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The Practice Of Gratitude

September 30, 2013

I’m so pleased to welcome guest blogger Felicia Libo  who wrote this article on Gratitude. It is an honor to be writing this blog post about gratitude, one of my favorite subjects and practices. I wrote a blog about the practice of gratitude for three years, which included writing in a gratitude journal and sharing the stories of readers and their experiences. It was a surprising and transformative process (especially since I was so skeptical about the practice to start with). During this time I came across Leigh Fortson’s powerful book, “Embrace, Release, Heal: An Empowering Guide to Talking About, Thinking About, and Treating Cancer” (a review about the book and its connection to gratitude is on my blog if you are interested). She devoted an entire chapter to gratitude and its practice. She writes: “I have come to know that being grateful or appreciative and paying attention to the […]

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The Benefits Of Chanting OM

September 4, 2013

OM is a universal, sacred symbol. It is considered to be the primal sound of the universe. According to tradition, ancient sages were able to hear the subtle vibrations produced by everything in the universe, and they identified OM as the most elemental sound of creation. In the beginning there was sound, from that sound everything came into existence. In a quiet environment, you can hear the vibration of OM in the crashing of ocean waves, in the stillness of a forest, or in the rush of the wind. OM is often used by meditators as a mantra to assist in reaching higher states of awareness. Many mantras and prayers begin and end with the sound OM. When you chant this sacred sound you connect your body with spirit. Through chanting the sacred sound of OM you begin to experience the oneness with the universe and everything in it. Chanting […]

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Rhodochrosite The Gratitude Stone

August 22, 2013

Rhodochrosite is a lovely shade of pink, emitting a powerful vibration for the heart chakra. The energy current of this Stone of the Pink Ray is one of Gratitude. Gratitude brings about a feeling of peace, love and joy and these are the energy qualities of Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite can help you invite positive energy into your life through being grateful. Rhodochrosite emanates a tender loving energy that brings about harmony and well being. Gratitude Jewelry Rhodochrosite is a wonderful stone to wear as jewelry as a symbolic means to remind you to connect to the feeling of Gratitude in your life.  The more gratitude you have, the more positive your life becomes. Gratitude jewelry can serve as a tangible reminder to be grateful throughout the day. Each time your wear a piece of jewelry filled with the intent of gratitude you remember what it means to you and feelings of […]

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Crystal & Stone Chakra Alignment Layout

August 7, 2013

Aligning and balancing your energetic system through the Chakras can be very helpful during times of inner stress or external changes. So many events in our daily lives can upset the energy flow in our Chakra Energy System. For a short explanation about the Chakra System please see my chakra information page Chakra balancing helps us on all levels, emotional, physical and spiritual. Taking time to align the energy flow within our chakras provides us with a way to clarify and purify our energy. There are several easy ways to balance the chakras, so why not make it a part of your daily ritual of well being, just like washing your face each morning, check in with your energy flow and take a few moments to align and balance your Chakras. Crystal and Stone Chakra Alignment Layout Choose seven different crystals or gemstones that match the color of each Chakra […]

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How To Stay Calm Cool and Collected with the Gemstone Flourite

June 19, 2013

The heat of summer can take its toll, leaving us frazzled, moody and irritable. There is a fabulous gemstone remedy that offers a cooling, calming energy to rejuvenate us during the hot summer months, it’s Flourite. Flourite is my go to stone when it comes to beating the heat. Flourite comes in several shades of cooling green colors and soothing purple tones. Purple Flourite is often mistaken for Amethyst. Flourite even comes in shades of yellow and blue. When these colors combine it is known as Rainbow Flourite. Flourite feels so cooling to the touch, that just holding a piece can help you cool down. Flourite is known as the “ Cool, Calm, Collected Stone” for it’s ability to help you come back to center when life tries to push you around and tempers rise. So, remain cool, calm and come back to your center this summer both internally & […]

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A Song For The Earth: “The Time Has Come”

May 9, 2013

This past Earth Day I offered a special “Healing Crystals Dancing Dolphin Retreat” to celebrate Earth Day, off the coast of Key West, FL with my friend Capt. Victoria of Dancing Dolphin Spirits Charters. Six women joined us in ceremony for Earth Healing. Together we created a Crystal Mandala energy grid in the sand of a uninhabited mangrove island using Earth healing crystals & gemstones. We offered prayers and blessings to the Earth and all its people. One of the woman on our retreat, Gail Lima shared an Earth Day song she co-wrote along with her husband Franco Richmond and Faith Ainbinder Lang. Because Earth Day is really everyday, this is a song that can be sung for the Earth all year long. The song was written for the Earth Summit in 1992 held in Brazil. Gail & Franco created musical bells made out of recycled aluminum, called Wow Earth […]

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Clear Quartz Crystals: The all purpose Crystal

April 26, 2013

Have you ever wondered which gemstone or crystal is right for you? It doesn’t matter if you are new to stones or have been collecting crystals for many years. This question always comes up. How do I know which stone to use in this particular situation?  Let this question be a start to the discovery of the amazing and versatile world of  Clear Quartz Crystals. What makes a clear Quartz so special?  Because it is clear, it contains all the colors of the rainbow. Quartz Crystals contain within them the full spectrum of light. They can be used like any other stone. There are so many beautiful, colorful gemstones with their vibrant colors,  unusual structures , unique forms and inherit energy properties that we often forget to reach for the Quartz Crystal. This clear stone can energetically act like any of the color stones. The clear quartz is your all […]

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Buying the Perfect Incense – A Guide

April 11, 2013

I’m so pleased to welcome my first guest blogger Rita Rova who wrote this informative article on how to buy the perfect incense. I too love to use incense. I often burn incense when creating and designing my gemstone jewelry. Incense may be a sort of look into the past, but it is one of the most enjoyed things of today. The right incense can help you relax after a long day, recharge you for the day ahead, send you off into a blissful sleep, get you in the mood for romance, and so on. But there are so many varieties out there. You are literally just a few clicks away from hundreds, if not thousands of different scents and aromas, which is certainly great, but also makes choosing quite difficult. Is there a way to narrow down the options? Before you choose a fragrance, you will first have to […]

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Where To Buy Crystals In The Florida Keys

March 24, 2013

During the winter months from November through April I live in The Florida Keys, on the island of Big Pine Key. I have my very own showroom here, I call it The Crystal Cottage. The “Cottage” is a space where I can lay out my ever changing collection of Crystals, Gemstones, Minerals, Healing Gemstone Jewelry and other tools for personal growth. The crystals and stones love to be out in the open air, where they receive plenty of light from the many windows in The Crystal Cottage. When I’m not in Florida the stones are boxed up and travel with me to Metaphysical Expos, Gem shows  and Art & Craft shows.  It is  a real treat to leave them out, carefully arranged on the tables and shelves where they can be admired, loved and purchased by those who come through The Crystal Cottage. Recently I received an email from someone […]

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Take A Bath With Crystals And Gemstones

March 12, 2013

Have you ever taken a bath with a crystal or gemstone? It might sound strange at first to think about putting stones in your bath tub,  this is just one more way of receiving the healing benefits that gemstones can offer us. What do you look forward to after a long stressful day at work? Coming home and taking a long, hot bath, right? We all know that soaking in a tub after a hard day helps to melt away the stress, so adding soothing, calming stones like Lepidolite, Larimar, or Kunzite to your bath water will help calm and relax you after the day from “hell”. Here is my favorite recipe for a relaxing bath: Place a piece of Lepidolite into the tub allowing the water to run over it as the tub fills. If you have more than one piece you can add them too. Just be sure […]

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