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What it Means to be a Priestess in 2018

2018 is the year of the Priestess.  I know, that is a strong statement, but given our current social climate, and the momentum of movements like #metoo, #timesup and The Women’s March, females everywhere are starting to really feel the vibrations of their uniquely feminine energies. This is the Age of Aquarius (try and get that song out of our head now), an age of harmony, understanding, and trust.  The timing is ripe for women to shed their fears, let go of everything holding them back, and truly step into their power.

In Ancient times, a Priestess was a women who devoted her life to serving her Deity.  Often she would live at the temple with the other Priestesses, where they would fill their days praying, cleaning, catching babies, healing and  throwing temple celebrations for the community. These women would form a sisterhood of spirituality, and serve the Deity in whatever forms necessary.

In today’s world, we priestesses don’t live in temples surrounded by our spiritual sisters (although that sounds pretty magical), and we don’t worship our diety in the same way.  We may go to our temple of choice on a designated day, or perhaps we’ve created a worship space in our own homes, filled with crystals, candles, tarot cards, smudges and essential oils. We could also choose to serve by journaling, meditation or mindful living.

Being a modern day priestess looks much different than it did back then. We aren’t so much ethereal beings draped in robes anymore, as we are modern day warriors wielding our individual talents like shields to prove our importance. We are being pulled in more directions than we can count, and are often unable to devote as much time to our spirituality as we need/want.  We’re too busy planning our next career move, or our allergen friendly menu for the week, or that enriching yet educational homeschool lesson for the littlest members of our tribe.

Despite the differences, we still carry the core values of the ancient priestess inside of us.  We live a life devoted to our purpose. We make sure to serve ourselves, and by doing so we serve our Inner Divine at the same time. We believe in the power of rituals.  We use the moon as our clock, and our intuition as our compass.  We stand strong for what we believe in, and we aren’t afraid to challenge the patriarchy.

The feminine power is rising.  We are enlightened beings who know our value, and we are not afraid of the work ahead.

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Harnessing the Vibrations of Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver

Are you feeling anxious one day and energized the other? It could be the change of seasons, work stressors or relationship struggles  affecting your mood, or it could be vibes from the jewelry you’re wearing.

We all know that everything in nature emits an energetic vibration. Natural healers and shamans have been prescribing crystals like quartz, ruby, turquoise and many others as a way to balance out challenging vibes for centuries. But did you know  gold, rose gold and silver all emit an energy that can also be harnessed for your spiritual, emotional and physical benefit?

Embracing The Gold Standard

TD-SriYantra_gold_IsolatedGold, “The Master Healer”, has been a symbol of wealth and power since humans began keeping a record of valuable items. Gold is also associated with purity, as in being ‘present and open’ to communication with the original source of all existence.  When gold is combined with gemstones, it increases the healing power of the stones exponentially.  Trying to manifest more wealth and abundance in your life? Wear gold while you’re meditating on those intentions… trust us! Here we love to wear gold to help open the crown chakra, exposing us to rare and previously untapped sources of wisdom.

 

Drop the Rose Colored Glasses, Slip on the Rose Gold

TD-Mala-108-RoseGold-limitless-Amplifier-FlatlayCharged with the warmth of the Sun’s energy, Rose Gold is often worn by healers and teachers, especially after a session of self-healing, to replenish diminished energies and help balance the chakras. Rose Gold’s healing properties can benefit the nervous system by improving it’s ability to communicate essential information, and enhancing the flow of information throughout the wearer’s body. It is a high level amplifier and has strong associations with Heart Chakra, so here we often pair it with rose quartz to really focus our intentions on self love and healing.

Trade in Silver Linings for Silver Rings

Silver reflects the phases of the mTD_108_Priestess_flatlayoon, making the wearer increasingly sensitive to psychic ripples. Those looking to tap into their dormant psychic abilities should really be wearing alllll the silver, especially women as it’s one of the more feminine metals. Physically silver is said to increase the production of hormones, as well as regulate the function of glands, which is so crucial to our health and well being.  Silver as strong associations with intuition, vision and clarity, so we love to intertwine it with clear quartz to strengthen our connection to those intentions

 

 

When choosing the adornment you wear, pause and really think about every aspect of it. Most of our readers are pretty familiar with the healing properties of gemstones and sacred materials, but have you ever stopped to think about the metals used? You might be surprised by how much they can influence your spiritual journey

What’s your favourite metal? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Tiny Devotions Limitless Mala: 90+ ways to rock your mala

 

You were born Limitless.  Take a moment and let that sink in, revel in that glorious, refreshing knowledge of your infinite possibilities. There were no preconceived plans for you the day you came into this earth. There are no rules you need to abide by, no predetermined path you are forced to follow.  You can do/be/go anything and anywhere, you the only thing stopping yourself, is you.

