Yoga prayer beads

How to Meditate | Mala Meditation

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hi guys I’m Sarah Beth and welcome back

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to the meditation series today I want to

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talk about mala meditation or some

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people call it jump on meditation so

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malas are these necklaces you’ve

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probably seen them before

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Amala meditation is to repeat meaningful

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mantra or word or affirmation or yoga

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Sutra with each feed on your mala

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necklace or some people have mala

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bracelets a mantra could be something

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like I am peace bliss and happiness

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which is actually what I started off

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this is my first ever set of mala beads

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that I ever got I got it during my yoga

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teacher training when I did it through

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core power like five years ago and it’s

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just very meaningful to me and I started

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meditating using like I am peace bliss

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and happiness

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that’s I’d repeat that with each bead

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and I just felt like I am peace bliss

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and Happiness walking around after that

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meditation you know it could be

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something like that which is like your

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own mantra your own affirmation it could

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be a word that means something to you

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like maybe it’s forgiveness or gratitude

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or to be like a yoga Sutra and if you

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have like a guru or um you know you’re

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going through like yoga teacher training

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or some kind of like intensive training

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you might even have someone give you a

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Sutra or a mantra that you would use

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during your meditations all right down

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below in the information section that

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you can open up more information about

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picking a mantra now mala beads have a

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hundred and eight beads on them this is

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a beautiful set of mala beads that I got

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from karma collective I’ll link them

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down below as well this is the tassel

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some of these have like actual tassels

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and this one is like a big bead and then

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the bead right before the tassel is the

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Guru of Eid so other than those two

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things right there there are going to be

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a hundred and eight beads on the entire

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strand or a fraction of a hundred and

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eight so Y 108 that’s kind of like a big

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question

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like a massive answer when I tried to

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look up why a hundred and eight or I

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would ask people why a hundred and eight

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I got so many different answers and

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responses I mean you can say that

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there’s probably 108 reasons why a

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hundred meet is a sacred number I have

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this list here and I’ll read off just a

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couple so you can see like 108 is a

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sacred number it’s an ancient and sacred

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number just a few of the many

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explanations behind 108 would be it said

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that there are a hundred and eight

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energy lines connecting to the heart one

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of them believed to be the path of

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self-realization within the Sanskrit

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alphabet there are 54 letters each

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letter has a feminine and masculine

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version totaling 108 the diameter of the

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Sun is a hundred and eight times the

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diameter of the earth the distance from

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the Sun to the earth is a hundred and

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eight times the diameter of the Sun some

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say that one stands for God or truth or

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your higher truths zero stands for

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emptiness or completeness in spiritual

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practice and eight stands for infinity

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or eternity I’ll also link where I got

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all that information down below and it

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has many other reasons that you might

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find fascinating behind 108 but again I

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don’t have like a solid answer for you

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because I still don’t have a solid

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answer so how to use your mala beads for

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a mala meditation whether you have

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actual mala beads like this is a hundred

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and eight strand mala beads necklace or

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you have mala bracelet like this is a

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fifty-four beads the fraction of a

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hundred and eight in this bracelet what

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you’ll do is you’ll use your mantra or

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affirmation or whatever it is that

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you’ve chosen to designate to your mala

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beads and gently hang the beads in your

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right hand there is a teaching that says

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that your thumb represents divinity your

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pointer finger represents your ego your

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middle finger is your mind your ring

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finger is your body and your pinky

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finger is your spirit so you want to

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hang the mala beads between your thumb

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and

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three fingers but reserve the ego try

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not to use your ego finger to run

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through the beads hey let’s try to keep

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this simple if you aren’t as dexterous

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and you just want to use your fingers go

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for it like just make this work for you

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no one’s judging you I’m not judging you

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I’m telling you that it’s okay

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to make it work for you especially with

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you know these tiny little beads on your

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mala bracelet you’re going to find that

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it’s quite challenging to like try to

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make it through with the special fingers

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so if you need to use your pointer

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finger go ahead it can use both hands

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just do it works for you okay getting

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back to holding it your mala bees gently

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in your right hand start with the first

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bead past the Guru beads the guru bead

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is this big ol bead that is right before

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the tassel the first bead right past it

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put your thumb on that bead and with

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your eyes gently closed in a seated

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meditation something that’s comfortable

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for you you would repeat your mantra in

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your mind and then when you’re through

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with that mantra you use your thumb to

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push that B aside and move on to the

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next bead so it’s a very slow process

