To me, meditation is an art form. An ever changing, shifting, pulsing, ebb & flow form of art that you are constantly practicing. Sometimes it is strong, easy, fluid- and other times, weaker, tougher and a bit more stuck. For me, it is just like life. Just another side we tap into. The more in-tune, subtle, gentle place – a place of unity and one-ness.
My meditation practice shifts constantly. Before I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy – my meditation practice consisted of yoga and a more disciplined seated meditation; sometimes with a mala chanting and sometimes without. When he was born my meditations became the moments where I sat and breastfed him – there was so much peace and sacredness in that exchange of nourishment. As he grew older I had less time to sit, focus on myself and tune out the world so I could tune into myself. But I always found my deepest meditation practice, and my most steady is and always has been- the art of making malas. This has been the largest and most sacred connection to my mind, body and soul that I have kept over the years. Each mala is a meditation. Each bead strung – a prayer, a symbol, and energetic exchange and a gift of which I release into the World to help bring a beautiful meditation practice to someone else. It is an absolute blessing, and besides my amazing family, it is the greatest passion of my life.
We can’t all just sit still, shut our eyes and meditate. Malas, and in my experience, gemstone malas, really help to have a tangible and tactile energy to further your practice. Either by chanting simple mantras with them or just holding them while you sit. Each one unique, your own – and each meditation practice unique and your own. I encourage everyone to see the meditations in the moments and be open to different forms of meditation, through art, through sitting, through silence, through any form of self – expression that brings you back to yourself. The greatest gift we have in life is to love and to love ourselves, to really get to know that beautiful, pure, quiet self that is inside all of us. To return hOMe.