We love hearing from our community and the love they have for their personal practices. We were so moved and filled with hope after hearing from our Ambassador Krys from Practise Wellness in Australia and her journey to finding self love and her shift in love that allowed her to conceive her first child!
How did you choose your mala? Were you drawn to a particular energy or gemstone?
I chose the Self Love Mala as I realized softness, acceptance and self love were the energies I needed to bring into my meditation practice if I was going to heal my body and clear the blockages in my energy.
I also loved the simplicity of the mala as it was very important to me that I strengthen my relationship with myself as I am, and let go of the drive and desire to be more.
I wrote a number of affirmations to use in my morning meditations and from the very first time I used this mala I instantly connected with each bead and especially the gorgeous rose quartz guru bead. It is now one of my most cherished items.
When did you start your yoga/meditation practice? What are some of the benefits you have received from your practice?
I have been practicing yoga and meditation since I was a teenager but moved away from it in my 20s. It was after a major relationship breakdown that I realized I hadn't been making choices that served me or were true to who I was, for years.
I was also experiencing a high level of anxiety and my body and immune system were a wreak. I honestly felt lost and didn't know what to do so I started attending daily yoga classes and my body and spirit just rejoiced. Within weeks I was feeling so much better, but I still had a long way to go and a few years later I enrolled in my teacher training.
I think the biggest gift my yoga and meditation practice has given me is to just trust the universe and stop resisting. I have always liked to plan every detail and would stress and fight against any movement away from that plan. Now I understand it is more powerful to envision a destination and focus your efforts to get there, but also be open and accepting to diversions or new destinations. Life has this amazing way of taking you where you need to be and now I only ever experience resistance when I am not being open to the opportunities being placed in front of me.
Any tips for those are are just starting to use a mala in meditation?
Just start with one slow and easy round (full circle of the mala). It may feel strange at first, you might forget your mantra or affirmation, and that is perfect. No matter what happens just slowly repeat your phrase on each bead and take the time to feel the texture of these beads are they are amazing.
A really lovely visualization is to see your fears/stress being soaked into the bead and cleansed - after all Mala Collective mala beads are made from rudraksha seeds which are considered the tears of Shiva.
Start with one round and then when you feel more comfortable, work up to two rounds. Traditionally mala meditation is to be practiced with 16 rounds, but this is very time consuming at first, so save that for when you are on holidays or need an extra long meditation to soothe the soul.
Do you have a favorite mantra to meditate with?
I love to write affirmations for whatever I am experiencing at the time. For example, when I was diagnosed with endometriosis and told I would not be able to fall pregnant, I found in my research that this condition was caused by congestion in the body (on a physical level), and on an energetic level by feeling shameful of your sexual/feminine energy.
So I worked with the affirmations 'Energy moves freely through my entire body. I love myself and I am proud to be a woman. I am beautiful.'
I do however always begin my meditation by chanting the names of God for four rounds with the Maha Mantra 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare'.
Another beautiful mantra to work with is, 'Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu', which translates as 'May All Beings Everywhere be Happy and Free From Suffering.'
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