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30 Things To Do on Leap Day 2020

Every four years, leap year gives us the gift of an extra day on February 29. While the exact science is beyond my scope, it is my basic understanding that this happens because it takes Earth just over 365 days to rotate around the sun. Our ancestors developed a calendar with an extra day every four years to best keep in line with our home planet’s rotations. 

This Leap Day, we're seizing the opportunity to have more FUN, and we've compiled a list of 30 things to do. Which one is your favorite?

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How Many Beads are in a Mala?

The word "mala" comes from the Sanskrit word which means "garland." Malas originated in the Tibetan Buddhist communities of the Himalayas, but their influence and usage spread to other countries and religions. Malas are still an essential part of the Buddhist monks' wardrobe today, and they are commonly worn around their wrists.

They are not only works of art but they also have spiritual significance, and each is unique in its design with a highly individual meaning for the wearer.

In this blog post we explore the number of beads on a mala, and the significance of the number 108.

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How to Wear Mala Beads

Mala Beads have been used in Buddhist and Hindu prayer ceremonies and meditation for centuries. These are typically used to aid in counting the number of repetitions of mantras or phrases. There are typically 108 in a string, and there is usually a decorative tassel on the end of the strand, sometimes adorned further with embellishments or amulets. 

Read on to learn more about the construction, symbolism, and uses of mala beads.

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Tucson Gem Show Shopping Tips

Have you heard of that mysterious and alluring gathering in Tucson where the rock hounds, crystal-lovers, and metaphysical community convene? From mid-January through about the end of February, The Tucson Gem Show takes over the the city of Tucson, as it turns into a treasure trove for beads, gemstones, crystals, jewelry making supplies, global antiques, and magical oddities. There is truly an energetic, metaphysical pulse to be felt in Tucson during this inspiring time. It's by far my favorite month of the year. 

Are you thinking of going to Tucson? It's a blast, but it's overwhelming for sure, and it definitely helps to have some insider tips. 

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Our Top 9 Ways to Stay Creative

January is dubbed “International Creativity Month”, did you know that? 

If you’re reading this, you probably already know creativity is basically our love language here in the land of colorful beads & tassels. Creativity takes the essence of life’s magic and transforms it into something more tangible to share with the world. 

It makes sense that January is the month of creativity. A new year brings with it a blank canvas, but that blank canvas can be intimidating too. We like to keep our other energy channels open, and our lives as balanced as possible, to not stymie that sometimes elusive creativity. 

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