We are obsessed with creating the most beautiful, meaningful, and useful mala beads to help guide you on your journey inwards. We’ve spent the last 8 years soaking up all the information our tribe has shared with us, and one of the recurring struggles the majority are faced with is change; too much change, not enough change, and especially, unwanted change.  We knew that we needed create a set of mala beads that would help all of us embrace the change.

Introducing the Limitless Mala, the first interchangeable set of mala beads. A meditation tool as dynamic as its wearer, this ever evolving collection allows you to harness the healing and restorative power of gemstones, and change up the combinations with your needs.  You can easily pair different crystals with different outfits, and wear different intentions on different days.

Start with the Limitless base that’s calling your name. Follow your intuition and choose the mala bead necklace that most aligns with the intentions you are looking to manifest right now.

https://shop.lovetinydevotions.com/collections/limitless-malasOnce you have decided on the mala bead necklace, it’s super simple to level up your intentions with one of our many interchangeable Limitless Amplifiers! These beautiful gemstones and tassels are easy to attach to your mala, and allow you change the intention you are wearing at the drop of a hat!

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The beauty of the Limitless Mala is you don’t have to limit (ha!) yourself at all.  You are free to create the perfect set of mala beads for you right now.  And if that changes next week, it’s as easy as wearing a different combination of Limitless mala beads and amplifier that better reflects who you are at that moment in time.

Always remember your only limit is yourself, so be Limitless.

5 Ways to Reset + Rebalance in September

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We launch into September with an intense Virgo Super New Moon and Solar Eclipse on September 1st at 5:02 am EDT with 5 ways to realign your routine:

1. Create Order and Healthy Habits.

Now that the summer is over, we can pick back up on routines that support our health and well being. Change up your physical routine, restructure your eating habits, take up a new class, get organized, clean out the closets, or whatever you do to focus on feeling healthy and being organized.

2. Restore Balance with Essential Oils, Yoga and Meditation.

Yoga poses such as camel pose, cobra, eagle, triangle pose, and cat/cow poses help open restrictive energy within the heart and restore flow. Wear your essential oils over the heart prior to yoga.

3. Journal with the Full (Harvest) Moon

On September 16th to release, restore balance and create clarity.

What healthy habits & routines do I want to create?
Where do I need to be more organized?
Where do I need to create space in my life?

4. Embrace your talents & passion

Discover what it means to Aim True in our lives with Tiny Devotions Ambassador Kathryn Budig at Yoga Journal Live, Colorado Sept. 22nd – 25th.

5. Celebrate #NationalCoffeeDay September 24th. 

We ❤️ the smell of coffee + new beginnings.

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3 Ways to find your Freedom through Intention

We invited our dear friend, Nisha Moodley – Women’s Leadership Coach and founder of Global Sisterhood Day to share 3 ways you can find your freedom through intention.

When we choose to truly live with intention, that intention flows through everything we do.  It impacts the big choices we make, from our work to relationships, and shapes our everyday decisions, from how we choose to eat and adorn our bodies.

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As a Women’s Leadership Coach, one of the biggest challenges I see for big-hearted women is that even though we have the best of intentions – a deep desire to serve & do our part to make the world a better place through our everyday actions – we often get bogged down by our work.

We care so deeply and want to accomplish so much, that we devote ourselves to our work in the world, and can easily get burned out and overwhelmed.  As a result, we often find our daily practices falling out-of-alignment with our true intentions.

We want more freedom and adventure in our lives, but instead feel the weight of our neverending To-Do lists.

As deeply caring women who want to make a difference, how do we make a positive impact in the world, while still creating lives we love?

This question is key, as it reveals the either/or mentality that we often get stuck in.  The truth is, we are part of the world we want to make a difference in.  When one of us suffers, we all suffer a little bit more. When one of us wins, it has the power to lift us all.

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The world will be set free by women who are free.

The more we creatively discover ways to thrive in our lives, the more energy and joy we can bring to our work and relationships. The key is to nurture our own deep sense of freedom, knowing that it creates a ripple effect that positively impacts the world around us.
There are a few key things that nurture our freedom, as women…

1. HAVING A POWERFUL TRIBE

The power of a supportive sisterhood holding space for your intentions is like nothing else!  Their intentions are that yours are fulfilled, and vice versa. How beautiful is that?!

2. CLARIFYING OUR VISION

So many of us get stuck beneath a mountain of tasks, in part because we’re not clear where to put our energy and attention.  But it’s hard to have a map when we don’t know where we’re headed!  It’s important that we cultivate a clear vision – a “North Star” – that includes both us, and what we want for the world.  This helps us align our everyday actions.

3. HONORING THE “LITTLE” THINGS

Know that the little things count.  Taking a 10 minute walk when you’re feeling stressed, doing a random act of kindness when you’re in a rush, and putting on your favorite mala before heading out the door….these seemingly little things can add up to a big impact in our lives and energy.

