Fair Trade Summer Fun: Pocket Discs & Hackey Sacks

It’s time for summertime fun & games! Time for camping, hiking, tailgating, picnics, and days hanging out by the lake. If you’d like to throw some cool, handmade, fair trade fun into the mix, you CAN, as we have some really wonderful, interactive gaming items that are small, lightweight, and easy to take on such trips.

One fair trade favorite we have in the shop are hand crochet Pocket Discs. Crafted in Guatemala from cotton, each Pocket Disc comes in a variety of fun colors and designs, and make a great gift for not just guys and gals, but dogs too! Just toss the pocket disc as you would a frisbee and watch it glide through air!

The story of how Pocket Disc came into creation is quite cute, too. It was basically a young girl’s crochet doily “gone wrong,” which went on to prove that sometimes mistakes can lead to something great - like a flying doily that likes outdoor adventures!

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Another fun, fair trade toy we have at Plowshare that’s perfect for playing outside is the classic Hackey Sack! Also crochet handmade in Guatemala, we have a cool assortment of hackey sacks (or “footbags”), that you can get in either a large or small size. And, if you won’t be having much time for outdoor sports due to a summer full of work, they also can be used as a stress ball. But we highly recommend making some time for a fun game of hackey sack with friends & family - it’s such a beautiful time of year, it would be a shame not to get out there & have some fun!

Waukesha's Friday Night Live

Thousands of people like youcome to Waukesha’s Friday Night Live
every year. What started out over 15 years ago with a couple of musicians
playing and singing under a single tent, has blossomed into a great event
in the greatest city in Wisconsin – Waukesha!

This year Waukesha Friday Night Live will run every Friday from
June 2nd through September 15th. Over the course of this 16 week event,
Friday Night Live will host 8+ stages of entertainment, over 70 musicians
and entertainers, and dozens of downtown businesses are open to
offer food, candies, drinks, artwork, and much more!

Acknowledgement

Waukesha’s Friday Night Live is only made possible through the work of the
Waukesha Downtown Business Association (WDBA),
and the generous support of downtown businesses, sponsors, musicians,
and thousands of people like you that attend this weekly summer event.

How it Started

Waukesha Friday Night Live began over 15 years ago as
Freeman Friday Night Live when citizens and downtown business owners
gathered to discuss the fact that the city of Waukesha was abandoned and
looked like a ghost town by 7 pm on Friday nights.  Businesses were closed
due to a lack of customers, and the only sound that filled the streets
was wind and muffled music from local taverns. 

A couple of local musicians, local business owners, and organization
officials decided that sponsoring musicians to entertain on various
stage locationsthroughout downtown Waukesha each Friday would
wake the sleeping city and bring her back to life.

It didn’t take long before Friday Night Live as you now know it was born
in Waukesha, and Friday’s were back to the way they used to be
in the historical days of the city.

Check out the website for “special” stage locations
due to current construction and street closures.
www.waukeshafridaynightlive.com

What is Chakra Energy?

If you’ve been inside of Plowshare recently, you likely noticed a few things with a rainbow-like design of symbols, items such as mini singing bowl boxes, banners, prayer bead bracelets and necklaces. These colors and symbols represent the chakra energy within.

What is Chakra Energy?

Chakras are interconnected energy centers aligned within the spine and central nervous system. Each chakra corresponds to a physical, emotional and spiritual expression. Focusing on each energy center through the practice of meditation helps to align and balance our chakra system. Ancient Vedic tradition teaches that balanced chakras create an enhanced feeling of overall well-being.

CROWN: Connection ~ “OM” “I Am One with the Divine”

Key Focus: Bliss wisdom, Clarity of mind, Self-realization, Pure awareness, Divine connection. Located at the crown of the head, the Crown Chakra creates our experience of transcendental  and divine connection. Focusing on this chakra will bring mental and spiritual clarity towards self-realization.

THIRD EYE: Intuition ~ “SHAM” “I Open to Divine Insight”

Key Focus: Lucid sight, Pure reality, Synchronicity, Ideal intuition, Spiritual insight. Located at the center of the forehead, the Third Eye Chakra governs our awareness of ideal intuition. Meditation and focus will develop spiritual insight and a connection with the world “beyond wisdom”.

THROAT: Communication ~ “HUM” “I Express Highest Truth”

Key Focus: Compassion, Active listening, Communication, Truthful expression, Positive affirmation. Located at the base of the neck, the Throat Chakra brings us to alignment with divine communication. You are able to speak with clarity, compassion, and truthfulness, and actively listen to others.

HEART: Unconditional Love ~ “YUM” “I Love Unconditionally"

Key Focus: Gratitude, Forgiveness, Self-Acceptance, Opening to love, Express happiness. Located in the center of the chest, the Heart Chakra brings awareness of feelings of happiness, love for self and others. Smiling and expressing gratitude and compassion will help balance this chakra.

SOLAR PLEXUS: Empowerment ~ “RAM” “I Am Empowered”

Key Focus: Inner fire, Self-Esteem, Empowerment, Spiritual goals, Personal power. Located at the navel, the Solar Plexus Chakra brings us a sense of transformative personal power. Clear and open this chakra to build personal power and motivation to build your spiritual goals.

SACRAL: Creativity ~ “VAM” “I Express Divine Creativity”

Key Focus: Wellness, Sexuality, Creativity, Abundance, Transformation. Located below the navel, the Sacral Chakra is the channel through which we manifest the divine physically. This chakra helps us create art, loving, physical relationships and transform our world.

ROOT: Grounding ~ “LAM” “I Am Grounded and Safe”

Key Focus: Survival, Intuition, Confidence, Earth connection, Feeling grounded. Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra governs our feelings of confidence, our survival instinct, our connection with the earth, forces, and our most instinctual senses of safety and well-being.

**New Chakra Energy Prayer Beads crafted from cruelty-free water buffalo bone in Nepal from DZI.

**New Chakra Energy Prayer Beads crafted from cruelty-free water buffalo bone in Nepal from DZI.

How To Meditate With Chakra Energy Prayer Beads:

Create a quiet space for yourself and take a deep breath. Regard the symbol of the chakra and open your awareness to that chakra center in your body. Focus on the meaning of the chakra. To bring a deeper meditation, intone the chakra mantra and imagine the radiant light associated with this energy center filling your being. Rest and relax as you are bathed in this transformative internal light! Ahhh...you are there! Repeat as needed.

Chakra prayer beads and banners make the perfect personal gift for yourself or a friend, especially during pivotal life changes, times of transformation, or stress. Chakra energy can be a peaceful present of clarity and balance, which is something we all need from time to time.

Namaste,

Jacqueline & Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace

New Chakra Energy Prayer Beads crafted from cruelty-free water buffalo bone in Nepal from DZI.