The Ultimate Breakthrough

10685577_831559640218149_3489416836600842090_nA hundred dollars was a small fortune to me then.

Susan said we could get a group discount if we all bought one, bringing the cost down to what for her and most of the others in the class was an extremely affordable $80-ish each. I hadn’t spent that much on anything other than food and rent since I didn’t know when, and I had been intentional about minimalism for the previous few years, but I wanted beautiful prayer beads. I eventually convinced myself that an object on which to anchor my spiritual practice was an apt and worthwhile purchase to celebrate graduation from yoga school.

I chose the Fortune mala, for strength and good luck.

When our malas arrived and Susan passed them around, we were all gathered in my kitchen in D.C. A few minutes later, sitting on the counter with my new beads around my neck, I announced that I was quitting my crappy job and raising money for my first startup.

I hadn’t acknowledged that decision until it was spoken, vibrating in the air around me, glittery almost. I was surprised and kind of weepy with the gravity of it. 

From that moment forward, all of my energy shifted to the single-pointed focus of building my app development company. Anyone who has ever attempted a life transition like this can likely relate to how helpful it can be to believe (and I did and I do) that, by invoking the assistance of a higher power, you can somehow influence events that are clearly and for all practical purposes outside of your limited human control. This might sound crazy, but looking back it almost feels like the mala delivered itself to me at that exact moment for a reason; to keep me focused, to help me keep the faith.

Since I had to fundraise at the time, I found a Sanskrit abundance mantra, “om shrim maha lakshmiyei swaha,” and I prayed with those beads and that mantra with such fervor as I walked down 14th Avenue every day that people started thinking I was nuts. Maybe I was, but what happened later gives me pause.

Fast forward to last month, four years and tens of thousands of the same prayer later, and I’m in a different kitchen, this time in San Francisco, also with close friends and also wearing that mala, though now noticeably worn. 

static.squarespaceWe had just finished building Conversation Starters, Danielle LaPorte’s first app and my company’s highest-profile product to date. It was a pinnacle moment for a hundred reasons. I literally wanted to break out in song. At one point I declared that I was, as far as I knew, as happy as I could possibly be, not just because of the company but because of life in general. My exact words were, “There is nothing more that I want out of life than this.” Yuliya asked if she should take a picture of that moment, and I said yes, and she did.

Conversation Starters wasn’t released yet, but sitting around Yuliya’s kitchen table that day, my friends and I decided to be the first to use it. We passed my phone around the circle, choosing one question from the app—an app based on finding, creating and living your desires, no less—each. I went last. When it was my turn, I gently tugged at my mala, which I do often, and it broke.

Dramatically! All 108 beads bounced loudly across the tiles. Straight out of a movie. 

At that point, my mala was the single most energetically charged and personally significant item I owned. Cue my second weepy kitchen moment.

I honestly still can’t get over the timing. My mala is broken. It’s done its work. And I feel deeply, deeply blessed. 

I have since bought a new mala, the True Path mala, and adopted a new mantra (om gum ganapatayei namaha) for the removal of obstacles…

headshot - medresLindsey Collins is a tech entrepreneur and mobile app developer based in San Francisco.


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Crisis? 10 Mantras for Getting Unstuck

5CVvUHlWHh7mfxS4HGU5n_reDb1Drob3B2Apfs0bUWUWe all experience the feeling of being stuck in our lives – in our job, relationship, living situation, growth, and it is up to you to shift your perspective in order to move past the boundary you’ve created for yourself and have a breakthrough!

Choose 1 of the following mantras that speaks to you, and begin to meditate on this single thought. When you feel yourself come into a space of frustration, anger, resentment in the current situation – take a breath, repeat your mantra, and let go.

 I realize my true potential and take action to accomplish my dreams.

I choose to live beyond my perceived boundaries.

I accept my fears, yet do not allow them to define me.

I lift myself from the heaviness I feel.

I live in abundance, I have all that I need to move forward.

I embrace change.

I am excited to see what life has to offer on the other side.

I am open to receive.

I deserve happiness. I choose happiness.

I trust my path.

 The first step in getting “unstuck” in your life is recognizing that you’re stuck in the first place. Once you create awareness around this fact, you can begin to transform your thoughts and therefor open yourself up to possibility and a new way of life!


MarissaRoseYoga8Marissa is a Yoga Instructor inspiring others to live a fulfilling and healthy life.  She has completed two 200hour Yoga Alliance certifications in Hatha and Power Vinyasa yoga. Marissa is also Reiki certified, Yoga Sculpt certified, and a SUP Yoga instructor. She was brought out to California via social media and has made beautiful Southern California her home ever since. Marissa believes in manifesting and setting goals in order to reach your most desirable dreams in life. She teaches and leads trainings for CorePower Yoga as well as offers private yoga, SUP yoga, and reiki healing sessions for those who are ready to dive deeper into themselves and discover their true life purpose.  Photo by: Brian Crawford Photography. 


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