There is a bit of a story to this product and I feel compelled to share it with you because it will affect your decision of whether to own your very own BuDhaGirl ALTAR.
For a number of years now, I have felt that BuDhaGirl is more than jewelry...I just couldn't wrap my head around as to what products I would like to create that could make a difference in people's lives. Little by little ideas did coalesce, and in February of 2020, during a design meeting with my design collaborator, Sandra Gutierrez, we came up with the BuDhaGirl ALTAR.
Individually handcrafted by our artisans and made with sustainability in mind, always.
We instinctively knew that a personal Altar would be so great. A compact scroll-type Altar that when opened, held many special items to helps us meditate, pray, be still, reflect, and create a ritual for ourselves, unique to each person. The one question Sandra and I kept asking ourselves, are people ready to create ritual? Now, more than ever, as our global reality has changed there is no better time for the BuDhaGirl Altar™.
Our BuDhaGirl ALTAR is based on the four elements and borrows rituals from many ancient cultures and traditions.
To learn more about the treasures and specific rituals, please scroll down on this page.
*Gold Leather is ethically produced at the LEFARC tanner. Click here to view awards.
RETURNS/EXCHANGES - If you are not completely satisfied with your BuDhaGirl.com purchase for any reason you may return it within 30 days of purchase and receive a full product refund or store credit.
SALE ITEMS - All purchases made during any sale are final and items cannot be returned. You can however, submit an exchange request.
When will I receive my order?
Orders placed before 04 PM - CST (UTC-05) will be dispatched the same day, otherwise, within the next business day. Our fulfillment team operates on Monday - Friday during standard business hours, except on national holidays at which time the office will be closed. In these instances, we take steps to ensure shipment delays will be kept to a minimum.
How long does shipping take?
Delivery takes between 1-4 working days from the time of dispatch depending on your location, with a 1-3 day processing time in our warehouse. You should expect to receive your order within 2-7 working days after purchasing. During sale periods, please allow additional time for your order to be processed and dispatched.
Can I cancel my order?
Yes, only if the order has not been fulfilled. Please promptly contact us to request a cancellation to your order.
Can I make changes to my order?
We cannot make any changes to your order. Therefore, please review your order carefully before placing an order.
What if my order is sold out?
In the rare occasion that your order has sold out after you have purchased it, BuDhaGirl will notify you and allow you to exchange to a different style at the same price or process a refund.
How much does shipping cost?
Shipping costs are calculated during checkout based on weight, dimensions and destination of the items in the order. Payment for shipping will be collected with the purchase. This price will be the final price for shipping cost to the customer.
Where are BuDhaGirl products shipped from?
All BuDhaGirl products are shipped from our BuDhaGirl HQ in the United States of America using UPS, FedEx, DHL or USPS.
How do I return an order?
To submit a return request, please visit our returns and exchanges center. Before doing so, please see our return policy.
Will I have to pay additional taxes and duties?
All orders which are dispatched to a customer in the USA will not be liable for additional duties and taxes, the final price will be shown at checkout.
All shipments to customers outside of the USA will be liable for all import duties, customs and taxes. These will be due at the point of, or after delivery.
Nurturing our spirit is as important as taking care of our bodies. Today, more than ever, we are faced with unparalleled challenges and it is up to use to take care of our inner-self through the rituals of prayer, meditation, & contemplation.
The BuDhaGirl Altar is your personal sacred area, space, or sphere. Completely portable, it has all the essentials for creating moments of true devotion and introspection.
Delight in beautiful daily rituals created with many Altar treasures based in nature using the four elements: Air, Water, Fire, Earth.
Now that you have chosen to begin your BuDHaGirl ALTAR™ ritual, find a peaceful space and allow yourself time to unwind, re-focus, and find inner peace. Begin by unrolling your leather mantle and carefully unwrapping your Altar treasures found in the silk layer. Take a moment to place each Altar treasure on your mantle and silk layer.
Light your candle and the Palo Santo wood, allow yourself to be surrounded by light, feel the warmth of the flame, and deeply inhale the Palo Santo scent. Connect your physical body with your mind and allow your spirit to feel infinite love that expands through your being.
