Just like in the 7 Day Workshop, this course is designed to go along with a daily chanting practice.
By the end of the workshop you took, we asked that you try chanting for about 20 minutes. At that time you might have used a timer. Now, you’ll start using the Japa meditation beads that were sent to you (or you got some other way).
The video above will show you just how to use the beads. You’ll see that chanting with beads is measured in “rounds” of the japa mala, or string of beads, instead of minutes.
Experienced chanters take from 6 to 10 minutes to complete one round of the japa mala. So, the 20-minute session you did in the workshop would be about 2 to 3 rounds of japa.
Once you’re familiar with how to use the beads, you can try using them for your meditation session today.
For this course, there is no fixed requirement for your chanting time. But to get the most out of the course we suggest you try to do a minimum of four rounds for these next few days. In subsequent sessions, we will get into the topic of fixing your practice with a set number and what that should be.
A review of some tips from the first day of the workshop: