January 2017 Anew

Celebration brings happiness, glee and joy. Welcoming the New Year, 2017, with open hearts reflecting its very feeling. The prospect of fresh ideas and possibilities which lie ahead provide positive attitude and hope. The new moon brings about new beginnings. We open our souls to what can be. We open our minds to alternative thoughts which we may not ever consider. Living in possibility means that we can approach life from a different perspective than what we may be in the habit of, or accustomed to. The Moon has several phases. Some people are sensitive to the point of actually feeling them. We are in the First Quarter at this time. Or at least we were, when I began this post. This month is flying by – despite the frigid weather we are experiencing.  I have fallen in love with this notion, surprisingly, as I’ve grown older.

The blanket of snow that fell the other night was like an angel appearing from the skies above. The peace and quiet that resulted in the weather was such a gift. Listening to the quiet drop like a feather blanket in the dark on Saturday night brought delight to my soul. The message was loud and clear, if given the chance to really quiet the mind and absorb the messages from above. Such peace and possibility. I now realize why I love the four seasons; winter brings a strong message to me.  At mid-month, the Full Wolf Moon appeared on January 12, at 6:38 am EST. All Full Moons culminate all things new, as we build our dreams and goals for the year 2017. Mesmerizing. Especially to wake up to the moon, as the sun creeps rising from the opposite side of earth.

I saw this poignant message today. It resonated. January is a wonderful month to begin this little exercize. Don’t be scared. It will help you learn more about yourself, calm your inner soul as well as stimulate the untapped within. 

For me, 2017 means discovering the pleasures and nuances of spending time alone.

Living with Red in January

Let’s talk about January’s birthstone. Garnet. Derived from their Latin name granatum… meaning “seed of the pomegranite”, garnet obviously references the color of this fruit. Garnet inspires love and devotion. It balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Deep red garnet stimulates the controlled rise of kundalini energy and aids sexual potency. Garnet clears negative Chakra energy and is very useful to wear in times of crises. It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope to bleak situations. My pic stitch above reflects four different pieces of healing gemstones from Nymph. http://www.nymphjewels.com/shop and here is the link to the entire collection I’ve uploaded thus far. The deep rich tones of these garnet stones are captivating.  Below are “lentil” garnets, slightly faceted combined with the rarely seen Tanzanite ( periwinkle) and a huge Herkimer Diamond.  Another gem using garnet.

I’ve paired translucent rutilated quartz with garnets because of the contrast between the two stones. It allows your mind to rest from the juxtapositioning of the deep hues and light. It also represents clarity which I wrote about at length last January. (http://davamuramatsu.com/clarify-your-mind-body-soul/)

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. It is emotionally a very intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate and raises blood pressure. Enthusiasm enhancement. Red is the color for the base or root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to the universal energies. Groundedness, trust, and belonging lessen feelings of mistrust. Gemstones that will aid the Root chakra include lodestone, ruby, garnet, smokey quartz, obsidian, hematite and onyx.  Red is described as warm, vibrant and intense. It is an exciting and daring color, but also evokes the feelings of love and comfort. Grab your attention red – the reason it is used in traffic signage and for fire trucks.

Drinking this color with your eyes, is very stimulating. Drinking red wines are a healthy way to get the antioxidants in the body. Eating red foods, same thing. Regardless of the intake, it embues the sense of heightened awareness and of importance.  Digesting red foods – the new powerhouse of nutrition. Strawberries, beets, rasperries, the list is emense. Eating by color. Red foods are packed with a variety of pwoerful antioxidants. They have been shown to help fight cancer and heart disease. Peppers, cranberries, pomegranante, cherries, and red skinned potatoes are some of the red foods to try. Let’s not forget tomatoes. I made a salad just the other day using both strawberries and tomatoes. At first I thought it was odd to mix strawberries and the tomatoes, but with the baby romaine, and the tuna salad with ample celery, and my home made dressing, it was deliciously balanced.

