A mala can be used as a tool in your meditation practice, to give you healing energy or you can just wear it as an earthy BoHo accessory and as a constant reminder to yourself to stay present and be mindful in your daily life. It becomes whatever you intend it to be. Gemstones has different healing properties, but just choose a mala that speaks to you and reflects your personal energy. When you use a mala to meditate the guru bead will hold all your intentions and prayers. A mala has 108 beads and this is a sacred number in Buddhism and Hinduism. The number stands for Wholeness of Existence. It also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth. And it is said there is 108 energy lines connected to the heart. The Sanskrit alphabet has 54, each has masculine and feminine (Shiva and Shakti) and 54 times 2 is 108. And if you are so calm in meditation that you only have 108 breaths in a day you will become enlightened. So the number has many meanings, but this is what speaks to me personally:
1 – Higher Power, Truth & The Universe
0 – Completeness & Spiritual Practice
8 – Infinity, Eternity & Timelessness
If you want to meditate with your mala, place it in your right hand and hold it over your middle and index fingers. Start at the guru bead (the big bead, stone or symbol hanging at the end) and use your thumb to count each bead by pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra, prayer or intention. I usually make malas with marker beads at number 7 and 21 (also sacred numbers). This is so you know where you are in your meditation and also because I think it makes for a really nice design. When you reach the guru bead you can either stop or just reverse direction and begin anew. The Guru Bead is very important because it will hold all your prayers, and when you wear the mala you’ll have your prayers, intentions, hopes and dreams close yo your heart.
When you’re not using or wearing your mala you should keep it in a safe place and treat it with respect. Don’t sleep with it and never try to force your mala over your wrist. I use a strong nylon cord, but if you pull hard or don’t treat it with care it can break. Eventually all malas will need to be re-strung. And just know that if and when your mala breaks it just symbolizes a broken karmic cycle. It’s a sign to bring new intentions into your life as your current ones no longer serve you. If your mala breaks within the first month after shipment, I will restring it for free. After that I will restring your mala for a $35 fee, and pay the shipping to return it to you. Just contact me to get my shipping address.
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