At Mama’s Minerals we offer a free stone at the register so that each customer can take a piece of the big Mama home with them. The customers who shop with us have also shared touching and thoughtful ways they give these stones to others. In giving thanks for Mother Earth, we would like to share some of their ideas and stories.
Mama’s Minerals often holds field trips in the store. Recently, customer Claire G. was so touched by the enthusiasm of the children over the stones in the store that she bought a large geode for the teacher to take back to the classroom. In honor of the teacher’s service to the children, she also gave a pendant to the teacher. Claire regularly comes in and buys pendants just to give away to people who do nice things for her or go out of their way to do something they don’t have to. She thinks that “We have to learn to reward goodness this day and age” and gives them away not for their value, but simply in “the spirit of giving.”
Another customer, Deb A., who is a nurse in Brunswick, Maine, started a program in her hospital that hands out stone hearts to patients and families dealing with serious illness in the hospital. Started in the early 2000’s, this program charges nothing to the patients for these stones, and also gives the patient extra heart stones to give to close friends. Thanks to the donation of cord, some patients and families also wear these healing hearts around their neck or keep them in their pockets. A hugely popular program, these hearts are a touchstone that develop a deep meaning to those wearing them as time goes on and they continue their struggles.
One customer who is involved with a women’s rehabilitation center buys geodes to give to women who graduate from the rehab program. She said that she feels that the geodes represent these women, because when they come into the program they are rough like the outside of the geode, and that on the inside they are a beautiful sparkling gem that emerges when you open it. These stones serve as reminders to the women who complete the program of what they are capable of accomplishing.
Linda T., one of our online customers, developed a system of animal training, healing and communication that allows people to relate to animals in a deeper, more compassionate way. She utilizes a variety of touch techniques, movement, and body language to affect animal behavior, increasing their willingness and ability to learn in an anxiety-free environment. She gives animal stones from Mama’s Minerals to her clinic participants and feels that “…the memories of our connection to spirit come through these totem animals. People keep them forever as a remembrance of not only their training experience, but also how these symbols honor our friends, the animals."
We have customers who include a little stone with their tips for servers at restaurants, customers who buy healing stones for people who have been through trauma, and customers who include stones with their Thank You and Christmas cards. The ways to give stones are innumerable, but the one thing all these stories have in common is the sharing of a piece of Mother Earth with others in the spirit of love and giving.
So during this season of giving, be creative! Include stones in holiday gift baskets, stocking stuffers, and for meaningful employee gifts. You can give stones to anyone you appreciate, and rest assured that it will be deeply appreciated!