Making Malas!

Hey! I’m still here. I’ve had a busy couple of months. My real life job has been crazy and when I’m not dealing with all of that craziness I’m spending time with my amazing little boy who is off of school for the summer. I’m not one of those people who constantly updates my life via social media and when I have to choose between blogging and spending time with my family… well, family wins every.single.time.

I took a break from making bracelets and took down all my listings in my Etsy shop. It’s a temporary thing. First of all,  I’m honestly not too fond of Etsy. It’s quick and easy to list items, but the fees I pay, in addition to, the lack of exposure my posts seem to get makes it difficult to get my products out there. I hate that the only way it seems you can sell something online is to pay to promote your item. You have to pay on Facebook, Etsy, and Instagram to get exposure. Otherwise you’re posts are lost in the mix. It’s a little frustrating.

Anyways, I took a step out of my comfort zone and started making MALAS! What a truly transformative and cathartic experience!!! If you aren’t familiar with Malas, they are used in japa meditation. Now you probably want to know what in the hell japa meditation is. Japa means “to utter in a low voice, repeat internally, mutter”. So, when you do japa meditation you recite a phrase or mantra throughout your meditation. Traditional malas are made from 108 beads and you touch each bead while you repeat your mantra.

I make my malas with gemstone beads which contain a magical array of healing properties. This coupled with a powerful mantra creates a unique piece of jewelry that you can wear daily to remind you of whatever qualities your mala is made from. For example, a mala made predominately of rose quartz symbolizes unconditional love and activates your heart chakra. Wearing this necklace during times when you need to love yourself more or be a more loving person to others serves as a reminder to do so can provide you with the energy to do so. These aren’t just pretty necklaces! They truly contain a magical essence in them. I put a lot of thought into my malas! Every stone is chosen with care and intention.

My first mala was made from some of my favorite stones, African Turquoise, Black Lava Rock, and Labradorite. African Turquoise is known as ‘the stone of evolution’. It reminds us to learn from our past and the past of others and use that knowledge to move positively to the future. It encourages us to be our best self. It opens our mind to new ideas, possibilities, and a new existence. It can help to awaken our soul to its intended purpose. This stone is amazing for those of us that feel stuck and are trying to bust out of a rut. Labradorite is my all time favorite stone! It is such a gorgeous piece- I feel pure magic when I wear it or see it. It is a stone that help to align the chakras (energy centers in the body) and strengthens our intuition. I try to incorporate this stone into all my pieces. Black lava is a porous stone (which makes it great to soak in essential oils!) and is literally made of volcanic lava. Since it is of the earth, it is a great stone for the root chakra. This chakra is located and the base of the spine and keeps us feeling safe and grounded. This pairs beautifully with the evolutionary African Turquoise to keep us secure during those transformative moments.

Now, the hardest part is going to be listing these and selling them. I’ve made about 10 different necklaces so far and I feel like each one is an extension of myself. I’m way too attached to them. Anyways, be on the look out for an updated Etsy shop!

Do you have any experience with malas or gemstone jewelry? Meditation? I can make custom pieces if there is something specific you have in mind. Remember, you don’t have to have a meditation practice to experience the benefits of a mala!

Also, what is a good site to sell from? I’m looking for something as low maintenance as possible.

Love + Light-

Amy

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