Bridal Everyday:Wedding Guide

We are fascinated with how the decision is made of what to wear on your wedding day, and so in the spirit of all things, bridal, we share our dress story with you today!

Everyone approaches their Special Day differently, so the fashion and style decisions could not be more different for different brides. This was a time ultimately our top priority was to make amazing memories, and to start the dress journey with an initial visit to a local Indian bridal shop, BEAUTY Dreams Collections. Several shapes and styles helped narrow down what we were looking for. We narrowed our focus to a red wedding dress instead of a white one, and we planned on having an Indian wedding which it is common for the bride to wear a gorgeous red dress for Anand Karaj. We found the dress during our second appointment at Dreams Collections in Little India, in Artesia California.

 

Indian Bridal Outfit

The most memorable part of an Indian wedding is witnessing the beauty and elegance of the Bride on her special day. With all the sparkle glitz and glamour going on around her, the Bride maintains to be the central focal point of the wedding day. The Bridal Saree or Lengha is decorated with embroidery and intricate designs, making for an eye-catching and exquisite piece of design.

 

Different regions in India require the Bride to wear certain jewelry or wrap her saree in a specific manner. It is common for Bride’s to place Bindi’s, circular diamond, red or white , above the eyebrows, however the area between the eyebrows remains empty until the wedding ceremony; the Groom places Sindhoor, red vermillion, here during the wedding ceremony. The Bride’s hands and feet are decorated in Mendhi, completing a head to toe transformation for the blissful day.

 

 

Punjabi Bridal Suit

The Sikh wedding ceremony is known as Anand Karaj which means blissful union ... Most women will wear traditional Punjabi dress in bright colors or gorgeous crimson red. Punjabi Brides wear a Salwar Kameez, an extremely opulent pant suit, or lengha. Traditionally, Punjabi Brides are said to wear gold jewelry, however with changing times various styles of jewelry as been adapted. The bride wears white and dark red bangles made of ivory known as Chooda.
In Gujurati weddings, Brides typically wear a Saree however it is tied with the Palav, the rest of the Saree material that isn’t wrapped around the Bride’s waist, facing the front.

South Indians on the other hand wear different type of Saree made of silk material with gold bordered lining, a more traditional take on Bridal wear.

 

Hindu Bridal Wear

The traditional Hindu Bride is said to wear a red outfit symbolically referencing the planet Mars. According to astrology, Mars is the planet in charge of marriages, representing prosperity and fertility. Bridal attire is the bride draping her Saree which is wrapped around the waste whereas a lengha is a skirt that you can slip on.

 

Outstanding Outfits for Ordinary to Extraordinary Days!

love, #krishna

 

by krishna-bridaleveryday

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Wisdom

We all are looking at one another through the windows of our own perspectives. Simply trying to figure out who we are in the mirrors of life and by learning what resonates and what does not. 

All of us have the power to live in a very expansive and beautiful reality, or choose to live in a very limited, contracted, one way street narrow reality. 

When we become the observers of life, rather than its judges and when we witness what is going on around you with wonder, you own your own perspective, without having to make anyone else’s wrong.
In this nature, we can observe human beings without any judgment. We can love the light within all people, while not liking the personalities and behaviors of some. This world is an amazing melting pot of diversity in the great play of creation. It was meant to be that way. The light that lives within  takes many takes many different forms upon this planet. Love that light. Love that it is expressed in so many different ways. Then allow yourself, without judgment to simply move towards those with whom you resonate with and move away from those you don’t. In this fashion, you free your soul to just be and to find its natural fit in the greater stage of life.
We are spiritually free when every soul, including yourself, has the right to just be. Our guidance system asks us to release any need to cling to what we have always known. The very process of letting go helps us to feel more aligned with our Soul’s Highest Reality in every moment. This alignment creates a more fulfilling and purposeful connection with Divinity working in us so we can trust our intuition more freely.
love, #krishna 

Flowing Path 

As you embrace an accurate, eternal and vibrationally oriented understanding of your life here, life eases up and becomes a doorway of allowing more of your expansiveness to flow into and infuse your humanity. 

Ease is fun. It feels good, reflects the power that is yours. Ease is possible because of who you truly are. When you allow yourself the lined up pathway, you feel ease and you feel a feeling of who you really are which is a quality of flow. 

Flowing, elaborating, creative, expressive, powerful pure energy. Even in embodiment that’s still who you are, although your experience may give you an indication that you’re a body or you’re a person. Who you really are is essence plus consciousness. You are eternal consciousness. 

