Story by Jeanette Wages
Featuring Ten Thousand Villages - Alexandria
Positive vibes only. We read these shirts and signs everywhere we go, but what exactly does that mean? When we think, we activate cells in our brain which send off vibrations -- positive thoughts and actions vibrate at a higher frequency than negative. Many believe that meditation and actively choosing to think positively can change your vibrations and the energy you put out and receive in the world. Another fantastic way to raise your vibrations is with Tibetan singing bowls.
Scientific analyses of electromagnetic brainwaves have confirmed the existence of several types of waves created by the brain during different states of consciousness. During our everyday brain activity, Beta waves are most commonly produced. Alpha waves are present in states of meditation and periods of calm. As we drift to sleep, our brain produces Theta waves, whereas delta waves are present only during deep sleep. When the waves produced by singing bowls were recorded, scientists discovered wave patterns which were the same as the alpha waves produced by our brain. These waves give a feeling of deep relaxation which is why Tibetan singing bowls are often used in meditation.
Tibetan Singing Bowls can have mental, emotional, physical and spiritual effects, including released tension, better concentration and productivity, opening of the chakras to love and pain relief. When you’re ready to explore some good vibrations, head over to Ten Thousand Villages and check out their variety of singing bowls made by artisans across the world.
Pictured (left, top) is a bronze mantra singing bowl, inscribed with Tibetan symbols of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Though these are considered Tibetan singing bowls, metalwork is a traditional skill in Nepal where these bowls were created. Family workshops who are working with their fair trade partner Mahaguthi are able to earn sustainable income through sharing the skills in new markets for fair prices. When you’re ready to explore some good vibrations, head over to Ten Thousand Villages and check out their variety of singing bowls made by artisans across the world.
Employing a majority of female artisans from over ten thousand villages, Ten Thousand Villages began as a company that would put people and the planet first. The store carefully ensures that their makers earn a fair and livable wage in safe working conditions, while creating wares that come from recyclable, renewable materials in their environment.
With such an incredible local business making such an impactful change, it’s hard not to want in! The holidays are coming up and it’s important not to forget the magical opportunities available in our community. Offering volunteer opportunities and a bustling boutique full of beautiful products, stories and energy, the only thing missing is you.
Visit Ten Thousand Villages at 915 King Street, Old Town Alexandria on Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. They are also currently offering curbside pick-up. To make your purchase by phone, please call (703) 684-1435.