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Which Color Pallette Makes You Think of Your Favorite Calm Place?

For me,  I am recharged by water, in any form really. Kayaking on the river, time at the beach or even the bath!  My second favorite is green for a walk in the woods or spending time in the garden.  What is your favorite place? Or what color would remind you to take time to be calm? Maybe you need a reminder for an intention. Mindful Glass specializes in handmade glass pieces that can be used to set intentions and practice mindfulness throughout the day. They are made by melting soda-lime glass on a metal rod over an open flame. The molten glass flows and can be shaped by hand movements and tools. Each piece of Mindful Glass is unique. Different color palettes can be selected for different intentions. Like prayer beads, talismans, and other mindfulness tools, Mindful Glass can be held to focus on the present moment, remember a loved one, transition to healthy habits, or support an environmentally responsible practice. The goal is to support personal growth and wellbeing and help create a better world. Mindful Glass donates to Beads of Courage, a nonprofit that serves children living with serious illness. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

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Forced Mindfulness Training.

Life Challenges In the past  I thought my main  life challenges  were always about relationships and being a public school art teacher.  This past year I retired, planned a house, built it,  substitute taught high school art for six weeks, then moved a 100 miles south from where I raised my kids. It felt right but it was a bit much for one year. My revised big shift  was smashing my radius, a bone in my left wrist. After three weeks I then had surgery because it was not in proper position. What a mind shift to not be able to even touch the fingers on that hand to steady anything at all.  My art was always two hands, things like metals, clay,  sewing, gardening, knitting and of course glass. The surgery extends the recovery time and I have been thinking of this time as mindfulness training. I have been reading about meditation and trying to meditate. My daughter says that is what it is about, trying. So I do that. Lampworking My medium  is melting glass, known as lampworking. A two handed activity with a propane and oxygen torch. I also design and wire the beads.  Previously I did art shows and had a lampwork teaching studio and gallery. Now I am working on making  meditation tokens  or reminders to keep your mindful intentions front of mind. The larger lentil shaped glass can be held as you contemplate  and the smaller ones could be clipped to a bag or a water bottle as reminders of your intention. Starting Over Since the move I am taking classes from Renae Christine  to learn about marketing for a product based online business.  There are many YouTube videos by Art By Starla Moore  and many others.  Now that I am on hold with melting glass, I …

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