Part two of this question was: “how can I incorporate my beads into my meditation/yoga practice? Since this experience today I literally want to have them with me all the time! Thank you for your guidance! Namaste, beautiful!”
It makes me so happy to hear that your fashion statement became a spiritual practice!
In addition to being boho chic, prayer beads first and foremost are used by Buddhist monks during mantra meditations, where they close their eyes and hold the beads around their hand in such a way (you can read more about the way Buddhist monks use Malas here from my Meditation Guide) that every time their thumb runs over a bead they say their mantra, and when they hit the prayer bead (the biggest bead, at the end with the tassel) they move backwards and begin the cycle again until they hit the tassel. It’s a very sacred form of prayer in the Buddhist tradition.
So whenever you feel your anxiety arise, it would be a great practice for you to do a round or two (getting to the tassel once or twice) saying your mantra as you go. Your mantra doesn’t have to be a Buddhist saying, it can be whatever you need in the moment (“I am more than my anxiety.” “I am calm.” “I am healthy.” “I am filled with light.” Etc., get creative!).
Malas can be great training for meditation as well, because when you’re focused on saying the mantra there isn’t room for rogue thoughts to bombard you. It’s instantly calming and helps you focus. I took a full year of Buddhist meditation in college and we used them from time to time, especially during longer meditations.
Wishing you the best in your practice!
Hi lovely anon,
Busy is all well and good, just make sure you don’t forget YOU in the equation! You can only give yourself to your studies and job to the proportion that you fulfill yourself with your own attention, passion and pleasures too.
It can be a tough balance to strike, I’m in this with you too haha
I’m a big fan of the mantra “do what you can.” If what you can do on a given Tuesday is waking up 15 minutes earlier to do a few sun salutations, then that’s enough! If your meditation time is simply eating your dinner mindfully, or having a walking meditation to or from your car, do that and just give your all to those small moments.
I think I’ve found that meditation and yoga don’t have to mean HOURS upon hours of daily rigorous training. We’re not monks, that’s not our world, and many can’t afford that pleasure. Sometimes carving out that amount of time leaves us feeling more stressed anyway.
Through my job I had the pleasure of working with Master DDnard, a Thai spiritual teacher, and I (along with my team) set up a rigorous NYC publicity tour for her. At lunch I asked her if she missed meditating, or how she made the time to meditate even with the tight schedule we made for her. She said, “I’m meditating right now! Sitting at this table, speaking with you. I’m doing it all mindfully.”
You can also check out an article I wrote for MindBodyGreen.com called The Busy Person’s Guide to Meditation that might be of some use.
Namaste my friend,
Better to choose the agony and ecstasy of living a life that fulfills you.
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