January is the month to begin your new regime. What do YOU want for yourself in 2017?  It all begins with YOU. We have heard this so many times. It’s time to SHOW UP fully. How would you like the world around you to perceive you? Your image is frontal. It’s what people see upon their first glance. I don’t care if it’s a lazy Saturday morning, and you need to run out of the house for milk. SHOW UP. Take an extra measure for your hair, makeup – even just a touch. You never know who you will meet! I often tell clients that change can happen as often from the outside in, as from the inside out. Don’t deprive yourself of the elements you need to create an impression, which gives you a presence – especially for yourself!

So don’t wait to buy the scarf you love or the earrings or the purse if that color is speaking to you. Your soul is begging you to have it. If you deprive yourself of that notion, scarcity sets in and you will spiral downward into a place where you stop caring. If you don’t care, no one else will care. You’ll be sending a negative message to all those you meet, and yourself, about your lack of self-worth.

 

2017: Live Fully. Live with Intention. Live Joyfully. When your heart soars as a result, your contagious energy will spread all over. Watch for the perpetual energy you’ve created!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey. Please share yours with me! I’d love to hear from you.

Always in joy and style,

Glory of the Garnet & Beauty of the Beet

Here we are, January 2015! How did this happen? Filled with new ideas, new goals and bucket lists of wishes we’d be thrilled to accomplish in order to move ourselves ahead in a positive direction. New recipes, perhaps, joining a new gym or yoga studio, maybe travel is in the cards. The fleeting envy is sometimes tough to shake, when I see my friends and acquaintances in photos in far away places with nothing but aqua waters and blue skies as a backdrop.  I realize it’s not the time for me to have this escape from the bitter cold. Not yet anyway. Resultingly, I redirect my energy to generate and create a haven within my home, boutique and life  as I prepare a positive spin for the year ahead.

Candles and their warm moving glow are my recipe for love and life. They soothe and calm the psyche. The candle’s radiance and flames can transform the ambience in any room. These mercury crown votives are one example of lighting up your life. $27.00 for the set.IMG_6989

Another notion and concept in lighting up your life, is with our Celestial Candles. 60 hour burn time, soy base and delectible to the nose! Sun, Star, Full Moon, and Crescent Moon.

These beauties are hand poured, packaged and include a beautiful Rumi poem in each box. The candles are $30 each, available at MATSU.

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It’s no mistake that the appropriate birthstone of the month, Garnet, basks in its own glory of deep warm hues of red. This powerful, reinvigorating and regenerating stone cleanses and reenergizes the Chakras. Isn’t that really what January is about?  Replenishing our  inner well? Garnet revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity and passion. Yes, Garnet inspires devotion and love. It balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Red Garnet indeed aids sexual potency. This stone brings courage, creative energy, vitality, abundance,flow and awareness. Below you will see a bevy of gemstones from my NYMPH collection, portraying different colors of the Garnet. Ranging from the color of a pomegranate seed, to a rich glass of bordeaux. These necklaces are available now at MATSU.

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I love integrating colors through lifestyle. Gemstones are alive. Little jewels from Earth, each with a story of their own. Foods also hold the power to heal and prevent negative things from entering the body. A compliment to the sassy garnets, are beets. One of the richest red foods that exist. The deeper the color of food, the stronger the antioxidants they  hold.  Beets cleanse the body, are high in many vitamins such as A, B & C. Beets are a high source of energy. They are the highest sugar source after cane sugar. In this case, the sugar is released into the system gradually, as opposed to chocolate. Beets help your mental health state. Betaine is a substance that beets hold, used in treating certain treatments in depression. Beets can lower blood pressure. This is my favorite- I have just learned in researching for this post that Beets are nature’s Viagra! The ancient Romans used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. Beets contain a high amount of Boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. What a discovery! Wait till you see the pictures.. Oh, and by the way, do not ignore the beet’s rich green tops. Eat them too.

