mala beads

Mala Beads

Mala Beads can support you by being a tangible, beautiful piece to ground your intentions into reality, and remind you to be mindful and present in your life.  Also known as prayer beads, Malas have been used for mediation and recitation of chants for thousands of years. Over two-thirds of the world’s population employ prayer beads as part of their religious practices. Prayer beads have a variety of forms and meanings, but the basic purpose is the same: to assist the user in counting specific prayers or affirmations. We love them for cultivating the habit of noticing our thoughts, being mindful, and finding stillness within. Accessing the stillness within is the key to unlocking limitless possibilities in our lives.

Wearing a Mala can bring a sense of inner peace and calm. A Mala is typically chosen by the properties of a certain stone, or simply by an attraction to a color or design. Each of our Malas are hand strung with semi-precious gemstones and charms, that are sourced from around the world.

A Mala can assist you with focusing on an intention, typically by holding the beads in your left hand and counting with your right each of the 108 stones or crystals. It is said that there are 108 energy centers in the body. Therefore, stating your intention or prayer 108 times, is said to infuse your intention into every energy center of your being. Wrist Malas typically hold 21 or 27 beads.  For each stone, you may repeat a simple affirmation, prayer, or chant. As you continue, if your mind wanders, the touch of moving from one bead to another is a subtle reminder to return to your intention. Often, as reported by many who meditate, answers are gently heard as you return to your journey around the Mala. The guru, or divine bead, is the last bead on your journey.  As you hold it, know that your words or intentions have been heard.

Some Practice Reminders

Patience is required. A Mala practice will help you cultivate peace, calm, and a richer inner life, but it is a journey. At first, you might notice how much your mind wanders. Don’t try and stop it, notice it, let it go, and the return to the mantra. Noticing your thoughts becomes an effective way of separating from them.

Notice what comes up for you during your meditation/mantra practice.  For example, maybe you are praying for affluence and hear a small voice saying, “…..but you have so much you do not even appreciate now.” You do not have to react, but just become aware at the end of your meditation to spend time appreciating.  That is the journey of discovery.

If possible, commit to using the beads daily, keeping in mind that meditation is for you to find your inner truths, and the voice of creativity and source within you. Using a Mala is not a race, and it is not a plea.  It is a tool to assist you in slowing down, to be able to hear a stillness that contains all words and worlds.

You are the magic, so if you use a Mala, it may assist you with finding the discipline to meditate. A special Mala may bring you happiness to own, but the journey to self-actualization or awareness comes from meditation, not from possessing a Mala.

Our I AM Mala Collection has been created with your highest intentions in mind.  They are as meaningful and transformational as they are beautiful.

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