Crystal Haul

crystal haul

I went to one of the BSSK mind, body, spirit fairs on Saturday and, amongst other things, I picked up some lovely new crystals.  I’ve written before about some of the crystals I own and I know a lot of you are also interested in them so I thought I’d share these with you.

The first piece I chose was this opalite crystal skull:

opalite crystal skull

I’ve got a couple of pieces of opalite but I was particularly drawn to this piece as it has been carved into a skull.  I got a red jasper skull for Christmas and it’s one of my favourite crystals.  Unfortunately, the photograph doesn’t really do it justice but you can get an idea of the beautiful rainbow shades in this crystal.  Opalite is said to help bring peace and can also help with stabilising mood swings.

The second piece I bought was this scarab beetle dumortierite pendant:

dumortierite crystal

Prior to Saturday, I’d never heard of this crystal – I actually thought it was a piece of sodalite when I originally picked it up.  Dumortierite is said to help with intellectual endeavours so I’ll be wearing it when I start researching and writing my dissertation over the next few weeks.

The final piece I bought is really beautiful and again, another crystal I hadn’t heard of before:

vera cruz amethyst

Apparently, Vera Cruz amethyst is quite rare as the Vera Cruz mine in Mexico where it is found has been closed down for some years.  This pendant has been wrapped in copper wire and I think it was the almost rustic nature of the design that really caught my eye.  This crystal is said to have very high vibrational energy and aids meditation.

I was initially a little disappointed as I went with the intention of buying a red jasper ring but couldn’t find one anywhere!  However, I ended up discovering two new crystals and buying three pieces I really love.

Do you have favourite crystals and how have they helped you?

 I’d love to hear your experiences, so please let me know in the comments below.

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Mindful Monday: Getting Up Close and Personal with Nature

Mindful Monday: Knitting for Wellbeing

Mindful Monday: Getting up close and personal with nature

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the first Mindful Monday post, which you can check out here.  The idea is discuss different ways of relaxing, how to take time out of our busy lives and to explore different forms of meditation.  Seeing as spring is in the air, today’s post is all about getting outside…

Normally, I would advise against having any gadgets around you when being mindful or meditating however, you may find a camera useful – I used the camera on my phone.  The idea this week is take a walk and look for signs of how nature is changing to reflect the season.  I set myself the theme of ‘texture’ and decided I would take 5 pictures that were indicative of this.  As I was looking for interesting textures, I also found myself noticing the beautiful juxtaposition between the fresh new shoots of growth and the old, seemingly dead growth from last year.


Glossy leaves

I don't know what this plant is called but I love the texture

I don’t know what this plant is called but I love the fluffy texture

Ivy is a good example of a plant we see all year round - do we necessarily notice how it changes throughout the year though?

Ivy is a good example of a plant we see all year round – do we necessarily notice how it changes throughout the year though?

Do you remember doing tree bark rubbings with sugar paper and brightly coloured crayons?

Do you remember doing tree bark rubbings with sugar paper and brightly coloured crayons?

The juxtaposition between the old and the new

The juxtaposition between the old and the new

All these photos were taken within a 5 minute walk from my house – you neither have to walk far nor anywhere particularly interesting to get great shots.  In fact, you may find some inspiration in your own garden!

If anyone else would like to take part in Mindful Mondays with me, I’ll be popping my photos onto my social media accounts.  If you fancy joining in on Twitter or Instagram, just upload your photos, tag me @vintageguinea and #MindfulMonday.  Oh and don’t worry if you can’t upload on a Monday, I’ll just be posting different topic ideas on a Monday but the theme will run all week!

Mindful Monday: Knitting for Wellbeing

I’ve been practising meditation and mindfulness for a number of years now and know just how important it is take a few minutes out every busy day just to stop and breathe!  One of my favourite ways to unwind is to engage in an active meditation – this can encompass a range of different activities including running on the treadmill, doing some yoga or Pilates and drawing mandala designs.  Combining mindfulness with something creative is incredibly fulfilling and you get the double whammy of chilling out and producing something decorative for your home or yourself.

So, when my lovely friend at Apple Nutrition asked me if I’d like to attend a knitting for wellbeing session, I jumped at the chance.  I am no knitter; I can do the basic knit one, purl one but that literally is the full scope of my skills.  However, as I started casting on I realised that the repetitive nature of knitting is incredibly relaxing.  Not to mention the emotional wellbeing derived from spending time in the company of friends and having a good chat and catch up.

Knitting groups or sewing circles are becoming increasing popular and you can usually get the details of local groups from your library.

I’m considering making Mindful Monday into a regular blog post and would very much value feedback, so please pop a comment below if you would like to know more about meditation and mindfulness.

My friend's amazing scarf

My friend’s amazing scarf

Obviously, tea had to be involved somewhere...!

Obviously, tea had to be involved somewhere…!

My attempt

My attempt