Tiger Eye helps you retain an overall view in complicated and difficult situations while assisting with any doubts and difficulties that you may have in making decisions. This stone sparks your imagination, which is the key to understanding your intuition. The energy of this stone reminds you to embrace your spiritual potential and allow divinity into your spiritual practice. Use the Tiger Eye stone to connect with the spiritual power of the sun as a source of nourishment for your soul.
Tigers Eye Mala
Mala beads have been used by yogis and spiritual seekers for thousands of years to help keep their minds focused during meditation. Malas were first created in India 3000 years ago (with roots in Hinduism & Buddhism) and were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, to recite. The term ˜mala is a Sanskrit word for meditation garland.
A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration while meditating. When using a mantra, it's believed that only the positive intentions and actions will fill your mind and eliminate negativity. A mantra can be as simple as the word 'love,' something you are thankful for, or a phrase such as 'om shanti, shanti, shanti' which represents all encompassing peace. You can also meditate on an affirmation, such as 'I accept myself.'
Here are some of our favorite modern day mantras:
"This too shall pass."
"I am love."
"Smile, breathe, and go slowly."
"Be here, now."
Allowing the universe to guide you
"I am open to receiving universal gifts."
"Today I choose joy."
"Close your eyes, clear your heart, let it go."
"I are capable of wonderful things"
Some of our favorite ancient mantras:
Om Namah Shivaya
I honour the divinity within myself to help with self confidence.
Om Hreem Shreem Hara Hara Swaaha
This mantra will help you attract abundance into your life.
The Gayatri Mantra
While long, the Gayatri Mantra (below) is the most ancient of prayers which encourages one to be lead by the universe, as it is divine.
Om bhur buvah svah
Tat savitur varemyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonah prachodyat
Or you can simply choose a word (the words below are in Sanskrit):
Shradda - Faith
Bhakti - Devotion
Shanti - Peace
Prajna - Wisdom
Santosa - Contentment
Veda - Knowledge
Ananda - Bliss
Moksha - Liberation
Dharma - Righteous path
Prasada - Grace/clarity
Whether you're just starting a meditation practice, or you're an advanced practitioner, Mala beads are a great tool to help focus your attention.
They provide something tactile to come back to when your mind starts to wander. (Which happens to everyone!)
Rolling the beads through your fingers is a physical way to direct your energy and attention. It's a gentle reminder every few seconds to reground and refocus.
Here are some simple how to steps for incorporating Mala Beads into your meditation practice:
- If this is your first time using a Mala, start by holding it out in front of you so we can look at the anatomy. (Read: Anatomy of a Mala) The tassel represents an end point, signifying you've gone all the way around the Mala for a full cycle of meditation. Between the tassel and necklace loop, there is one single bead, called the guru bead. There are 108 beads in the necklace loop.
- Now, start with the necklace in your dominant hand, tassel facing towards you
- Start with the bead to the right of the guru bead
- Begin turning each bead individually in your fingers, making your way slowly to the next bead
- When turning the beads, try not to use the index finger as that is believed to represent the ego.
- Try using your thumb to turn the beads. You can use your thumb nail to pull the bead towards you, or you can use your thumb to rotate the bead by turning it and moving to the next.
- You will notice there is hand knotting between each bead, this is meant to help ease the practice of moving from bead to bead.
Do you feel have the hang of it? If so, let's try layering in breathe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 canÂ thank and honor your guru, your mantra, and yourself for taking the time to sit in stillness.
Congrats! This signifies a full practice!
- 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.
What did you notice in this practice? What came up for you?
One thing is guaranteed, your mind will wander. When it does, simply return to the beads.
When your mind wanders, you have the choice to judge yourself and think things likeI'm the worst meditator, I'm never going to get the hang of this. These things only keep you in a place of self judgement.
Or, you can acknowledge you've had some thoughts, let them go, and return your focus to your Mala beads, your breath and your mantra.
You'll be challenged consistently in your practice with a wandering mind. It doesn't mean your a bad meditator, it just means you're human.
Meditation is about eliminating the thoughts. Rather, it's about creating space between them, allowing yourself the room to connect to your higher self.
Your mala is a tactile guide on that journey. But remember, it's a practice. There will be hard days and easy days. Make a choice at the beginning of each practice to not judge yourself when your mind wanders. Instead, treat yourself with patience, grace, and love as you would anyone else.
Each Mala is hand knotted, one of a kind, and created with Intention and Reiki charged for amplified energy. I only use precious stones/ crystals and high quality materials. Your Mala will include information cards specific to it along with a how to use and care for your Mala instructions. Your Mala will also include a hand stitched Sari or burlap bag for travel and safe keeping. The Sari bag will vary in color and pattern as they are also one of a kind.
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