I love to explore various wisdom traditions - I am amazed and forever excited about the expansive range of techniques available that bring us closer to ourselves, our deepest truths and self-understanding.
I believe in daily dedication to the Self. Practices that brings a connection to the Self, an honouring of the Self and meaning to each day with space for self-inquiry and for insights to arise. My Spiritual daily practice consists of Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and more recently after a wonderful training with Sarah Powers from the Insight Yoga Institute, a set of statements that take me to the heart of what is most important every single day. Both mantra and Vipassana meditation practices allow space for truth to arise. I am forever grateful for this daily practice that gives me a strong sense of Self, a connection to how I feel, creative inspiration and that brings me peace and relaxation every single day.
I recently started to make Malas meditation beads as they are a beautiful addition to a daily practice. Malas are traditional beads used by the Buddhist and Hindu traditions to keep count and to focus the attention whilst reciting mantras. Each Mala consists of 108 beads. Traditionally, those using Mala beads are encouraged to choose one Mantra per set of beads and to recite the mantra whilst holding each bead (108 times) for 40 days consecutively to instill the energy of the mantra into the beads.
Mala beads are another tool for deepening your mediation and another path to calming the mind.
The beads are made with love and the intention for the wearer to be well and happy. I use semi-precious stones, glass, stone, traditional Rudshakra seed beads, various types of wood, Tibetan Silver and Middle Eastern Findings. I have recently become fascinated by the healing properties of semi-precious stones, I feel this makes the Malas even more personal as people often choose or design there beads based on the healing properties of the stones.
Mala meditation can be an incredibly powerful and simple way to enhance your yoga practice and I encourage you all to explore the various ways of bringing self inquiry and stillness to our minds.
CANDICE MORLEY is a facilitator of Yin and Hatha Yoga, Mystical Dance and Meditation. Kinesiologist, Massage Therapist, Photographer and more recently maker of Mala meditation Beads. Follow her here: Facebook The Mala Fairy