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How to Choose your Mala Beads

One of the most common questions from our Tiny Devotions tribe is “How on Earth are you supposed to pick between all of these beautiful malas?

{sidenote: to any newbies reading this, “mala” is the slang or short form for mala beads}

Ok, back to helping you choose! We hear this story all the time. Your meditation practice is developing, your spiritual awareness is growing, and you’ve decided that a set of mala beads could be the tool that takes your growth to the next level. The question is…which mala?

We get it. You’ve hit a roadblock of decision fatigue, FOMO (fear of missing out on “the one” soulmate mala) and you don’t know where to go from here…

You might be wondering, do you choose by what gemstone you’re drawn to? Colors you love? Shapes you’re attracted to? Or just by the intention that you’re trying to manifest?  

The good news is, there really isn’t a wrong answer here. You can choose a mala by any one or all of these aspects. To help you make it over the hump of mala indecision, here are some factors to consider on your journey to finding the perfect mala for you right now:

Intuition

One approach to choosing the perfect set of mala beads is letting your intuition guide you. You know that gut feeling you get when you just know. That’s the best feeling in the world, because your inner voice is coming through loud and clear. When you hear this voice, LISTEN, it’s your intuition talking!  

Here are some questions to ask yourself to tap into your intuition when choosing a mala:

What was the first mala you were drawn to? This is most likely the perfect one for you! Never doubt your magic.

What set of mala beads can you just not get out of your head? This could be a sign that this is your best choice!  

Intention

Another key element in choosing your mala is connecting it to the intention(s) that you are looking to manifest.

Your intention is personal to your journey and only you can decide the goals you are working to accomplish. You may be looking to attract more abundance, find a soul mate or live a more calm and balanced life.

Ask yourself questions like:

What do I want to create in my life?
What am I working on professionally, emotionally or spiritually?
What am I struggling with or challenged by?

If you aren’t clear on your intention, these questions should help guide you.

But you might be wondering how your intention relates to mala beads? One of the coolest things about mala beads are their metaphysical properties. Everything is made up of energy and vibration and the sacred materials we use are no different.

  • Gemstones and Crystals: Our mala beads are made with semi-precious gemstones and crystals that  each have their own individual vibrations. So if your intention is to find more love, that aligns to an energy of a specific gemstones (ie. rose quartz in this instance). There are so many possibilities with intentions and gemstones (Check out our crystal guide for more deets).  When this energy aligns with your intention it amplifies and supports you in manifesting your desires!   
  • Sacred Materials: Similar to crystals, our sacred base materials including: Rudraksha seeds, Sandalwood + Rosewood are all believed to have their own unique healing properties.  Sandalwood is believed to have calming and meditative qualities, rudraksha seeds are believed to be healing and rosewood is believed to have protective qualities.

There is real power in physically wearing your intention by rocking mala beads each day. It makes your goal(s) feel tangible at every moment. Each time you catch a glimpse of your mala, feel its weight on your chest, or absentmindedly play with it, you are reminded to stay focused on your chosen path and connect with your intention.

Beauty

Finally, beauty is a key element to choosing the perfect mala beads for you. We believe that things that you are drawn to are integral in your healing. Whether it’s a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or a gorgeous mala. Surrounding yourself with beautiful and uplifting things is powerful.

  • Color: The colors we are drawn to tell us a lot about our inner world. It’s believed that certain colors are therapeutic and can contribute to our healing. There are so many colors in the world and each person has different colors they are individually drawn to – honor that.

Some things to consider:

What’s your favourite color?
Which colors give you a sense of calm or burst of energy?
What is your favourite room in your home? What color is it?
What colors do you like wearing the most?  

Take a moment to look around your most sacred environments and your most treasured belongings and figure out why you love them so much. Is there a trend with color?

  • Shape: Most of our mala beads, with the exception of tassel malas, have guru stones, or the 109th bead on them. There are a variety of different shapes of these key larger stones. Find a mala with a shape that you connect with like oval, pear or nugget. Or maybe you prefer tassels for their length and  flow of movement.

