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The Eight Auspicious Symbols

The Eight Auspicious Symbols

We offer some beautiful tingshas on our web site, and one of the designs involves the eight auspicious symbols used in Buddhism. If you're unfamiliar with these symbols we wanted to write a little more about them for you to enjoy.

The tingsha are two small cymbals that are used by Buddhists during offerings, prayer and meditation. They can depict an array of symbols and carvings, usually dragons, the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum", the eight auspicious symbols or just plain with no decoration. We wanted to write about what the eight auspicious symbols mean so it can give our customers a more in depth meaning to their meditation practice. We hope you enjoy this article - if you have any further queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Our delightful tingsha can be found on this page - blessings and love, the Serenity Gifts Team xx

 

The Eight Auspicious Symbols 

 

Right-coiled White Conch

Right-coiled White Conch
The white conch which coils to the right symbolises the deep, far-reaching and melodious sound of the Dharma teachings, which being appropriate to different natures, predispositions and aspirations of disciples, awakens them from the deep slumber of ignorance and urges them to accomplish their own and others' welfare.

Precious Umbrella

Precious Umbrella
The precious umbrella symbolises the wholesome activity of preserving beings from illness, harmful forces, obstacles and so forth in this life and all kinds of temporary and enduring sufferings of the three lower realms, and the realms of men and gods in future lives. It also represents the enjoyment of a feast of benefit under its cool shade.

Victory Banner

Victory Banner
The victory banner symbolises the victory of the activities of one's own and others body, speech and mind over obstacles and negativitities. It also stands for the complete victory of the Buddhist Doctrine over all harmful and pernicious forces.

Golden Fish

Golden Fish
The golden fish symbolises the auspiciousness of all living beings in a state of fearlessness, without danger of drowning in the ocean of sufferings, and migrating from place to place freely and spontaneously, just as fish swim freely without fear through water.

Dharma Wheel

Dharma Wheel
The golden wheel symbolises the auspiciousness of the turning of the precious wheel of Buddha's doctrine, both in its teachings and realizations, in all realms and at all times, enabling beings to experience the joy of wholesome deeds and liberation.

Auspicious Drawing

Auspicious Drawing
The auspicious drawing symbolises the mutual dependence of religious doctrine and secular affairs. Similarly, it represents the union of wisdom and method, the inseparability of emptiness and dependent arising at the time of path, and finally, at the time of enlightenment, the complete union of wisdom and great compassion.

Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower
The lotus flower symbolises the complete purification of the defilements of the body, speech and mind, and the full blossoming of wholesome deeds in blissful liberation.

Vase of Treasure

Vase of Treasure
The treasure vase symbolises an endless rain of long life, wealth and prosperity and all the benefits of this world and liberation.

 

 

More information is available from www.buddhanet.net - for further reading on Buddhism please visit their web site.

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Chakra Mantra Banners

Chakra Mantra Banners

Chakra Wall Hanging Scroll BannerOur Chakra wall hanging banners are really popular at Serenity Gifts! They're a great focal point in your room and also a great meditation scroll for your daily practices. The Chakra wall banners are silky-soft and printed on sheer free flowing knit polyester. The chakra's are displayed in full vivid colour which makes it look like silk. The banners are durable and long-lasting, they're also great for indoor or outdoor use. They come complete with a decorative wooden pole at the top and bottom, and a string for easy hanging. We also offer tapestry wall hangings that display the full body chakras, a great focal point for any room!

We have don't only have Chakra wall banners, but Buddha banners, affirmation wall hangings, scroll mandala meditation banners, chakra wall scrolls, mantra meditation wall banners and Om (Ohm) banners too! Have a browse through and see if you fancy something new for your meditation space, your wall deserves it :-)

Click here to view our Wall Mantra Banners and Affirmation Wall Hangingshttp://www.serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/affirmation-wall-banner-hanging

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Olive Wood Holding Crosses

Olive Wood Holding Cross UK

 

At Serenity Gifts we love handmade olive wood items as they make such beautiful and unique gifts for yourself or a loved one. We have a lovely selection of olive wood holding crosses from the Holy Land.  Each holding cross has been individually hand-crafted in the Holy Land using the finest olive wood. Each cross comes with a printed greeting card with a Bible promise of encouragement and a selection of Bible references. It's been uniquely designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand, and is especially useful as an aid to meditation and silent prayer. Our olive wood holding crosses come in two sizes, the largest at 4″ and the smallest at 2.75″.

We hope you enjoy browsing our olive wood holding crosses, I’m sure you’ll find something special for yourself, your family, friends, church, school or home.