IMG_0792The photos above reflect several different ways beets can be prepared. The top left photo is beet infused pasta, the photo below with recipe to follow; beet bloody marys, under that are roasted beets, then chilled into a sald of pistachios and arugula with a light vinagarette. Top, beets basking in their glory, and the lower right photo is of roasted beets with orange zest. Here lies the recipe from http://www.cocokelley.com

Turn Up the Beet Bloody Mary // serves 2
4 oz chilled Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
1 ½ cups spicy tomato juice
½ cup pure beet juice
1 tbsp pepperoncini juice
½ small lemon (squeezed for juice)
1½ tsp freshly ground pepper
½ tsp horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon ground garlic
your preference for hot sauce (to taste)
Bacon salt and smoked paprika for rim
Your choice of garnish (we went with pickled asparagus, kosher pickles, rosemary, celery, peppered bacon, small beets, pimento olives and pepperoncini)

These colors leave me jazzed and rejuvinated, just looking at them. I am wearing a scarf today from Italy exactly the same color as the vegetable I speak of above. Very invigorating.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy new year 2015! Feel free to connect with me and share your views and comments!I look forward to seeing you at MATSU very soon.

Yours in joy & style,

Dava

 

 

The Lore of the Stones…

Amethyst ~ February Birthstone

Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone.
The word originated in Greece. Amethystus- translates to not intoxicate. Amethyst was also discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, as and aid for one’s journey to the afterlife.

A natural tranquilizer, it blocks negative energies and transmutes the energy to love. It enhances higher states of consciousness and meditation.

Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers as it awakens spirituality.
 This stone has the strength to fight for sobriety, and over- indulgences leading to addictions.

Amethyst is very beneficial to the mind in calming or stimulating,
Depending on which is needed. The balancer.

This stone, and its royal tone are spiritual and promote love of the divine. Giving insights into its true nature, encouraging wisdom.

 

Aquamarine ~ March Birthstone

Known as the stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. It harmonizes its surroundings and protects against pollutants.  Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It encourages support to anyone in overwhelm by responsibilities and helps aid to taking action toward it. Aquamarine sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance.  This stone is a wonderful aid in meditation and spiritual awareness. 

 

Carnelian

A stabilizing stone with high energy, Carnelian is grounding and can anchor you in the present reality. This stone is great for restoring vitality, motivation and stimulating creativity. This stone encourages self-trust, courage and motivates for success in business and other matters. Carnelian helps overcome negative conditioning and also encourages steadfastness. It sharpens concentration and removes mental lethargy. This stone calms anger and banishes emotional negativity, replacing it with a love of life. 

 

Citrine ~ November Birthstone

Metaphysical Properties: Citrine is one of the only stones, which dissipates negative energy, and never requires cleansing or clearing. Warm energy, promotes optimism. Also attracts abundance, and is known as a “merchants stone,” to be placed in cash registers or where one conducts business, to not only acquire positive wealth but to maintain it as well. Activates the third chakra. Enhances body’s healing energy. Good for mental focus, endurance and self-esteem.

Citrine is the November birthstone and its corresponding signs are Gemini, Aries, Libra, and Leo.

My personal note on this stone is I associate it with the sun right away. As soon as I pick it up I get a warm energy that comes over me. I feel and sometimes see yellow light around me. I am going to start taking this stone with me when I do my workouts to experiment with its properties of endurance and healing.

 

Crystal Quartz

Crystal quartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores, regulates and releases energy and is also excellent for unblocking it. Crystal raises energy to the highest possible level.  Containing ever color possible, crystal quartz works on all levels of being. It enhances psychic abilities and attunes you to your spiritual purpose. Crystal quartz filters out distractions and unlocks memory blocks. This stone stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. Known as the Master Healer among all stones.

Diamond ~ April Birthstone

This brilliant stone is the symbol of purity. It’s white light can help bring your life to a cohesive whole. It bonds relationships, bringing love and clarity into a partnership. This stone has been the symbol of wealth in all parts of the world for thousands of years. It is also the stone used in attracting abundance. Diamond is an energy amplifier. The qualities of the Diamond, encourages fearlessness, invincibility and fortitude. The bright characteristic of this stone will magnify anything that is negative and requires transformation. Diamonds clear emotional and mental pain, reduce fear and bring about new beginnings. It is a highly creative stone, stimulating imagination and inventiveness. 

