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Book Review – In Focus Meditation: Your Personal Guide by Jacqueline Towers

October, 2018

In Focus: Meditation

Your Personal Guide

 

by Jacqueline Towers

© Zambezi Publishing Ltd.

imprint of Quarto Group

page count 144

One of the first things Ms. Towers says about meditations is “meditations aren’t something you need to work because they just start” I like the way this book is laid out, Ms. Towers has done an excellent job of presenting this material.

In the first chapter, entitled “About Meditation,” Ms. Towers lists 12 benefits of meditation and eight different techniques. Of the eight different methods of meditation, not all of them require you to quiet your mind. (Which is a good thing, because I never have a quiet mind.) In chapter 3 on equipment and products for meditation, the author lists a few meditation cushions or zafus that you can use. In chapter 3, she also includes a list of incense or essences, and these she has broken down into wood or mineral, fruit or plant.

Chapters 4 through 15 are about the different types of meditations. Ms. Towers has them broken down, in such a way that if you are looking for a meditation on chakras, or knowledge, or angelic, or emotional, they are easy to find. One of the meditations in chapter 7 that I found interesting was the Flower of Life. I have several flowers of life around my desk where I work, and where I do most of my reading, so it was easy for me to envision this image while meditating.

In chapter 12, Ms. Towers starts talking about psychic techniques, and how meditation can help you heighten them. The author also talks about how psychics use meditation before doing readings. Chapter 13, Ms. Towers writes about using a meditation to do a past life regression. While reading this meditation, I went into the meditation and was able to explore part of a past life that comes to me during a dream. So, I can say without a doubt, this meditation works.

In chapter 14 Ms. Towers covers mindfulness meditation. The author includes information about mindfulness, yoga, and even doing a meditation upon the five principles of Reiki. Within the five principles of Reiki meditation, the author breaks it down even further into helping you meditate on why you may have an issue with one of the five principles.

In the last chapter, chapter 15, Ms. Towers has a meditation with candles. In this meditation. She explains how the flames may behave during your meditation and what that can mean for you. She also covers Christian contemplation, Buddhist meditation, cosmic ordering, and astral travel. In Focus Your Guide to Meditation is a well-written book, and it’s laid out intuitively. I’m glad I can add it to my library, I hope you will be too.

In Focus Meditation

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About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/Readings-by-Dawn-1608860142735781/

Worth the Witch

August, 2018

Goodbeing

 

Healthy Beauty & Natural Wellness Delivered” but do they? Goodbeing is a Monthly Subscription Box with an average value of $45-$65 dollars per box. Members get to choose 1-2 products each month and every box comes with 4-5 expertly chosen, personalized items.

Goodbeing offers two types of Monthly Boxes for you to choose from. They have a box titled Beauty for $24.95 a month which exclusively features beauty products only. This box can contains anything from nail polish, to toners, and bath teas to lip care. Make-up and body wash galore!!

The second box they offer is titled Lifestyle and it differs in the fact that it contains items like your regular make-up & soaps, but it will also come with things such as supplements, natural medicines, aromatherapy, home goods, and waste reducing goods. This box also cost $24.95 a month.

As if a box filled with high quality beauty & lifestyle goodies wasn’t enough, Goodbeing runs fantastic gift offers each month. For our readers only they are offering a BONUS SAMPLE in your first Standard Goodbeing box!  It may not be combined with other offers. Not applicable to existing Personal or Gift Memberships. Offer valid while supplies last. Use coupon code: GOODOFFER

So we know a little about what they offer and we have a coupon in hand, but is it Worth this Witch? Let’s dig in, shall we???

 

The First Impressions…The Box

A very lovely, compact box comes in the mail. I honestly found it to be smaller than most boxes I have reviewed in the past. I wondered if it would only contain small samples of a few items inside.

 

They had me at Rebellious Act…

What a way to open a box, with the bang of a positive quote! What girl does not like to be a little rebel and who shouldn’t like themselves a bit more? Turn that badboy postcard over and boom you are hit with 12 coupons for companies found in the box and working with Goodbeing. This is looking like a little box of positive to me so far.

 

Get Out Your Deck of Info Cards

I learned, it helps, if you empty the box, get to the bottom, and find this handy little deck of Info Cards. Each product has a corresponding card. Information is on the cards like; the companies name, website, social media, ingredients in product, instructions on use, price, and so much more!