To view our holding crosses please click the link below, until next time, wishing you many blessings, the Serenity Gifts Team 

http://www.serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/holding-crosses

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Footprints Verse

Footprints Verse

Footprints Verse GiftThe Footprints Verse is a very well known poem. At Serenity Gifts, it's one of our most favourite verses. If you're unfamiliar with the lovely poem in its entirety, then please feel free to read the passage below....   

"One night i dreamed a dream. as i was walking along the beach with my lord. across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. for each scene, i noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my lord. after the last scene of my life flashed before me, i looked back at the footprints in the sand. i noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints. this really troubled me, so i asked the lord about it. "lord, you said once i decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. but i noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. i don't understand why, when i needed you the most, you would leave me."he whispered, "my precious child, i love you and will never leave you.never, ever, during your trials and testings. when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that i carried you."

Most Footprints Verse Gifts on our web site contain a few lines of the poem; "My precious child I love you, during your times of trial it is then that I carried you". It's a beautiful verse and many of our customers enjoy keeping a token item around their home featuring this poem. If you would like to buy a footprints verse gift for yourself or a loved one, then we do have a few items for you to choose from.Footprints Verse Token  Among our collection we have a beautiful bone china mug with the Footprints prayer ‘My precious child, I love you and will never leave you. never, ever, during your trials and testings when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.’ printed on the reverse and full colour image on the front. Our Footprints Prayer pocket token is a wonderful way to keep the prayer verse close to you and remind you of God's comfort and love for you.

Why not take a look at our range of Footprints Prayer gifts, we are sure you will be able to find the perfect footprints prayer gift for your loved one or friend. We also have footprints bookmarks, footprints prayer fridge magnets, footprints prayer key rings, footprints prayer lapel pins and more.

The Footprints Prayer is perfect for adults and children alike, to give them the hope and comfort and courage to always believe in God.

To view our Footprints Prayer Gifts please click on the link below - until next time, take care and God bless, the Serenity Gifts Team

**SHOP FOR FOOTPRINTS VERSE GIFTS, click below...

http://www.serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/footprints-verse

 

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Chakra Gifts Balance Your Body

Chakra Gifts Balance Your Body

We have a lovely collection of chakra gifts at Serenity Gifts. Sometimes your 7 chakras can be out of alignment and can cause ill effects within the body. A perfect way to help realign the chakras of your body is by using or wearing chakra items, that can help specific chakras to become healed again. Bringing you back to health and happiness. We have written an article below, all about how to heal the chakras and how to balance your body, to become harmonious once again. We hope you find it an enjoyable read! 

 

In the meantime, we have available some chakra earrings, chakra bracelets, chakra bags, chakra candles, chakra soaps, chakra greeting cards, chakra meditation cushions and chakra incense to help realign and balance the body. Please click on the following link to view our collection of chakra giftshttp://www.serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/chakra-collection

 

Chakra Article - How To Balance The Body

 

 

Do you sometimes feel like something's not quite right? Maybe your chakra alignment is a little off center. Chakra imbalances can present themselves in a myriad of ways. Let's shine some light on the most common signs of trouble when your chakra energy centers are not aligned - 

 

First Chakra Imbalance (Root Chakra)

Symptoms: You don't feel safe, mistrust in the process of life and of others, disconnection with the earth and nature, worried about basic needs, instability, pain in your lower back, elimination problems, ailments in legs or feet.

Solution: The best thing to do to strengthen the root chakra (first chakra) is to go outside. Enjoy a gentle stroll or a peaceful walk, plant something, weed or work in the garden, stand on the grass in bare feet, sit on the ground, stand near a large tree, visit the ocean, go inside a forest. Just reconnect with the earth, you'll be amazed at how beneficial and healing it can be. Find what works best for you and stay with it for a week or so, things will certainly improve for you.

 

Second Chakra Imbalance (Sacral Chakra)

Symptoms: Lack of creativity, trouble expressing desire or sensuality, anger or jealousy, trouble enjoying yourself or experiencing pleasure easily, fertility or sexual problems, kidney or bladder issues.

Solution: Try to find ways to connect with your inner creativity. Choose an activity that you feel you can be creative doing. For instance - listening to or performing music, dancing, singing, drawing or art, sewing, knitting, cooking, building something, writing, doing something creative doesn't necessarily mean you have to be good at it - just have a go and enjoy yourself. Grabbing some crayons and colouring in a book, even if you're not a young child can still be fun! Think of different ways to help release your natural talent for being creative, find what works best for you and stay with it for a week or so, things will certainly improve for you.

