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How to Use Mala Beads

Ancient Tools for Today’s Spirituality

Prayer beads have been around for centuries; they exist in many cultures around the globe. As a devout Catholic child, I kept my rosary beads next to my bed to help me in my prayer practice to Mother Mary, yet another representative of the Divine Feminine. As a young adult in an ashram, I was given a set of blessed mala beads by the guru when he made me a teacher of meditation. If you have decided to learn how to meditate or you have an existing practice that you want to strengthen or reaffirm, mala beads can help you make and keep that commitment to reach an expanded state of awareness.

Meditation Will Change Your Life — Mala Beads Will Help

One of the most common questions I receive is how to start or maintain a meditation practice. As a meditation teacher, I provide a twenty-minute practice along with your own personal mantra. Doing it daily will help keep your chakras clear and balanced, your stress level in check, turn back the clock physically, make you look and feel younger, improve your sleep, AND connect you to Spirit. Wow, that’s a lot! If you’re not yet meditating, click here to start today – don’t wait!

I began meditating when I was diagnosed with cancer back in my twenties. I had an amazing remission at the hands of an energy healer and as I dedicated more and more of my free time and eventually my life’s work to practicing energy medicine, the more I came to understand that the foundational practice of meditation was the single most important thing I’d ever done for myself. It literally changed the entire course of my life, opening me up to my Higher Self, the cosmos, and Source as well as helping to calm my mind and heal my body. I can’t say it enough: meditation will change your life just like it did mine, if you let it. Click here to learn more.

Boost Your Spiritual Focus with Mala Beads

For many though, even twenty minutes of meditation can seem daunting. It’s hard to commit and even harder to sit still. Mala beads can help: wear them around your neck or place them near you on an altar or bedside table, and their essence will help connect you to the meditative state. Wear them when you leave the house to protect you and keep you connected to your Guides. Hang a pair on your car mirror or your computer monitor or the bed frame to remind you that, above all, you are a spiritual being having a lifetime and that everything is small stuff, everything.

To aid you in your practice, I’ve selected a few different mala beads that will best support you – you can check them out here. These beads are handmade in Bali with love. They incorporate sacred rudraksha seeds that are harvested in a sustainable manner and are fair-traded.  I’ve personally blessed these beads and can vouch for their unique ability to help connect you to Spirit. Click here

Here’s how to use your mala beads:

– When you first receive them, wear them for a few days to connect them to your personal energy field.

– Every couple of months, cleanse your mala beads by putting them out on a dry surface under a full moon. Like pendulums, mala beads can absorb energy, so you’ll want to cleanse them periodically with moonlight.

– You can also wear your mala beads around your neck or keep them close by; in your kitchen, your office, the car. This will keep you safe and remind you of your intention to meditate every day and give your practice an extra boost of spiritual energy.

Take a look at the mala beads I’ve selected for you to deepen your spiritual practice and find a calmer mind, body and spirit. Click here

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Wish it Was Yours? 3 Ways to Fight Envy

Envy is more than feeling a little green. It can manifest as a parasite of darkness that burrows into the pit of your stomach and gnaws away at your heart, or it can be a full blown disease, compelling you to act in rash, harmful, or even dangerous, ways in order to get something someone else has. Envy is physically, emotionally and spiritually damaging, causing stress, depression, anxiety, and ruining your chances of happiness.

 Dissatisfaction with Yourself

Envy is the desire to have what someone else has. It’s the desperate need for something, a need that hinges on not being happy with yourself and your life the way it is. Envy can ruin your chances at happiness, because as you’ve learned through energy healing, if you are not happy with you, if you are not living your authentic life and expressing the being you came to this earth to become, then you can’t be happy at all.

Envy Wears You Down

Even if you are consciously unaware of its negative effects, envy wears you down, eventually causing resentment and bitterness, and even a sulky attitude of feeling sorry for yourself that makes you no fun to be around and limits your ability to see the good in your life. This emotional negativity can create dysfunction in your chakras and energy field and, if left unchecked, can eventually cause physical symptoms.

Maybe you covet someone’s body, clothes, lifestyle, partner, Facebook likes, relationship, fame, or bank account. Perhaps you try to hide this behind a false smile, or even try to convince yourself you don’t feel it. But deep down, you know when the green monster of envy has crawled into your mind with its need for what it perceives to be better, creating a loop of dissatisfaction and self-sabotage that can ruin your life.

Keep Envy at Bay

Is it possible to attack the green monster and emerge victorious? Absolutely! Here are three ways to combat envy, so you can be free from its destructive clutches.

  1. Be aware of envy’s presence.

Awareness is always the first step; in energy medicine, in personal growth, in life. The trick with envy is to become aware of it when it rears its ugly head, and then acknowledge what you wish you had and why. Be honest with yourself. Spend some time journaling or vloging about your wishes and goals, identify the accompanying feelings and any underlying disappointment in yourself, and figure out why you want the thing you’re longing so desperately for. When you dig deeper, you can discover what you’re really seeking so that you can work toward that goal in a fair and ethical manner that will take you to it.

  1. Avoid comparisons.

You can never win the comparison game. As a spiritual teacher and energy healer, I have seen countless students who have worked themselves into depression or illness trying to reach the highest rung on the ladder—or find the perfect partner, or the fittest body, the biggest paycheck, etc.—but they never get there because there is no end. The truth is there will always be someone who has more of what you want or something better than your version. That’s the dirty little secret to envy: you can never reach the goal.

Instead, compare you to you. How have you grown? What personal goals have you accomplished? Where are you now compared to six months, three years, ten years ago? Focus on how far you have come, on what you have, and where you are still planning to go. Walk your path to the light without worrying about where anyone else is, and you’ll automatically feel less envious.

  1. Be more grateful.

Gratitude is the antidote to envy. Since envy is a dissatisfaction with yourself, recognizing all the good in your life and that will make you more aware of how lucky you really are. You are here for a purpose—with your unique gifts, your special skills, your exact way of spreading light to others.

Remind yourself of all the blessings you have been given, all the reasons you have to be thankful for this life you live every day that no one else gets to experience. Don’t take your time on this planet for granted. When you appreciate your talents, your loved ones, your divine spirit, you realize that you don’t really want to live like anyone else. And once you’ve realized that your life is exactly the way it’s supposed to be, there is no reason to be jealous of others.

If you are interested in this type of learning and want to find out more about how energy medicine can change your life and open the doors to happiness, please check out my LifeForce Energy Healing Course 

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A Simple Secret

How will you learn the secret of life? Not, I assure you, by Googling it. Vast amounts of information are available to us via the Internet, but no website or app will be able to bring you into harmony with your inner being, which is where you have to go in order to really know who you are and why you are here.

So what do you have to do? Unplug and go outside. It may seem like a contradiction that in order to connect with your inner world you should go to the outer world, but there is something special that happens when you go out into nature. Our bodies are made of the same substance as our Mother Earth. When you are in her presence, when you can feel the sand between your toes and hear the waves crashing on the beach, when you walk through the dappled light of the forest, when you taste the sweet seasonal fruits, you are finding your core.

The cold and snowy winter is over. The spring flowers have bloomed. It’s summertime—the season to eat, sleep, and dream outdoors! Read more of my thoughts about this simple secret of life on the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-king/the-secret-of-life_1_b_7493966.html