 

Fred and Far

Your first gift in your box is an inspiring card from Fred and Far called a More & Less Manifesto Greeting Card. It is blank inside so you can personalize your message when you send it or keep it for yourself and hang on your mirror or fridge as a reminder for your self.


With your card comes a love yourself movement pin. The Trillion Pin features Fred and Far’s signature Trillion shape, which draws out the power of the sacred feminine. This adorable, girly pin reminds us to love and care for ourselves on a daily basis.

The worth of these items combined is listed on it’s information card as $14. We will keep a running tab to see how much this box is worth in the end!

 

Box of Chocolates

I love dark chocolate, it is my favorite type. This was a great treat to find in the box. When tasting it you have to get over that initial kick of bitter that comes in after a few seconds. Because at first it is just sweet. You get so distracted for a moment by the bitterness that you forget it’s sugary, as well. But then that bitterness kind of blends into the sweetness, and you are addicted. You have to be a real fan of dark chocolate to enjoy this.

 

Their idea for an easy to open wrapper is innovative. You get three,  generous, nice size pieces in the box.

On the box there are few details on the chemical make-up of the chocolate. They do not explain in detail what the chemicals contained in the bars do. However, if you go on the website listed on it’s product card, you will find out that the chocolate actually is beneficial to you health. The site states:

Polyphenols are crucial ingredients of foods known for their nutritional and strong antioxidant benefits, particularly present in fruits and vegetables. ReChoc has been tested by Cambridge scientists in human studies that confirmed:

  • Unmatched bioavailability and bioactivity levels of polyphenols
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Promotes healthy blood glucose levels
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Reduces oxidative stress (the main cause of aging)
  • Supports mitochondrial metabolism or “muscle repair” “

The chocolates are priced at $24.95 for a box of 20. This makes our Sample 3 about $3.75 for the Box.

 

Z Skin Age Extreme Moisturizer

This product was one of the items you got to choose for your box. I am always looking for new creams and lotions for my face because I tend to break out from them. I, also, have a condition that gives me very dry skin. It can be difficult for me to find creams or lotions that don’t give me pimples, rashes, or that my skin just drinks in still leaving behind flakes of dry skin.

I was pleasantly surprised by Z Skin. A semi-thick moisturizer that is 100% organic. I applied a generous amount onto my face and not a single rash, pimple, or blemish!! Instead, nice feeling, smooth skin. I do have to get used to the herbal smell of it. The clove is a little overwhelming to me, but only because it has never been one of my favorite scents. But so worth it.

When reading the information card that comes along with Z Skin I learned that the moisturizer is ideal for eczema, psoriasis, acne and wrinkles. It also contains SPF 15.

This was a great choice on my part!

The tube we were sent is priced at $19.

 

ellovi

Made with wild harvested ingredients, vegan, and mint chocolate flavored Lip Butter by ellovi. SPF 5. Ellovi is made of a blend of 6 of the most pure and nutritional ingredients on the planet – mango, coconut, sunflower, shea, & 2 parts of cacao (the oil & the butter). One tube can keep your lips hydrated for months.

You open the tube and you are hit by the scent of delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream. Sometimes a chapstick, a lip gloss, or any lip cover can feel to vasoliney. Some feel to waxy, or clump up, but this one doesn’t. It stays smooth on the lip and feels soothing. It tastes great, too.  My sister was kind enough to test this product out for us.

This product is valued at $5.

 

Curandera Remedies

MySore herbal salve, by Curandera Remedies, came in a 1 oz container.   It is a mixture of essential oils that are to provide relief to tired and achy muscles, arthritis pain, or daily strain. It was originally developed for those students who push their bodies to the limit doing a style of yoga called Mysore. The back of the label gives more information on the salves origin and ingredients. It also gives some other good to know facts like it is Fair Trade, Vegan, Organic, and more.

Simple enough to use, you apply it to your sore areas. It feels a bit waxy and has a menthol smell to it. A bit intense like Tiger Balm. As I had no aches and pains at the moment, I handed it over to my Brother-in-Law, who is full of them constantly, on his feet all the time. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough of the balm to go around and it wasn’t strong enough to work on his problems. He said there was very minor relief, but that was for his intensity of pain and arthritis and as I have stated, his is large and the tin was small. He may have had to use it more frequently.

This product usually sells in 2 oz tins for $15. So ours is worth $7.50.

