Guest Post: The Art of Unlocking Your Imagination

How to Unlock Your Imagination

By Lindsay Mack

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Have you ever wanted desperately to make a change in your life, but felt a little fearful and completely unsure of what direction to go in?

On the other side, have you ever experienced a time where you felt so clear and grounded that you were able to make a huge decision really easily and with no fear?

These situations are both ruled by our minds. But one is a result of a fear based imagination scenario, and one is the result of a totally unlocked and free imagination. Guess which one is which?

An unlocked imagination is the compass that always points us toward our true path. True imagination is where our wildest dreams for ourselves and our lives are born. It is the springboard from which we manifest all that we want to attain. And the mother of imagination?

Clarity.

Clarity is the key to living the life of our dreams.

Getting clear on who you are, where you are going, how you are going to get there, and why you want to get there is tantamount to allowing our dreams and imagination to take flight. Why is it so important?

A lack of clarity is a breeding ground for fear. Being unsure or assuming is what creates confusion, overwhelm, and even hatred. Its essential for the health of your mind, and psyche that you not allow anything you are not sure of to cause you stress and worry. Its simply not worth it.

The antidote is research — either with ourselves and our desires or with what we are looking to manifest or call in. Research will yield more clarity, and will allow us to respond from a more secure, wise place. Our imaginations will feel free to play in sweeter scenarios, leaving us unencumbered by frightening thoughts of “what could be”.

If we are deeply aligned and clear about what we want, our imagination will unfold and unlock in a helpful and positive way, opening our lives up to a wellspring of power and manifestation.

And finally, the two wings of imagination are most definitely potential and intuition, the two concepts we went over in the last two articles. Potential and healthy intuition cannot be separated from the quest toward imagination or clarity — when those are strong, our dreams will take flight, and begin to manifest in our lives.

How can we bring more clarity into our lives and unlock our imagination?

1. Ask for it.
The most important thing we can do to bring clarity to our lives, and so often the thing we totally forget about. However it feels right: in prayer, a whisper, a request, a shout, to you or any Holy figure, all you have to do is ask.

2. Do something creative every day.
Buy a coloring book and crayons, paint a picture, sing, dance around your living room, write. Whatever moves you.

3. Research.
Make your dreams your independent study. Do you want to move across country? Do you want to get out of debt? Forgive your parents? Askfor a raise at your dream job? All require different kinds of research and clarity.

4. Write in a manifestation journal
Once you know what you want, start calling it in. Its another way of asking for it. Let your imagination run wild!

935263_136546573203351_1941162481_nLindsay Mack is a certified holistic health coach, and co-founder of Sophrosune Wellness. She is a graduate of Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s health coaching program, and joyfully resides in Brooklyn, NY. To find out more about Lindsay and how she coaches, visit http://sophrosunewellness.com/about-lindsay/. If you would like to begin your own transformational wellness journey with Lindsay & Diana, email contact@sophrosunewellness.com.

Bonjour! Satya goes to Paris

Valiance, our Wholesale Director, flew to Paris to share the latest Satya Jewelry collection at Premiere Classe. She was sure to keep her iPhone handy for her short, yet sweet Parisian adventure, giving us a visual diary of the highlights of her trip. You’ll be able to get a first view of Satya’s new look, including our streamlined logo and latest campaign images. When’s the next flight?

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Your first glance at our new look and fall photo shoot.

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The dome of the Galeries de Lafayette

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Traditional French dinner at La Pomponnette, one of the oldest restaurants in Monmarte, built in 1909.

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A kitschy but delicious pear tarragon mojito (yes, it is smoking) at La Famille bar in Monmarte.

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Heavenly filet of turbot with onions, raspberries, cranberries and grilled butter lettuce at Le Chateaubriand, rated one of the top 20 restaurants in the world.

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The exterior of the Hotel Plaza Athenee, one of the chicest hotels in all of Paris.

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Colorful signs promoting the show, which is one of the most fun and innovative we’ve seen.

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Show catalogs highlighting the theme of “Modern Mexican” at Premiere Classe.

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A quick pit-stop at the Repetto boutique, home to our favorite ballet flats.

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The line for champagne at noon on the last day of the show. When in Paris, right?

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Guest Post: The Art of Unlocking Your Intuition Part II

Unlocking Your Intuition

By Lindsay Mack

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As a coach, I work on dissecting a lot of fear based issues with my clients.

In doing this deep work around fear, one question inevitably comes up, which is how I know we are on the right track:

“This feels right, but I’m so scared. How do I know if this is my instinct? What if I’m just wrong? How do I tell the difference between a gut feeling, and fear?”

Bingo.

We have all been in that place in our lives, or asked that question at one time or another. The good news is that this very powerful question usually comes right before an amazing breakthrough or realization.

Distinguishing between your gut, and your fear is an essential continuation of allowing your potential to shine through. We ground down by getting clear about our potential and what we desire, then we fly free by unlocking our intuition by clarifying it from our fear, or self sabotage.

