Japa (sanskrit meaning: recitation) Mala (sanskrit meaning: garland) - A Japa Mala is a string of 108 prayer beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists along with other religions. Here in the west, they are made and used in meditation. In this workshop, I'd like to take you through the origin and meaning of the prayer beads, correlation of the color beads to the chakras, assembly, cleansing and finally, using them in meditation!
You will be led through a 30 minute meditation and after coming back to the room, we will bust out the paints! Beginning the painting after the meditation allows for the painting to be directly influenced by the emotions you are feeling. You will allow the state you are in to influence what comes out of the end of the brush. The colors you choose and the designs you create will directly correlate with the emotions that arose during meditation. The painting that comes from this exercise might bear no resemblance to the body at all; it might be completely abstract with swirling colors, light and dark patches, areas of movement and heavy, static areas. This is meant to bring lightness, fun and interest into meditation! No need to be an artist... let the zen take over.