On each bead, take a deep inhale and exhale. Then move to the next bead. Deep inhale and exhale.
Once you have the breathing down, you can layer in mantra.
( Read: What’s your mantra?)
On each bead, along with your breath, try silently repeating your mantra to yourself
For the sake of this, we will use an affirmation based mantra, which is an “I Am statement”On each bead, inhale “I Am” and exhale a word that embodies how you want to feel in that moment. It can be abundant, strong, patient, intuitive, etc. (For more on choosing your word, read: I Am Enough — Why Affirmations are so powerful)Inhale “I Am” and exhale your word on each bead
You can also simply use one word such as grounded, or love
Once you have made it around 108 beads, you will reach the guru bead
The guru bead signifies a moment to pause and sit in reflection. Here, you can thank and honor your guru, your mantra, and yourself for taking the time to sit in stillness.
Congrats! This signifies a full practice!
FYI - If you want to keep meditating, rather than continuing over the guru bead, it is advised to turn back in the direction you just came.