i believe that part of being a human comes with the responsibility of evolving and growing mindfully. it’s very easy to get caught up in the growth of technology, fashion and agricultural trends and not take a look at how they affect the environment or the entire animal species.
everything we involve ourselves in has a story, every action and each purchase has a personal responsibility interlaced with it.
this is why i’ve chosen to do my best each day to create and live with awareness and share my learnings with others.
here are some things i’ve learned throughout my own journey:
the jewelry industry
the metal mining and gemstone industries have major negative environmental and ethical impacts. much of this mining is done in countries that do not have strict (if any) laws protecting the land, the miners or those living in close proximity to the mines. as a direct result land, water and air is polluted, forests are torn down, communities are destroyed, humans are mistreated, water is wasted, wars are created, child labor is forced and the list goes on.
the majority of jewelry available today is created using gemstones and metals from untraceable sources and most of the available sources are negatively impacting the environment and its inhabitants.
my mission is to bring this awareness to the forefront and to use my artistic gifts to create fine jewelry mindfully through ritual, upcycled metals and self-mined gemstones.
after spending most of my teenage and early adult years on antibiotics for recurring sinus infections, bronchitis and pleurisy i realized i was only temporarily fixing the symptoms and decided there had to be a more proactive and lasting solution that western medicine wasn’t offering me.
this led me to researching natural remedies. i applied many of them to my life and experienced longterm and sometimes immediate results from taking herbs and foods i found in my own kitchen. this lit my desire to continue learning natural approaches to healing the body’s physical and emotional imbalances.
through the years following, i attended school for ayurveda and western herbalism philosophies and treatments. ayurveda is a complete system for healing the body and returning it to it’s original and maintained healthy state. it incorporates a whole body approach (mind/body/spirit). ayurveda believes we can not treat an individual solely based on their symptoms, we need to understand the root of it’s cause or else the ailment will continue to reappear.
while western medicine is incredible and necessary for emergencies it has also caused us to question our own capabilities at managing our own health. we can not put a bandaid on a deep emotion, we can not ingest a pill for our eating habits, we can not do these things and expect to feel whole.
by combining emotional awareness with herbs, foods and lifestyle changes that are beneficial for our specific body/mind (dosha) type we can see incredible life altering changes.
i hope to bring public mindfulness and awareness to how we move about our lives - not just our thinking state, but our emotions and what we place in our bodies, which are so precious.
our bodies are our vehicles in this lifetime, we must lovingly fill them with the proper fuel and care if we expect our journey to run smoothly.