A mala is used in many religious traditions to count the repetitions of prayers or devotions, and often consists of 108 beads. Choosing one is a very personal experience, and not always easy – at least it wasn’t for me, as I didn’t find the mala that ‘fit’ me until the third try.
It’s worth the search though because when you do find the right one, it becomes a physical reminder of the power of awareness.
Every year at this time I review my journals, I complete the year and make space for what’s next. This year, 2012, has been a year of challenge, opportunity and deepening; more than I thought possible.
As I reviewed, it occurred to me as a mala, 108 insights or moments of mindfulness that have had a profound impact on my life.
I share it with the hope that some of these thoughts also make a difference for you.
1. Silence is the best antidote to the busyness of life. New thoughts emerge effortlessly in this sacred space.
2. Imagine living as if wherever you are is holy ground.
3. When the muse wakes you up at 3am, pay attention.
4. Feeling hunger is a good thing. It reminds us that we’re alive.
5. Freedom from responsibility is not the solution. Choosing your responsibilities mindfully is.
6. It’s ok to want what you want. Stop making your wants wrong.
7. Get clear on your non-negotiables. It’s highly likely they’re related to your values.
8. Question everything. Believe only that which feels good.
9. You have a gift that is uniquely yours. How are you offering it?
10. That slow burn in your belly will not fade away. Nurture it.