my mala – Horizons from Tiny Devotions

I am very attached to my yoga practice. My yoga mat is like my sanctuary. It is my sacred time.

And I end each of my practices with a round around my mala. I wear it all of the time. But I use it as a rosary/meditation bead combination. With my own rules.

I start with the big stone…

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And this prayer from Danielle LaPorte.

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I use the first three little smooth beads to get really settled and centered. Then I actively pray around – a prayer at a time – until I reach the first smooth pink bead. I have 15 beads to pay attention to where I want my energy and my focus to go during the rest of my practice.

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There are 70 beads between the small pink beads. Those beads are where I meditate. Where I try to let things pass me by. Take one breath – in and out – with each bead. Sometimes I count the length of my breath. Sometimes I think “in.out.” And sometimes something comes up in my early prayer that becomes a mantra.

When I have worked my way around for 70 breaths, I come to another little pink bead.

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With the final 15 beads, I pray for other people specifically. It is no longer about me. This is where I send my energy out into the world. There are three more small stones where I focus on gratitude and sealing my prayer. And then I am back to the big stone.

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And I recite the Nicene Creed. Often out loud.

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I adore this practice. So much. And, as we approach Lent, I just wanted to share it with you. I know there is some chatter about yoga being a religion, or how yoga can impact religion. And I just wanted to show how I integrate my yoga/meditation practice and my faith.

Do you have any special ways you incorporate the sacred into your day?

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4 Comments

  1. My first thought when I saw your mala, was that it looked like a rosary! I have a couple knocking about from my childhood but I’ve never been a fan, I think it’s the joys of growing up Catholic but with a mother who was raised Salvation Army, my spiritual influences are very mixed! But I love that you’ve managed to merge the practice and the objects into something that works for your journey with God.
    I like the Examen, to give me that sense of what I need to talk to God about (http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/) there is an app that I can use but mostly, I just have a notebook, for me it works to put the day behind me and writing it down is a good way to see patterns and what’s really on my mind, which often isn’t what I think it is!

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