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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Magic of Labradorite

With its brilliant blue sheen, labradorite has become a very popular stone in recent times, though its heritage goes back for centuries.

Labradorite is associated with
the rainbow because of the
many colors that shine
through its blue-grey base.

The American philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said of this stone, "A man is like a bit of labrador spar, which has no luster as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors." Indeed, labradorite blue sheen, called 'labradorescence,' makes it one of the attractive crystals.

Rainbow stone
Glimmers of green, red, and yellow may also be seen in some specimens, making labradorite a very attractive rainbow stone. Labradorite can be blue-grey with black flecks, or white in color, with both forms showing a beautiful blue sheen. Labradorite is associated with myths and deities that contain rainbowssuch as the Greek Iris, goddess of the rainbows, and the Bifrost Bridgewhich linked a realm of the Norse Gods to Earth.

What’s In A Name?

Labradorite was named in 1770 when it was discovered in Labrador by missionaries. As is often the case, however, it had been used earlier. The mysterious Red Paint

Labradorite can be found in a variety of shades and brightnesses, all of which make beautiful jewelry.
People of Maine were using  it before 1000BC and Pliny the Elder describes it in his writings.


Labradorite is also known as both labrador spar and labrador, while the particularly bright variety found in Finland in called spectrolite.
When a specimen shows green labradorescence, it is known as lynx sapphire. White pieces are often sold under the trade name of rainbow moonstone, despite not actually being moonstone, while transparent specimens of labradorite are often referred to as black moonstone. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quiet Your Mind

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” 

Here is a simple but incredibly effective technique for Quieting Your Mind from spiritual counselor Swami Nithya Bhaktananda.
Follow these four rules to inner cleanse:
  1. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
  2. Don’t say to anyone unless you can say to everyone.
  3. Don’t say inside what you cannot say outside.
  4. Don’t say unless it is true, useful. or kind.

One way to clean out the clutter in our inner space is by guarding our mind. Being conscious of what we allow inside, starting with our own words, thoughts and attention.
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(photo credit: Weaving Dreams by Eva Ruiz)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Art of Loving Yourself

Some days, I tell myself 'I'm awesome.' Probably more often, however, I have to admit that 'Well…I'm okay.'

Then some days, my mantra unfortunately unravels into something along the lines of 'I hate my life.' That’s not so good, right?… Even when—or maybe especially when—I am challenged by this self-doubt, I try to remind myself that I Am Love.

Self-love lays the foundation for well-being, joy, self-empowerment, and the ability to create the life you want. I find that those gifts only arrive when I am at peace within my Self.

This self-harmony develops and grows as I turn my spiritual attention inward and experience my connection with Spirit. When I realize that I am Spirit—One with All That Is—then I also realize that I Am Love.

I will repeat that: I Am Love. You should repeat it too: I Am Love. Step by step, continue on your journey toward Loving Your Self…


In what ways do I show Love to myself and others? How can I be kinder, more compassionate, and more gracious toward myself? Do I really believe myself when I tell my Self, ‘I Am Love?’
(Photo credit: Enchantment by Robin Mead. See more of Robin Mead's work:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to Hold Hands With the Sun

It's so frustrating at times to try to remain hopeful... Knowing in your heart that you want to appreciate all the amazing things that are in your world, but feeling like they are always just two more steps away...

When that happens, look at the sun. 

Some days it may be hidden behind clouds, but the sun returns every day, bringing light and warmth and life. We honor that light by receiving it--drinking it in, and allowing it to infuse us and make us alive. 

When we honor the sun and allow our spirits to shine, we become part of the cycle of light. We become light and love to ourselves and others.

Look at the sun. Salute the sun. Let it give you a great big hug!


What does it mean to you to be 'hopeful'? How do you overcome frustration? What is your 'sun,' and what are some of the ways that you embrace it?

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