More than just jewelry, malas are powerful and culturally-rich tools for meditation. We don’t believe you need to be religious or have a spiritual practice to wear mala beads —you can simply wear them as a reminder of personal intention you’ve set, or when seeking a calmer mind, body, and spirit.
The term ‘ mala ‘ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.” Originally, mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite.” ‘ Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions.
Some of the key benefits of using the Mala prayer beads for meditation include: Help you to replace negative thought patterns with positive ones through Japa mantra meditation. For healing purposes, depending on the material your beads are made of and your personal relationship based on an understanding with it.
The main body of a mala is usually 108 beads , though other numbers are also used. In addition, there is often a 109th bead (often of a distinctive size or colour) and/or tassle and sometimes there are additional beads which may be decorative or used for counting rounds.
How do I use them? Hold your mala with one hand. Let it drape across your fingers so you can move it easily. Complete one full breath (inhale and exhale). Move your fingers to the next bead , breathing in and out once per bead . Finish at the guru bead to complete 108 breaths.
A good rule of thumb for choosing a gemstone mala is to match your intentions with your body’s chakras as follows: Root Chakra (Base of the spine) Sacral Chakra (Below the navel) Solar Plexus (Below your breastbone) Heart Chakra (Center of your chest) Throat Chakra (Center of your neck)
Black mala beads represent power, elegance, formality, and mystery. The most common black gemstone malas are tormaline, obsidian, onyx, and agate.
Red and Orange- the two colors are the symbol of social aggressiveness, vitality, and courage. Black- this color is a symbol of protection and power. Green- this color is a symbol of fertility and nature. Brown- this color is a symbol of stability and earth.
Since the ingredients vary depending on what you put in it, mala soup can be extremely fatty or low fat. It can be high carb or low carb. It can be very nutritious or it can make you sick. So asking if malatang is unhealthy is like asking if salad or sandwich or soup is unhealthy.
You may chant mantra multiple times a day, each time using a Mala of 54 beads or 108 beads. Each time you may select the same or different mantra or method (loud, soft etc.). Please note again, that if you make a mistake in between or the mind wanders, continue the chanting after realigning to the process joyfully.
Gather your materials: stringing material, beads , guru bead , scissors, tassel and any extra charms, pendants or embellishments you want to include. Cut a 5-foot length of cord for a traditional 108 bead mala using 6mm or 8mm size beads .
Traditional malas are almost always worn on the right hand, wrapped around the wrist like a bracelet. If you are going to wear Mala beads, there are a few rules you should know about. The generally used method is that you wear the beads for a period of 40 days so that they can become attuned to your energy.
The Tassel Mala Beads are commonly finished with a tassel , often made of silk or cotton. The tassel represents connection to spirit, or your highest truth. Tassels are not only beautiful and meaningful, they can also serve a secondary purpose of diffusing your favorite essential oils.
One of the major factors you will want to consider when selecting your mala beads is authenticity. Most authentic malas have knots in between the beads to make counting them easier. The ones that are made to be worn around the wrist, however, normally do not have these knots.