Close your eyes and focus on each one of your Altar treasures...Breathe...Connect the quartz with the earth, with being here and in the now. Hold the beautiful natural bird feather and marvel at the mysteries of the universe, connect with the air. Think about the shell and sense the infinite source of water that flows in you and gives you the skill of being flexible and resilient. Repeat << Like an ever-flowing...This too shall pass>>. Observe the golden feather and visualize an eagle, the wind and the freedom and the feeling of love that keeps growing in your heart and remember <<love is freedom >>. Finally hold the BDG Reminder and feel that once again bright light surrounds you, acknowleding that we are connected to the universe: You are not alone...breather...feel...linger in gratitude.
Hold your Mala Prayer beads and decide to repeat your mantra as few as three times, or even better, the complete 108 mantra repetitions. Your mantra is yours and it can change from day to day. Make it simple. Something like: May I be happy, at peace and live in gratitude.
When you feel ready, open your eyes and don't forget to blow out the candle, knowing that even though the candle light is out, the light that now resides in your heart will remain.
THE BUDHAGIRL ALTAR CONTENTS & USES:
SPECIFIC RITUALS FOR BUDHAGIRL ALTAR TREASURES
BuDhaGirl ALTAR's components are based on the four elements: air, earth, fire and water. All of our organic ALTAR treasures are ethically sourced. Even our leather mantle comes from a Platinum Award tannery in Mexico, passing the strictest environmental guidelines.
Preparing your area for ritual begins with the gold leather mantle which helps to cosset the many Altar treasures. The BuDhaGirl Altar's portability makes it easy to create the perfect place in both your home or when you travel.
LAYER OF SILK
Our silk scarf protects the outer leather mantle. Every scarf one-of-a-kind, so the unique pattern on the scarf is a point of serendipity for the user. It also represents beauty, elegance, and grace.
MALA PRAYER BEADS
Mala Prayer Bead Necklace is our interpretation of the Hindu meditation garland and contains 108 wood beads. Repeat your own personal mantra for each bead (108 times), which is a universal sacred number.
TEA LIGHT CANDLE
A Tea Light Candle to light at the beginning of your ritual. (The beginning) Light the candle to start the ritual. The purpose is to call upon the light to clear your mind and be conscious. Breathe, observe the fire, and open the mind to connect with each one of the following elements.
Quartz, to garner your energy and connect to our world. (Earth.) Set your feet on the ground and connect to the earth elements, the purpose is to be present (here and now).
A Shell, to remind us of nature and our origins. (Water) Place your hands beneath your belly button and sense the water that flows like a river. This represents the flexibility and the capacity to adapt (resilience): "This too shall pass." The spiral, a perfect geometric symbol that represents the infinite way of rebirth in the cosmos.
The Golden Feather, we call it the "Dumbo" feather. The "you can do it" reminder. (Heart) Focus on your chest to feel the inner strength and healing that comes from the heart. When expanding your light, just remember that love is freedom.
A Palo Santo stick for cleansing the area around you and your personal aura. (Ether) Once you light the Palo Santo you start connecting the past elements through your throat and neck breathing. The purpose is to communicate in a virtuous and an assertive form. It's the moment to think in the way you speak and be grateful verbally. The Palo Santo will cleanse the surrounding energy and balance it.
A bird's feather to clear the air around you. In this reflection close your eyes and feel the air, the freedom, the wisdom though the eyes of an eagle and how they glide in the wind.
BUDHAGIRL BDG REMINDERS®
A BuDhaGirl BDG Reminders®, a small resin tablet for you to focus on when meditating. You can hold it in your hand as you feel the infinite connection in the cosmos with all living things - we are not alone.
A pink or two of salt for setting a boundary, or to alter your throat's PH balance*** This will help to cleanse and balance your personal energy (positive and negative). This is the end of the ritual; close your eyes, take a big breath, blow out the candle (make sure that it's not led) and be THANKFUL.
BDG ALTAR GUIDE
Your packaged Altar will have a ritual guide, beautifully tied with our pink silk ribbon, containing product information and the story behind the BDG Altar™.
We hope that this BuDhaGirl Altar brings you great joy and moments of calm, serenity and introspection.
Many times we can't explain why things happen, it has been this way since time began. What has helped in the progress of human culture and civilization are rituals based in wisdom and compassion. Rituals that heal and build, rituals based in kindness and gratitude.
May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you live in grace.
May you live in peace.