Through the end of October: 10% of all Element Mala sales will be donated to Hurricane Maria and earthquake recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico via Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund (www.hispanicfederation.org)
Sedna: Goddess of the Sea
Sedna is the goddess of the sea and marine animals in Inuit mythology, also known as the Mother of the Sea or Mistress of the Sea. The story of Sedna, which is a creation myth, describes how she came to rule over Adlivun, the Inuit underworld. The legend of how Sedna became a sea goddess is told throughout the Arctic. The story varies from one region to the next. However, in all versions, a young woman becomes the mother of all sea creatures. After being promised into marriage by her father, she is married to a man who turns out to be part bird. However, upon discovering how unhappy she is with her new husband, Sedna's father attempts to rescue her, but they are attacked by a flock of birds, and their kayak is capsized. Sedna sank to the bottom of the ocean and there she became a powerful spirit. Now at home on the ocean floor, she becomes a mermaid, with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish.
This mala necklace is part of our Water Collection. This traditional Tibetan mala has 108 beads, plus 3 sets of 3 marker beads (not to be counted in meditation), and a guru bead and silk tassel. This particular mala is comprised of Matte Amazonite, with Aromatic Sandalwood and Turquoise marker beads and Raw Turquoise guru bead. The tassel is 100% spun silk in variegated shades of blue and turquoise. This necklace has been strung with seafoam green color Nylon thread for its strength and durability, especially important when working with natural stones, as their hard edges can sometimes rub against and weaken other threads such as cotton or silk. All of our malas are hand-knotted between each bead, which protects your beads should the necklace ever break. It also helps alleviate potential damage caused by beads rubbing against each other.
Note: This mala is only listed available in one size, with 6mm stones. If you would like this in a larger size, message me and I can make a custom listing for you with 8mm stones.
Natural Stone Properties
All of our malas are made with genuine high quality semi-precious stones that each carry their own special and specific energetic properties to help you attract or overcome certain feelings, thoughts and emotions. This mala's metaphysical properties include:
-Promotes serenity and peace
-Provides balance and harmony
-Promotes courage and truth
Like the deep and ancient waters of the river for which it is named, Amazonite beckons in captivating shades of turquoise and green, promising to calm the spirit and soothe the soul. Embodying the legendary woman warriors it personifies, its powerful energy provides harmony and balance, tempering aggression and taming the irrational. Sometimes called the Stone of Courage or the Stone of Truth, Amazonite empowers one to search the self and unveil one's own integrity and truth, and move into alignment with those beliefs and values. From times of the earliest cultures in Mesopotamia, Egypt and India, Amazonite has been used as a powerful talisman of healing and prosperity. Amazonite, also called Amazon Jade, is a green to blue-green variety of Microcline, a Feldspar mineral that forms in short prismatic or tabular crystals or in masses. It ranges in hue from bright verdigris green to paler shades of turquoise, sometimes with white, yellow or grey portions, and can be translucent to opaque. Amazonite is a wonderful healer for the emotional body. It soothes trauma and calms the mind, alleviates worry and fear, and directs anger and irritability into a more positive action. It regulates aggression and urges the mind to seek emotional balance. Amazonite carries a spiritual energy of personal truth, magnifying our intentions and empowering us to manifest our dreams and desires.
Sandalwood is a sacred wood with a lovely aromatic scent. Grown in Asia and East India, Sandalwood was originally used at funeral ceremonies, its scent believed to the soul into the next life. The aroma — which retains its fragrance for decades — comes from the wood itself rather than the leaves or flowers. The warm soothing scent of sandalwood helps the mind to unwind and helps open the heart to love. In ancient Buddhist tradition, Sandalwood has been celebrated as the perfect meditation tool for thousands of years. It is widely believed that the sandalwood scent can stimulate sensuality, grant a sense of awareness, invoke tranquility, awaken the divine thoughts within and promote profound relaxation. Sandalwood is believed to enhance trust and self-identity. In the Ayurvedic healing tradition, it promotes energy and enthusiasm; increasing a person's self-esteem and zest for life. You can use the healing aroma of sandalwood to promote feelings of peace and serenity and also to ease various ailments of the digestive system. It subdues aggression and irritability, promotes compassion and openness and enhances meditation.
Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, a talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors alike. It is a strong and opaque stone of protection, prized across all cultures for thousands of years as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality. Turquoise was considered sacred in its adornment and was used to bring power, luck, and protection, and to encourage us to honor ourselves as a creation and a tool of the Divine. A strengthening stone, it is good for overcoming exhaustion, depression, or panic attacks, providing solace for the spirit and well-being for the body. Turquoise benefits one's overall mood and emotion by balancing and inducing a sense of serenity and peace, while purifying and dispelling negative energy. It promotes self-realization, aids in creative problem-solving, helps stabilize mood swings, and dissolves a martyred attitude of self-sabotage. Spiritually, Turquoise heals and cleanses both the spiritual energy centers and the physical body. It acts to induce wisdom and understanding, and to enhance trust, kindness, and the recognition of beauty. Turquoise helps us moderate aggressiveness and deal with rage, bringing us back to our center, tempering excesses, neutralizing extremes, and relieving stress. Turquoise is a fresh, welcome energy that moves us to serenity as new growth and life emerges, bringing hope, discovery and balance.
With the constant overstimulation of our minds and the stress of everyday life, it's easy to get swept up in the chaos and forget how to be present. It's so tempting to waste our mental energy agonizing over the mistakes of our past, or worrying about the implications of the future. The only way to avoid these distractions is to be.
To practice mindfulness, simply, is to practice being- truly being- in moments as they are. When we challenge ourselves to be present, it brings our mind and body into alignment, and it becomes easier to let go of worry. Bringing your focus to your breath, feeling the air as it fills your lungs, and acknowledging and appreciating your surroundings is mindfulness in its purest state. Mindfulness involves a deep connection between soul and body. By bringing these two into harmony, we can find a stillness- stillness from which we can derive peace.
What are mala beads?
Malas are necklaces that are traditionally used in a form of meditation called Japa, found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. When practicing Japa, one recites a mantra (either vocally or internally) 108 times. The number 108 holds a great amount of significance in many aspects of Buddhist culture, including the section of the Lankavatara sutra in which Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions, the 108 earthly temptations to overcome in search of Nirvana, and the 108 feelings it is believed a person can experience.
Traditional Tibetan malas have 108 beads, as well as three marker beads and a guru bead. The marker beads are not counted in the meditation, and are usually made from a different material than the others to introduce a tactile difference and assist the user in tracking their progress while meditating. The 109th stone, referred to as the guru bead, or sumeru, represents the relationship between student and teacher. Traditionally, meditations are started to the left side of the sumeru, with the beads held between the thumb and either the middle or ring finger. The index finger should be extended outwards, as it represents ego. Working clockwise, the user recites their mantra once on each bead, completing the meditation on the other side of the sumeru. It is important to note that the sumeru should not be crossed over during the course of meditation.
These beads are not intended to get wet. If they are submerged in water, the tassel may begin to unravel slightly, or the organic materials, such as wood beads or seeds, may fade or change colors.
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