Living with intention isn’t something that we can put off until
after our work is done.  It is our work.  And it can start today…

 

This guest post is written by our dear friend, Nisha Moodley – NishaWomen’s Leadership Coach and founder of Global Sisterhood Day.  Nisha’s free 14-Day Freedom Adventure starts today!  Be sure to check it out.

Finding Balance: Effort + Surrender

“Effort and surrender are like two wings of a bird. Both are necessary for a smooth and joyful flight.”

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In our modern, fast-paced world, we have spent the majority of our lives cultivating the skill of rapidly moving from place to place, or task to task. We are taught to view stillness as laziness,  and surrender as giving up. But surrender does not mean weakness or powerlessness – instead it means meeting life where it is, without trying to change or manipulate it; accepting the moment as is. One of the best ways to learn this is by cultivating stillness of both the body and mind.

How many times have you been swept up in the drama of the past, replaying events that have already happened and cannot be changed? How many times have you found yourself filled with anxiety, short of breath, worried about future events that may never even take place? Often times it is the ego, or the sense of ‘I’ that wants to take us out of the present moment, the only place where life truly exists. We are taught from an early age for the need to control our surroundings, to control outcomes of situations, to even control one another. How wonderful would it be if we could begin to let go of this ‘need’ for control, this false idea that having control brings happiness or power? Your highest power lies in the ability to let go.

In Sanskrit there is a term, “Ishvara Pranidhana” which translates to surrendering to a higher source. For Patanjali, Ishvara pranidhana is an infallible practice for dissolving the endless agitations of the mind, and in turn a means to experiencing the ultimate unified state of yoga: samadhi. How? Because Ishvara pranidhana shifts our perspective from the obsession with the ego, with “I”—with our narrow individual concerns and perspective—that causes so much of the mind’s distraction and creates a sense of separation from our Source. Much like anything else, applying this practice is easier said than done, especially if one has never had much experience with something like this before. This sensation of surrendering your control can be experienced in simple exercises such as learning to listen internally to the sound of your breath, becoming an observer to the processes of the body rather than controlling the outcomes with the mind.

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For many people, the idea of effort is easy to accept. “No pain, no gain” is a familiar saying. But too much effort can cause implosion. Think again of the flight of a bird. How could it make its journey south for the winter without surrendering itself to the directions and the power of the wind? It would never make it. Surrender is often defined as giving up completely to the power of another. But in yoga we find the “sweet” in the surrender. It is more of a softening to the moment, a release of tension, a belief in the idea that we are truly supported and cared for, an acceptance and love of our truest selves. We can’t fly without surrender. Effort without softening is over-effort. We need to accept that we cannot control everything.

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When effort and surrender combine the result is pure ecstasy. If we approach our yoga with a playful attitude the balance of effort and surrender becomes second nature. The ego may want to perform a particular pose for show but the body or mind may not be ready. If we try to force the pose with our will, we may cause injury. It is easy to cling to physical ideals, but our bodies are all different. So instead of forcing your way into a pose, ease and explore your way into it with gentleness and compassion supported with a strong foundation of the awareness of your breath. Working from your center gives your pose its power. Playing the edges helps to rediscover your center. Yoga is dynamic. It pulses with the breath and with the beat of nature. There is always a new discovery, an awakening if you remain open to it. Bring this energy and attitude into your practice and feel your whole life blossom.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 1.17.26 PMMichiala Ashkenazy has been practicing yoga since 2009, and teaching since 2010. Yoga has taken her all over the world, introduced her to mindful, spiritual people that were once far from her social circle, and continues to transform her life for the better every single day. Her teaching style is inspired by the many places she has lived and visited, and she is constantly drawing new inspiration from the various styles of yoga she practices. Although travel is a great passion of hers, currently she is living and teaching in Los Angeles, California. Check out her website and blog here.

5 Mantras for Manifesting with Howlite

Have you been seeking a greater sense of wisdom and awareness, but not sure where to start? No worries! This is totally normal and actually part of the journey towards growth and enlightenment. You’re on the right path, with a few small manifesting tips you’ll be growing + thriving beyond your highest potential. (you know… snagging that promotion you’ve been dreaming of, or landing a date with the hot dude from Hatha class)

Worn throughout history for it’s vibrational energy, beauty, super powers. Howlite is your go to Gem to guide you on the journey of wisdom and self awareness. This magical stone paired with powerful mantras will inspire inner awareness + spiritual growth to guide you inwards towards enlightenment.

Click the image at the end of this post to download + print your Intention card with 5 different Sanskrit mantras to manifest your desires with your Howlite Mala Ring.

Once you have decided upon the mantra, grab your Howlite Mala Ring and bring your desires to life.

