Welcome to Spirit Duality

Welcome to Spirit Duality, your online resource for finding harmony between your inner self and outer projection. We all know that in life, there are two sides to every coin – the ebb and flow of the ocean waves translates to all aspects of your life, and it’s up to us to find the wisdom to recognize and accept both the good and the bad of ourselves. This is the idea of Ying and Yang, of Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde – your internal versus external persona.

In order to achieve Nirvana, or – perhaps more obtainable – a semblance of happiness and peace, the two aspects of your nature – your Spirit Duality – must be in sync and nurtured. We cannot achieve a true understanding of ourselves without embracing both the dark and the light. Yet the process of reconciling these two parts of the whole can—at times—be a conflicted and difficult journey, full of challenges, setbacks, and stress. And that is where Spirit Duality comes in. On this site, I offer you inspiration, support, and ideas to help you bridge your two selves and find peace and harmony in your life. I will provide you with practices, tips, and advice to how you can tap into your inner wellspring of strength and mystery – so that you can truly be one spirit. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for articles or topics to cover. The world is full of mysteries, and we’re all unraveling them together.


Reality of Buddhist Meditation Practices and Philosophies

One of the hardest things we experience on the Buddhist path to awakening is taking our meditation practice into everyday life. This is the rock and a hard place that many of us experience along the dharma path and get stuck in. We have a practice that we do on a daily basis but the gifts that we get from that practice often seem temporary. The gifts actually seem like they last no longer than an hour or two after we’ve gone through our session. We have dedicated our life to this path but the fruits do not come with us into everyday life.

This blog is about the reality of Buddhist meditation practices and philosophies and how we can take those things into everyday life and make them work for us. This is not a blog for people who want to hide from the world and who want to experience spirituality in a bubble but for people who actually interact with the world, people who need the tranquility, the freedom, the bliss and the realizations that they experience and meditation to permeate their everyday life.

What good is a spiritual practice if it doesn’t truly become a part of you. Not just a part of you when you are doing the practice but a part of you when you are at the eye of the storm. With you when you’re in a very stressful situation, with you when you are in an argument, with you when you are angry, when you are experiencing stress and when you are in the most need of mindfulness and ability to snap back to reality of impermanence and the ability to let those feelings exist, be acknowledged and passed on.

This is a Buddhist practice for the real world not for the temple, not for the cave, not for the retreat, not for your meditation room but a meditation and philosophical practice for the real world. A blog about achieving the essence of the traditional practices and bringing them into a contemporary and useful framework. It is a practice and a blog where we talk about our personal struggles. Bringing our practice into our real life and making it a true part of us that is not just veneer or mask or something that is temporary but about something that we are permanently building within us.

If you have put in the work that is necessary for anyone who desires this path, then you can relate to the things that we talked about in this article. You can identify with them and you have had the same issues. You want to overcome those issues and make this path a real thing for you, you want to be able to use the tools that you develop in meditation into something that you can use in your everyday life. It is our hope that together we will work this out, we will take the advice of those more experienced than us and we will use their advice and our hard work to get all that we can out of our practice.


Aquamarine Gemstone

If you a fan of gemstones, the aquamarine gemstone holds a special place. The appeal of this stone lies in it’s subtlety, it doesn’t scream to be looked it, rather it quietly pulls you in. On observing the stone, you can be lost in it’s calming influence.  I was told that in legend  the aquamarine gemstone was born from the mermaids treasure chest, and has been associated as the sailors lucky stone. As such it has been believed to bestow foresight, intelligence and courage to the wearer. It was also regarded as a  healing stone, for use in cleaning the body of poisons, and the treatment of sore throat, arthritis, and inflammation. I may not be certain of these uses but the stone itself holds an air of both serenity and seduction in it’s beauty that is pretty hard to ignore.

Watching closely at this unique stone gives the impression of the colours of a tropical sea. Aquamarine goes well with Rings Made From Tanzanite.

aquamarine gemstone

The aquamarine gemstone ranges in colour in much the same way the ocean does. It can vary from pale blue, to dark blue to teal, it all depends on the level of heat the stone itself is subjected to. This gem is at best clear and transparent. In some cases though, a deeper blue is more favoured. When faceted it looks exceptionally brilliant  but when smoothed out can display a striking cats’ eye effect or a star effect. This gives the stone a unique look that only a few other stones can attain.

Because of this, such designs usually command a higher price and is well worth the price premium. It just looks gorgeous. This is the birthstone for March and even though I possess my own birthstone for a later month, I am envious of the March born who hold this stone as a symbol for the month in addition to tanzanite jewelry pieces.

The aquamarine gemstone is perfect to use in jewelry, in any shape or form. The aquamarine gemstone belongs to the Beryl family with a Mochs scale hardness level of 8.That translates to a very hard gemstone! The stone is related to the emerald in which it shares it’s durability with. It is just under the hardness of the diamond and can survive knocks and scratches from daily use if used in something like a ring. The pearl and amber can’t survive that high level of abuse, not that you would want to bump or scratch your jewelry, but these things happen. It’s reassuring to know that the stone can be worn everyday to handle the rigours of life and be introduced to the world as often as possible.

Deposits of this stone can be found on many parts of the world, but the leading supplier is Brazil. The largest aquamarine gemstone was actually found there. Called the Minas Girais it was  weighed at  243 pounds and measured 18 inches long and 15 inches in diameter. This gorgeous chunk of rock was cut into many smaller gemstones. This stone is perfect to give as a gift for any occasion and can be happily worn by both sexes. The aquamarine is a flexible stone that can be worn in most situations with it’s mysterious effect not demanding, but quietly drawing admirers .