The last two weeks felt like they were taken out of a storybook. My husband and I just returned from the Adriatic splendor of Croatia and I am feeling refreshed and inspired by the people we encountered and their culture. A celebrated lifestyle shared throughout the country is to live "laganini" - or to live slowly. Here at home, it's so easy to get caught up in the rush, rush, rush of daily schedules, work, appointments, family obligations, social events, etc. We don't often take the time to truly savor whatever it is we're doing. In fact, while we're doing something, it's common to be thinking about the next thing we should be doing - so we're never fully present.
I am going to work to implement the "laganini" life into my daily routine - even if it's simply to savor a cup of mint tea, fully listen to a friend who needs an ear or consciously breathe for five minutes. Being present and still doesn't put us behind schedule or take up too much time, it's what's needed for us to live our best selves - to tap into our own personal power and really listen to what our bodies, minds and souls are telling us.
The art of knotting mala beads lives at the very heart of this Croatian word. To live laganini requires presence, patience and the ability to relish in doing something slowy. If you'd like to learn how to knot a mala of your own, send me a note, plan a mala party or check out my upcoming workshops.