How to Meditate with a Mala Ring:
Use the 18 dots around your Mala Ring to run your finger over slowly as you repeat your mantra, word or sound to infuse the ring with your intentions. Once you have gone around the ring 6 times you will have reached the auspicious 108.

mala ring is much like a mala bead necklace or stack. These unique mala rings are not only a fashion statement, but great tool to use in your meditation practice. This ring’s guru stone is moonstone, which is said to bring out the best in people.

On the back of the ring is the sacred geometric engraving of The Flower of Life, symbolic of the connections life weaves through all beings. This piece of jewelry can be worn everywhere. Think of the number of things you come in contact with each day – your energy flows where intention goes.

Packing for a Yoga Retreat

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She’s one of the raddest and most aspirational gals we know. Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer and hiking yogi. She is the co-creator of the Rock Your Bliss Mala, designed to inspire you to create the life of your dreams through clear intention setting, mad love + truth and radical positive energy. Check out what’s in her Yoga Retreat bag below, then print your own checklist!

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How to gift the perfect Mala

Do you have someone truly unique in your life? Someone that inspires you? The gal pal that’s been by your side, or yoga instructor that’s encouraged you beyond words. Mala beads are spiritual forget-me-nots, carrying an abundance of vibrations, energy and intention. Choosing for a friend can be overwhelming, but not to worry! We’ve put together a simple way to make choosing easy and fun.

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Let’s first focus on the basics of your gal pal in mind.

  • Is she into yoga?
  • Is she a mama?
  • Does she live a fast and crazy life, or travel to find her next great adventure?

Knowing the answers to these questions and similar ones will help you to determine how she will use her new mala beads.

Looking at her lifestyle will help begin to narrow your focus. Try to find a mala that is in line with what your friends intentions are.

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Mala beads help us to hone in on what is important in our lives, right now.

  • What’s she got going on in her life right now?
  • Has she just landed a great new promotion at her job?
  • About to embark on a journey?
  • Becoming a mother?

Perhaps she’s looking for a new beginning. What is your friend trying to manifest? Reflect on some conversations you’ve had in private, where she might have mentioned an area of her life she’s been struggling with, or is simply trying to improve.

Gemstones emit their own unique vibration and healing energies and are to be worn near the chakras, which are the energy centers of the body. Find a gemstone that is believed to carry an energy which aligns with her intentions.

Intuition
The most important aspect of picking a mala for your gal pal is to follow your intuition. You know her best! Keep her in mind as you look through your options.

  • Which pieces speak to you?
  • Which ones remind you of her?

Reflect upon her energy, her lifestyle and her intention. If you need any additional help contact someone from our team for some further info. Each mala necklacemala ring and stack is lovingly wrapped and shipped in a beautifully printed intentional box to hold your piece in. We’ll even include a little love note if you request. Happy shopping + happy manifesting!

Remember, it’s coming from you with heart, inspiration and connection. She’ll be sure to love the story behind your choice as she adores her new precious gem (just as much as she adores you).

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Still unsure? We’ve manifested the perfect gift.

How to Choose a Mala

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More than just accessories, Mala beads are meditation tools that have been used for thousands of years. They encourage us to pause, breathe and realign with our deepest intentions. They motivate us to invest in moments of self-care and compassion. They’re our spiritual forget-me-nots, and they’re also beautiful. One of the questions we get asked most is “How do I choose a Mala?”. Choosing by intention is a great way to get started, there are other factors you should also consider when choosing a Mala.

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Hold the vision and trust the process. This is the most personal part of the process. What do you want to create in your life? What are you working on? What do you truly desire? What are you struggling with? Ask yourself these questions and see if they guide to what you want to create as your intention. Once you get clear on what you want your intention to be, you will create a clear path. Intentions are all about you + what you want to achieve in your life!

Beauty

Things that you are attracted to are an integral part of your healing process. Whether it be a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or a gorgeous mala; stop and take a moment to observe the things you find beautiful. Develop your own personal aesthetic. Meditate on this and strive to see beauty in everything. Surrounding yourself with beautiful and uplifting things is very powerful. Reflect on the power that beauty has over our attention; when something is so aesthetically pleasing it takes over your consciousness and moves you to a new place.

Color

What is your favourite color, and what colors are you typically drawn to? What colors of clothing do you wear most often? What colour are your favourite foods and scents? Life is full of color, and like other things on your spiritual path it has meaning. You want to choose a mala that you will use and wear often, so it’s important to choose a stone color combination that you are drawn to and can see being a staple in your wardrobe.

Shape

Find a Mala guru stone with a shape you connect with. Some Gurus stones are circular, teardrop, or oval shaped. Others have a raw edge. Ever heard of sacred geometry? The strands of our DNA, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes.

