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Tonia
Phoenix, Arizona
I just want to be filled with purpose.
Interests: In a nutshell, I'm passionate about living with meaning and purpose and part of that "purpose" is inspiring you to do the same because I know you are meant to do amazing things!
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Your Sacred Maker has been in retreat this winter. But . . . I'm back! And I'm so excited to tell you about a new offering. This spring—May 27 and 28 to be exact—I'm joining up with the soft love light that is Roxanne Evans Stout, author of Storytelling with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Sacred Maker
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I was compelled to pull down my copy of Ordinary Sparkling Moments from its shelf yesterday. Are you familiar with this book? I've longed considered Christine Mason Miller to be a wise soul and this book is about living an ordinary life (full of ups, downs, big moments and small)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Sacred Maker
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Last week I felt pulled to sign up for a new offering from a sweet soul and friend I'm inspired by on a regular basis these days—healer, teacher and awesome artist, Robin Hallett—called 21 Days of Manifesting. In terms of how I wish to grow in my life purpose, I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Sacred Maker
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I've been thinking lately about our current collective fondness for "Throwback Thursday" across social media platforms. About how perhaps the reason we like it, is that it gives us an excuse to share something that is still noteworthy and of value (even if only to us) even if in most... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Sacred Maker
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While creating mandala expressions and exploring the properties of the circle over the last few years, I’ve discovered when asking myself a question, that answers arising from a deep subconscious place are more easily expressed in colors and symbols than in words. Circle is so wonderful for this. A deeper... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Sacred Maker
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Lately I've been itching to make some sort of personal oracle/inner-wisdom cards, but I'm a bit uncommitted to try and create an entire tarot deck (maybe someday). I love the power of colors and I'm intrigued by aspects of numerology, but mostly I just like personal symbology (I really need... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Making things by hand is always incredibly fulfilling. When you bring a bit of collaboration into a project, a bit of extra magic happens and the results can be full of even more depth than that which was created by one. My friend, Cherie and I decided we wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Lately I've fallen a bit in love with making my own mala strands. There are so many mantras and prayers I love and I've started creating a mala for each; carefully selecting colors, beads and fibers that represent what each mantra means to me. Each time I finish one, it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Connection I find mandalas enchanting; don't you? The ones composed of symmetric designs, like a kaleidoscope, hold a bit of mystery and magic to them. I think it's because so much is contained in one sacred space—the circle. Usually, my experience with mandalas doesn't go much further than black-and-white doodles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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I'm excited to let you know I launched a new offering this weekend: It's called Your Distilled Dharma and is a short and sweet summary of what you value, what you are passionate about and what you're put on this earth to do. You can read more about it by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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If you've been feeling stressed or lonely or like your feelings are bottled up inside, you may want to bring more turquoise into your day. Turquoise (and tints thereof such as teal, robin's egg, aqua, etc.) is the color of open communication from the heart. This means it encourages empathy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Computers, robots and other forms of advanced technology now do many things that used to be done by hand. Human hands are no longer necessary for writing a letter; laying out the design for a newspaper, magazine or book; embroidering (even knitting) a garment . . . . In some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Motivation. It’s the reason we do what we do. There is a great TED talk by Dan Pink called The Puzzle of Motivation. To sum up what I took away: The drive to do something because we want to, because it’s interesting or it serves a higher purpose, far outweighs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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When the fabulous Jan Avellana asked me if I'd like to play around with her new Nod to Mod fabric line she designed for Windham Fabrics, I was thinking, duh! I love absolutely everything you dream up, so why wouldn't I?? But I think I replied with something more laid... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Mudras come from the Ayurveda tradition and are poses or gestures of the body that influence the workings of the body, mind and spirit. Some of the most common mudras are done the the hands—particularly during the practice of meditation. I am by no means an expert or wise practitioner... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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If you enjoy making jewelry, knowing how to make these handy peyote-stitched tube beads are something you're going to appreciate having in your creative toolbox. Made large enough, the tubes can become finger (or toe) rings, or you make them tiny (6mm or so in diameter) beaded beads with several... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. —Carl Jung Through our fingertips, we "see" with our hands; and moving our hands about in various expressions, we "speak" with our hands. As I mentioned in my last post, I find so many things... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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The hand is an instrument of instruments. —Aristotle We live our lives through our hands and they are one of the most complicated parts of our anatomy. Look at your hands each morning and thank them for the huge role they will play in allowing you to express yourself, enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Whether you’d like to call them mala beads, prayer beads, meditation beads or rosary beads, the traditional purpose of these beads is one of counting. This can mean counting prayers, mantras or affirmations and the number of repetitions is usually significant and based on a sacred number. I’m not committed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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I discovered the gift Leah Lamb has for story telling almost a year ago when I gifted myself one of her Medicine Stories (she now calls them Soul Stories) using money earned from my first coaching client. (I had been pining for one for months—ever since I first ran across... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Sacred Maker
Laurel, I think many people can feel repelled by orange because on a subconscious level it can feel intimidating since it invites nonconformity and encourages courage. But once people act "bravely" and embrace orange they learn about the fun they were missing! I'm glad it makes you feel good, too and that it gets a role in your color palette. The world needs more Orange! :-) Cheryl Ann, I LOVE the citrus-mint combo! What a refreshing perk that smell is. Nice to meet you, too.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2015 on Celebrating Orange at Sacred Maker
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Last week I celebrated my forty-sixth birthday and was compelled to invite the color orange to the party. Why orange? Because it represented so many things I wanted either acknowledge about where I am at this stage in my life or aspects I wanted to bring into my celebratory day.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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Entering into a new year always inspires me to begin a new process of daily documentation—the daily selfie, journal entries (much as I want to be, I'm not a journaler), a picture a day . . . but the only time I've been successful in keeping up the momentum for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Sacred Maker
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I live in the desert because I have a strong dislike of excessive precipitation, be it rain, fog, snow or mugginess. It’s raining here this morning and while I don’t enjoy the rain, I have a deep appreciation for it. There’s the obvious reason: It’s a desert and we need... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Sacred Maker