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repeating your mantra and then push that

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B to the side move on to your next bead

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repeating your mantra push that B to the

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side move on to your next bead and you

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just keep going with your eyes closed

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very relaxed kind of putting out that

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positive energy into actuality by the

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time that you get all the way through

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you’re going to feel that guru bead come

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through you’re going to feel yourself

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come on to that last bead right before

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the guru bead and some say don’t touch

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the guru bead again I don’t think that

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you’re going to release like negative

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energies if you touch it whatever move

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on you can stop there and say oh I’m

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done with my meditation or you can turn

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around and keep it going in the opposite

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direction so like if you have your 54

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bead bracelet you would turn around to

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complete 108 if you don’t want to if you

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don’t have time that day then just stay

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at 54 or you’re fraction or wherever it

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could take five minutes it could take 15

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minutes to get through your mala

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necklace

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it’s a very wonderfully positive

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experience I believe it’s just kind of

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repeating your intention your

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affirmation over and over and over again

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you start to feel it and believe it and

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live it treat your mala beads like a

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very meaningful tool in your practice

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don’t just like throw them in your back

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seat or like toss them aside and get

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them lost behind the dresser but you

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know maybe how like a special place

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where you put them gently and try to

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avoid wearing your mala beads just

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because they’re pretty but instead may

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be a vehicle for you to like use your

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mala beads so that they can absorb the

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energy of your mantra and then when you

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do wear them it’s you like absorbing

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that energy you living with that

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intention personally I only wear my mala

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beads when I meditated with them that

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day so that it’s kind of a reminder to

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me of like what my intention was

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if you’re interested in mala meditations

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um you can buy these mala beads online

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but really my recommendation here is to

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buy them in person I mean they’re you

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might find like Tibetan stores nearby or

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at yoga studios that sell them and if

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you don’t have access any of that then

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yeah look online and maybe look into

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like what the stones are there in the

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specific necklace that you’re trying to

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get and what that means to you or if

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there are certain stones that resonate

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with you and your personality and maybe

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like your horoscope or birthdate and

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stuff like that the reason I do

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recommend aiming to get them in person

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is because you want to feel them I mean

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these have energy and I’ll try to keep

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this one quick the story here I bought

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these beads because I hope they were

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pretty like this was so long ago and I

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remember like I looked at them I was at

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my studio and I was doing like my work

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for trade program which is cleaning

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service and I saw these beads and every

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time I saw them I was like I love them

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like I want those and every time

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I was like oh no one bought them yet

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maybe I should get them and then finally

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I was like you know what I’m gonna get

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them and this is like while they were in

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this glass box so then I purchased them

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and the lady behind the counter pulls

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them out and hands them to me and I grab

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them that was like oh they just didn’t

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feel right

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like it just wasn’t happening with me

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and so I I purchased this specific

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necklace and then I put it aside because

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it didn’t do anything for me it didn’t

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feel right until a couple years later I

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pulled it out actually this year I

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pulled out this necklace and brought it

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with me to my yoga retreats and it

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started feeling right and now it does

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like now this works and I love it but

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it’s just so funny how the first time I

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bought it I was like oh like that’s not

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going to work and it didn’t so I

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recommend if you do get a mala necklace

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to get it in person if you can touch

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them feel them how does it feel and

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you’ll know if it feels right or if it

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doesn’t feel right it’s not this like

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magical like home but just a feeling

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before in this video I would let you

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know that I am doing a giveaway with

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sacred X stones sacred X stones is the

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Etsy shop who provided me with this mala

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bracelet for my yoga retreats I really

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love this idea of having a mala bracelet

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because it’s something that is a little

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bit more subtle something that I can

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take with me and because it’s a fraction

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of 108 it might be a shorter meditation

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which is like more accessible if you’re

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like in transportation like sitting on a

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bus or maybe like waiting between

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classes or something like that so I’ll

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link down below where you can get this

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but make sure that you follow me on

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Instagram and Facebook because I’m doing

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a giveaway and I have at least a few of

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these to give away from sacred X stones

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so good luck and thank you guys for

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watching I hope that you enjoyed this

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meditation series let me know your

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thoughts your comments your questions

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down the comment section down below

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don’t forget to open up the info

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underneath this video for more

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information and all the links I just

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discussed and you guys have a wonderful

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us your day

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I’ll see you next week actually the

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whole next month is going to be the in

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series which I’m so excited about so

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stay tuned I

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