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Energy

Each gemstone that we use in our Malas are believed to emit their own special vibration + healing energy. There are gemstones for every mood, trouble or desire you can imagine. Gemstones are to be worn near the chakras, which are energy centres of the body. Make sure that this energy aligns with your intention! A lot of Malas will assist everyone on some level – see if you can find something that you connect with individually.

Intuition

When in doubt, trust your vibes! Which Mala were you originally drawn to? Which mala do you keep thinking about? Which one jumps off of the page? This is most likely the perfect mala for you! The more you trust your intuition, the stronger it gets. Choosing a mala is a combination of all of these factors – most importantly follow your intuition and follow your heart.

Timing

What’s going on in your life right now? Maybe you’ve just come out of a breakup and could use a reminder of self-love. Maybe you’ve just left your office job to pursue your career as a yoga teacher and you’re seeking the confidence to push forward in the direction of your dreams. There’s a Mala for that! Our Malas are created and named with the combination of properties within each gemstone in mind to best help guide you in your life journey – whatever that might be!

 

Meditation + Diffusing Essential Oils

What is meditation?

For those of you who are new to meditation, it is a term that includes a variety of different techniques that promote relaxation, internal energy, development of compassion, patience, gratitude + forgiveness.

There are several different ways to meditate but generally it is the process of sitting or laying, in a quiet space. Focusing on your breathing + clearing your mind of your anxieties and fears. Allowing your mind to wander, but coming back to your breathing, seeing how your mind works + getting to know yourself.

Meditation in the simplest form is the development of self. It’s about giving attention to your thoughts, creating a connection with your spirit to live your best life. Meditation is about renewing your body, mind and soul.

There is so much power behind scent. We all have certain memories tied to scents; that perfume that reminds us of our ex, or the candle that reminds us of our childhood home.  Each essential oil carries its own essence. Some help you to relax or sleep, some improve your skin + digestion, the list goes on and on.

So, how can we add essential oils to our meditation practice to get what we are desire? The use of essential oils during meditation can help to enhance the experience by grounding you + creating calmness. It is important to choose an essential oil that relates to what you’re trying to manifest in your practice.

Popular oils we diffuse during meditation are: Myrrh, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Neroli, Rose + Sage.

What types of diffusers are there you can use?

Vapour Essential Oil Diffuser: When you add water to this gadget + your fave essential oils and then turn it on, the cool diffused oils fill the room with a fresh scent that will help to infuse your practice with its benefits.

Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet: A mala bracelet that has lava stone beads on it.
Rub some essential oils on the lava stone beads and throughout your meditation practice the beads will begin to diffuse the scent of the essential oils.

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What are Mala Beads?

Mala is the Sanskrit word for garland. While simply being in the presence of these Mala Beads or Malas as they are called for short is powerful, these magical beads are commonly used in the spiritual practice of Japa Meditation. Malas have 108 beads to count while reciting, chanting, or repeating a chosen mantra or intention. They are also deeply devotional and can be used in the repetition of sacred names or words like Om, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti, I am Love, I am Peaceful, etc.

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When we select a word or series of words to repeat in the form of a mantra, we’re affirming it to ourselves, allowing its meaning to sink below the surface into our subconscious, helping to shift negative vibes into positive ones. Simply the practice of asking the universe for what you want is the first step to making it into fruition.

Malas can and should be worn by anyone and everyone. They’ve beome a beloved and
intentional statement piece, inspiring their wearers to connect deeply with their inner being. They are known for their unique appearance, vibrational healing properties and ability to serve a daily reminder to live a more intention based life.

Our Malas have 108 beads, made out of Rudraksha seeds, Sandalwood or Rosewood, plus one guru stone made out of a beautiful crystal known to have many healing properties.

The 109th guru stone symbolizes gratitude and our connection to the divine. It is a way to say thank-you to all the yoga teachers, friends, family or guides who have helped us on our path to enlightenment (or at least knowing ourselves more). We also use the Gemstone Guru to set specific intentions and goals.

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How to Meditate with your Mala Ring

A mala ring is much like a mala bead necklace or stack. These unique rings are not only a fashion statement, but great tool to use in your meditation practice. This ring’s guru stone is moonstone, which is said to bring out the best in people.

In addition to the guru stone, this Mala Ring has 18 moonstone dots on it. Use these dots to run your finger over slowly as you repeat your mantra, word or sound to infuse the ring with your intentions. Once you have gone around the ring 6 times you will have reached the auspicious 108.

On the back of the ring is the sacred geometric engraving of The Flower of Life, symbolic of the connections life weaves through all beings. This piece of jewelry can be worn everywhere. Think of the number of things you come in contact with each day – your energy flows where intention goes.

