In a society full of mumbo-jumbo and hustle and why would I want to add more mysticism and strangeness to my life with yoga?
A. That's simple. Although it is often infused with a lot of mystical and foreign sounding words and concepts, at it’s core yoga it is about the self.
So now ask yourself another question –
Q. In a world full of selfishness why do something that’s all about the self?
A. Again, the answer is as simple as it is complex. When you do something to recharge your “self” you create an energy reserve which creates an added ability to give of that "self".
Every day that you work and do things for family and friends you are giving away your own precious life force. By practicing meditation and yoga you restore that energy. After the replenishment you, then, have more to give to yourself and to others. Doctors and pundits alike will tell you that STRESS KILLS. The way it kills is slow and cumulative. It is a continual depletion of emotional and physical energy, empathy, and resources that accumulates until it adversely affects your well being,
your health and the health and well being of the people you come in contact with.
It is not unlike unplugging your cell phone but leaving the unused charger plugged in at home. The charger does absolutely no good to your phone since it’s not plugged in while it continues to cost you money and wastes energy because it’s still drawing current from the wall. Health experts are in agreement that we need to reduce our stress, but how? One of the best ways is to work your body. Our human bodies were never designed to be sedentary. Sitting on a couch in front of the TV, talking (or playing) on a cell phone, staring into a computer screen, sitting at a desk, or driving a vehicle for 18 hours a day becomes physically, morally, and emotionally stress inducing.
Our bodies were designed for work. We are equipped with the ability to work for what we need. After exertion we need some time to rest and recharge so we are capable of more work. We can continue the work/rest cycles until finally we have just enough reserve to make one last heavy exertion in order to get to the fruits of our labor to a convenient place and to use our new resources. Finally, at night, we sleep to allow the mind and body to regenerate for the next day. Our modern life does its' very best to interrupt the natural cycles that we are designed for.
Activities, like yoga, help to restore our natural mind - body - breath rhythms by stretching muscles, ligaments, fascia, your diaphragm, and your mind. Working your body, calming your mind and using your breath reinvigorates your sleep cycles, enhances your health, can decrease your weight, and even lower your blood pressure. You'll even find that you've got more energy
It's your life, your health, your practice - Namaste
It's a cold and snowy day so I thought I'd look for something interesting for my customers to read.
I was doing a bit of research into this subject when I came across an old blog entry from one of our
vendors - Rembrandt Quality Charms. RQC has the largest selection of charms in the world and we're quite proud to be their hometown dealer.
With Mother's Day, Births, and Wedding & Graduation season approaching charms are a great way to celebrate, commemorate, and display your thoughts and feelings. Come in and see our fine selection
(including our new Yoga Jewelry website page) of charms. We'd love to offer you a fresh cup of coffee or tea while you browse our shop. Come in and see why for over a 1/4 century we've been proud to be your jeweler. "We Love to Make You Sparkle"
Bill - the barefoot jeweler
"Charms have been enchanting people since prehistoric times. Frequently referred to as amulets or talisman, the wearing of charms has been associated with magic, mystique, protection, spirituality and love.As early as the stone age, people began making jewelry from clay, animal bones and shells to use as objects of adornment. Different cultures came of age at different times throughout history, in Africa, there is evidence that as early as 75,000 years ago early stone-age man used shells as adornments. In a cave in southwestern Germany, tiny intricately carved ivory figurines made of mammoth tusks were found dating back 30,000 years. These findings support the claim that early man made and wore charm-like jewelry.
During the Bronze Age, jewelry making became more sophisticated along with the materials used. Early charms were made of lapis lazuli, rock crystal, and other semiprecious gems and were inscribed with small designs associated with special powers. Different civilizations including the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians made and wore charms. The Babylonians are believed to be the first people to wear charms on a bracelet around 700 BC.
