A Guide to Selecting Gemstones
 

One of the many questions I'm often asked is: How do I know which gemstone is the right one? If you find yourself in this situation, here's a short list of what to do.

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One place to start is with your intuition. For some people this might be easy, for others more challenging. I recommend doing an initial quick scan of all the gemstones to choose from. Then with an open mind, feel into which stones are calling you. This might sound funny - how do gemstones "call to you"? It's a kind of feeling, sort of like that instinct in the morning for a fresh cup of coffee. Which stones stick out and say "look at me!" So if you have this feeling about one or two stones, that's a good sign.

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Another way is to select stones by their meaning. Some people believe that gemstones have different energies. If you do an online search, it's easy to find the multitude of articles on this subject. But some people are more skeptical and that's okay, too. And in that case, the meaning becomes an intention or something that you want to cultivate such as more compassion, peace or healing. 

Of course you can always choose a gemstone because it's beautiful! There might be some other reason why you gravitate towards it. 

 
Gemstones for Mothers
 

The celebration of Mother's Day is coming soon and there are many beautiful gemstones to honor the mothers in our lives. I compiled this small list of gemstones connected with motherhood and hope it will be beneficial in some way. 

The comforting energy of Rose Quartz embodies the essence of comfort and peace, while also being the stone of feminine energy. It can provide a deep sense of contentment, allowing the ability to fully give to others. 

As a parent, it's very important to take care of yourself, too, which is why Amethyst is beneficial. Known as the "all-healing" stone, it can brighten, heal and uplift any day - and offer the much needed self-care a busy mother needs. Also a stone of spiritual love and protection, this radiant stone can help you to discover your highest good throughout the day. 

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Tiger's Eye is the ultimate stone of focus, concentration and determination. If there's ever a challenging day being a parent, put on a piece of this powerful stone and allow it's energies to help build upon your inner resilience. 

Last but not least is Moonstone, the stone of new beginnings and hope. Since ancient times, this stone has been a deeply feminine gemstone. Known for it's magical connection with the moon, it can be a helpful fertility stone. 

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Wishing You a Peaceful New Year
 
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As a new year begins, we would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who has been supportive of our business this year. Together we sold thousands of bracelets and donated to organizations in India, Nepal and the U.S. to help Tibetan monks and nuns. We hope that through each item we can inspire you to live more compassionate lives for yourself and others. As we reflect on our organization and the ways to develop it, we are always open to feedback and ways we can improve. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@lamplighterco.com. Thank you and happy 2018! 

 
Finding Peace in a Chaotic World
 
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In today's world, people are constantly overstimulated by technology. While many people I know once thought that technology would make their lives more simple and easier to manage, the opposite has happened. Technology has made life more complicated and as a result often more confusing. Now more than ever, it's important to develop a critical mindset while also cultivating an open heart. Knowing how to create boundaries with technology and looking deeply into where the source of information comes from, is sometimes not so easy to do and see. That's why a mindfulness practice is very important. Through the practice of meditation, the world becomes more clear. By allowing yourself more time to sit, the mind becomes more calm. The body becomes more calm. And throughout the rest of your day it's much easier to come from a place of centeredness. 

 
The Sacred Rudraksha Seed
 
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Some of our mala necklaces are designed with Rudraksha seeds. People ask us all the time, what's the meaning of these seeds? Rudraksha seeds are from India and originate thousands of years ago. They are typically used for prayer beads but can also be worn and valued similarly to gemstones. The Sanskrit word Rudraksha translates to tear from Shiva's eye. Shiva is one of the most well-known Hindu Gods. There's a story that says when Shiva saw the suffering of the world, a tear drop fell from his cheek and from the tear grew a tree which became the Rudraksha seed tree. It's believed that wearing Rudraksha can be very good for your health and can protect your energy. Each Rudraksha seed has a mukti, or face, which is determined by how many vertical lines are formed on the seed. There can be anywhere from 1 to 21 faces. The most common mukti is five, which is also said to bring very good health and peace. Rudraksha seeds also come in many sizes, some very big like the one on this mala and some very small. 

 
Compassion Meditation
 
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Find a quiet place to sit comfortably on the floor or in a chair. Recite the phrase, "May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness," for 10-20 minutes. If your mind gets lost come back to the phrase. At the end, dedicate the meditation for the benefit of all beings. 

 
Creating Happiness
 
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"The Buddhist definition of the kingdom of God is not a place of no suffering. It's a place where people understand their suffering to create happiness. We need mud in order to grow lotus flowers. Therefore we need suffering in order to understand our own happiness and compassion." 

- Thich Nhat Hanh

 
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