 

Garnet ~ January Birthstone

Garnets get their name from the Latin granatum, meaning “seed of the pomegranate, and obvious reference to the deep red variety of the stone. Garnet cleanses and re-energizes the chakras. The “love stone “ notion is associated with romantic love, passion and the ability to restore a sense of purity and innocence to the quest for romance. These stones have been said to be healers of broken hearts.
 It revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate. Inspires love and devotion. Garnet balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Stimulates past-life recall. Sharpens perceptions of oneself and others. Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos. It opens the heart and bestows self-confidence. Garnet represents love. Garnet enhances the feelings of sexuality, bringing warmth and devotion.

Kyanite

This milky blue stone varies in tones. It is excellent for attunement and meditation. It is a tranquilizing and powerful transmitter, and an amplifier of high frequency energies, stimulating the psychic abilities and the intuition. This crystal connects to the spirit guides and instills compassion. Grounding spiritual vibrations, it brings spiritual integrity and maturation. It facilitates dream recall and promotes healing through dreams.

Kyanite holds no negativity; therefore needs no cleaning- unlike most other crystals. Psychologically, Kyanite encourages speaking one’s truth, cutting through fears and blockages. Opening the throat chakra, this stone encourages self-expression and communication. This stone cuts through confusion and dispels blockages, illusion, anger, frustration and stress.

 

Labradorite

Iridescent Labradorite is a very mystical and highly protective stone. As a bringer of light, this stone raises consciousness and connects with universal energies. Labradorite deflects unwanted energies from the aura and prevents energy leakage. This stone banishes fear and insecurities sand the psychic debris from prior disappointments- this includes those from past lives. Labradorite calms overactive minds and energizes the imagination bringing up new ideas. This stone is used as a companion through transformation and change- encouraging strength and perseverance.

 

Peridot ~ August Birthstone

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Peridot is a protective stone, and was known to keep away evil spirits in ancient times. This stone is a powerful cleanser; releasing and neutralizing toxins on all levels. It opens, cleanses and activates the heart and solar plexus chakras. “Old baggage”, burdens guilt and obsessions are cleared. This stone teaches that holding on to old energy from the past is countered intuitive and productive. This stone encourages the strength to seek within for inner guidance. Peridot releases negative patterns and old vibrations so that new frequency can be accessed. This visionary crystal helps you to understand your destiny and life’s purpose.
Psychologically, Peridot alleviates jealousy, resentment, spite, and anger and releases stress. It enhances confidence and assertion. Motivating growth, Peridot helps to bring about necessary change.
 
Periodot sharpens the mind and heightens awareness on the mental level. It banishes lethargy and encourages one to take responsibility for their action and move through them briskly with out the burden.

 

Ruby ~ July Birthstone

The Ruby is an excellent stone imparting vigor to life. It is an energizing and balancing stone. Ruby encourages passion in life, with out self-destruction. It improves motivation and the setting of realistic goals. Ruby stimulates the heart chakra, as it balances the heart. It also encourages following your bliss. This stone protects against psychic attack and vampirism of heart energy. Ruby promotes positive dreams and clear visualization. Ruby is one of the stones of abundance and aids in retaining wealth and passion.

Psychologically, Ruby brings about a positive and courageous state of mind, as it sharpens and heightens awareness.

Emotionally, the dynamic Ruby charges up passion and fires the enthusiasm. Ruby is a social stone that attracts sexual activity, and on the physical level this stone can help over come exhaustion as it infuses vigor.

Ruby is known to unblock emotions allow old baggage to surface, clearing the heart. Enhancing passion and creativity.

 

Pearl ~ June Birthstone

By Far the world’s oldest gem stone. Pearl’s association with the moon and the feminine is grown underwater. This in itself  is a symbol of the emotions. Bringing warmth and passionate energies to the beholder, Pearl energy also represents purity, innocence and integrity. This gem enables its owner to accept love. When worn, the Pearl allows one to see the good qualities in themselves and to develop a higher degree of self-love. This enables more love to spread from the heart.

By Far the world’s oldest gem stone. Pearl’s association with the moon and the feminine is grown underwater. This in itself  is a symbol of the emotions. Bringing warmth and passionate energies to the beholder, Pearl energy also represents purity, innocence and integrity. This gem enables its owner to accept love. When worn, the Pearl allows one to see the good qualities in themselves and to develop a higher degree of self-love. This enables more love to spread from the heart.