Harvesting Joy via Pure Thoughts

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Summertime Enthusiasm

Happy 1st of June everyone!

With the a new month starting and summertime around the corner, StayBlooming.com wants to send a message of positive reflecting. This summer, don’t count your struggles as what held you back but as the challenges that came up during your success. I love this time of year in New York City. Summer usually signifies the break period from the seriousness of 9-5 jobs and educational institutions. It’s all about what’s trending in fashion and fun-filled events. But with breaking and taking time to relax, we must also take time to reflect on how we’ve grown in the last year and re-evaluate what we want for our future.

“La lucha continúa” (which translates to “The struggle continues”) is a public work of art that is garden-side along the Lower East Side’s own Houston Street. I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the struggles of societal awareness in the last year. And I’d like to remind everyone that the struggles of the world continue with summer and we must take our breaks but use them wisely. Reflecting is a great tool to stay at your best and only get better.

Stay blooming my friends!

Mala Prayer Beads

I’m very happy to share my new mala prayer beads that I received in the mail today. I was excited to get them because I’ve never had prayer beads before. It can seem conflicting for someone like me to pray but I do meditate.

Some background info about me… I don’t believe in a higher being (other than the universe itself) so I never thought it plausible to pray if not to someone. I also don’t practice the religion of Catholicism that I was brought up into as a child. Rather, in my teenage years, I learned about Buddhism and have found great comfort in it. When people ask I do say I’m Buddhist. It is, too, conflicting because to label myself as such, I feel I’d have to devote my life to it and free myself of all attachments/suffering.

Moving forward: I found that praying does not need to be to any single entity. It can simply be setting forth new goals, intentions, ambitions, and sending that good energy into the world. It’s like that biblical saying of speaking things into existence.

I truly believe in natural healing powers that start with your energy infused with positivity and mindfulness. I purchased it from Mala Prayer and spent a few days looking through their assortment and picking one out. This one here is an African Bloodstone mix that I chose simply by attraction and colors. Their website shares a lot o insight about how to use and care for beads. I suggest a visit if you’re the slightest bit interested!

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Feel free to share your experience, thoughts, and insight with me at alyssablooms@gmail.com and I may feature it on StayBlooming.com!

Good Grabbin’

Here is a story I want to share because you gotta grab the good out of every situation. So…

I lost my favorite ring last year that I pretty much never took off since I got it 2014. I’m sure no one ever even noticed it but I finally let go of the fact that I’m probably not gonna find it… anyway. When replacing it, the girls at the shop kept telling me how to wear it & what size I should try. The saleslady continued to give me different sizes than what I asked. *eyeroll* I persisted too though and much to their dislike, I found a fit like my old one in a size they did not offer! I have barely felt it on my hand all day and it sits in the very same place as my first ring. It’s so cute & absolutely perfect.

Moral of the story: Stay true to yourself peeps, nobody knows you like you do. You can take an opinion but only as much as it makes sense for you. 😉