AwareBoutique

Mindful Designs

New York, United States | 412 Sales

AwareBoutique

Mindful Designs

New York, United States 412 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Announcement   Hello and welcome to aware | boutique! Aware Boutique specializes in hand-drawn designs and artisanal hand-knotted Mala necklaces and bracelets designed and created within the traditions of ancient meditation practices to enhance mindfulness in daily life. Each garland of semi-precious stones, mindfully selected for its power to attract or overcome specific feelings, thoughts, or emotions, is associated with one of the classical elements. Our malas use the finest materials, hand chosen from suppliers in New York City, thoughtfully designed and hand-knotted into powerful combinations that are both aesthetically beautiful and spiritually resonating pieces of jewelry to be used during meditation, or simply to be worn in pursuit of a mindful life.

Come take a look at our full size malas, pocket malas, intention bracelets, and hand-drawn note cards, and come find your zen!

#beAware

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Last updated on Dec 5, 2017

Hello and welcome to aware | boutique! Aware Boutique specializes in hand-drawn designs and artisanal hand-knotted Mala necklaces and bracelets designed and created within the traditions of ancient meditation practices to enhance mindfulness in daily life. Each garland of semi-precious stones, mindfully selected for its power to attract or overcome specific feelings, thoughts, or emotions, is associated with one of the classical elements. Our malas use the finest materials, hand chosen from suppliers in New York City, thoughtfully designed and hand-knotted into powerful combinations that are both aesthetically beautiful and spiritually resonating pieces of jewelry to be used during meditation, or simply to be worn in pursuit of a mindful life.

Come take a look at our full size malas, pocket malas, intention bracelets, and hand-drawn note cards, and come find your zen!

#beAware

Ania Parks

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Our cleansing bundles are finally up in our Etsy shop! Come check them out and start clearing out the negative energy in your life today! We also sell White Sage, Palo Santo, Selenite, and Abalone Shells individually if you just need to restock.
Thanks to all of last month’s purchases!! Now through the end of October: 10% of all Element Mala sales will be donated to Hurricane Maria and earthquake recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico via Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund.
10% of all sales of Pele and Ra Fire Element malas in September will be donated to Wildfire relief via American Forests ReLeaf (www.americanforests.org/discover-american-forests/our-work/american-releaf)
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About

mind·ful·ness

/ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

With the constant overstimulation of our minds and the stress of everyday life, it's easy to get swept up in the chaos and forget how to be present. It's so tempting to waste our mental energy agonizing over the mistakes of our past, or worrying about the implications of the future. The only way to avoid these distractions is to be.

To practice mindfulness, simply, is to practice being- truly being- in moments as they are. When we challenge ourselves to be present, it brings our mind and body into alignment, and it becomes easier to let go of worry. Bringing your focus to your breath, feeling the air as it fills your lungs, and acknowledging and appreciating your surroundings is mindfulness in its purest state. Mindfulness involves a deep connection between soul and body. By bringing these two into harmony, we can find a stillness- stillness from which we can derive peace.

What are mala beads?

Malas are necklaces that are traditionally used in a form of mediation called Japa, found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. When practicing Japa, one recites a mantra (either vocally or internally) 108 times. The number 108 holds a great amount of significance in many aspects of Buddhist culture, including the section of the Lankavatara sutra in which Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions, the 108 earthly temptations to overcome in search of Nirvana, and the 108 feelings it is believed a person can experience.

Traditional Tibetan malas have 108 beads, as well as three marker beads and a guru bead. The marker beads are not counted in the meditation, and are usually made from a different material than the others to introduce a tactile difference and assist the user in tracking their progress while meditating. The 109th stone, referred to as the guru bead, or sumeru, represents the relationship between student and teacher. Traditionally, meditations are started to the left side of the sumeru, with the beads held between the thumb and either the middle or ring finger. The index finger should be extended outwards, as it represents ego. Working clockwise, the user recites their mantra once on each bead, completing the meditation on the other side of the sumeru. It is important to note that the sumeru should not be crossed over during the course of meditation.

Custom Orders

Looking for something in particular? Let us help you build a custom design!

All of our malas are made with genuine high quality semi-precious gemstones that each carry their own special and specific energetic properties to help you attract or overcome certain feelings, thoughts and emotions. Let us know what you're looking to address and we'll do the rest! Send us a brief description of what you're looking for, or a specific intention you are looking to address, and we can make you a custom listing and bring your vision to life.

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  • Ania Parks

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Last updated on Jun 10, 2017
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Custom and personalized orders

Looking for something unique? Let us help you build a custom design!

All of our malas are made with genuine high quality semi-precious gemstones that each carry their own special and specific energetic properties to help you attract or overcome certain feelings, thoughts and emotions. Let us know what you're looking to address and we'll do the rest! Send us a brief description of what you're looking for, or a specific intention you are looking to address, and we can make you a custom listing and bring your vision to life.

Care instructions

These beads are not intended to get wet. If they are submerged in water, the tassel may begin to unravel slightly, or the organic materials, such as wood beads or seeds, may fade or change colors.

Mala beads are believed to absorb and store energy, therefore depending on your preference you may wish to cleanse your mala beads from time to time.

We recommend that you do not lend or share your malas with others as not to transfer any energy. If this does happen you may wish to cleanse your mala.

There are a few different ways you can cleanse your mala:
- placing it in the sunlight or moonlight
- burning white sage
- by sound vibration such as a singing bowl or chanting

Gift wrapping and packaging

All our malas will arrive in a beautiful Aware Boutique muslin bag for storing, as well as a brown kraft gift box. Also included are informational cards explaining the properties of each mala and a card on mindfulness.

Priority Mail packages will ship in a Small Flat Rate Box, while First Class packages will ship in a padded envelope.