Centering Pendants
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About the Artist

Margaret Goodson Graham

 

I am the maker; the Universe is the creator.
It wasn’t until I quit my day job, meditated consistently, and asked the Universe to bring more purpose and meaning to my jewelry that I was given the idea for Centering Pendants.

 

 

My journey in art began at a young age: appreciating linear drawings by M.C. Escher and organic paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe on the walls of my childhood home; looking forward to handmade gifts from my aunts and Grandma at every Christmas; and watching my older sister draw.
After 4 years of art classes in high school, I knew art was the ONLY direction for me.
I received a B.A. in Art (concentration in ceramics) from UNC Asheville in 2002 (when I also had my first experience with yoga and meditation), taught myself to make jewelry in 2006, and took a metalsmithing class in 2009. For 10 years I made Gritgoods Jewelry; I sold it online, in galleries, and at many festivals in the Southeast. But making and selling Gritgoods jewelry did not fulfill me.

 

I couldn't JUST make jewelry. I needed it to be more meaningful.

 

I quit my full-time job in June, 2016 to teach yoga and make jewelry and it was at this time that I also began to meditate more consistently. I talked with friends and mentors, and put out into the world, that I needed my jewelry to have more purpose and meaning.
In September of 2016, my request was answered. the Universe provided me with the idea of Centering Pendants; a two-sided concave form that creates the perfect landing spot for the thumb and forefinger in gyan mudra, a gesture that helps calm and center you.

 

It's a way to take a yoga, mindfulness or meditation practice beyond the mat and into everyday life; a quick mindfulness meditation for the in-between times.

 

After creating the Original Pendant in January of 2017, I immediately began to feel the benefits. I wore the Original Pendant every day, touching it when I felt doubtful, insecure or just stressed out, and would be overwhelmed with physical sensation in my heart of being whole and complete; a feeling of calm, centeredness, and being connected to something greater than myself. It was a lesson in trusting mySelf, letting go of the past, releasing control of the future, and it was also the beginning of a spiritual awakening for me: a truly magical experience!
The Universe made it clear that my purpose was to make these pendants and after further meditation on focus, purpose and intention it was clear that I was meant ONLY to make these Pendants, so I also quit teaching yoga to focus on them full time.

 

I know this pendant is capable of serving your mindful life because it has served me to live a more mindful life.

 

And I truly believe it is my purpose, as an artist, to MAKE these for you.

 

The Universe is the creator. I am the maker. You are whole and complete. And your Pendant will help you remember that.

 

Centering Pendants that are ready to ship and ready to serve you.