The Egyptians started using charms as early as 3000 BC. They used charms to ward off evil spirits, protect loved ones in the afterlife, enhance fertility, and assure prosperity. As master goldsmiths they were the first to develop the ability to cast gold, using the lost-wax technique which many jewelry manufacturers, including Rembrandt Charms, still use today.
Leading up to the industrial revolution, charms were custom-made pieces of jewelry. Only wealthy and affluent citizens had the means to afford such treasures. The machine age introduced the technology to mine precious metals and mass-produce them into affordable jewelry for the growing middle class, both in Europe and the United States.
In the mid-1800’s, Queen Victoria further popularized charm bracelets by wearing small lockets containing family portraits and locks of hair of her beloved husband, Prince Albert.
Charm bracelets reached the heights of popularity in the United States after World War II. American soldiers returned home with souvenir charms from the cities they had liberated. Jewelers soon added charms of various metals, styles, and occasions to their lines. Today, charms are as popular as ever. The first piece of fine jewelry a young child receives is typically a charm of faith, such as a cross or religious medallion. People continue to use charms and charm bracelets to tell the story of their life, whether it be a simple heart charm worn around the neck or charm bracelet filled with tiny treasures.
There are two times in a woman’s life when she traditionally receives a charm bracelet; as a young girl and for her marriage.Quite often, charm bracelets are given from mother to daughter, either as a new gift or passing it on as a family heirloom. The daughter then adds her own charms to the bracelet, including ones that represent her favorite hobbies, interests and beliefs. As the daughter matures, so does her charm bracelet, increasing not only in number of charms, but also in sentimental value.
When a woman marries she is given a charm bracelet to celebrate her future. A charm bracelet with wedding bells or a marriage certificate can later be filled with charms representing the honeymoon, anniversaries and the birth of children. This bracelet is frequently referred to as her “Lifetime” bracelet, growing over the years to one day be passed on to her daughter, continuing the tradition of charm collecting from generation to generation. "
If you know me then you also know that I am a proponent of equality. I am also unfiltered. We live in a country that often talks the talk but often fails to walk the walk. If you who are of the "America love it or leave it" mindset you may not like what I have to say. Fine! If you are of that paradigm, it's probably to you that I'm talking.
America is a family. In every family there are disagreements, divisions, and a fair share of blame to go around. Freedom and family coexist only when there is freedom to criticize a family member or a group decision as openly as you can praise them when you are in agreement or are proud of them.
Last week, we as a nation, stepped up to the plate when it came to the right of any two people to "marry". To my mind, it's a miracle when a pair of disparate people find each other, love each other, support each other, disagree with each other, and care for each other. Who they are, what their genders are (or their gender identity) is of no importance. NONE!
I have been supportive of the LGBT community and the right of any couple to love and marry for the bulk of my life. Did I mention that I believe that freedom and equality is for everyone?
Q. Within the last few days I was asked, online, whether the rainbow flag should now be the flag of equality?
I've thought heavily about it and here's my answer...
A. The rainbow flag was designed as a visual symbol of the fight for LGBT equality. Now that any couple has equal rights to marry I don't have to wave the rainbow flag quite as hard. Instead I can wave the stars and stripes. It's not that the Rainbow flag no longer has significance. I just believe that my fellow countrymen have become so "politically correct" that, in effect, we are dividing (not including) ourselves. Old glory, the U.S. flag was originally envisioned as the visual rallying point for a nation of equality.
Langston Hughes, one of America's greatest poets, eloquently wrote of the dream of America that has yet to be for many. We still have a long way to go.
"O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free." (Langston Hughes)
A battle has just been won. Take my hand, and that of another, and we'll continue the fight until equality is reality. We may all have a bit to learn along the way.
All my love...
Bill "the barefoot jeweler" Green.
Our shop will be Closed on Wednesday.
