by Ashley Lodato
Summer's here, you're hustling from place to place, trying to do it all, see it all, be it all and then every once in a while you realize you've been so busy you've been living in the future, not the present. So you stop for a minute, breathe, and remind yourself to be fully present in the here and now. This is your Zen moment.
Zen Buddhism and its very essence defy succinct description. Zen Buddhism is a practice that must be experienced to be understood, not a concept that can be intellectualized or understood in conventional ways. Some say that we cannot intellectually grasp Zen due to the limitations of human intelligence and wisdom; others refer to Zen as a spiritual awakening.
Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang Dynasty, during the 7th and 8th centuries A.D. Meditation is central to Zen philosophy, and indeed, the very name Zen is a derivation of the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which means "absorption" or "meditative state." Indeed, one evolution of Zen Buddhism is the more general practice of calm attentiveness and introspection guided by intuition instead of directed effort--a total focus that emphasizes the unity of mind and body.
We at Bronwen Jewelry don't profess to be Zen masters, but we fully embrace the tranquility and focus behind Zen philosophy. And although we've designed our jewelry to withstand the rigors of gals on the go, we also honor these same women's needs to slow the pace, examine the self, and seek a calming mindset. So if you're looking for Zen-inspired jewelry to complement your practice or remind you to observe life more fully, our Zen style can be found in any number of our pieces of outdoor and artisan handcrafted jewelry.
The seven chakras are the centers in our bodies in which energy flows through. Each of the seven centers possesses its own color and vibrational frequency; these chakras govern various emotional issues, from our survival instincts and self-esteem to our ability to communicate and experience love. Our beautiful chakra collection is made of sterling silver (Fair Trade cast in Thailand), double-sided with one side etched with the chakra symbol and the other side with the corresponding chakra in Sanskrit.
Our sterling silver Possibilities pendant depicts a lotus rising from the mud to become more powerful and beautiful. On you, it will be a reminder of your own strength and potential, and of life's infinite possibilities.
Living in abundance is a mindset that involves viewing life through a lens of optimism and gratitude. The five principles of abundance in Zen let us live our lives more fully, with hands and hearts open. Our beautiful sterling silver Abundance pendant is all palms open ready to accept and receive.
Our Solstice Anklet honors the Earth's path around the sun and the way the sun seems to hang weightless in the sky at the zenith during the summer and winter solstices. These appearances of the pause in orbit remind us to pause, breathe, and surrender to life's beautiful journey.
The Hamsa hand symbolizes the interconnection of the chakras, the body's energy flow, and the five senses. It has also been thought to ward off "the evil eye." The jury is still out on whether our sweet Tiny Charm Hamsa Hand can ward off the evil eye, but it will certainly attract some glances of envy! Sleek and lightweight, yet deceptively durable, this little necklace--like all of our Tiny Charm Necklaces--is so easy to wear you'll find you leave it on for weeks at a time.
Once you're on a roll with Tiny Charm jewelry, it's hard to stop! An excellent mantra for Zen meditation, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti combines the Sanskrit words "om," which is a cosmic vibration, and "shanti," the word for peace, calm, or bliss. And after putting on your Om Shanti Tiny Charm necklace, you'll be pretty blissed out. Wear this delicate pendant to symbolize your hope for individual, collective, and universal peace.
A mala is a strand of beads used in meditation, so we incorporated the most beautiful and unique handmade Tibetan beads in a precise 108 mala count punctuated by a patina Buddha pendant. Small batch handmade beads ensure that your Mala Necklace is unique and thoughtfully constructed, like the rest of Bronwen's handcrafted artisan jewelry.
Something about our Sunburst Necklace just puts you in the frame of mind for a restorative meditation or yoga practice. A perfect combination of sophistication and practicality, this detailed pendant necklace is beautiful and interesting in shape. Not only does it hold up to vigorous flow yoga, but it's happy to get wet in the river, ocean, or shower as well.
If there's anything you want to be while meditating, it's comfortable. Our Ribbon Wrap Bracelets are made of sumptuously soft silk hand-dyed in the USA and are our signature best seller for good reason! We should warn you, however; deciding which one to buy is the tricky part. We even sell Kids Ribbon Wrap Bracelets, for that special child in your life!
The concept of infinity is something without bounds and our Infinity Necklace knows no bounds when it comes to dressing you up or down. This lightweight pendant necklace is elegant and interesting in shape and is a perfect combination of sophistication and practicality. Infinite possibilities for accessorizing with this beauty; it goes equally well with hiking attire, beach wear, or a little black dress.
Ah, balance--the thing we're all seeking. You might not have it in your life, but at least you can have it around your neck, giving you hope for calmer days ahead. Like the Infinity Necklace, the Balance Necklace transitions seamlessly from the hills to the hot spots, giving you flair with your activewear or perfectly complementing your strappy sundress.
Every piece of Bronwen Jewelry is protected by our signature lifetime repair/replace warranty; always has been, always will be. And all of our outdoor and artisan jewelry is handcrafted right in our Bend, OR, studio under Fair Trade practices. Knowing we offer this level of quality gives us a feeling of tranquility--you might say it's our Zen business model.
So play hard this summer. Weed your garden; get dirt under your fingernails. Get waterlogged and bruised; scrape your knees. Stay up too late, watch the meteor showers, savor the sunrise. But cherish the pauses in the pandemonium, breathe deeply, and be present in the time and space you occupy. At Bronwen Jewelry, we're here for your Zen moments.