 

Third Chakra Imbalance (Solar Plexus Chakra)

Symptoms: Lack of self confidence or decision making, no sense of purpose, depression, aggression or arrogance, slow metabolism, weight gain, poor digestion.

Solution: This chakra is mobilized by laughter, so to help realign this chakra, the best thing to do is laugh! Even forcing a laugh out can help, give it a go! Maybe watch some funny movies, think of situations that have made you laugh out loud, think of different ways to help release your natural happy laugh into the world, find what works best for you and stay with it for a week or so, things will certainly improve for you.

 

Fourth Chakra Imbalance (Heart Chakra)

Symptoms: Lack of compassion for self or others, feeling like there is not enough love in your life, selfishness or intolerance, heart, circulatory or skin problems.

Solution: Love. This is the greatest of all emotions and it's something that truly heals. The best thing to do when you're feeling a bit low is to love yourself. Treat your body, mind and spirit a little kinder by resting more, eating healthier and exercising. This will radiate outward into your relationships. The more you love yourself, the more lovable you are.

 

Fifth Chakra Imbalance (Throat Chakra)

Symptoms: Trouble expressing or communicating, weak voice, lying (even white ones are no good), talking too much (not listening), sore throat, neck or shoulders. Ear trouble or thyroid imbalance.

Solution: Be clear about what you need or want, speak your truth. Speak with integrity and kindness, do not worry about what others think. If your thoughts and speech are kind and pure you have nothing to fear. Singing (good or tone deaf doesn't matter) this will help to keep the throat chakra healthy.

 

Sixth Chakra Imbalance (Third Eye Chakra)

Symptoms: Not trusting your intuition, feeling that imagination is unimportant, lack of knowledge of self, fear of success, headaches, sinus trouble, hearing problems, sleep disorders, weak concentration, overly sensitive to others emotions

Solution: Try to trust your intuition more, it's very powerful and the more you harness the power of your own intuition the better you will begin to feel. It's okay to feel strange or odd about something, if your intuition is telling you something isn't right then it probably isn't. Always go with your gut instinct, even if it means going against what everyone else is doing, if it feels right to you then it's your own body guiding you to a better place. Remember to always believe in yourself, you're more intuitive and powerful than you know. Trust in your own inner guidance and all will be well.

 

Seventh Chakra Imbalance (Crown Chakra)

Symptoms: Feeling of separateness or loneliness, depression, feeling lost, lack of awareness to the divine connection, lack of joy in your life, headaches, migraines, epilepsy, psychosis, high blood pressure.

Solution: To help realign this chakra, try to find a way to reconnect with the universal life source (or energy). Whether that means prayer, meditation or relaxation, try to reconnect with your God, sacred beings, Universal Life, goddess, Earth Mother, guardian angels, Spirit Guides, Elementals and Tree spirits. Whichever helps you to feel connected to the most powerful energy and life force on Earth, then it will help to heal this chakra from imbalance. Walking and being in nature is another way to feel the benefits of connecting to your Higher Self and awaken the God within. 

We hope you found this article / blog useful about healing your chakras, if you have any further questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us! Have yourself a wonderful day, with much love and light, The Serenity Gifts Team x x 

 

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Serenity Prayer Verse Poem Gifts

Serenity Prayer Verse Poem Gifts

The Serenity Prayer Verse is a very well known poem by Reinhold Niebuhr. At Serenity Gifts, it's one of our most favourite verses - and it's one of the many reasons why we called ourselves Serenity Gifts. If you're unfamiliar with the lovely poem in its entirety, then please feel free to read the passage below....

 

 

 

 

Serenity Verse GiftsGod grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

 

Most Serenity Verse Gifts on our web site contain the top few lines of the poem; God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference. It's a beautiful verse and many of our customers enjoy keeping a token item around their home featuring this poem. If you would like to buy a serenity verse gift for yourself or a loved one, then we do have a few items for you to choose from.

Serenity Verse TokenAmong our collection we have a beautiful bone china mug with the Serenity prayer ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference’ printed on the reverse and full colour image on the front. Our Serenity Prayer pocket token is a wonderful way to keep the prayer verse close to you and remind you of God's comfort and love for you.

Why not take a look at our range of Serenity Prayer gifts, we are sure you will be able to find the perfect serenity prayer gift for your loved one or friend. We also have serenity bookmarks, serenity prayer fridge magnets, serenity prayer key rings, serenity prayer lapel pins and more.