My sister (whom many of you knew or met at my store) passed away peacefully, and in her sleep last Friday the 17th. She will be very missed and this is a devastating blow to all who met her. For 67 years she spread joy, warmth, and happiness. For 53 of those years she was my Sister, my best friend, my most trusted confidant and the "best present my parents ever gave me" It will be hard to go on without her but she left me with great nieces (and their families), tight knit family (both genetically related and through close and intense friendships) and they are a great source of comfort and solace.
She is survived by her immediate family - daughter Heather Munnell ,her husband Justin Munnell and grandson Gavin, as well as daughter Tiffany Ward ,her husband Joe Ward an granddaughter Summer, brother Bill Green and nice Rebecca Green, and nephews Jackson & Joshua Green, as well as ex- husband Isaak Somershein and many other family members. Her friends (who are much more like family) are too numerous to mention and they will miss her terribly.
There will be a memorial service honoring my Sister (Annette "Sunny" Somershein) held at Platt Memorial Chapels 2001 Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Services begin at 3:00pm on Wednesday. There will be no burial. Visitation and Shiva will be observed at my home afterword. Go to www.plattmemorial.com for information.
To those of you who can and wish to attend - Welcome. To those of you who wish to, but cannot, attend. Please do not apologize - We truly understand and feel your love. Even if you can't attend the service please feel free to come by the house on Wednesday.
The service and my home are open to all those who knew cared, and loved her without need for invitation. Please bring your stories and recollections of her. If you wish you may (but it isn't necessary) bring a favorite food or desert that reminds you of her. We have plenty but we realize that food and deserts were a great joy to her and some things simply remind you of smiles and happy times shared. To those who have dietary restrictions or who keep Kosher you may have to bring something for yourself..sorry.
There will be water and paper towels for the ritual of washing your hands before entering by the front door.
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Almost Everything is on Sale. Hurry up and Save!
Now that the cold, dark, days of winter are behind us we wanted to plant a warm and fashionable idea. Just use the coupon code (aprilshowers10) when you check out and you'll receive 10% off any order from our website. Hurry this Sale ends 4/30/15.
Tax Day is right around the corner. If you’re in need of funds to help pay the IRS or could be getting a hefty refund. Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix offers a unique, and discreet, way to assist you.
Do you need money to pay your taxes?
By selling worn or unworn diamonds, jewelry and watches through Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix, we can help you raise the funds you need quickly and simply. Call or stop into the store, conveniently located at 16 Ellis St. (Kings Court), Haddonfield, NJ and speak with Bill. We’ve been buying, selling, and brokering for over 40 years.
Are you getting a tax refund?
By selling their unused, or unwanted, items, you can add to that refund so you can afford the jewelry of your dreams. When you use the value of your items as store credit instead of a check, we can offer you even more money.
We are human. We are unpretentious. We love laughter, conversation, music, and the metaphysical. We’re quirky. We love innuendo, but not ennui. We love big words.
We’re bright. We know more than just jewelry and watches. We’re worldly. We’re educated. We’re characters. We’re creative. We love technology. We're voracious readers. We’re cultured. We’re foodies. We’re down-to-earth. We can appear as misfits. We’re dedicated. We’re not corporate. We’re individuals. We’re a family (that's how we'll treat you,too!)
We are writers, artists, workers, pleasers, lovers, dog people, small business persons, smart alecs, geeks, talkers and listeners, and good neighbors.
We are people... and we want to be YOUR Jeweler.
Cheryl (my favorite conservative) stopped by the shop today to speak with me (Bill -her favorite liberal). She informed me that ,after a long absence, she would be back in the broadcast booth to resume giving us the news in her no-nonsense, well researched style.
In case you've wondered where she's been - she had some truly serious health problems this winter. With the help of some fine medical help, friends, family (especially her son), and with the tenacity that she always brings to the table...SHE'S BACK! We look forward, with ears peaked, to hear her "tell it like it truly is" on KYW news radio. (2,3,4 times or more a day).
Welcome back Cheryl! You're a tough bird and a good friend. See ya on the Radio.