Today marks the three year anniversary of Kathryn the Grape. I am so thankful for the amazing journey the last three years has provided for me both personally and professionally. I have worked with a variety of fabulous people who have helped me move the messages of Kathryn the Grape forward. I have also met countless children and families who have welcomed Kathryn the Grape into their hearts and homes, and that makes my heart smile.
I was inspired to launch the first book and the "Kathryn the Grape" brand on 11/11 because the number 11 is extremely important and symbolic to me. At the time of forecasting the launch, I did not actually think about 11/11 also being Veterans Day. But it was a beautifully appropriate day to bring Kathryn the Grape to life because she wouldn't exist without a very special Navy Veteran, Captain Pierozzi. While I am thankful for the service and sacrifice of all of our Veterans, including those within my own family, on this anniversary date I want to pay particular respect to this kindhearted man. For anyone who volunteers and wonders if you are having an impact on the lives of those you are sharing your time and resources with, trust me...volunteering matters.
I invite you to read my Tribute to Mr. P here.
Have you seen this quote making its way around the internet and social media:
”If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” ~ Dalai Lama
These are powerful words. I am sure many people have paused and reflected on whether the Dalai Lama's claim could really be true? Is it really possible to eliminate violence through mindfulness? Can the simplicity of conscious awareness create peace? By tuning into our breath and tuning out of our surroundings (and our worries and tasks), can we really shift the consciousness of our planet? As someone who believes strongly in being open to all possibilities and a teacher of meditation, I believe we can live in peace and harmony on our planet if we all tune into love. I believe that we are all naturally able to tune into love by simply choosing to create space in our lives, and to be quiet and allow mindful breathing to be our only focus. From there, we allow ourselves to open up to being in the flow of love, which naturally connects to all other love-centered ways of rippling our energy into the world including; compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, kindness, and so on.
In my third book, Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love, I teach readers how to unblock worried thoughts, how to meditate, and what it means to be in the flow. I also brought that concept to life through the lyrics I wrote in my song, In the Flow. I was inspired to bring these teachings to life through Kathryn the Grape because I learned first hand how meditation transformed my life. I also learned how consciously choosing to ripple loving kindness has made a huge different in my daily life. Once I was able to fully absorb these lessons for myself, I created an engaging story to help teach kids of all ages what I learned. I share about this and part of my personal process of transformation in my 2012 TEDx talk here.
If you are seeking ways to help someone you know learn how to meditate and identify what it feels like to get rid of worry and be in the flow of their natural energy, my books and music will be helpful. If you have any questions about what I do, feel free to contact me directly through Facebook or email.
Ripple Love. In Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love, readers learn that our thoughts, words, and action have a ripple effect. It is our choice to ripple positive energy or negative energy. May we consciously choose to be loving and kind to others and ourselves. May we choose to ripple love.
For a quick reference, here is the charm bracelet and how each chakra/charm is taught in the book:
Red Tree Charm (Root Chakra):
This charm teaches children about what it feels like to belong, and how they are strong, safe, and connected just like a deeply rooted tree.
Orange Fruit Charm (Sacral Chakra):
This charm teaches children about what it feels like to burst with excitement when doing something they love.
Yellow Sun Charm (Solar Plexus Chakra):
This charm teaches children about what it feels like to trust themselves and their intuition.
Green Heart Charm (Heart Chakra):
This charm teaches children about what it feels like to have good, positive love emotions (versus cloudy, negative emotions).
Blue Microphone Charm (Throat Chakra):
This charm teaches children about how to say what they need to say, instead of yelling and crying.
Purple Binocular Charm (Brow Chakra, a.k.a. Third Eye Chakra):
This charm teaches children about how they are able to see with their eyes and their mind.
White Flower Charm (Crown Chakra):
This charm teaches children about always being open to learning new things.
In the book, a colorful rainbow shines once Kathryn the Grape understands about all of her charms. This is the lesson about being in alignment with the flow of energy that streams through us, and it illuminates the message that when all of our chakras are in alignment we SHINE!
To bring the chakras to life even more, listen to our song, Colorful You. Here is the song's photo montage video featuring over 60 smiling and *shining* faces of Kathryn the Grape fans from all over the USA and Canada.
~Behind The Book ~
On November 4 2009, I went on a walk around San Diego Bay with my dear friend and Shaman teacher, Jennie ("Jennie Dog" in the books). We had returned from a trip to Sedona only a few days earlier, and we were infused with the desire to share with children, a fun and memorable way to understand what each chakra means and what each chakra feels like. On our walk that day, we created the concept for a magical charm bracelet, and the symbols for each chakra color as represented in the charms. Coincidentally, it was also on that walk where I received the inspiration for Kathryn the Grape's "K" logo with butterfly wings. Needless to say it was a creatively charged walk!
Infused with purpose, I spent the next few weeks writing the first draft of "Magical Charm Bracelet," as it was originally titled. I completed the first workable draft of the book at Cosmos Coffee Shop on November 18 2009, but it took almost two years and countless rewrites for this story to finally reach completion (it was published on September 29, 2011). Why did it take so long for the book to be finished? Well as Jennie always reminded me, I can't effectively teach a lesson until I have learned it. Thus, how could I help children understand how to trust their intuition until I was actively trusting my own? And, how could I help children speak up for themselves and share their truth if I wasn't doing it myself? I learned a lot of personal lessons while writing this book, and I am thankful for each one. I am also thankful for all of the people who contributed their talents and resources to bring this important book to publication.
I have personally received a lot of positive feedback about this book. Yoga teachers have told me that they use this story during Savasana. Also, many adults are finding it to be a great way for them to learn the chakras. If you'd like to purchase the book and music, feel free to browse our store by clicking the Books, Music & More button above.
If you have any questions about the book, feel free to message me through the Kathryn the Grape Facebook page, or email me.
*This piece was originally posted in September 2011 (here) but I was inspired to share it after receiving this note from Carly at Mandala Daydreams:
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