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Spring: The season for Rebirth, Renewal + Regrowth

 

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We have this idea throughout winter that come spring, we’ll suddenly have boundless energy to get out of bed and try all those things chilly weather held us back from – but the reality is, sometimes we need the motivation to get out of a rut and rediscover our true desires. Next time you feel like watching one more episode on Netflix, try these simple tips to excite your spirit with Springtime optimism:

1. Recognize your saboteur. That inner voice that says “Nah, I’m good” at the opportunity to get out of bed. Once you do, you can start to see this voice as part of the process and can mentally reward yourself for ignoring it, and getting out there to do what you want.

2. Try something you don’t think you’re very good at. Doing something you might never be an expert at is an opportunity for growth and play.

3. Prompt yourself. Whether it be a quote, mantra or a picture, the next time you see something that moves you, pause and meditate on it.

4. Don’t imagine the end result. Allow the process of what you do to evolve without perfectionism. Allow your innovative side to express itself.

5. Do it because you love it. Ignore competition and love the process of what you’re doing because it is an expression of yourself.

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An essential oil for every intention

Your sense of smell is probably something that you take for granted. We don’t spend much time thinking about it, but when we put on a spritz of perfume in the morning, light an aromatic crystal candle, walk past some peonies on our way to work, or sip a cup of peppermint tea as we check our emails, these scents are interacting with our emotions and wellbeing.

There are many ways to use aromatherapy to enhance physical wellness, inspire a positive emotive state, and purify your home. The most powerful aromas come from essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant components, formed by distilling with steam. Most essential oils are not safe to ingest or apply topically, so you must use a diffuser.

Each essential oil’s complex and unique scent activates the emotion and memory centers of your brain differently, creating a different feeling with each fragrance. 

If you want to manifest peace + calm in your life, try chamomile or lavender essential oils; these scents have relaxing and stress-reducing properties.

For grounding, try eucalyptus, patchouli or sandalwood essential oils; these scents have a cleansing effect that can help you focus on connecting to your center.

For a boost of energy, try peppermint, grapefruit, or lemon essential oils; these scents naturally stimulate the mind and can increase mental alertness.

Amazonite is a tranquilizing stone said to bring a peaceful energy to it’s wearer. The Calm Diffuser Bracelet blends the soothing and calming energetic properties of Amazonite with the grounding qualities of White Lava Stone and Essential Oils.

The Strength Diffuser Bracelet with Lava Stone, Fuchsia Agate + Black Onyx mala bracelet is your little reminder to keep your head up and heart strong. Blend the powerful balancing properties of these precious gems with your favorite oils to ground and strengthen your spirit.

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Ways to be a Dreamer

Our favorite ways to be a dreamer:

Dream like a kid:
Give yourself time to flop down on the grass and watch the clouds.Make a mess for the fun of it.

Do anything you would’ve loved to do as a kid:
When we practice being limitless and free, our thoughts become limitless and free as well. When our thoughts become limitless and free, our lives become limitless and free.

Make it visual:
Get out your glitter and glue.Finally make that vision board or any kind of visual representation of what you want out of life. Perhaps, you make a single 3D object or only post one quote. Remember: no rules or limits. Just put together a visual reminder of what is possible in your life. Think of it as your north star. If you can’t imagine where you want to go, you won’t know what direction to start moving in.

Do something wild everyday:
We can get so hung up on how our dreams are too big or too impossible. We start living from a place of lack and fear – a place of “I can’t do that.” Be a little naughty. Be a little nutty.

Do something you’ve always wanted to do but you were afraid that it wasn’t sensible:
Eat a dragon fruit.Read a teen novel. Buy a hammock. Paint a wall orange. You don’t have to go jumping into the deep end of your dreams.Dog paddle out. Little risk by little risk. You’ll still get there.

Let go of the outcome:
Decide right now to love the process of moving in the direction of your dreams. My best friend and I never finished that movie. But it is still one of my most cherished memories. And, this year, I optioned my first screenplay and she became an amazingly creative elementary school teacher. Who knows what will happen? You will never lose your experiences. You will not be lesser for trying even if things don’t end up looking like you expected. Even if your roses don’t grow this year, enjoy getting your hands dirty in the rich, moist earth. Kids know the mess is half the fun and who cares about the result. So, remember what you already know. Reconnect to passion, not expectation.

Forget what other people think:
Following someone else’s path will lead you to fulfilling someone else’s dreams. Remind yourself that you are unique. You have your dhrama and other people have theirs. This is not a post on fulfilling your most vanilla dreams, your safest dreams, the dreams your mother approves of. This is a post about wild dreams. Wild dreams should ruffle a few feathers and raise a few eyebrows. Wild dreams should go tearing through the house. These dreams are not hemmed in by the captivity of convention. They’re not worried about being polite. They were born to run free and all you need to do is enjoy the ride.

