With the world becoming seemingly more and more chaotic, I needed something to slow me down. As many of you know, I practice mindfulness and meditation regularly and wanted my DIY this week to reflect something that will help my mindfulness journey, a Mala. A Mala is a necklace of beads that you can use to count mantras or breaths during meditation. They come in four different lengths 18, 27, 54, or 108. I figure I need all the mantras possible so I went with a 108 bead Mala.
So, I headed down to The Bead Shop in Laguna to find the perfect beads for my meditation needs. Ha that rhymed! Also, I totally recommend that you go to an actual bead shop, don’t just order online. There’s something so mindful about touching everything and getting a feel for what you’re buying. Anyway, I bought 108 counting beads made of Earth Jasper also known as the “Supreme Nurturer” it reminds us to help one another and brings tranquility into our lives. Then I grabbed 3 marker beads made from Agate which is a protective stone. Your marker beads should be a different size so you will know when you’ve passed a particular number of beads. Then I bought one large Agate guru bead. The guru bead is the large bead at the apex of the Mala where the tassel hangs. I also added a pretty little tassel and Ohm symbol.
The spacing can get a little confusing, to keep everything simple I placed a large marker bead every 27 counting beads and the guru at the bottom. It all came together to form 4 sections of 27 beads.
Happy meditating my friends!
We all know that life can be utterly out of control, and us humans love to think we can change the unchangeable and move the immoveable, but alas we cannot. This morning Deepak Chopra, via a quote app, reminded me of how holding on to things we cannot change is a suffocating force. He said, “Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go and it will be yours forever.” Isn’t he just amazing. This reminds me to take perspective on the little immovable objects in my path, to take a deep breath as I look at my view, and to love those around me with flexibility.
Set your intensions daily and live them!
Happy New Year C&C readers! December was an eventful month for your dear Cupcakes. I lost friends to eternal rest, completed steps toward a future desired, and found a special someone to breath my breaths with. All in all, an emotional roller coaster. Without going into detail, I’ve been pretty physically, mentally, and spiritually overwhelmed. To remain sane I had to keep one word in mind “balance.” I found balance in mentally stimulating conversation, laughter, meditation, and knowledge. Find what helps give you balance in this new year hone in on it and practice it as often as possible.
I found myself meditating in my office just a moment ago. Yes, officially meditating. Sitting lotus position with my hand on my knees and all, and I was struck with a thought, “accept where you are, but acknowledge where you want to be.” This is truly the dialectical of life. We are here to accept the present moment but remain in constant motion toward our future goals. My pseudo-Deepak moment is over, you may now return to your lives.
Stress is real…there aren’t enough mantras or herbal teas to soothe some types of pressure. But I am comforted by the fact that eventually all stressful situations pass and there is the delicious calm between the storms. I revel in intermittent peace. Find it and live in it…
I had a meeting with the Producer/Director of the Serenity Channel, Susan Hurd, and honestly I’m addicted. She travels to remote areas to film peaceful scenes and native wildlife. Much of my life is dedicated to a peaceful existence and the constant onslaught of tremendously stressful media puts a damper on my day. It’s excellent ambiance and for those of us who aren’t able to sit on a beach in French Polynesia this is about as good as it gets. So I hope you all enjoy SERENITY CHANNEL.
Early this Sunday morning I just wanted to remind you to be at peace.