Week 5: Japa Meditation

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Sharing Japa Meditation with you gives me goose bumps. It gets me that excited. I hate showing a preference on meditation because I want you to make your own choices, but my rights as a blogger allow me to share my opinion, so this time I’ll say screw it.

Personally, I feel that Japa is the magic spell of the meditation world. It involves reciting a mantra, but one of your choosing, and for all those who have a hard time not thinking, you’re in luck. The focus of Japa is that you pick one thing to think about and channel only that one thought, while paired with a mantra, while fondling beads. There is so much going on that you don’t really have time to think about anything else!

It is very similar to the concept of The Secret. It draws from the belief that if we picture ourselves already in the state of success, that we will ultimately become a magnetic force that draws it to us.

The only requirement for it is that the mantra begin with I AM.

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 It could be something like, I am happy or I am healthy or I am a three-legged dinosaur. Ok maybe not that last one, but you get the point. The purpose is just to envision that, whatever you want to be, you already are. The process of getting there is gone and you jump straight to the good part.

All aboard the Japa train!

To begin, you repeat the mantra either silently or at a low whisper, and with each recitation, you move on to the following bead. The only limitation is that you’re forefinger(pointer/index) is not allowed to touch the beads, as it represents the “Ego”, and in meditation, we want to check that blunt, bossy character at the door.

Now, I know Mala Beads aren’t a household item and most of us do not have them lying around. This can also work without. Whether you imagine yourself with an imaginary set or just focusing on the mantra itself, what is important is what is inside YOU and the positive intentions that you focus on.

Give it a try. Start with something simple. Let’s say, I am happy. Are you trying it? You feel that resistance inside of you that doesn’t want to believe what your saying? That’s because you have inwardly set your mind to not believing it. You’re, in fact, repelling it.

Say it to the point that even when you aren’t saying it and going through your daily life, that it becomes the voice in the back of your mind, like a song you cant get out of your head from the radio. So the more you repeat to yourself that it is, the better you can reprogram your thoughts to accept what you deserve. Flip that switch!

The best part of Japa is that you can do it anywhere, in the midst of anything.  It could be while riding the bus to work, or absentmindedly while waiting in line for your coffee.  There is no set time needed. Just keep your Mala beads in your jacket pocket while on the go!


Read more on Mala beads. Mala beads contain 108 beads, which is symbolic for a divine number that can be linked to all religious scriptures.  Find more info here.

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One-Sided Visions: The Dream Crusher

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Have you ever had a vision for something? Like a great project for the yard or maybe you were planning a fun get-together at the office? You get so darned excited about it that you can’t keep it to yourself and you share your ideas with others.

Then the dreaded happens… They start giving you their ideas.

How dare they steal your thunder?!

And let me guess, you said something along the lines of this:

"Yeah, that's sounds great! Maybe next time! 
"You, know. I already have everything planned, but thank you."

Or maybe you’re not even that polite about it.

"That's stupid." 
"Just let me deal with it." 
"Why don't you just leave it to me, ok?"

breaking-up-with-your-girlfriendIt took me a long time to realize those last few were my reflexive answers to anything my family suggested. Then one day I paid attention long enough to see their reaction after I said what I had said, and what I saw were fallen faces. They were disheartened. My one sided visions that brought me so much excitement crushed their dreams and made them feel valueless in an instant.

Once I saw these faces, my heart broke. I had been causing this kinda of pain and disappointment?  Along the way, I became the bully out of sheer ignorance and I never wanted to make anyone feel that way again.

So, yeah, maybe their ideas aren’t what you want(Or to put it more blatantly, they suck!), but you know what? All they want is to be considered and feel included. Something we may so easily head shake away could actually make another person’s day and boost their confidence.

For today, think about the other person.  I’m not saying you are responsible for any persons sense of value, because we all have to find that for ourselves against all odds of negativity this world may create, but wouldn’t you want to help if you could?  I would.

I think I would sleep better, too.

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