 

Airbiotics

Now this box holds a lot of clean in one little package. Its a Probiotic cleaning travel set Plus a 5 mL all purpose cleaner concentrate. It includes a samples of Airbiotics Probiotic Hand Cleaner, Stabiotic Mist & Probiotic All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate. They have covered all your cleaning needs with these three; Your hygiene, freshening up the air, fabric, linens, and your entire home! They use non-toxic ingredients, no harsh chemicals, or artificial scents and they are safe for pets and children.

These products came at a great time, as my sister had just had a newborn. no greater time to test them. They lived up to what they claimed. We freshened, perked, and cleaned galore with them and they did their job. Frequently. No sick baby or anyone.

Value of products provided $20.63.

 

My Over All Impression…

Goodbeing is fantastic. It Pampers, it Pleases, It even Compliments you! And … it gives you chocolates!! You get to choose up to 2 items of your choice, then the rest are surprises. Everything that was included in the box was of spectacular quality. If you do not believe me, you can ask my sister who will not put her new Lip Butter down, it is that soothing. But do they live up to their average value of $45 – $65 a month? OK time to do the math…

Fred & Far $14

Chocolates $3.75

Moisturizer $19

Lip Butter $5

Mysore Salve $7.50

Airbiotics $20.63

TOTAL: $69.88

This box has actually gone above what they estimate their boxes to cost and I am not surprised. The sizes of “samples” and the quality. This is a REAL DEAL!! I myself and going to be sure to check each and every month for the special gift offers they have and use this month’s special readers coupon code: GOODOFFER for a BONUS SAMPLE in your first Standard Goodbeing box! May not be combined with other offers. Not applicable to existing Personal or Gift Memberships. Offer valid while supplies last.

Goodbeing is DEFINITELY Worth the Witch!!

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is simply a Witch. She runs PaganPagesOrg eMag.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. You can email her at jenniferwright at paganpages dot org.  When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way & trying to make the world a better place with her family.

Worth the Witch

January, 2018

The BOHO Box

 

 

 

The BOHO Box is a recurring monthly box subscription full of surprises like beautiful boho jewelry, natural beauty products and cosmetics, essential oil-based perfumes, incense, crystals, candles… and surprise gifts like dreamcatchers or leather journals. Their boxes are $39.95 a month.

Right now they are only shipping within the United States, but if you join their Newsletter you get 10% off your first box!

 

The BOHO Box has sent us a box to review…so let’s get right to it.

 

The Box Arrives…

 

 

The BOHO Box comes in a completely plain brown outer box. This is great news to me. Though I am out of the broom closet (and you can find me kissing the tree in front of my house when I borrow from it) I favor this due to the fact that many are in the broom closet and you never know about nosy neighbors seeing things on your front doorstep.

 

However…

 

 

Inside this box is another box and the beginning of the goodies! This box is beautifully decorated with their logo and states proudly “The BOHO Box”. You also pull out your first gifts that give you an inkling of what your box will be like.

First, A Bumper Sticker that states “Follow the Moon”. Nice, bright, and simple. You can put it on your car, altar, or anywhere.

Next, you pull out a real delight that makes you think. A gorgeous, handcrafted mask. With glorious plumage. The jewels around the eyes give it a festive effect. Great for Samhain, a party, or a fun ritual/spell.

Now I’m really curious. Let’s open this box and really dig in!

 

 

Included Papers

When the box with The BOHO Box business logo on top is opened you are greeted by a purple wax sealed letter. There are 2 pages to the letter. The first page is a letter that states all the goings on within the company and is very interesting. It tells you the topic of the Box for the month. Our Topic: Moon Goddess! The first letter goes on to detail all that is held within the box and what everything is used for.

The second page is information on different Moon Goddesses from all over the world. (Pictured in full box photo later.)

The letters are printed on beautiful parchment paper. The wax seal adds an elegant touch.

 

Spooky & Elegant Rhinestone Spider Bracelet

 

 

Who would like a spider bracelet? I would! Especially one like this! Elegant is definitely the word for this bracelet. The rhinestones have a wonderful crystal-like feel. Sturdy, not cheaply made or flimsy. The design is gorgeous. Clasps on easily. No fear of falling off. The way it clasps it seems to be able to fit multiple size wrists.

 

Wild & Free Boho Crescent Moon Layer Necklace

 

 

This decorative necklace has a very creative design. It harnesses the moons power in many creative fashions. It definitely has a wild & free feel to it. The short part of the necklace has a choker feel to it, while the long piece gives you a lariat effect. Both work together to give a wonderful appearance.

