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How Yoga Changed My Life

Here at MalaForest a lot of our growth came from traveling the world and experiencing the immense opportunities of growth through community, meditation and yoga. The post below is an blog entry by one of our volunteers, Hayleigh Bailey. It describes her process of finding yoga and meditation and how it led her to new horizons of travel and exploration. Take a look at her amazing story.             August 9th, 2015 I received a phone call that changed my life forever. My most recent ex-boyfriend had a diving accident, shattering his C5 vertebrae, resulting in paralysis below his collarbone. As I looked around the room when I came into the hospital room I could feel the...

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All Of Us Are Everyone & Everything All The Time

Over the last 2 weeks or so I've been having some pretty profound observations about my perception of things outside of me. Let me explain... It started with two days where I just had this strong feeling that everyone was not separate from me, that we were all one. This applied to nature and even inanimate objects. I felt like I was connected to everything and this was very beautiful. When you feel like everything and everyone is an extension of yourself, it leaves only one way to treat them, and that is with love. When I refer to myself, I don't mean "Robert O'Kruk", I mean the self that exists within each and every one of us, the self behind...

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Free Online Fundraising Platform

I always thought online fundraising platforms were awesome, but platforms like GoFundMe take a massive cut of the donations which is a huge bummer in my opinion. To be fair, the cut they take go towards their declared philanthropic cause. But! I just found this platform called called YouCaring which has no fees for online fundraising. They rely strictly on donations to keep them running...pretty amazing! So if you're trying to raise funds for a good cause, keep YouCaring in mind if online fund raising will be part of it. Learn more about them here: https://www.youcaring.com/c/free-fundraising - Robert O'Kruk

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Art In Heart - A Poem By Robert O'Kruk

I was recently travelling through Pai, Thailand. A small beautiful and sleepy town in the north of Thailand blanketed by lush forests and greenery as far as the eye can see. Art In Chai a vibrant local cafe hosted a spoken word night where anyone was free to come share words, poetry, songs and anything creative. It was an awesome night with a really supportive audience. I wrote my second poem ever and I thought by sharing it here, someone, even just on person might enjoy it. So...I hope you enjoy! :) Art In Heart - A Poem By Robert O'Kruk Hello friends, and gather roundHear my words, and their sounds I've a tale to share, it's about the heartMy only question,...

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Mala Beads: Three Brilliant Applications for a Better You

Lately I’ve begun noticing the popularity of mala beads – it seems like everywhere I go, I’m bound to spot them on someone’s wrist. But these bracelets and necklaces are much more than just beautiful accessories: Mala beads are handy tools that can enhance your life and help you become the best version of yourself. Not only are they used as a physical reminder of positive intentions, but they also assist in the process of mantra meditation and self-affirmation. Here you’ll learn more about all three of these practices – including some of the science behind how they work – and the way that your mala beads can be used to reap their rewards. 1. Physical reminder of positive intentions...

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