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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re Dream On!

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Not that long ago, I had the pleasure of coming to the horrifying realization that I no longer had any goals. Nor could I even envision myself or what my life would look like a year from then.

I was coasting through life, day to day, just barely emotionally surviving and spending all my energy avoiding my reflection. I didn’t want to look at myself. Not because I felt ugly, but because I didn’t recognize the person looking back.

The person I remembered had dreams. I was excited about life. I was optimistic and thought everything was possible.

So, where did everything go wrong?

The simple answer: life happened.

The child confronted the world. Things weren’t as magical as they seemed. It wasn’t what the movies played it out to be. Life was disappointing. Dreams didn’t come true like you once thought. They were crushed.

Continue reading “re Dream On!”