 

Anointing Oil Formulated for Rituals & Spells

 

 

Given to us is Samhain Anointing Oil for Rituals & Spells by one of the most trusted and best Pagan companies known to us online shoppers, Azure Green. It smells wonderful, like nutmeg and cloves.

 

Boho Ring with Mandala Inspired Design

 

 

It’s Large in design size and very pretty. But it’s hard to send a ring. The finger size is average to small. It didn’t fit me or my young niece. I did find someone for it to fit and she loves it. So that makes me very happy because it really is a very pretty piece. I can see how difficult it is to include a ring in a box. It’s a wonderful idea, though.

 

Black Pouch Containing Gemstones

 

 

The black velvet pouch contains 3 raw stones, this means they are not polished down to smooth stones. You get the in their raw energies. The stones are a Black Obsidian, which has a glorious shine to it. An Amethyst and a Moonstone. They are all sparkly, huge pieces. The reasons for sending them and their correspondences are listed on the papers sent.

 

The Moon Incense Cones

 

 

The Moon Incense are from HEM which is a company, if you burn incense on a regular basis, you may know well. They are a great company. Well known and trusted. The scent is relaxing when burned, it gives a clean aroma.

 

Celtic Inspired Crescent Moon Pendant

 

 

Beautiful moon with lovely markings. Almost looks like marcasite. The three bulbs could represent the triple goddess. Choker length. Good medium size.

 

Silver Nail Polish to Mirror your Jewelry

 

 

Now that you shine with your new jewelry, your beautiful mask, and your fully anointed, why not have your nails shine, too!! This is a full size bottle of Silver, shiny polish. Not sample sized. It’s silver, also, not like foil, or a gray.

 

Moonstone Pendulum

 

 

Good weight. The peachy color to the pendulum is delicious. The gemstones that run up the chain are brilliant shades. The gemstone chips on the balancing side of the pendulum are a very pretty touch.

 

Cloth Pendulum Mat

 

 

As if a pendulum was not enough, a pendulum mat was sent! I have not seen one of these. I am used to seeing pendulum worksheets on paper. This is a thick cloth. The bottom side has a grip type fabric to it. The top is made of a velvet type fabric. It is a lot fun to work with. We tried it with those new to the pendulum and those who are old hands at the pendulum and they both enjoyed it.

 

Starry Forest Card to be Framed

 

 

A beautiful picture is sent to inspire you. It is of the night sky in the forest. The stars in the background look as if they glow. The picture is for you to save and frame or just hang. It really is breathtaking.

 

Personal Oracle Card Reading

 

 

I found this reading to be something rather incredible because it hit right on what I was going through at the moment. Without the round about mumbo jumbo that could fit any situation. It spoke to me directly. Also, sage advice was given.

The card that was drawn for you, is given to you to keep. The deck the card is taken from is beautiful. The advice is given on parchment paper. I found this part of the box to be the most inspirational.

 

Over All Impression…

 

 

I think The BOHO Box had me from the wax seal! No wait, the mask! It spoke of surprise and whimsy ahead. Boy did they deliver! Each turn had a new surprise and unique gift. This box made me shine in so many ways. It made me feel pretty and good inside and out!

The jewelry and polish made me shine & glow on the outside. The incense and stones had me feeling good spiritually. The pendulum, pendulum mat & anointing oil The BOHO Box provided helped me to be more spiritual in my everyday life.

Now this reading The BOHO Box sent me. Honestly, it blew me away. I don’t know how they did it. How they can give a personal reading to touch everyone in a subscription box, but they do. It was personally addressed to me, by name and all. I am very, very impressed. The box is only $39.95 and for all you get, I find this a very fair price.

 

So who is behind The BOHO Box? Her name is Diana Price and she took some time from her very busy schedule to talk with us at PaganPagesOrg about The BOHO Box and more.

 

PaganPagesOrg: What brought the idea of The BOHO Box to you? 

Diana Price: Even before I discovered that the box subscription phenomena was a real “thing,” I thought it would be cool to create a subscription to some kind of box filled with things to pamper people and make then feel good. Then I discovered a lot of people were already doing that and became a subscriber to a box myself. 

