by a session at the summit that it would make a lot of sense to start with Gianne. Not only was The W.E.L.L. Summit her brainchild but she has built both this event as well as her brand from the ground up with some sass, hustle and hard work. She has amazing ideas and a creative energy that I adore. I've only known Gianne a little less than two years (I think we physically met Summer of 2015?) but I think that it's been wonderful to get to know her and now call her a friend. Heck, I was able to give Gianne her bracelet in person, because we ate some dinner together, which as you know, is something that friends sometimes do. ;-) I've loved watching The W.E.L.L. Summit grow and am so excited to see what she has in store for us, wellness-wise. I used mainly Earth Jasper for Gianne. Known as the “Supreme Nurturer,” Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security, strength and healing. Its presence balances the aura to a level of wholeness and peace, and acts as a reminder that one is not here on the physical plane simply for oneself, but to bring joy and substance to others. Kind of perfect, right? 

Will you follow me along in this journey? I'd sure love the company!

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