The bliss and healing meditation workshop is coming up and it makes me realize I have a lot to learn. Stillness, for one. One thing that has always helped me is using the beads. I also use rosaries, but what I just learned today which is kinda sweet is that 'mala' means rose - or rosary, rose garland from above and on.
I s'pose one can find coincidences in everything - and most folks don't find math to be much fun - but when I started looking into the magic number 108 I have to admit being enlightened and amused. Words like, "108 is considered an abundant and semiperfect number. A semiperfect number is either perfect or abundant. An abundant number that is not a semiperfect number is a weird number."
The fact is there is a lot of mystery around the number 108, the abundant and semiperfect number. In Japan on New Years, the bell is chimed 108 times representing the 108 earthy temptations we must surpass to find a way to nirvana. In Hindu, the deities have 108 names. Actually, there are a few folks that document an exhaustive list of reasons 108 is an auspicious number... It's kinda interesting. Check it out!