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)
Zeme: Goddess of the Earth
In Baltic religion, earth is sacralized. Thus, the goddess Zeme is named after the direct translation of the Latvian word for earth. Sometimes called Zemes Māte, translated as "earth mother," she holds a very central role in the religious system of the Baltic peoples. Inspired by her undoubtable femininity, Zeme's role is that of a mother, in direct connection with the promotion of fertility. Her purview extends to all things in nature that follows the path of birth, growth, and death. Therefore, even humanity is drawn into this all-encompassing cult, from the first breath to the last. Credited with both the giving and the taking of life, Zeme embodies the cyclical rhythm of nature, showing that what comes from the earth must eventually return to it.
This mala necklace is part of our Earth Collection. This traditional Tibetan mala has 108 beads, plus 3 marker beads (not to be counted in meditation), and a guru bead and silk tassel. This particular mala is comprised of Genuine Baltic Amber, with Turquoise marker beads and Tibetan Brass guru bead with Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli inlay. The tassel is 100% spun silk in variegated shades of red and gold. This necklace has been strung with Brown 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 made with 100% genuine Baltic Amber that has washed up or been fished from the shores of the Baltic Sea. These beads are a Boroque shape, which is an organic shape found in nature, not perfectly round. This mala is available with raw or polished Amber, in a color assortment including clear and opaque white, traditional honey and cognac colors, and a very dark brown as well. If you would like to order this mala in a single shade of Amber, please message me and I can create a custom listing for you, but it may take a little bit longer depending on how long it takes for me to order the beads, as they come directly from the Baltic region in Europe. As these beads are found in nature, not manufactured, their sizes are not all uniform. These beads range in size from approximately 4-6mm. Please specify which finish you would like for your mala at checkout.
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:
-Relieves depression & anxiety
-Draws out pain
-Attracts good luck and lasting love
-Protects against negative energy
-Promotes trust & inner-truth
-Strengthens immune system
Sometimes called "Gold of the Sea," Amber is one of the world’s oldest and most coveted treasures, intrinsically formed by light and life, preserved by time and washed upon the shores after millions of years. Known as a talisman of beauty, protection and renewal, Amber is neither a crystal nor mineral, but rather a biological product of nature, a protective resin that once oozed from living trees in dense, prehistoric forests. After millions of years of fossilization in the depths of the sea (Most Amber is 30 to 90 million years old!), Amber washes upon the shores in the Baltic region. Highly prized in the metaphysical world for the strong healing Life Force it carries, Amber is excellent at alleviating stress, depression and anxiety, and increasing energy levels and overall vitality. Amber helps remove the roadblocks we place in our own way, as well as deflecting the negative energies of others, and is a great tool for turning our dreams into reality. Its vibration of life force brings warmth to the inner being and imparts beauty and tenderness, and is seen as a good luck talisman for increasing one's natural radiance and attracting lasting love. Amber is exceptional at discharging negative moods, relieving anxiety, and deflecting energy from others. It warms to the touch, and emits a positive, uplifting current of energy. It is a natural purifier, esteemed for its ability to extract pain and dis-ease from the physical body, as well as the mind and spirit, by absorbing negative or stagnant energies and transforming them into clear, positive energy.
Perhaps one of the oldest stones in the history of man, Turquoise has been prized for thousands of years spanning virtually every civilization, a talisman adorning kings, shamans, and warriors alike. Strong and opaque, it is valued for its protection, worn as a symbol of nobility, wisdom, and immortality. Considered sacred in its adornment, Turquoise was through to attract power, luck and protection, encouraging us to honor ourselves as a creation and vessel of the Divine. Its strengthening influence is good for overcoming exhaustion, depression, and anxiety, bringing well-being to the body and balancing solace for the mind and spirit. Turquoise induces a feeling of serenity and peace, especially useful for overcoming mood and emotional imbalances, while purifying and dispelling negative energy. It helps stabilize mood swings, while promoting self-realization and aiding in creative problem-solving. Spiritually, Turquoise heals and cleanses both the physical body and the spiritual energy centers, inducing wisdom and understanding, enhancing trust, kindness, and enabling the recognition of beauty. It brings us back to our center, moderating aggressiveness and rage, 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 with it hope, discovery and balance.
Lapis Lazuli is one of the most sought after stones, and has been in use since man's history began. Its deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision, a universal symbol of wisdom and truth. Its name comes from the Latin lapis, "stone," and the Persian lazhuward, "blue." It is a rock formed by multiple minerals, mostly Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite, and is a rich medium to royal blue with gold flecks (pyrites). Lapis Lazuli was among the most highly prized tributes paid in ancient Egypt, obtained from the oldest mines in the world, worked from around 4000 B.C. and still in use today. Referenced in the Old Testament as sapphire (unknown in that part of the ancient world), Lapis Lazuli is most likely the fifth stone in the original breastplate of the High Priest, as well as those of later times. In the dry, barren land of the Egyptians, this deep cobalt blue color was a spiritual contrast to their arid desert hues. The gold flecks were like stars in their night-time sky and by meditating on these colors they felt supernatural forces would transform their lives. In ancient Persia and pre-Columbian America, Lapis Lazuli was a symbol of the starry night, and a favorite stone of the Islamic Orient for protection from the evil eye. Buddhists recommended Lapis as a stone to bring inner peace and freedom from negative thought. Lapis Lazuli relieves general pain and inflammations, and is especially effective against migraine headaches. It aids the nervous system and brain disorders, and is believed to help with attention-deficit, autism and Asperger's syndrome. As a protection stone, Lapis Lazuli recognizes psychic attack and blocks it, returning the energy back to its source. It quickly releases stress, allowing for peace and serenity.
In traditions of both the spiritual and metaphysical realm, Brass is relied upon to inspire good and bring out the inner truth. Comprised of Copper and Zinc, Brass has healing properties that boost the immune system and inspire courage. Brass has the ability to adapt to your own body chemistry with repeated use, revealing your own personal energy signature. Simply wearing an old tarnished piece of brass jewelry will cause the tarnish to magically vanish. Brass dates back to the prehistoric period and can be referenced in almost every part of the world. But it really rose to prevalence during the height of the Roman Empire, primarily pressed into currency during the 1st century. After the decline of the Roman Empire, brass production decreased significantly, as well as through the medieval period. Despite its continued popularity in Eastern Europe, production declined in the West. But with the development of new production techniques following the medieval period, brass production increased again, and was produced all across Europe on a large scale. Due to the large presence of copper, Brass is especially good for healing skeletal problems, and aids in purifying and eliminating toxins from the body.
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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