You And Your Mala: Joshua Duvauchelle
A few years ago, my life was rushing in the fast lane. Achieving career goals. Partying. The usual things people get caught up in when they’re scared of reality, really. Though I didn’t know it, I was trapped in a way of thinking that was very self-focused on my pain body. One morning, I’d had enough. I Googled “how to be happy.” Yoga was one of the results; I searched for classes in my area and attended my first class that evening.
It was an “aha moment” and a dramatic breakthrough. For the first time in my life, I was made aware of my breath and my Self – the consciousness beneath all the thoughts and anxieties of my life. And it was simply breathtaking to expose that to light. As the Bible says, “all things are corrected by The Light and they are revealed, and everything that reveals is Light.”
I learned many lessons that first year of my spiritual journey. I often return to these lessons even now:
- Take consistent small steps, not drastic strides. This isn’t Extreme Spirit Makeover! I thought I had to be a perfect, peaceful, all-loving being before telling people I meditate. But meditation is just a tool to get us there, not salvation itself. Find little ways to add meditation and stillness. I love doing a quick car meditation before going to work, especially when I know I’ll face a lot of stress and negative energy.
- Surround yourself with icons that encourage you on your path. I love Mala Collective’s prana mala – it reminds me to stay present in breath. I have a woven seven-pointed star in my car – a traditional icon used to represent the seven gifts of the spirit which I seek to embody. If we invest our intention into them, icons can be powerful reminders.
- Make it yours. Meditation isn’t about absorbing some external spiritual philosophy but empowering your own steps toward self-actualization. You can meditate on anything, whether it’s a sound or words or a visualization. As a Christian, I love exploring my faith and prayer through meditation. I've lately been centering my focus on the Chaplet of Saint Michael, which has been used since the early 1800s to invoke the assistance of angels.
- Have fun! Some people take it too seriously. Meditation is a chance for your spirit to play and explore and make dreams real.
| Joshua Duvauchelle is a health writer and certified personal
trainer in Vancouver, B.C.