 

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You are imaginative, creative + visual. If you can dream it, you can do it. Carefree and easy-going, you believe that everything happens for a reason. By emitting your intentions and desires into your Dream Journal the Universe will handle the details. These inspirational accessories will guide you on your journey:

The Dream Journal
Possibilities Bracelet
Shanti Stack

The Gypset guide to Ubud, Bali

I don’t remember if I went to Ubud (the spiritual centre of Bali, Indonesia) before or after reading Eat, Pray, Love…. but I really think this place has the divine opening for a spiritual journey for anyone who goes there. It’s heaven on earth. It’s special. It’s a manifesting vortex….

Much like Elizabeth Gilbert (who I adooooore by the way), I had a novel worthy experience when I sold all of my belongings after law school 6 years ago (car and surfboard included) and ran off to Bali for 2 months with no plan and an open heart. I found myself in a yoga teacher training, a craniosacral training and…
Tiny Devotions actually NEVER would have come to life if it wasn’t for me taking a giant risk in following my intuition when like 20 people in a week told me I haaaaadddd to go to Bali. I started making mala beads in Bali over 6 years ago now – who would have known!?

Whether its on your bucket list to roam through the beautiful rice paddies and lotus flowers of this town filled with devotion or if you just want to hold the mystical sacred energy of Bali on your wrist… we have you covered with our travel guide to Ubud and our Ubud bracelet.

p.s. my favourite thing about Ubud, Bali is that amazing little “devotions” that the Balinese put on the streets with flowers and Ritz crackers as gifts to honor the divine. It’s actually where the name “Tiny Devotions” came from 😉

YOU have the power to create your own inner paradise, use your creativity,

become an artist of your thoughts.

YOU have the power to chase your dreams.

YOU are sitting on top of the world.

Let your mind transport you to the white sand beaches, picture inhaling the lush scents of a botanical paradise, the mist wrapping you in a warm embrace.

Azurite Malachite is said to encourage new perspectives, expanding your mind and cleansing your emotions. It’s a powerful conductor of energy, healing any hidden negative emotions.

Crystal is said to help you let go of certain feelings that have been bringing you down. It’s believed to help maintain your inspirational sense of well-being and happiness.

Top things to do in Ubud, Bali: 

1) Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest. This forest forms a sanctuary for the monkeys, who are considered sacred and well protected; there’s even a temple inside the forest where people go to worship. Visitors can stroll through it and see the monkeys up close, watch them play and eat, there’s even a woman outside the entrance selling bananas to feed them!

2) Locavore takes a different approach from most restaurants in Bali. It’s rare to find local seafood dining, but as the name suggests, Locavore uses only sustainably sourced ingredients from the island itself. Even the plates and silverware are made locally. Interested in buying that cocktail glass made from fragrant cinnamon wood? Just head to the workshop next door and grab one.

3) Stay at the Uma Ubud. In recognition of Bali’s powerful spirituality, they have developed a COMO Shambhala retreat, designed for those seeking greater health and mental quiet through yoga + wellness treatments. Simply listen to the life – animals, birds and people – that exudes from Ubud’s enchanted forests and mist-wrapped paddies.

4) Visit the BaliSpirit Festival. An annual celebration of yoga, dance and music in Ubud, BaliSpirit is one of those festivals that will inspire and energize you for months to come – and you’re likely to make a handful of new best friends!

5) Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah, is one of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites. Down a flight of stairs, you will discover a relic-filled courtyard and the main 11th century ‘cave’ in which you can enter to view rock-wall carvings and a meditational site, while out on the perimeter are a Hindu temple and an impressive bathing pool with fountains, excavated back in 1954.

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Meet our Goddess Friends

A few months ago, I went to an epic yoga studio called White Peacock in Encinitas, California. They were leading a workshop by Audrey and Belinda all about tapping into your Goddess energy, specifically focused on Kali and Durrrrgggga (as Audrey pronounced it haha).

It was incredible. There was a beautiful altar, with candles and flowers where we were invited to place our mala beadsjewelry or special items on to be charged with the energy we created in this class. We did ecstatic dance, we chanted goddess mantras and did a gorgeous kundalini practice of meditation and postures that made us all feel like …. well, Goddesses.

Tiny Devotions had already started developing our Goddess collection months before and I partly went for “R and D” (Relaxation… I mean Research and Development) while also curious about what tapping into this goddess energy would be all about. Being in the 2 hour workshop was magical, and it solidified in my body that our Tiny Devotions goddess collection had to come to life. Annnnndd that we as women had an opportunity to really align with, and tap into these mystical energies to bring us more joyprosperityfire and love.

So why are we focused on these mythical characters? There is so much to learn and apply in hearing the beautiful stories that have been passed on for so many generations – the goddesses tell us stories that are drenched with lessons and values that we can bring into our normal life – whether we are stay at home mom’s needing to tap into Durga‘s 18 arms or corporate executives needing to tap into the empowerment of Kali.

