Summer, in a blink, it seems, has washed away with the tide, and the crisp feel of autumn is once again carried in on a salty ocean breeze. Beach bonfires are crackling and the sky is side lit. The beach, just a moment ago, bustling with visitors and brightly colored canopies for miles, is now muted and softly diffused. Quiet really does have an echo. We gently embrace this new season, and like the lotus flower, we begin anew, stronger and empowered, and with a feeling of childlike anticipation.
At the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains lies a spiritual retreat, Land of Medicine Buddha. Tranquil and serene, it is surrounded by enormous redwood tree energy, and is truly a sanctuary and healing place. I come here when the chaos of the ordinary world becomes way too much for me, which sometimes, is much of the time. Too many people, too much traffic, too much noise, too many choices. Of everything. It is where I come to seek solitude and inspiration for my spiritual designs. Often, we are not able to literally go "on retreat" when the responsibilities of everyday life can make us feel so tied down, yet the need to retreat from every day life at times is so very necessary. There is a retreat, though, deep within each one of us that we can access through the simple practice of silence and meditation. A beautiful world of quiet and non thought. Sometimes it is easy to follow the path to this place, and sometimes we slip up and step backward on our journey. Sometimes we just need a little help with guidance along the way, in the form of a caring friend's empathy and compassion, a loving animal trotting joyfully by our side, or a special treasure in our hand to hold tight to when we need to remember what this world is really all about. Since the beginning of time, we as humans, have looked to connect with a higher source and transport to us "that place." The handmade jewelry pieces I create are meant to help us on our path.
Wire work Up-cycled Glass Beads and Thai amulet.