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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lapis and Quartz Crystal Pocket Mala with Pewter Oak Leaf





with the help of another fantastic silver charm from Green Girl Studios...

How's the weather where you live? Where I am, in San Diego, it's been raining and raining. We're almost to the point where we will be out of our drought, which is wonderful. It's the kind of weather we don't always get—you want to curl up by the fire and read a book. Lovely. Of course, we're not used to it and can't drive in it very well and the street lights go out, but that's because we live in an arid environment.

Here's a little pocket mala made for a customer from the dark lapis I like so much. It's dark with some pyrite sparkles and a few calcite streaks to keep it entertaining. It has quartz crystal markers every six beads and a three-holed guru bead of quartz—finished with a matching navy blue silk tassel. On the tassel is a little pewter oak leaf charm designed by Green Girl Studios. Oh, how I love this artist's work. So unusual and individually unique. Mermaids, fairies, crosses—she makes everything. Makes me want to work with metal casting. Ah, in another life perhaps.

This pocket mala is on stretch cord so it can be worn, but usually a pocket mala just travels with us during the day or sits in a special place to meet us when we're ready to meditate, center, or pray. Any prayer will do, even just focusing on one breath at a time to calm down. What a lovely practice this is.

All the best, stay warm and dry!
Laura

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hearts for Haiti—Etsy Sellers Helping Doctors Without Borders

This is so exciting. If you look just to the right of this post, you'll see a couple of rows of photos. These are snapshots of items for sale on Etsy to benefit Haitian relief through Doctors Without Borders. If you click on any item, you'll be taken to the shop where hundreds of craftspeople and sellers of craft supplies and vintage items are selling products, beautiful things.

Watching this effort start, grow, and succeed has been heart-warming, to say the least. Today I cried a bit when I found out my rose quartz and rhodonite "Immeasurable Love" mala sold. Every penny of each sale, minus some small Etsy and Paypal fees, goes to Doctors Without Borders, who authorized the shop to use their name. It's being overseen very, very carefully following the rules and guidance of Etsy about charitable shops. It all began when one seller posted a question on the Etsy forums asking how to coordinate sellers' efforts. So far, over $8500 dollars have been raised.

So, in the midst of the sadness I feel over the suffering of the people in Haiti, this little flower is born. And it has become an actual bush of roses, soon it will be a rose tree.

I'm not going to say anything oversimplified or philosophical about this, except for one thing: you really see the best come out of people in times of need.

That alone makes me very, very happy.

Bless you!
Laura

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Avatar






Finally changing my avatar for Etsy and this blog. I liked the little golden Buddha with beads around his neck and a pink background, but after a while it began to feel too cartoony, too solid. It doesn't reflect how I feel about meditation, it's sort of a "look at me, I'm a gold Buddha against a pink background" kind of avatar. Sort of static. Monumental, although it's so small. Sooo...

Here's my new one. It's a photo my husband took of a Buddha statue near a burning candle. I don't know how he made it so glowy. It is more about the pursuit of truth, more about the path, more about devotion. It shows how I feel about ALL of this and about myself...that it's all a process. Not finished, not expert, not "old student", but someone sitting and watching the light, trying to become more and more one with it.

On Etsy it won't really be readable as a Buddha and candle, which is okay. I like the shapes and colors even without a direct meaning.

How do you like the new one?

Take care!
Laura

Monday, January 11, 2010

How Quickly They Grow...






Penny Lane, Just Over One Year Old.
The funniest dog ever.

No, she doesn't make malas.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Blog and a Good Book—Awake is Good



Tara Statue


My friend Jan Lundy writes the blog Awake is Good about bringing spirituality into life. She's the author of Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be. A few months ago we traded a mala for some of her books. I love, love, love the book. It's one of those special, personal books about bringing spirit and soul into life that only come around once in a while. It is full of interviews with women who show how to do this: Joyce Rupp-OSM, Jan Phillips, Iyanla Vanzant, Dudley Evenson, Sue Patton Thoele, Daphne Rose Kingma, Doreen Virtue, Naomi Judd, Michelle Tsosie Sisneros, Joan Borysenko, Frances Moore Lappé, and Mari Gayatri Stein. You may not know each name, but their voices come through so intimately in the book that you know them a bit by the end. I like to hear about other people's thoughts on their journeys and I found the simple exercises in the book to be opening and enriching.


The book is on Amazon—the blog is here: Awake Is Good. And today, January 11th, she's hosting my thoughts about keeping meditation free from hope and fear and why I use a mala. It's a very personal post. So stop on by and leave a comment. You'll like it there.

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On another note, thank you to all the wonderful customers who've ordered malas from me. Thank you particularly to the unexpected, small surge of Canadians who've been dropping by. It's been fun shipping north of the border.

Take care!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Two Movies—a Must See and a Maybe

Every now and then I promise to give a little movie review on this blog. It's been hard lately, nothing has hit me as good enough to write about. I only want to recommend special movies that I think give something extra to a viewer.

A couple of nights ago I went to see Up In the Air with George Clooney. It was fantastic. In tone and story it told the story of a man's disconnect with any world except the one he experienced as he traveled. In essence he was a modern-day sailor, only happy on the high sea. Only in this case, it was the high skies. Painful to watch in its portrayal of modern alienation and isolation, but very powerful in bringing that message home. You develope such sympathy for the main character—for all of them, actually. And it made flying look like the most relaxing thing in the world, a tough thing to do these days. Truly only happy with a business class seat and a beautiful woman, George Clooney's character was practical, soft, and distant. Really, you have to see it. Sad, poignant, and it makes you want to run and hug the people you love!

On the other hand, my viewing partner (all right, my daughter) and I were unanimous in our dislike last night of Nine. If you love musicals, you might like this ambitious movie. We thought it would have been a great movie if they would have left out the dancing and singing. I love dancing and singing as much or more than the next person, but it just didn't fit into a movie about Fellini's love life. The photography was great, the acting was really superb (Daniel Day-Lewis, Judy Dench, and Nicole Kidman had me believing they were their characters, not famous actors), but the songs sounded like they were written in the 80s about the 60s and were pretty cliche-ridden.

The film didn't make artistic sense. To me. Now I have to rent some Fellini movies from Netflix and wash this movie out of my mind. Sorry, if you loved it please let me know. That's just my take on it. I nearly walked out, sad to say.

So...Up in the Air is a Must See, and Nine is a Maybe

That's it for the movie reviews. We love our escapism, don't we? What a gift movies are.

Take care!
Laura