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Five Steps to Setting Intentions

What are your dreams? Your goals? Your deepest desires?
Take a minute. Think about it. Get intentional.

FIVE STEPS TO SETTING INTENTIONS:

Dig Deep
There are two critical questions you must ask yourself when setting intentions:
What do you want?
How do you want to feel?

Our feelings provide insight into our true desires allowing us to align with our purpose. Use your feelings as a compass when crafting intentions. Then get clear in your mind about what it is you want and how it is you want to feel.

Write It Down
Once you can clearly visualize your intentions, write them down. Make this a sacred practice. Light some candles, play some mellow music and get cozy. Make sure what you write is affirmative and empowering.

When we write our intentions down we make them real, we give them power.

Share It
Open up and share your intentions with the world.

When we feel supported, we feel empowered, confident and radiant. You never know who out there can help you manifest your dreams. There’s strength in numbers.

Don’t be shy. Open your heart and raise your voice.

Wear It
Wear your mala during your intention setting process and daily as a reminder of your goals and dreams. When you feel overwhelmed or anxious, take hold of the guru stone and feel the energy of the healing crystals guiding you to peace.

Your Mala beads encourage you to pause, breathe and realign with your deepest intentions.

Check In
Remind yourself daily of your intentions. Develop a spiritual ritual for yourself.

Maybe it’s a morning meditation or an evening yoga practice. Use this time to count your blessings and align with your intentions.

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Everything is Possible

What do you do to remind yourself that everything is possible?

It’s tough to resist letting the days pass in a dull, habitual manner sometimes. You might need a reminder that you’re on the brink of possibility. Your responsibility is to discover, explore + practice things every day which seem to defy that possibility. Move thoughts and ideas into action. The right idea will motivate you, inspire you and add new dimension to your life.

Some things to try to remind yourself of endless possibility:

  1. Say YES to something that you never thought you would be able to do.
  2. Hang out in headstand or a challenging yoga pose
  3. Book a flight (this pretty much does it every time)
  4. Read the autobiography of a legend
  5. Give something really big away (your heart, a cheque, a gift, your time)

Draw inspiration from your aspirations. The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. Tremendous things happen to the believer. Ignore the facts and opinions of others, and trust that you are capable of doing anything.

May you spend as much time as possible in a state of wonder, awe and possibility. ?

5 fave ways to give love this season ?

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As the holiday season is in full swing with gingerbread lattes, sugar cookies, twinkling lights + the hustle and bustle of those around you, our request of you is to slow down, hit the mat, pour a glass of vino, and take some time to be present with your surroundings.  Keep the holidays light, live simply and do one thing… give love.

Here are our 5 fave ways to live in the moment + give love.

1. Share your appreciation. Tell someone how their light illuminates the world!

2. Be authentic. Ask real questions. Give others the gift of being their true self.

3. Give Presence. Give full attention to the person you’re with.

4. Hold someones hand + let the energy of love fill your souls.

5. Say “I Love You“! Let the people in your life know how much they mean to you.

We’d love to here how your giving love this season. Share and comment below.

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Breathe

Breathe. The power of breath. Pranayama.

It’s sooo simple but somehow tends to be so difficult for so many of us to do. We forget. We disconnect from our breath. We leave our body. We stay in our mind.

Take a second and focus on your breath. Notice your inhale, notice your exhale. Is there tension in either? Is it difficult to inhale deeply? It is challenging to exhale fully?

How we breathe can be so indicative of so much that is going on within our bodies, minds and spirits. When we focus on our breath so much is revealed to us about where we are on our journey, where we need to heal and the thoughts that we might need to shift.

We can use our breath for so much healing:

To surrender to a situation, to let go of a hurt, to clear our mind, to detoxify, to go in with a cool calm collected confidence and to gently push through grief, challenges and sadness. Our breath can also help as step into gratitude, into joy, into bliss.

So are you listening to your breath today? What is your breath telling you today?

Lots of love from tinydevotions.com

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Why 108?

The number 108 is an auspicious and spiritually significant number. Ever done 108 sun salutations during a yoga class? There’s a reason why…http://tinyurl.com/oy4wsea

HEART CHAKRA: Chakras are the intersections of energy lines in the body, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to self-realization.

UPANISHADS: It is believed that there are 108 Upanishads, texts of wisdom from the ancient sages.

1, 0, AND 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.

DESIRES: There are said to be 108 earthly desires.

TIME: Some say there are 108 feelings, 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and the 36 related to the future.

PLANETS AND HOUSES: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

GODDESS NAMES: There are said to be 108 Indian goddess names.

SUN AND EARTH: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

Our 108 Bead Collection: http://tinyurl.com/plzv9x2