The Serenity Prayer is perfect for adults and children alike, to give them the hope and comfort and courage to always believe in God. To view our Serenity Prayer Gifts please click on the link below - until next time, take care and God bless, the Serenity Gifts Team

http://www.serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/serenity-gifts

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I Said A Prayer Meaningful Gifts

 

 

 

"i said a prayer cardI said a prayer for you today" - these words can bring so much comfort and love to someone's soul. When someone you know is suffering or feeling down, sometimes it's difficult to know what to say or how to help them, but just a kind word, a smile or a little gift can really make all the difference. At Serenity Gifts we have a lovely selection of I Said a Prayer For You today gifts, which helps to bring a little bit of sunshine into someone's heart. By giving the gift of a prayer, you can help to heal and restore the pain or hurt that a close friend or family member may be feeling. We hope you can find something among our selection of gifts to help heal someone today. 

 

Among our collection we have a beautiful bone china mug with the printed words - ‘I said a prayer for you today and know God must have heard. I felt the answer in my heart although he spoke no word, but it was for his loving care I prayed the most of all. Comes presented in its own gift box, we feel it would make a beautiful gift for your family or friends.

Why not take a look at our full range of I Said A Prayer gifts, we are sure you will be able to find the perfect I said a prayer gift for your loved one or friend. We have I said a prayer bookmarks, I said a prayer fridge magnets, I said a prayer key rings and prayer cards.I said a prayer for you

The I Said A Prayer verse is perfect for adults and children alike, to give them the hope, comfort and courage to always believe in God. To view our I Said A Prayer Gifts please click on the link below - until next time, take care and know that you are loved and cherished. God bless, the Serenity Gifts Team

Link - http://serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/i-said-a-prayer-for-you

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Choosing Meditation Cushions

Choosing Meditation Cushions

There are so many different styles of meditation cushions, it can be difficult to know where to start. Everyone's body is different, so the perfect meditation cushion will keep you comfortable, supported, and at ease. meditation cushion Our Meditation Cushions are designed especially for meditation purposes and made of quality material. Each meditation cushion has an inner bag filled with buckwheat hulls that moulds to the shape of your body as you rest, it helps to steady you as you sit. The outer fabric is 100% cotton and each cushion boasts very beautiful designs. Why make meditation plain and boring when you can enjoy colour and vibrancy in your cushions! Such elegant designs have been created with comfort in mind, we believe our beautiful meditation cushions will bring you a sense of tranquillity to your meditation practices. Each cushion is very comfortable and will help you to feel more at ease whilst you meditate. Any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to help. 

meditation cushion ukWe hope you enjoy looking through our meditation cushion collection, enjoy shopping! Much love and blessings, Serenity Gifts Team xx

View our Meditation Cushions on this page - http://serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/meditation-cushions

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Protection from Your Angel

At Serenity Gifts, we love angels. We believe that each individual person on our planet is constantly guarded and protected by their very own Guardian angel, and so we wanted to offer a selection of beautiful angel statues and figurines to celebrate the joy of having such a heavenly being protecting us every day. Our angel statues and figurines are a lovely reminder of the beautiful angelic being that resides at our side through each moment of our lives. May these stunning angel statues add a sense of comfort and love in your heart, may they bring a certain peace into your soul - helping you to remember the joy and sacred gift of having such a holy angel by your side.

You are blessed! With all our love and heavenly angel blessings, the Serenity Gifts Team.

View our Angel Statues and Figurines on this page: http://serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/angels-and-guardian-angels

 

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Josephine Wall Cards are Beautiful

Josephine Wall Cards are Beautiful

We absolutely love these new Josephine Wall greeting cards! They are simply divine. So beautiful and filled with ethereal, fantasy images that include fairy's, unicorns, divine feminine and angels. We hope to buy some more collections soon, but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy browsing our current Josephine Wall greeting cards collection. Our Josephine Wall greeting cards and postcards category offers a selection of beautiful cards with Josephine Wall images, from fairies, angels, unicorns, mermaids, twin flames, new age and fantasy images. Josephine Wall greeting cards are an absolute joy to behold! We hope you love them too. You can view our Josephine Wall cards on this page: http://serenitygifts.co.uk/collections/josephine-wall


About Josephine Wall
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Born in Surrey, England in 1947, Josephine Wall has painted since she was a small child. Much of the inspiration for her mystical images comes from her close observation of nature and interest in its preservation. Her paintings take an average of two to four weeks to complete, depending on the size and subject.

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