As a human being, who you truly are is the consciousness, the free flowing pure powerful energy that is present and gives aliveness to the experience of you in this body.
love, #krishna 

Peace with Food

Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your  mind, body, and food, where you ultimately become the expert of your own body.

You learn how to identify between physical and emotional feelings, and gain a sense of self-confidence through body wisdom.

It’s also a process of making peace with the relationship towards food—so that you no longer have constant “food-related anxiety” thoughts.  It’s knowing that your health and your worth as a person do not change, because you ate a food that you had labeled as “bad” or “fattening”.

The underlying premise of Intuitive Eating is learning to respond to your inner body signal cues, because you were born with all the wisdom you need for eating intuitively. On the surface, this may sound simplistic, but can be rather complex.

This inner wisdom is often clouded by years of dieting and food illusions that abound in the culture. Give yourself unconditional love and permission to eat.

When you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a selective food, it can lead to intense feelings of detriment that build into unmanageable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally cave – in to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, resulting in overeating, and overwhelming guilt.

Honor where you are at. Find ways to comfort, nurture, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own moderation. Food does not fix any of these feelings either does alcohol and other alter substances.

Intuitive eating is a philosophy of eating that makes you the ace of your body and its signals. It teaches that you are the best person – the only person – to make new loving and healthy choices.

#krishna

 

 

Persephone and Pacific Northwest’s Winter

My winters for the past ten years have been while living in southern California, my winters were not very different from my summers. Although, I’m born and raised from New York, and east coast winters are intense! However, this year I found my own spiritual journey that had lead me to the Pacific Northwest where I found immense happiness– as well as my first true experience of living through a Pacific Northwest winter.

In Greek Mythology, there was a goddess named Persephone. She was a child of Zeus, the king of the Gods and Demeter, the goddess of Earth and nature. Persephone was wooed by many gods, but Demeter, ever the over protective mother rejected all their advances and eventually hid her daughter away. It was shortly after this that Hades, the god of the underworld abducted Persephone and swept her away to his kingdom. As Demeter desperately searched for her beloved daughter, the world began to change. Life came to a standstill. The flowers fainted away and died. The grasses faded away. Trees bore no fruit and the temperature turned antarctic. As Demeter’s anguish grew, earth continued to die and rest in peace. Zeus intervened and summoned Hades return Persephone to her mother. Before he agreed, Hades tricked Persephone into eating four pomegranate seeds, which effectively forced her to spend one month each year in Hades for every seed she’d eaten. When Demeter and her daughter were together, the Earth flourished with radiant vegetation and bright color, but for four months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became an infertile realm of darkness. This is an origin story to explain winter.

There is something about this season of winter that almost forces you to begin a process of turning inward, of reflecting upon the events prior to this slowed kapha activity.  Surely during this time, Demeter remembers happier times with her daughter.

This is a time of year when the world, and our own spirit, is renewed once more. It is a time of endings and new beginnings that fills our hearts with peace, joy, love and laughter. We are almost forced by Nature to spend more time with our beloved, with our friends and family, sharing our abundance with them.

#krishna

Life is a gift 

Do you recognize that there were times when your heart told you to make a certain choice, but for various reasons, you did not follow your intuition?
All these experiences have assisted you in learning soul lessons necessary for your spirit growth. It is a time to forgive yourself for behaving in ways you judge as wrong. You would have made different choices if you known better. Forgive yourself and get on with your life. No need to waste any more precious time. Making choices in this moment is  to create your future. All that you have is the power of this present moment. Let the past go, and do not fear to step into the unknown and into the future. Know that you are exactly where you need to be for your divine soul lessons in life. It is up to you to grow into who you would most like to be.  

It is a powerful time on Earth, although there is great suffering, there are also opportunities to break through into great love. Know who you are and give yourself the love, kindness and respect you deserve. 

When you set an intention, all the forces of the universe align themselves to manifest that which you desire and visualize. Visualization is a powerful tool. You can receive whatever you focus on, when your focus and desire are strong enough. It is a Universal Law.
Life is a gift to be in a physical body. Remember to be grateful for your life. With this human body you can enjoy this planet of beauty. Be in Gratitude for all that you are learning now, even if, at times, it feels uncomfortable or even if it does not seem to be enough. Gratitude awakens your mind to the greater truth within all things, and lifts your spirit into Alignment and Happiness.