Posted: by Jo Thursday, 27 September 2018 @ 16:32
September was another
exciting month at Mantra, with our appearance at Wanderlust 108 in Battersea
Park. A beautiful sunny day, with over 3000 participants taking part in a 5k
run, yoga, and meditation, in the park.
It was a heart-warming
experience, looking out across the hundreds of yoga mats spread out across the
grass, and feeling the sense of community and shared experience. The meditation
session, run by Michael James Wong, was magical, with eyes closed in the
sunshine, as we sat in shared silence, or listened to the enchanting music.
I listened to Jasmine
Hemsley give a great overview of Ayurvedic eating; and watched our Mantra
collaborator, Julie Montagu, up on stage hosting an energetic yoga
session, with Goldie on the decks. The vibe was a mixture of high energy and
chilled out bliss.
We met thousands of lovely
people, as we launched our ‘Find your True North’ Wanderlust x Mantra
collaborative necklace, and gave out uplifting mantras all day long.
September also saw us launch
several new pieces of Mantra, with the ‘Evil Eye’ and ‘Moon and Sun’ quickly
establishing themselves as favourites amongst our customers. ‘May I always feel
safe and strong’ and ‘May I always find light in the darkness and sunshine in
the shadows’ are both great mantras for life.
We held some Focus Groups in
the middle of the month, to gain feedback about gaps in our range in terms of
topics they would like to see mantras for; or feelings they would like us to
address. It was really valuable and insightful, in terms of the learnings.
Anxiety amongst young people
came up a lot as a theme that mantras can really help to address; and
loneliness amongst older people, as a challenge to overcome. Our ‘Strength’necklace for MIND is already one of our bestselling pieces – often as a gift
for a teenage daughter – and it seems like we need to create more mantras
around this theme.
One young participant also
flagged up the need for she and her friends to be able to say, ‘enough!’ – that
they are happy as they are, without feeling the need to do more, be more,
achieve more, share more. We hope our new ‘I am enough’ necklace will act as a
reassurance to everyone that we have all that we need inside ourselves.
I finished the month with a
few days away for my 50th birthday. My lovely husband took me to
France, for a few days in Reims and Paris. We had a glorious sunny day for a
visit to Monet’s garden and studio at Giverny, where his beautiful
waterlily ponds inspired some of his greatest works.
can see why Monet spent so much time outside in his later years, amongst the
flowers, trees and water, as it brings a sense of peacefulness and calm that
can often be missing in our lives. ‘Seek the sweet moments in every day’ seems
like the perfect mantra for what he created at Giverny.
I look forward to catching
up in October.