WHAT IS A MALA?
A mala is a strand of beads (traditionally 108, or an fraction thereof) used for keeping count during meditation. Mala beads have been in use for thousands of years, with the earliest examples dating back to the 8th century B.C.
A mala can be used for meditation only, or worn as a necklace, or wrapped around your wrist several times.
Most importantly, it is a tool focusing our awareness and concentration during your spiritual practice, meditation, prayer or reflection. Also, if you wear your mala throughout the day, it serves as a constant reminder of your intentions.
With use, particularly if you have set it with your intention, the mala becomes infused with your personal energy. The more you meditate and use your mala, the stronger the bond will become between you and your beads.
Wrist malas, or bracelets, are a great alternative to long malas. They are easy to wear, are beautiful, and you can use them for practice or as a reminder no matter where you are.
Hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting at the guru bead, use your thumb to count each bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. Do this 108 times, traveling around the mala, until you once again reach the guru. You can also take deep inhales and exhales with each bead.
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Mala beads are believed to absorb and store energy, therefore depending on your preference you may wish to cleanse your mala beads from time to time.
We recommend that you do not lend or share your malas with others as not to transfer any energy. If this does happen you may wish to cleanse your mala.
There are a few different ways you can cleanse your mala. Here are some of our favorite ways to cleanse ours:
- placing it in the sunlight or moonlight
- burning white sage
- by sound vibration such as a singing bowl or chanting
All of our malas are saged and blessed with Reiki, so it is not necessary to cleanse before wearing.