As Miami grows and its residents become more stressed out, many of them seek healing for their souls.
That’s perhaps why stores that sell spiritual objects and are centers of holistic healing are more popular by the day.
The Bodhi Tree House, founded by Colombia native Marcela Muñoz, who is a spiritual counselor and crystal therapist, opened its doors in Wynwood in August. The shop at 2200 NW Second Ave. offers a mix of experiences and products designed to help locals become better versions of themselves and create a community of peace and serenity.
The store’s name was taken from the Bodhi tree, which symbolizes enlightment for Buddhists.
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“The Bodhi Tree House is the start of making all my dreams come true, of all my favorite places in the world, and it’s the corner where I find the true meaning of peace,” said Muñoz.
The store offers natural and organic skincare products such as lotions, shampoos, soaps, and oils as well as crystals, quartz, gems, jewelry, terrariums, books, clothing and statues of different gods.
“We have frames, posters and Satoria coffee, brought directly from crops grown in my farm in Colombia,” she said.
Some of the services offered to the community include crystal therapies, alternative massages, yoga classes, guided meditations, workshops and a vegetarian cafeteria.
“We also offer spaces such as tepees, where people can be in, meditate, read or work and we don’t charge anything for that,” added Muñoz.
According to the store owner, all objects and services offered have their own magic toward each process or moment in life. Some of the products people look for the most are quartz and gems because they come from nature and help people increase their energy levels in all areas of their lives, practicioners say.
“I think there’s a vision of a materialistic Miami that’s being reevaluated because we’re experiencing a collective conscious awakening that has become contagious throughout the city,” she said. “And that’s why every day there’s more and more spaces like this one where people can find tools to embark on this path.”
For Muñoz, spirituality is something that’s manifested in the interior of each person. She believes it happens when we find our own light and realize that we don’t live only to take care of our physical bodies, but to also feed love to and take care of our spiritual selves.
Meanwhile, Ayessa Lopez, owner of the Silver Dragon in Coral Gables, considers the store as her second home.
“Here, I dedicate myself to everything I love, I can express my spiritual nature, my love for art and beauty, and I have the opportunity to help other people,” said the Cuban-American.
Lopez leads meditation groups and helps people balance their chakras (energy points) by using gems and Quartz.
“From a young age, my parents introduced me to meditation and Buddhist philosophies,” said Lopez. “In the store, we have study groups, guided meditation classes, and full moon ceremonies and this year we received a visit from a group of Tibetan monks, who held several rituals.”
Silver Dragon at 81 Merrick Way opened in 2012 and Lopez chose the name because it was indicative of two of her main product lines: objects related to Tibetan Buddhism and the sale of silver jewelry.
Another of her specialty items are statues from Tibet, Nepal, India, Indonesia and China. She also offers furniture from the Orient, ancient Tibetan paintings, bells, mandalas and a great variety of incense, oil fragrances, and artisanal candles.
Lopez likes to work with Quartz pyramids because she says they help alleviate tension.
“To hear those sounds is a sublime experience, they help my clients alleviate their stress,” she said. “People come here seeking peace because it’s what they’re lacking the most in the midst of daily agitations.”
Lopez said many people regularly visit her store in search of relaxation sessions, meditation classes, or to have their chakras balanced, both in group sessions and individually while others simply want to buy novelty gifts for themselves or for special occasions.
According to Lopez, there’s small but powerful “magic” that can be done to elevate personal energy levels and to help the environment and open ourselves up to attracting what we need. She considers the most important thing is to keep our auras clean, remain calm, focused, and to be positive because we attract what we think.
“I start by recommending that they buy white salvia to cleanse their aura, their homes and their businesses of all negative energy,” she said. “Later, they must light incense depending on what they want to attract. I also recommend that they take showers with perfumed bath salts, which help cleanse the aura.”
Lopez said that cities don’t come with a sense of spirituality. Rather, individuals are the ones in charge of their own spirituality and that can be done anywhere if the person has enough interest.
“And Miami is a melting pot full of possibilities” she said, adding that, “Miami is a special city full of life, there’s people from different countries and cultures and that diversity enriches us because Miami has it all.”