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. 

 
Holiday Makers Market
 
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We're excited to announce that we'll be apart of this year's Providence Place Holiday Makers Market! Conveniently located on Level 1 of the Providence Place Mall next to Michael Kors, we'll have a kiosk stocked with our latest handmade jewelry for your must-have holiday gifts! Our shop will be open 7 days a week, from November 20 - December 31st and we'll also be offering free gift wrapping. Look forward to sharing this beautiful holiday season with you! :-)

 
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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PVD Place Makers Market
 
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We're excited to participate in the Providence Place Makers Market this week! Located on Level 2 next to Starbucks and Vera Bradley, we're participating with several other local artisans offering a variety of goods. Here's the market schedule, hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 24th: 10am-9pm

Friday, August 25th: 10am-9pm

Saturday, August 26th: 10am-9pm

Sunday, August 27th: 11am-6pm