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The Wonders of Mala Beads

Mala beads or malas are a string of beads traditionally used in prayer and meditation. They are also a beautiful reminder of your intentions.

Malas can be made from various materials, the most common ones being wood, such as sandalwood and rosewood, or gemstones that match the practitioner’s intentions. In Hinduism, you will find malas made with rudraksha, which is considered a very holy and protective seed. Often malas are also placed in shrines as a reminder of affirmations.

 

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How to use mala beads for meditation?

Using a mala for meditation is simple, easy, and enjoyable. Follow these 8 steps to get started:

1. Clarify the intention of your practice and choose your mantra or affirmation.
2. Choose a comfortable space and sit quietly in a position of your choice.
3. Close your eyes and turn your attention to your breath.
4. Breathe deeply and bring your focus onto your mantra or affirmation.
5. Hang the first mala bead on the middle or ring finger of your right hand.
6. Place your thumb on the guru bead and start reciting your mantra.
7. At the end of the mantra push the mala bead away with your thumb and move onto the next bead for another round. Continue until you have reached a count on 108 and you are back to the guru bead. For shorter meditations, count to 7, 21 or 27.
8. For another round of mantras or affirmations, once you reached the guru bead, turn the mala around and count in the opposite direction.

 

Why use mala beads?

 

Meditation can be tricky at times! Sitting still and quieting your mind for a period of time can be challenging. Mala provides an anchor in these situations and aids improve your practice by helping you:

  • Keep count of your mantra repetitions.
  • Find the pace of your chosen mantra
  • Remove potential distractions to keep the focus on your practice.

 

When to use mala beads?

Malas are very helpful for those at the beginning of their meditation practice, but lots of experienced practitioners also use malas. At first malas play more of conscious role in helping people focus on repeating the mantras and removing distractions. Later in the practice, malas enhance the practice by creating a stronger spiritual bond with the divine or by increasing the positive energetic divine connection.
Malas are also worn as necklaces or bracelets and act as a constant reminder of the commitment to the personal spiritual journey.

 

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