Meet Helen, owner of ChantMalas. I believe I found her via Instagram?! Ha! Regardless of how I met this beauty, we have become fast friends and the ONLY lady I will have make my malas-she is phenomenal! Read her answers to the Bliss Chaser questions below.
1. What rocks your bliss?
So many things! Being with my family – especially my children, getting outside (especially if it’s in a woodland or amongst flowers/the sea…in fact, just being in nature!), practising yoga without any distractions, practising yoga with my children – although it usually ends up being a partner yoga class in those instances! – having a bath, creating malas, meditating, being with like-minded friends, reading, writing, seeing new places, mindful eating…the list goes on and on!
2. How did you discover your vision?
I’ve always been a very creative person but only realised I was good at something other than writing (in terms of creativity!) when I was waiting for my daughter to arrive. She was 14 days overdue and in the run up I decided I needed something to do that didn’t necessary involve moving around too much (all those hilly walks and lunges started to take it out of me!). I had seen people wire-wrapping crystals and creating bracelets and decided to give it a go. It took probably a month before I moved onto creating malas. Once I had created one there was no going back – I was captivated!
3. When do you feel most creative and alive?
When I’m outside and active, practising yoga, running, walking. I find so much inspiration in the area I live in now. I’ve always been a city girl but moving down to the south coast, and onto the doorstep of the South Downs has sparked something new in me; many of my new pieces are now created as a result of being in a forest or by the sea, and likewise, are rooted in the story of a particular goddess. Creating malas is something that I love to do and is a way of channeling my creativity into something that needs no words.
4. Share an epic goal you are rocking.
I don’t know that I have any ‘epic’ goals really. For me at the moment, I just want to be present to every aspect of life, and to live mindfully. If I can do that then I know I can achieve whatever I set my mind to (as cheesy as that may sound!).
5. If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
Not too far from home – the Scottish Highlands. We went when I was pregnant with my daughter and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since. I couldn’t believe I‘d never been before and that somewhere like that existed so close to home. Much of my partner’s family are from Scotland so it’s important to me that my children know where their ancestors are from – plus it’s a great excuse to get out in Mother Gaia and do some walking!
6. How do you handle setbacks?
By breathing and considering what isn’t working. If I’ve made a mistake, taking responsibility for that and figuring out what I can do to change things; if it’s something external from me, looking at how I can work with whatever it is to move past it – sometimes that’s as simple as just accepting that something CAN’T be changed. Also asking for help when I need it is crucial for me; it’s something I only learnt to do in my twenties and still need reminding of occasionally.
7. What are 3 ways you rock the self LOVE?
I love creating green smoothies – often with quite random combinations of ingredients – hey, I’m no chef! Making sure I have a relaxing bath at least once a week – with essential oils and candles, getting outside and into nature to breathe and connect with Mother Gaia as much as I can.
8. What is your favorite mantra/meditatio
Mantra: Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu is such a beautiful mantra with so much depth in its meaning.
Word: YES! Oh, and my daughter’s current pronunciation of cucumber: ‘cu-umbumber’
You can find her on Instagram here.