I promised to share more ways to use your mala. As part of my meditation practice, I use a mala as a tool for centering with an intention. Here's one that I've come to cherish lately using a phrase that honours impermanence. I'm sure you've coined this yourself as well: "This too shall pass". The recent realization that I would only ever bring this to mind with challenges left me prompted to experiment in incorporating all moments, experiences and relations. The abundance of gratitude and an inate sense of the value of being present was beautiful.
First sit quietly, comfortably and do a little body scan. As you breathe in allow your breath to assess any tension or discomforts and as you exhale, allow them to dissolve and fall away. Breathe deeply, fill your lungs, hold for a count of two - exhale fully and hold for a count of two. Repeat this for a few minutes allowing your belly to rise and fall.
With your mala in your hand, bring your attention to your first bead. As you inhale, allow a picture of one moment in your life to arise, as you exhale say to yourself silently, "this too shall pass". Then move on to the next bead with another moment of your life, exhaling "this too shall pass". Images of your life can be current or past, dreams fulfilled or baited, challenges, places that inspired you, scared you, moments in nature that left you in awe. Don't force the images but allow them to arise without judgement. If you're anything like me, this exercise with a 108 beads will certainly leave you with a sense of deep richness.
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I invite you to share your experiences or post questions . Let's start the conversation.
Savour the day for it too shall pass,