The bottom line is that shapes are sacred and important. Have you ever heard of sacred geometry? There are sacred universal patterns made up of interlocking shapes used in the design of nearly everything in our reality.

Selecting a mala is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy some personal reflection. We suggest lighting some candles, putting on your favourite album, comfiest clothes, and getting cozy in your favourite space.  Block out the distractions from the rest of the world, and really bring your focus inwards.

Try writing down your goals, struggles, dreams and intentions to see if there is a common thread. Often your subconscious has already started pushing you in the direction you want to be travelling, stop fighting it and listen!

Most importantly,  whether you choose your mala based on your intuition, the intention of the gemstones, crystals and sacred materials, or by how beautiful you find it,  remember to take your time, travel within, and be true to yourself!

If you need a little guidance, our gurus are always here to help point you in the right direction.  Reach out to us at tribe@tinydevotions.com

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Crystal Guide

Gemstones have some of the strongest frequencies in the Universe, and are worn for their healing qualities. Each stone is believed to radiate its own unique energy and positive vibes.

So, what are you manifesting next? Here’s our guide to what intentions are aligned with each gemstone:

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You can always shop by gemstone at Tiny Devotions here

 

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Life on Purpose

Do you ever have those days where you wake up in the morning, blink, and then all of the sudden it’s night time and you’re back in bed, tucked in and ready to turn out the light? Yeah, me too. In fact, I’ve had weeks—sometimes I swear even months—where autopilot takes over and I have a hard time remembering what I did the previous week, let alone what I ate for breakfast earlier that day. It’s hard to distinguish one period of time from another, and everything starts to blend together into one mediocre blob. Autopilot happens when we let habit take the wheel. Instead of actively participating in our lives, we let old ways of thinking and doing auto fill our days.

The best way to combat autopilot, or existing out-of-habit, is with intent. When we are mindful about who we want to attract, what we want to manifest and create, and we infuse purpose into even the smallest acts, we begin to live on purpose. And living on purpose feels so damn good. Don’t you agree?

When we are intentional about how we show up in our day-to-day lives, we can’t help but be present. Intention and presence invite big belly laughs, real connection, joy, a sense of purpose, bliss, creativity, mischief (in only the best way, of course), innovation, adventure, and so much more into our worlds. And living in the moment is where the magic happens, baby. There is nothing more precious than fully showing up—mind, body and spirit—for others. Our attention is the most precious gift with can give others, and for that matter, ourselves.

So, how do we set intentions to begin living on purpose? I always start by asking questions and getting curious about where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I want to go. Here is a list of questions I ask myself when I need to ground myself and refocus on living intentionally (try journaling!):

What am I grateful for? (Name 3 things…or more!)

Gratitude changes everything and helps to crush our feelings of scarcity, allowing us to appreciate what we already have and the incredible humans that we surround ourselves with.

What are my core values? (What I really believe in.)

Think of core values as your compass that keeps you moving in the direction of your own true north. Not sure how to figure out your CVs? Check out Rock Your Bliss’s 7 Weeks to Bliss Program to help you create your compass and get intentional about living.

In what areas of my life can I shift habit into ritual?

In the book Yoga Wisdom, a ritual is defined as: an action that we consciously choose to repeat with awareness and intentionality. Rituals create and hold meaning – they help us to appreciate and focus on the richest, most beautiful things in our lives.

What is working for me right now? What isn’t?

When we identify the things in our lives that aren’t adding value or bringing joy into our lives, it can give us insight that will help us to clear our space to make way for things that truly make us happy.

What are my goals? What is the vision for my life in X number of years?

Vision and goals are tools we can use to quantify what we are working towards in our lives. Helpful reminder: As we learn, grow, and evolve, allowing our vision and goals to do the same keeps them fun and exciting rather than restricting and feeling like ‘shoulds’.

What are my three intentions for the month? If looking at an entire month is a little overwhelming, try setting an intention for a week or even a day.

This is a little exercise I picked up on from the badass goal boss, Jacki Carr. If three intentions for the month seems daunting, break it down into smaller periods of time or focus on one or two intentions you would like to focus on.

