Meditation Mala, Prayer Bead Necklace, Meditation Tool, Gift

$35.00

Mala Beads aren't just beautiful pieces of jewelry — they are also important mediums for peace and enlightenment.

~ 18.5'' Long Bead to Tassel
~ 108 bead count
~ Yellow focal beads with Faux Pearl Beads

Traditionally, the beads have been used in prayer and meditation. But don't let that intimidate you. Mala beads hold a lot of mystery. They're made in a range of different colors and materials, and while they’re used for generally the same reason, they mean something slightly different to all who wear them. Anyone can wear mala beads, whether you meditate or not. Often, people are drawn to the necklaces for their believed healing qualities of calming the mind and providing inner peace. You can wear them around your wrist, your neck, hang them at your altar, or meditate on them.

If you choose to meditate on your mala, you will most likely use a mantra. A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration. It can be as simple as the word 'love,' something you are thankful for, or a sanskrit phrase such as 'om shanti, shanti, shanti' which represents all encompassing peace.

To count your mantras, hold your mala in your hand and turn each bead with your thumb and middle finger. (The index finger is believed to represent 'ego' and is not recommended to turn the beads.) Going all the way around your mala, you will eventually reach the guru bead — the bead that dangles from the mala. This signals a time for reflection. You can reflect on your meditation practice, give thanks to your mantra, honor your guru — or show yourself a moment of gratitude for slowing down to meditate. Never continue over the guru bead. Instead, turn around and continue in the opposite direction.

It's widely believed that when one uses a mala for meditation, and makes it all the way around, they will have found enlightenment.
Some Mala's have different counts. They may be 18,27,54 or 108 beads. The listed Mala has 108, as that's a very traditional and sacred number. Some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul, while others associate the possibility of enlightenment with taking only 108 breaths a day, while in deep meditation. No matter who you ask, the answer will most likely be different each time.
The truth is — the significance of 108 beads on your mala is open to interpretation. Which we love.
As mala beads were traditionally created to be used as a tool in meditation, we like to associate it with the ideals of meditation. They are also hand-knotted between each bead and gemstone to help aid in the practice of japa meditation.
If you choose to meditate on your mala, be patient and kind to yourself. Your mind will surely wander. The practice of bringing your attention back to your mantra and your beads is the practice of mindfulness. Do so with kindness and without judgement. Meditation is a practice, as is self love.

A broken mala is meant to symbolize a broken cycle. You don't 'need' that mala anymore. It's a sign to bring new intentions into your life as your current ones no longer serve you. So, while your mala may break, don't fear. It's a beautiful opportunity to find a new intention. A new focus of your energies. A new direction to send your love. And have faith that it will take you to a bigger and better place.

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