When that box arrived every month, I was downright giddy. That great feeling inspired me to get serious and do it myself. I have many interests, mainly metaphysical, but I was building a boho lifestyle blog and decided to go with The Boho Box first. Ironically, that boho site is being revamped because I discovered that “gypsy” is considered a racial slur, so The Soul of a Gypsy has to be completely rebranded. Fortunately, The Boho Box also has a separate site/domain.

I’ve also secured domains and social media for an astrology box and may try to create one for my jewelry/metaphysical store, The Midnight Rose, but I’m still learning the ropes with The Boho Box. One at a time…

 

PaganPagesOrg: How did you begin the process of the subscription?

Diana Price: I joined up on groups with others doing subscription boxes to learn as much as possible and signed up with the selling platform Cratejoy, but the costs of it are high, so I am trying to funnel subscribers directly to my site with the hope of reducing the cost.

I already had a list of suppliers from trying to launch online stores in the past and a small store on my Tarot and Horoscopes site, so I had the resources for the products already.

 

PaganPagesOrg: How do you choose what to put inside the boxes?

Diana Price: I try to choose monthly themes and sort of match things up, but this last month I think I got a little too caught up in that. I had found these gorgeous crystal lotuses, then choose very sparkly jewelry to go along with it. It didn’t go over so well, so lesson learned…. stay BOHO!

I still try to keep with a theme because ideally I want all the jewelry pieces to work together so people can layer, but check myself to make sure I stay in line with the boho style. 

After the jewelry pieces are selected, I browse through my suppliers and start filling in the other goodies. I’m also wanting to create more handcrafted items starting with the February box.

Basically, I try to create a box I’d love and get excited about opening. 

 

PaganPagesOrg: Is The BOHO Box a recurring monthly box subscription?

Diana Price: Yes, it’s a monthly subscription.

 

PaganPagesOrg: Are you, yourself a pagan?

Diana Price: Yes, although I tend to be a bit of a closeted one, not talking much about that or my tarot and astrology interests with many casual friends because I’ve been burned in the past by that. Many years ago I worked night shift in a nursing home and would bring books to read in the downtime, often on metaphysical topics. I found out from co-workers the Southern Baptist charge nurse was telling everyone I worshiped the devil and didn’t know it, and even said “Suffer not a witch to live.”

I was devastated. Unfortunately, many who visit your site will probably have a similar story.

I’m working on being more open about my pagan and Gothic sensibilities. I’m currently on a travel nurse job in Charleston, SC, and as I was driving around, I realized my style and the vibe I REALLY want for my new store and jewelry line, The Midnight Rose, is more witchy southern Gothic and I need to fully embrace that. I had been sort of “mainstreaming” the jewelry line and avoiding anything too pagan or dark, but that’s who I am and I need to embrace it.

 

PaganPagesOrg: What are some of your interests?

Diana Price: I love to travel, although preferably without the nightmare of a temp job I’m currently on, and love photography, tarot, and I’ve been doing paranormal investigations. I’m also getting serious about candle-making and natural beauty products as well as jewelry design. 

I’m quite the foodie, so I’m trying to cram in as much fine dining as possible while in Charleston and I’m taking next weekend to visit Savannah. I’m sure I’ll return inspired!

 

PaganPagesOrg: Do you sell other products?

Diana Price: Yes, as I touched on, The Midnight Rose will be selling more than jewelry when it’s fully up and running – also new and vintage clothing, custom candles, herbs, natural beauty products, and Victorian/Southern Gothic gifts as well as tarot readings and astrology charts/reports. I’ve also started designing a line of Semicolon jewelry for suicide awareness.

 

PaganPagesOrg: Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or your boxes?

Diana Price: Like many other box businesses, I’m just a small, “mom and pop” operation, but I take each box personally and always try to deliver a lot of value and something that makes people happy. I think that’s especially important right now in these dark times we’re living in. I believe one of the best ways to fight back against that darkness is to spread as much light and positivity into the world as possible.

 

I’d like to thank Diana Price for talking with us and I wish her so much prosperity on her endeavors. I know I can not wait to see her new ideas. If they are anything like The BOHO Box I know they will be great!!

 

Helpful Links:

If you are interested in Visiting The BOHO Box Site, Visit:

http://thebohobox.com/

 

You can Subscribe for $39.95 a month by Visiting:

http://thebohobox.com/shop/subscription-boxes/the-boho-box-monthly/

 

For More Information on The BOHO Box, Visit:

http://thebohobox.com/how-does-it-work/

 

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is a Witch and she runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. You can find her email address in the about section.  When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way.