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Hello! The ‘we’ of Chant Malas is me, Founder and Creatrix, Helen. I’m a mama of two small humans, woodland dancer and seaside dweller (Hove, UK, to be exact). Chant Malas are consciously-created, vegan mala beads that honour your mantra practice and feed your wild soul.  A portion of my profits are donated to carefully chosen charities to help to create a better world for us all.  Thank you for visiting my blog and remember to pop over to the shop (link above) to view all of my latest designs! Helen x

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  • ✨O S T A R A✨ Happy Spring Equinox!  Ah I love this festival!  The perfect time to reset and get back to the simple things.  Tomorrow’s full moon in Libra and the shift into the Aries sun sees us at a time of beginnings and endings, of liminality heralding a space opening up for creativity.  What will the next six months bring for you?
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For me, it’s a time of excitement as I move closer to the launch of my Eco collection...but more on that tomorrow! 🎉 .
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For today, spend some time in nature if you can, or journaling about what you’ll be releasing and calling in under tomorrow’s full super moon.  Plant the seeds that will be reaped at the next Equinox.  This is a time for love and gratitude and celebrating all that is within, without, above and below 💚
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Have a beautiful rest of the day and a happy Holi to all my lovely friends celebrating!  I’ll see you tomorrow for more news on that collection I mentioned 😉
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Sending you love as always, Helen x
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#springequinox #ostara #meditation #mothernature #journalling #moonchild #moonwisdom #sisterhood #yogaiseverywhere #yogapractice #meditationpractice #wellbeing #wellness #flowers
  • ✨B E S P O K E✨ I thought I’d share a few of the pieces I’ve created for some beautiful souls over the past couple of weeks.  Bespoke work gives me so much joy and being able to connect with customers on a more personal level is what it’s all about for me.  Once I’ve sent you pricing options, you set the budget, give me a little background and any colour/material preferences and then I do the rest ❤️
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If you’d like something created just for you or a loved one to celebrate an occasion, support them or yourself in some way or just because, you can always pop me an email or DM 😊 I’m currently taking requests for work to begin end of March/start of April so if you’d like to work together with me to create something totally unique, you can go to the website and click on ‘bespoke designs’ for more information or just message or email me and let’s chat!
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Have a beautiful day on this wild and windy one!  Lots of love, Helen x
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#malabeads #malanecklace #handmadewithlove❤ #yogaiseverywhere #yogapractice #meditation #mindfulness #wellness #wellbeing #yoga #ukyoga #healingcrystals #labyrinth #malanecklace #affirmation #mantra
  • Happy international women’s day to all the women in my life!  I love you so much ❤️ Let’s focus all our energies on creating and sustaining sisterhood, for ourselves, our children and everyone else - listening to learn and acting to make each other stronger.  Every. Single. Day.
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Helen x
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📸 - unknown but please do tag if you know ❤️
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#internationalwomensday #strongertogether #intersectionalfeminism #sisterhood
  • 📚 W O R L D // B O O K // D A Y 📚 This evening, for some reason, my daughter asked me to read Snow White to her.  Why we still have it, I don’t know.  We got the bit when the mirror was about to tell the ‘wicked’ (just misunderstood, I’m sure of it) stepmother that Snow White was more beautiful than her when I turned to her and said, ‘A, I’m so sorry but I just can’t read you a story that tells you women should be competing with each other.  We’re all beautiful and should be supporting each other not obsessing over who’s the prettiest.  Do you mind if I stop?’ And she said, ‘Mummy, you’re ABsolutely right.  Let’s read something else.’ So we did.  Start the critical thinking young, I say. 😂
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Anyway, that aside, and in honour of World Book Day, I thought I’d share this delicious piece of eye-candy.  Bookshops are one of my favourite things in life.  Wherever I’ve found myself in the world, I know I will always feel safest in a bookshop - the older, quieter and more crammed to the rafters the better. .
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Books for me are a form of meditation, a key into other worlds and experiences I could never access otherwise.  I am a better, more empathetic person because books exist.  If they have pages and a spine I can run my fingers across, I’m a happy little bookworm!  And if they SMELL like a book?  I’m gone 😂  It’s a privilege I know not everyone has access to and don’t take one bit of it for granted ❤️
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Growing up I loved Little Women (I wanted to be Jo soooooo much!) and I currently have about three books on the go: Brain Food, The Science of Meditation and The Hearing Trumpet (I’ve read it about six times 😍). .
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What’s your favourite thing about reading?  What book are you reading at the moment?  What was your favourite book growing up?
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I hope you had a happy new moon yesterday!  Sending you all my love, Helen x
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#worldbookday #bookworm #meditation #mindfulness #wellbeing #selfcare #bookstagram #bookshop #wellness #yogaiseverywhere #gratitude
  • ✨S L O W // B U S I N E S S✨  l have a little note at the top of my website explaining that customers can expect to wait 10-14 days for their pieces to arrive.  It’s something that I used to feel very conscious about.  I felt like I had to conform to this notion that’s been created and perpetuated by bigger businesses that everything should be next day or same day delivery. .
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While this can be really handy if we’re in a hurry for whatever reason, I also feel like it’s made us impatient for things & apathetic in terms of what is actually involved when we order something (and I include myself in that, of course). Who made your piece?  Were they able to be fully present to it or did they have to rush, pressured by someone who really doesn’t care about their welfare?  Who is delivering it & what are they up against when they have to get it to you within 24 hours?  And what happens if they don’t?
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I now pride myself in being able to call myself a slow business and I’m so grateful that I get to work every day with people who are committed to becoming more present to the moment and to life in general, and who are ok with waiting a little bit. .
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I don’t apologise for the fact I don’t hold much of a stock of anything because I prefer to create things for the individual - even if they’re ordering from the website.  I can look at their name, where they live and take any information from any comments they may have left me & infuse each piece with the energy that they may need (there’s a reason they chose the specific piece and not another one). .
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This is the practice and, for me, it’s why it will always remain a sacred one.  I don’t want to rush; I want to create.
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BUT if you *are* working to a deadline - if it’s someone’s birthday or similar then that’s what the comments box is for 😊 The other good thing about being a one-woman show is that I also get to bump people up the list if necessary, to the best of my capabilities. ❤️
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I thought I’d share a snapshot of my process: the first video is me finishing off the piece you see me creating in the time-lapsed 2nd video - a bespoke piece for the friend of a client.
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Have a beautiful day, Helen x
  • ✨W A T E R // G O D D E S S✨ Every day, a surrendering to the flow of life: swimming when it feels good to move faster, letting go and gently floating with the current when needed.  The Water and Ocean goddesses lead the way and allow this surrender, feeling supported and held by their gentle strength - fierce grace. .
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Lakshmi, Yemaya, Tara, Coventina, Aphrodite...
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Call on them. .
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Know that the currents, the waves and tides come and go, ebb and flow.  Move, let go but never struggle.  Struggle causes tension, tension creates blocks... .
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Ask for guidance when you feel the movement become a struggle; be a guide when you see that coming in someone else. .
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Have a beautiful day, gorgeous soul, Helen x
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#watergoddess #goddessenergy #yemaya #lakshmi #tara #malabeads #elementwater #pratyahara #handmadewithlove❤️ #wellbeing #eightlimbsofyoga #handmadewithlove❤ #yogamama #liveyourpractice #meditationpractice #healingcrystals #goddessoracle #divinefeminine #sisterhood
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