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How it Began...

                  108th St. History

 

 

Welcome to my creative space where I get to share my journey with you. I specialize in jewelry and stained glass, and I offer a variety of unique designs and custom creations.

 

Like many of us, my journey started with yoga. I had no idea when I cried in that first savasana that I had just started something that would forever change, and keep changing, who I am. 

I bought my first mala in my first month of practicing yoga. It is made of red coral and bone and became a huge part of my life during those first years. When I was not practicing I found that just by looking at it, running my fingers over the beads or simply the weight of it could inspire real feelings in me. Those first years I was just experiencing the physical practice of yoga so I couldn’t explain the feelings I had at that time. I know now that there was a relationship in energy happening. The longer you wear your mala the more energy you give to it, and full circle, the more energy you receive back.

 

Along the way as I began to know myself I found a creative side that I had tucked away and began exploring that part of me again.  The thought that something that adorned my wrist could be so powerful inspired me to create my own malas so I could share my creativity and hopefully bring some light into someone else’s life. 

Through trying on different things  I found that I love getting lost in the stitching of beaded boho style earrings.  I can sit for hours and peacefully zone out with a needle and thread.

 

I have also rekindled my relationship and fascination with glass and added a stained glass studio to my home. I previously had a glass studio 2o years ago but was discouraged that art was no way to make a living so I boxed it up. The many boxes made every move with me, maybe knowing that someday there would be a pandemic and I would pull them out to kill some time…

Wherever you are in your journey I hope that you are discovering what lights you up. Maybe the path you are on has brought you here and I hope something that I have created can be a part of your adventure.  

 

May you find comfort, may you find happiness, may you find health, may you find whatever it is you’re looking for (crystal quartz helps with that!). 

Journey Well, 

Shannon
 

What is a mala?

Mala beads, mala bracelet, meditation beads, meditation bracelet, malas are known by many different names. Your mala can be whatever you want it to be. It can simply be your favorite piece of jewelry or it can be a meditation instrument set with intentions. You can love it for the pretty stones or you can be open to the energy they have to share. There is no right or wrong. There is a history rich with stories, relations to numbers, symbolism, religion, astronomy, chakras and more for you to research if you wish to do so. Here is a simple summary to start with;

 

...Traditionally there are 108 beads on a mala. Like a rosary, the beads are used for reciting mantras. Mantras are used in meditation and the mala becomes a tool to keep track of mantras. The large bead that seals the mala is called the Guru bead. Counting begins with the bead next to the Guru bead, and when the Guru bead is reached, counting changes direction and goes back towards the beginning...

Each stone has its own energy that you can find in gemstone meanings.

 

 

If your mala breaks it means you are ready to move onto the next part of your journey. You are ready for what comes next. Of course you can contact me and I'll restring your mala but you may find the power has dimmed. I wore a mala for 6 years and it was such a part of me that I restrung it twice only to have it break immediately both times. If that's not a sign...

A Broken Mala signifies an ending
and a beginning


 

     
   Care for your mala

 

The wonderful thing about your mala is that it is so much more than a piece of jewelry. Sure, you may choose a mala just because you like how it looks, but you can also choose a mala because of the way it makes you feel. The elements that make up each mala have different properties that can comfort you, inspire you, give you strength, and so much more. You can embrace certain powers of these elements or embrace all of the powers they can provide. No matter what you are looking for, your mala becomes a part of you. 

 

Please take care to respect your mala. When you're not wearing it find a special place for it. Malas with minerals, stones and glass can be cleaned gently with a damp cloth. Wooden malas can be rejuvenated with oils such as grapeseed. If your mala has a tassel you can trim it to a length that you find comfortable. Some people prefer longer tassels, and some very short tassels. Wear your mala a few days before deciding what length you'd prefer. If needed you can wet the tassel, reshape it, and let it completely dry.

 

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