If we are living from a place of fear where we are disconnected from our bodies, we are easily thrown off our path. We do things we regret, we pull away from people, we live small.

Fear wants us to drop out of the race and peace out before things get too heavy.

When we live from a place of deep and clear connection with our instinct, we abide by that small voice that tells us to keep going. Things become possible, open, connected. Once we know that we are just afraid, it frees us to push through any fear we feel, ultimately working toward what we truly love, desire, and seek without being stopped.

The trick with instinct is that, at first, it sometimes feels wrong. That’s the biggest hurdle to overcome. Our instincts want to keep us stretching, growing. They are the wellspring of our wildest wants and desires. Our brains (fear) tend to want to keep us small, safe and where we are. Bypassing the fear to get to your instinct feels uncomfortable and unnatural at times, and that’s EXACTLY how you know that you are on the right path. Uncomfortable means growth is happening. And growth is messy, but beautiful.

So, how do we make this very important distinction?

Listen to your body, and quiet the mind.

How do we begin to effectively listen to our bodies, and tune out the chatter in our minds?

1) Take a “Sacred Pause”. When you’re feeling emotional overload, just stop. Pause for 30-60 seconds. Just be. Take a deep breath, and hang out in your body for a second. When we do this, it becomes easier and easier to see that we are not our thoughts, which are very often fear based. That larger sense of us is where our instinct stems from, and we get clear about it in that quiet space.

2) Breathe. A brilliant coach and mentor of mine once told me that fear is just excitement without breath. When we remember to breathe, deeply, calmly, we send a message to our brains and bodies that we’re okay. Instinct really flows from a place of quiet and calm.

3) When emotional, get objective. If you are panicking, angry, or deeply upset about any issue, just notice it without trying to change it. “Wow, okay, I notice that my body is freaking out, I notice that I’m really all over the place.” It immediately detaches you from the fear and leaves you open to hear your true impulses.

4) Thank your fear, then tell it to get out of your way.  If fear and your brain are really overtaking you on an issue, the above mantra really helps. Thank your brain for trying to protect you, to keep you safe, and then tell it that you are going to proceed anyway. I love you brain, but get out of the way.

5) Nourish yourself! This is one of the most important keys to accessing your intuition effectively – eat! It is infinitely more difficult to think clearly when your blood sugar is low, or your body is going into panic mode because it’s starving.! Stay hydrated and nourished with fresh vegetables, fruit, and whole grains, and you create a clear channel in which to connect with your intuition.

Listening to our bodies unlocks our intuition. It quiets the mind, and deepens the connection with our instincts. If you nurture a daily practice of tuning in with your body, your entire life will change for the better!

935263_136546573203351_1941162481_nLindsay Mack is a certified holistic health coach, and co-founder of Sophrosune Wellness. She is a graduate of Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s health coaching program, and joyfully resides in Brooklyn, NY. To find out more about Lindsay and how she coaches, visit http://sophrosunewellness.com/about-lindsay/. If you would like to begin your own transformational wellness journey with Lindsay & Diana, email contact@sophrosunewellness.com.

How to Wear The Serpent Collection

 

 

 

 

 

The snake-inspired jewelry in our Serpent Collection instantly calls to mind exotic locations like lush rainforests and arid deserts. Perhaps it’s knowing we’ll be getting in some beach time during the upcoming long holiday weekend, but we were particularly inspired by the sandy landscapes of exotic deserts. The sandy golden hues accented with reds, browns and rusty oranges are intensely warm and rich. We’ve put together a mood board that exemplifies this feeling – mysterious, alluring and sensual. Get inspired, and then browse The Serpent Collection to find ways to get the look through your accessories this summer!

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Jewelry for a Cause: Satya for ZeeBerry and SurfRider

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Satya Jewelry has partnered with online retailer, ZeeBerry, to design an exclusive limited edition bracelet benefiting the SurfRider Foundation. The beach-ready style features an earthy mix of brown and turquoise, with an exclusive wave charm. Tracy Bech, co-founder of ZeeBerry, said that partnering with Satya and SurfRider was a no-brainer. The e-tailer has a history of supporting environmentally-conscious organizations, and giving back is a major part of the Satya DNA.

ZeeBerry began charity partnerships with their designers in late 2012, each time choosing an organization with a focus on protecting our waters. The business was founded in Hood River Oregon, where several rivers, including the Columbia River, meet. “The Columbia is where we recreate,” said Bech. “We windsurf, kite board, swim and kayak there.” She believes that the theme of taking care of the earth is easily expressed in jewelry, which led to the partnership between Satya and SurfRider, which has been protecting oceans, waves and beaches since 1984.

Just as Satya fans have long come to us for jewelry for a cause, ZeeBerry customers have taken to supporting these causes, as well. “They make great gifts because they educate and have a strong meaning,” explained Bech. Plus, each piece can spark a conversation and spread awareness in a very natural way.

You can purchase the piece here and 20% of the retail price will be donated to SurfRider Foundation.