Winner of the FREE MALA GIVEAWAY JUNE 27, 2014 We asked customers to write about their best, natural personal or spiritual inspiring stories! Raul won an Aventurine Jade Mala!Raul B.”I had bought a mala about a year ago. However, I had never really been serious about making use of it, and it just sort of sat around. Many things were not going my way, and I was suffering from depression. This depression had me isolate myself from friends, and made me unwilling to try to connect with new people or join groups. I would go to my apartment right after my classes had finished, not seeing anyone or talking to anyone the rest of the day. One day a good friend of mine invited me to have lunch with her, which I decided to go to. During our conversation, in which we were catching up, my friend jokingly suggested that I must have had some kind of terrible luck with all the events that were unfolding in my life. It then struck me at that moment that it was a matter of karma, not bad luck. The next thought that came through my head, was well… how does one reduce the bad karma? Ah yes, the mala that Iíve had lying around for awhile! It was that night that I began my practice using the om mani padme hum mantra. I began slow, just one round of the mala beads that night. The next day I could feel something different in not only my state of being, but my environment, everything felt a bit lighter. The following night I ramped it up to three rounds and also set some intentions prior to the mala meditation. The following day, everything seemed even lighter, and I felt a sense of wellness, peacefulness, and bliss. It had been quite a while since I have had these feelings, and I was astonished! Everyday seemed to get better and better. The negative events that were happening ever-so-often in my life had stopped. People seemed friendlier, and things started to go forward in a much better direction. It had been a few weeks that I had been practicing my mala meditation, with the intentions I had set. For some reason it dawned on me to look up the music ensembles in my university. I was attracted to one called Mayupatapi, an andean music ensemble. At the time I had no idea why I was so attracted to this group and felt a general sense of excitement at the thought of joining. Right away I emailed the instructor of the group and was welcomed in. It was in this group that I found the most amazing, loving people that I share so much in common with. This was one of my intentions, to find a group of loving people that I can be around with. Since then I have opened up (I used to be quite shy). The little things that used to bother me, no longer do. I no longer suffer from any type of depression. I constantly encounter positive people and events. My life has changed, and I am ever so grateful.”