Cheers to living more mindful, intentional, purposeful lives.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life with purpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl

Think about the amount of time and energy many of us devote to keeping our skin looking young and wrinkle-free. Could that time be better spent? Do we really need to spend $100 on the latest age-defying, wrinkle-reducing skin cream?

We sometimes forget that the food we eat, the ingredients that come from mother earth, has a tremendous impact on how we look from the outside. Nature is full of ingredients that can support our skin, hair and nails, and keep us looking young, naturally!

Today I’m showing you to make a magical smoothie bowl that is packed with beautifying ingredients. This smoothie bowl not only tastes incredible, but it will fill your body with nutrients, nourish your cells and make your skin glow.

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Here’s a quick look at our beautifying ingredients:

Spinach. We all know that dark leafy greens are an integral part of a healthy diet, but do we know why? Spinach, and dark leafy greens in general, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Spinach also contains high levels of lutein which helps keep your eyes healthy and give them that little sparkle!

Blueberries. Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants on the planet, which helps protect against premature aging. They’re also high in fiber which helps to keep you fuller for longer.

Mesquite Powder. You might recognize this from labels on dressing and marinades, but this superfood powder not only has a sweet, nutty flavor, but it’s also high in protein, fiber and B vitamins which helps support our metabolism and skin.

Ashwagandha Powder: While not directly helping your beauty routine, ashwagandha powder has been shown to help regulate hormones and stress levels. So for all those times where you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed? You’re probably doing a lot frowning, rubbing your forehead and not eating properly, which all contribute to those fine lines and wrinkles we so desperately try to avoid.

Maqui Powder: These rich, dark purple berries have been found to contain more antioxidants than any discovered food on earth, which means they’re superstars at protecting our cells from oxidative stress, and supporting healthy aging and immune function. They’ve also been shown to support healthy cardiovascular function and regulate blood sugar levels.

And the natural beauty of smoothie bowls? They make an ultra filling, super hydrating meal that will keep you fueled all day long!

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen cauliflower
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)
½ teaspoon mesquite powder
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
½ teaspoon maqui powder (or acai)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ cup non-dairy milk (or coconut water)
Toppings: kiwi, blueberries, sliced almonds and bee pollen

Instructions:

  1. Add everything into a blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, smooth with a back of a spoon and add your toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

Alyssa-Rimmer-Headshot-SquareAlyssa is the CEO & Founder of the healthy food and wellness website, Simply Quinoa, which is focused on nutritious recipes with an emphasis on plants. My passion is to create healthy solutions for women through plant-based food and it’s important to me because when I first started to eat a plant-centric diet, these resources didn’t exist in a way I found to be helpful. My mission moving forward is to continue to create resources to help my audience enjoy nutritious and delicious foods, give them the tools to build lasting, healthy habits, and show them how to make health and wellness a lifestyle.
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Bija Manifestation Meditation: The Seed of Life

Seed of Life

The Seed of Life’s sacred geometry is composed of seven overlapping circles. The number seven channels the powers of the universe and vibrates with the energies of spiritual awakening. Representing cycles and infinite possibilities, it holds a fertile energy which initiates new beginnings.

The Seed of Life ring holds the energy of creation, manifestation, and wholeness. Wearing the pattern reminds us to tap into the extraordinary creation energies that surround us and ignite our inherent manifesting powers.

Tune into your heart’s truest dreams and desires and welcome them to the surface.

Bija Mantra

Bija is the sanskirt word for seed. It represents the origin and cause of all things.

Made up of 7 seed syllabus, the bija mantra holds a highly powerful fertile + creative energy, much like the seed of life itself. Each mantra is also associated with a chakra, and a mudra (hand position). By reciting these mantras and holding the mudras, you can channel the seed energy of creation in order to manifest your hearts truest dreams + desires.

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1. LAM

Root Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to pointer finger

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2. VAM

Sacral Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to middle finger

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3. RAM

Solar Plexus Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to ring finger

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4. YAM

Heart Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to pinky finger

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5. HAM

Throat Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to base of pinky finger

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6. OM

Throat Chakra

Mudra: Hand open

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7. OM (or silence)

Crown Chakra

Mudra: Hand open (or pause)

 


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