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Makers Gonna Make –Oh, the Places you’ll go
Making your own Prayer Mala

Nothing can stop me from making a beautiful mala. I often keep a mala kit on hand so that when the moment strikes, I can reach deep in my bag, pull out my beading kit and create. Seriously, I could be anywhere; camping, on a road trip, visiting with friends on the back porch, or a summer concert, I am always ready to put the good vibes into a beautiful piece for a future donation.

This summer has been full of adventures, and our malas have been my trusted companion along the way. In Moab, after a day of off-roading adventure, I sat fireside with friends, tying knots while soaking in the scenery of deep red/orange table mesas. We imagined what it would be like living in the Moab of the past, rich in Native American history, a gorgeous carnelian and lapis lazuli mala came to life in the desert that night.

Road trips are one of my favorite ways to spend some time with my family and friends. This summer took us to Omaha to celebrate Independence Day with close friends. Naturally, my mala kit came on the road with our caravan. We listened to mixtapes, laughed, and caught up on some long-overdue conversation all while tying knots. A stunning rose quartz, sandalwood, and howlite mala for the best friend of our last recipient, Anne, resulted. Each knot I hand tied was filled with love and ease as we rolled through the fields of Nebraska toward our destination.

I have enjoyed late summer nights on our back porch catching up during visits from family, laughing, connecting, filling each other with strength and hope as we navigate life’s mysteries. All the while creating, knotting in the soft light of a backyard bonfire with a good glass of wine. Many special malas resulted from these nights, all infused with healing, togetherness, and family strength in each knot.

I will always love nights on the grassy hills of Denver, tying knots with friends while listening to the funky fresh rhymes of Lyrics Borne. Booties shaking, hands in the air, Kids running the hills. These malas are filled with fun, playfulness and freedom, all the great feelings of a fun Summer night.

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What fascinates me most is how a moment can be enhanced by adding a creative element rather than taken away. Having a mala kit on hand brings people together. It draws people in. People come with questions about the stones and “how do you tie those knots?”. It has allowed us to spread the word of our cause, make new friends, and build our community.

Having the opportunity to use my hands has always been sacred to me. As a massage therapist and Pilates instructor, my career has always included the use of my hands. As it turns out when I am away from the studio, I still crave the movement and creative ability of my hands, so I take it with me on the road, and it has brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined.

What you’ll need in your mala kit:

·         108+ beads

·         15 feet of nylon string (size #2)

·         1 Wire needle-to feed the beads on the string

·         1 guru bead

·         1 Tassle

 

Shannon

Making Malas, Malas for Tatas, Colorado Non-Profit
Making Malas, Malas for Tatas, Colorado Non-Profit
Making Malas, Malas for Tatas, Colorado Non-Profit
Making Malas, Malas for Tatas, Colorado Non-Profit
Full Circle
Making Malas with your Littles

My connection with gemstones came to me around the age of 12. I would collect stones that spoke to me while on Colorado hikes with my family. I stopped at every rock shop I found and searched through the inventory to find that special stone. I would look up the energetic properties in my books to find the meaning of my new treasure. I carried stones in my pockets in high school to help with mental clarity or protection. I would put my stones outside under the full moon rays for cleansing and recharging before returning my favorites to my pocket for safekeeping. (How to cleanse your crystals with the full moon)


Making malas has reunited me with my younger self. I love to search out the gemstone beads and create malas that aid in healing, protection, and self-love. A few of the malas that I’ve had the opportunity to make have gone to some amazing women who were drawn to the necklaces. When they discover the energetic properties that the specific mala brings, we are always surprised to learn that it is exactly what this person needs in their life. It is an amazing feeling to share this connection with others while raising money to support women in need. The love poured into each, and every handmade mala not only helps the individual receiving it but also supports our current recipient of Malas For Tatas. So much love form start to finish fills me up with gratitude.


My four-year-old daughter loves to help me create malas, and I love sharing my knowledge with her and seeing her light up. At a beading brunch, we sat down and created a mala that we named the mama mala. We take turns wearing it and have fun sharing it.

With love,
Vanessa

Interested in learning more about our Malas made for children or how you and your child can create a mala together? Reach out!

How to use your Prayer Mala

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Recipe for Ginger Garlic Noodle Soup with Bok Choy
Recipe for Ginger Garlic Noodle Soup with Bok Choy

Hey Friends!

I found a great recipe on Pinterest a few months back and have been making it over and over. It’s delicious and I felt was worth sharing with our community!

I have made this Ramen Soup at least 8 times since discovering it this last March. The first time I made it I stuck to the recipe, since, I’ve added organic chicken breasts cubed for a more hearty meal. I also use bone broth for it’s added health benefits. Of course, you can leave it vegetarian.

The hardest part of making this soup is simply the prep – chopping all the delicious and flavorful fresh garlic, shallots, and ginger. But If you can set aside a few minutes to just deep breathe and listen to some music you can make it a zen meditative moment in your day. Bringing it all together is simple and easy. BONUS: The blog includes a quick and easy video tutorial so you can just watch it – then get after it.

My husband LOVES this soup and asks me to make it for him all the time.

I hope you guys love it too!

Link to Recipe: The Forked Spoon

We would love to hear about your favorite healthy recipes and share them with our community. Please email us at malasfortatas@gmail.com if you want to share. Or if you’d like to join us by hosting a beading brunch or trunk show, click here.

Below are a couple of photos I took with my phone but of course The Forked Spoon has some beautiful photos of the final product plated (bowled?) :)

Health Benefits of Bone Broth, click here.

I also included two of our Fire Element Series Malas: Ember and Volcanic. I figured they would align well with “fire” from the ginger and chili flakes in this delicious soup. This might be a great recipe for “Kapha” Dosha Types “Choose foods that are light, warm, and spicy. Tea with dried ginger and lemon is a great pick-me-up for Kaphas. Avoid heavy oily and processed sugars, which are detrimental to Kaphas. Use lots of spices such as black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili and lots of bitter dark greens.” from Ayurveda & Dosha Types for Beginners. See link Below.

Curious about Ayurvedic Lifestyle, click here
5 Ways to Get Started in an Ayurvedic Lifestyle
Ayurveda & Dosha Types for Beginners


Cheers!

Denise

Recipe for Ginger Garlic Noodle Soup with Bok Choy
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