Week 5: Japa Meditation

japa-meditation-image

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.

il_fullxfull.697969254_foup

 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.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Get daily inspiration from Karmaklysm on Pinterest!

Week 2: Loving-Kindness Meditation

 

meditating-couple2

This one sort of speaks for itself, but I think it’s important to add a little direction into its practice. The purpose is what is clearly in the title: To send love and kindness. Not just to others, but also to yourself. It’s about thankfulness yet also forgiveness; it is a practice of benevolence.

It’s particularly useful when there is something in your mind that you just cant stop thinking about. It allows you to focus on the subject matter without judgment and with acceptance. You can begin by closing your eyes, bring to front a person or situation, and then speak with it.

I Forgive You.

Continue reading “Week 2: Loving-Kindness Meditation”

Meditation Mondays!

tumblr_nltwhzYVhL1sot984o1_1280

It goes without saying the benefits of mediation. Have you heard anyone ever say, “Gosh, I meditated this morning and I just feel awful!”?

That’s because they don’t.

Generally, it benefits us in many ways; from an all-over serene feeling to becoming a better decision maker.

Also, for those who believe in the idea of The Secret, you know that ‘like-attracts-like’, so what we think draws it closer. Therein lies the foundation for the purpose of meditation.

It’s like vitamins, we know they’re good for us, but we get just too darn lazy to take ‘em!

This has been probably the most grappling issue for those of us who want to implement this daily practice, but cant seem to carry on the consistency. I, especially, have a hard time keeping up with it once I finally feel better.

“I got what I came for. See ya!”istock-goodbye-wave1

Of course when the tough gets tougher, I’ll pop a cross-legged squat and meditate in desperation only to be bombarded by lawless thoughts and a negative disposition. Yet, if I had only found a way to keep it going before then maybe I would have been on my A-Game and never found my way back to whatever emotion I’d be facing.

Like many boring activities in life, everything can transform into a more enjoyable form if only you were to jazz it up a little. Luckily for you, there are many forms of mediation and I’m going to give you a handful of favorites over the next few weeks.

26FAB06100000578-3010872-image-m-20_1427287129812

Before you roll your eyes, let me tell you first about the benefits to get those jazz fingers going.


Continue reading “Meditation Mondays!”

Remember to Look Up

It’s Labor Day and Fall is on the waylookup

The sun gets a little further and soon we’ll be back to sweater weather and Netflix binging.  Autumn air is just the welcome wagon to yet another cold lonely winter.

So what should we be doing to break this cycle?  With heads down at full speed ahead, its hard to interact and build future friendships.  Remember: Keep your head up and put that phone away!

Look Up.

Get daily inspiration at our Pinterest Profile:

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

The Struggle with Balancing the Extremist

Oh, boy. I kinda rolled my eyes for a moment when I looked at the heading that I wrote down months ago. I mean, balance? How do I tackle to write about something I still struggle with?

Yeah, well, here goes.


piclab

Balance, balance, balance…

When I think of the word, I picture Yoda on the back of Luke Skywalker as he’s trying to levitate rocks. That’s kinda what life is like, right? Juggling and levitating rocks. That sounds as fun as a barrel of monkeys.

Let’s face it, there are more rocks to juggle now than our parents had before us and because of that there seems to be an ever growing trend trap that most of us have fallen into:

Extreme Living.

Continue reading “The Struggle with Balancing the Extremist”

re Dream On!

Personal-Reflection-1024x682

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!”